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  1. #16
    ChiTown
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    Air

    I ended up ordering one of these.

    For $169.

    It doesn't come with a liner and is therefore less expensive.
    I figure I'll just carry the liner out of my Rev'it Lab coat, and am glad I don't have to pay for another one.

    Rev'it Air jacket


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    Chi, let us know how you like it. I personally tried the Air and the Airforce on and wasn't happy with the lack of protection on the Air. I felt more exposed than I was willing to accept. I need to take a look at the Airflow and Venting Machine still but the Airforce looks promising at least for what I'm looking for.
    Cole
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    BMW Venting Machine.

    I like it. Have been using it for 3 years now. Awesome jacket, keeps me cool in high heat of 85 degs.

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    Back from the dead...

    With over 30,000 miles on my 07' bike now, with the majority of the miles done wearing the Air jacket it's safe to say I love it. I have been using the liner out of my Rev'it Lab jacket when it rains, or when the temps drop below 65?? or so.
    I have found out while touring out west in the mountains that I can use the liner, and my Gerbings jacket under the mesh in temps down to 40??, then being able to ride in hot desert conditions (110??+) with the the Air jacket. In high tems I just wet my shirt, jacket, and helmet for added cooling.
    Comfortable, durable, affordable, stylish... It's a winner.
    Fortunately I have not gone down hard with it on so I can't give a report on that.

    One thing I might add is that I always wear a Mountain Hardware WICKED T t-shirt

    "Koolknit™ wicks moisture, dries quickly and keeps you cool. Ideal for all high energy activities.
    100% polyester circular knit. Lightweight and breathable. Dries quickly with a wicking finish. Anti-microbial finish. UPF 35 sun protection"


    This really works well to keep you cool, and comfortable. On most trips during the summer I just bring 2 of these and that's it. It will dry in an hour when you wash it, and is very comfortable. This shirt weighs 4 oz.'s...
    What you wear under your jacket is very important to being comfortable, and cotton is no good compared.... IMHO

    http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Prod...&viewAll=False

    It works for me...



    Somewhere in Utah @ 105??F


    Last edited by ChiTown; 03-31-2008 at 01:20 AM.

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    grossjohann
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    I was checking out summer riding suits and I tried on the Venting Machine and the Airflow 3. The AirFlow has more opaque surfaces on the jacket. I was wondering if there is a huge difference between the two jackets when riding in the heat. A nice feature of the Airflow is that it comes in grey and red. Wearing black is one one of the problems when riding in the heat.

    I'm also checking out the $299 Rev'it Airforce jacket. These jackets are really nice and cheaper than the BMW stuff. They have more color choices too. The only problem is that the four Rev'it dealers in the Bay Area don't stock the jacket. If I want to try it on I have to order it and keep it.
    Have you considered the Motoport/Cycleport Kevlar Jackets?

    IÔÇÖve been riding with the GP2 Kevlar for about 18 months up here in NY. I have the wind breaker / rain insert as well as the accompanying insulated insert. The Kevlar breathes very well, and the combination of three layers has worked rather well, but this spring I did pick a ÔÇ£warm & safeÔÇØ heated jacket.



    They also offer an ÔÇ£Air Mesh KevlarÔÇØ version which has a larger weave; probably a kin to the other mesh jackets out there.

    Here is the "touring" style in air mesh:



    Colors range from black through high-vis, and the gear is made to order which ensures a tailored fit. Even armor location may be specified.



    HereÔÇÖs a link (donÔÇÖt be scared off by their website ÔÇô I offered to re-do it for them, but they claim that they are already working on it).

    http://www.motoport.com

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    summer suits

    Big difference in crash protection between the BMW suits and the Rev'it, though most people who buy either from me seem to be happy. The AirFlow3 is a current style, while the Venting Machine has been discontinued.

    The big difference is fit, If you're tall and thin, the Rev'it Typhoon is great, but if you're more average or rounded, the Airflow3 will fit better.

    I rode all last summer in an Olympia Airglide2 and was happy. Great jacket for the price, comes in Hi-Vis, and fits ordinary average guys pretty well. This summer I'm going to try out their new Stealth one-piece summer suit. Since I get to wear shorts and sneakers to work, I need to be able to gear up quickly if I want to go out for lunch. It seems to be easy on/off.

    Anyway, buy what fits, keeping in mind that most of the summer you will be wearing the jacket over just a t-shirt, though this kind of jacket is very versatile if you can fit a bulk layer underneath. I also have found that by adding a rain shell on top of this type of jacket you can create your own cold-weather jacket.

    Howard
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    I rode yesterday in temps from 50 to 70 wearing an Olympia Stealth one-piece suit over a light windbreaker and long sleeved undershirt and jeans. Was just a little chilly at 50, but very comfortable later in the day. Also the suit is easy to put on and take off and rolled up it fits into my larger, right side system case. Another plus for me is that it does not have any pressure points that cause my butt to ache after an hour and 30 minutes. This was my first ride in the Stealth and I'm very happy with this suit.

    regards,
    Mark

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    Olympia Airglide

    I ride with an Olympia airglide jacket. I live in FL. This will be my very first summer with this jacket. So far, I have ridden in the 80's and it is ok as long as you are moving. I've been very happy with the fit and the look. I think it is a great looking jacket. I have the black and yellow.

    I am also thinking about buying the stealth 1 piece for the summer and to ride up to the rally in JC this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsprague View Post
    Big difference in crash protection between the BMW suits and the Rev'it, though most people who buy either from me seem to be happy. The AirFlow3 is a current style, while the Venting Machine has been discontinued.

    The big difference is fit, If you're tall and thin, the Rev'it Typhoon is great, but if you're more average or rounded, the Airflow3 will fit better.

    I rode all last summer in an Olympia Airglide2 and was happy. Great jacket for the price, comes in Hi-Vis, and fits ordinary average guys pretty well. This summer I'm going to try out their new Stealth one-piece summer suit. Since I get to wear shorts and sneakers to work, I need to be able to gear up quickly if I want to go out for lunch. It seems to be easy on/off.

    Anyway, buy what fits, keeping in mind that most of the summer you will be wearing the jacket over just a t-shirt, though this kind of jacket is very versatile if you can fit a bulk layer underneath. I also have found that by adding a rain shell on top of this type of jacket you can create your own cold-weather jacket.

    Howard
    Apparel Manager, Bob's BMW
    howard.sprague@bobsbmw.com
    Howard, what specifically are the differences in crash protection between the BMW and Rev'It?

    It appears the Airflow 3 is available only in limited sizes; is it being superseded?

    I've been wearing a Rukka Airvision two piece suit for about five years. I'd like to find a similar-quality suit which is cooler, but which offers the same level of protection.

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    [QUOTE=markgoodrich;444001
    It appears the Airflow 3 is available only in limited sizes; is it being superseded?

    [/QUOTE]

    There's now Airflow 4 jacket and pants available.
    Mark
    2006 R1200RT

  11. #26
    nevada72
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    I have the RevIt Air jacket. I love it. It fits perfectly and is made very well. I would imagine the Airforce is just as nice. If you don't care about rain protection save some $$ and check out the Air. Nice stuff.

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