review: A* Airflow Mesh

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  1. toezter

    toezter New Member

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    after the "good summer jacket" thread, i really needed to find something worth riding in comfort. i've had enough of textile and leather heat exhaustion, and $$$ leather jackets that breath well (but i do intend on buying one someday :p )

    Pros:
    o-Keeps you VERY cool
    o-Armor is very secure and feels assuring, adjustable, CE cert.
    o-liner is keeps you warm (68 deg, 85mph+)
    o-liner is also very easy to get on and off (compared to ICON)
    o-stitching is great all around, very secure
    o-light weight, not too bulky, able to bundle up
    o-large back 'storage' area

    Cons:
    o-no reflective material anywhere
    o-neck collar is a bit rough
    o-very cheap foam back protector (but i'm switching it with the one from my leather jacket)
    o-no waist strap, but not a problem for me
    o-fore arm buttons go REALLY small, kinda useless for me (i have big forearms)
    o-no zipper for attaching pants, but not really needed for a summer jacket.

    i rate it a 8.5/10. i really liked going from leather, to textile, to mesh in summer. this jacket really breathes well. the sleeves have a nylon liner that does fairly well if sweating. its not too flashy, so you can wear it to (almost) any occasion.

    leather > mesh, but this seems sturdy enough for me if i ever happen to spill.
     
  2. ChatChai

    ChatChai OT Supporter

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    nice

    What's that? A place to insert a back protector and remove the foam one? Or a place to store your wallet and keys?
     
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    im pretty sure its for back protector, you wouldnt want to a key stuck in your back if you do go down

    i have the A* spinner and bought the optional back protector for it for 25 bucks, its a lot thicker and feel a lot safer than the thing foam pad that came with the jacket, i might be buying a A* mesh jacket as well so im just gonna switch the back protector back and forth between the two jackets
     
  4. toezter

    toezter New Member

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    the back 'pocket' is good for papers, golf discs, or anything flat and not TOO hard.
     
  5. ChatChai

    ChatChai OT Supporter

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    so intended for back protector but you are going to use it in addition for storage purposes. I'm guilty also because I had to bring mail, a few envelopes, to another house and I threw them in there.
     
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    jtl090179 Oh I get it, yeah. He's the girl, then you're the OT Supporter

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    i just got a joe rocket one and i should check it this thing has pockets in back
     
  7. oakie

    oakie my ninja.

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    you cant properly review protective equipment until you've wrecked in it.

    and mesh is about as protective as a t-shirt at anything over 45 mph.
     
  8. toezter

    toezter New Member

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    think again. i'm reviewing how well its made, comfort level, looks, features, ect. if everything were by your 'proper review' standards, no one would by anything. besides, i doubt companies would sell something unsafe and call it 'safe.'

    and no, mesh is not about as protective as a t-shirt going over 45mph. sure it won't hold up like leather, but its still something against you and the pavement incase of a fall.

    on another note, it also depends HOW you fall. there are many factors that are involved.

    plus, to make you happy, i'll rush to write a crash review on how it holds up (when that happens *knock on wood*).
     
  9. spooledx2

    spooledx2 New Member

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    There are other alternatives to the A* back protector.

    https://www.motoliberty.com/prod_detail.asp?Prod_ID=132

    This one from Dainese fits right in.

    Late
     
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