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Old 03-28-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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Jacket brand advice

I'm looking to get a new jacket here shortly. My current leather jacket has over 18k miles on it and it's stretched a bit, no longer fitting snug and safe. I'm looking at a textile jacket this time around.

One of the jackets I was looking at is the Ducati Fighter made by Dianese. I was also looking at a couple Icon jackets. I have a smaller frame and the Ducati jackets don't seem to come snug.

Any recommendations would be great.
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walk away from looking at anything Icon. Icon is junk. I speak from having owned several pieces of their gear. The lids are a joke, the gloves are so-so, and the jackets are . You'll regret dropping the $$$ on an icon jacket after about a year.
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i think A* jackets are cut for a more slim build. Not sure, though.
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Leather? Alpinestars, Joe Rocket, Cortech, and Vanson are all good brands.
You say you are a smaller frame so I'd get properly fitted before you buy.
We keep a good selection of jackets in stock and have a lot of experience sizing people, plus our prices are very competitive with the internet.
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Leather? Alpinestars, Joe Rocket, Cortech, and Vanson are all good brands.
You say you are a smaller frame so I'd get properly fitted before you buy.
We keep a good selection of jackets in stock and have a lot of experience sizing people, plus our prices are very competitive with the internet.
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If you have the money to spend, my .02 is to go for Vanson if youre going leather. Top of the line stuff, for sure. My brother has a Vanson perforated leather jacket and its well made and not ridiculously hot, either.
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If you got the money, try Dainese.
Dainese USED to be a great brand. I recent years they begin building to price point and the quality has really dropped.
I've seen multiple jackets come apart when crashed, I'll pass.
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If you have the money to spend, my .02 is to go for Vanson if youre going leather. Top of the line stuff, for sure. My brother has a Vanson perforated leather jacket and its well made and not ridiculously hot, either.
I've heard really good things about Vanson, but their prices reflect that good word of mouth!
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I've heard really good things about Vanson, but their prices reflect that good word of mouth!
Yeah, thats for sure. But if the OP has the capital to drop, he wont be disappointed. That being said, Vanson is NOT the end-all, be-all. There are several excellent companies that make affordable, quality jackets.
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Dainese USED to be a great brand. I recent years they begin building to price point and the quality has really dropped.
I've seen multiple jackets come apart when crashed, I'll pass.
Yeah they don't seem to be that great anymore. I've got a pair of gloves and boots from them that I like, but the jackets I've tried on don't seem to be deserving of the rep they have. I have an Alpinestars RC-1 jacket that I love though. I'd like to get the pants to go with it.
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Leather? Alpinestars, Joe Rocket, Cortech, and Vanson are all good brands.
You say you are a smaller frame so I'd get properly fitted before you buy.
We keep a good selection of jackets in stock and have a lot of experience sizing people, plus our prices are very competitive with the internet.
What he said. I have Astars for winter riding and a Vanson summer jacket. They are awesome and offer lots of protection
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I think Joe Rocket has seriously dropped in quality also....

For my money in textile, Fieldsheer has some of the best deals. They have some cool 3 in one jackets that the outer shell can zip off. They can be mesh, textile, or cold weather insulated depending on how you set it up.
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Dainese USED to be a great brand. I recent years they begin building to price point and the quality has really dropped.
I've seen multiple jackets come apart when crashed, I'll pass.
That's good to know. I bought one new in 2003 (paid out my for it, like $500) crashed the sh*t out of it in 05...Bike dragged me from about 60mph till stopped...Ground a hole about the size of a pea into the shoulder and tore one of the red stripes on the arm, but other then that, It held up great...I still wear it but it getting a little tight around the middle...It must be shrinking (lol) so Im in the market for new one.

But yeah, that jacket has been great but Ill stay away knowing what you just told me.
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Vanson, if we're talking leather.
Sure they are expensive, so are skin grafts.

I like them so much I bought 2!
Fully perf'd, if it gets chilly out I can put a windbreaker OVER it and use the perforations to trap air that becomes insulation. Works great.
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I think Joe Rocket has seriously dropped in quality also....

For my money in textile, Fieldsheer has some of the best deals. They have some cool 3 in one jackets that the outer shell can zip off. They can be mesh, textile, or cold weather insulated depending on how you set it up.
I think you've got it backwards. If anything Joe Rockets quality has gotten better but since Fieldsheer got picked up by Helmet House a year or so ago they've gone to .
Joe Rocket offers 2 all in one jackets that are mesh with textile over layers, they invented the concept with the Alter Ego.
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Olympia Air Glide - great looks, great fit, great quality and very versatile because they come with rainproof liners.

Wear mine in temps from 34 to 100 in comfort.
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Olympia Air Glide - great looks, great fit, great quality and very versatile because they come with rainproof liners.

Wear mine in temps from 34 to 100 in comfort.
Same here. I have mine in the bright neon yellow
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