Most of the riding jackets I have, have the rain liner underneath so your jacket gets waterlogged and the liner under the jacket keeps the water away from your skin. In the meantime your jacket now weighs 20 lbs and you have to dry it every night and if it is too wet then it will be uncomfortable the next day. I just don't understand why this is the way. I have an Olympia AST Hi Viz Orange Jacket which has a membrane built into the outer layer which acts as the rain barrier so the jacket does not get soaked but for some reason they leak in the elbow region
Anyway, I bought a JR: Joe Rocket alter ego ballistic 11.0 riding jacket last year which I wore to Oregon. It changes into a full mesh jacket by removing fabric panels. This year I will be riding through some hot places and my plan is to use the mesh feature but it seems silly to have the rain layer underneath so I decided to purchase a rain jacket which you wear "on top" of your jacket. This is a motorcycle specific rain jacket which is more than nylon. It is made of high tech stuff which breathes like gortex, and it also folds into its own pocket
I flip the pocket inside out to let the jacket "fall out". Most low end jackets are all black, this one is sort of Hi Viz Yellow and has reflector tape integrated into its design
In hot weather I usually wear my shorts under my riding pants which are Tourmaster Flex and also turns into full mesh with removeable panels
When it is hot I wear a muscle type shirt under my riding jacket
and now I am wearing the rain jacket OVER my riding jacket. If I do it this way then my jacket will keep dry and not be waterlogged anymore. Since I plan to ride during the heat of summer, being July and August it is my plan to not bring the factory rain liner, nor the vest. I will bring a thin summer jacket instead
I am not used to wearing a jacket over a jacket
I am also not used to modeling but I wanted to show you the rear
and the front view. It has pockets on the front and a nice tight collar to keep the rain out
I think I like it. What do you think ? Of course I don't have any plans to test it out. I bought it because I know that if I have a rain jacket, then it won't rain, right ?
I already had rain pants so I put them on to show you the whole outfit. Yes Richard, I know that the tags are still attached.
it was getting warm under all that rain gear so I had to get that jacket folded back into its own pocket
and here it is, folded and ready for use . It's one of those things you buy and hope to never use, at least that's what I'm thinking . . .