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Old 07-21-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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Hi ladies, hoping to get some help here. I'm desperately looking for a good mesh (textile) jacket to wear in the hot weather. I've ordered a few already this summer online, and they've been TERRIBLE. Does anyone have a mesh jacket that they could actually recommend (in terms of fitting a woman vs a unisex/men's fit)?
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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What brands have you tried and what has been terrible about them?
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
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ICON makes great womens jackets. Also, Alpinestars makes the Stella series. Power Trip makes a jacket called the Lolita. I got that for my wifey (she's very big chested) and she actually wears it. Gotta count for something.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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What brands have you tried and what has been terrible about them?
I've tried the Vanson mesh jacket, which fit well in the waist, but had huge shoulders, arms, chest, none of which was adjustable. Felt just like they took the same jacket as the men's version and shrunk down the waist portion only. Also, sleeves were too short.

Also tried a Joe Rocket Phoenix in men's XS. Really boxy and loose. The armor in the elbows lands lower than my actual elbows. Although the sleeves could be cinched to tighten them, they are still really loose, and i can move the armor all the way around to my forearm -- so theoretically they could move in a crash and not protect me at all.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:55 PM   #5
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I wish I could point you to a specific brand, but I have never tried a mesh jacket, and the ones my friends wear don't seem to fit all that well either. About all I can suggest is to find a well-equipped store and try on everything in sight. AlpineStars, Spidi, Dainese, FirstGear, Cortech, all make decent equipment. I personally don't care for Icon (bling over function in that brand) but that is another one you can look at.

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Old 07-23-2008, 11:23 PM   #6
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New Enough has the Power Trip Ladies San Jose mesh jackets on closeout right now for $25.

Power Trip Ladies San Jose Mesh Motorcycle Jacket :: New Enough, LTD

For twenny-fi' smackers, you can't hardly go wrong, for a "one crash jacket".
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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My wife is happy with her Joe Rocket Cleo.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:38 AM   #8
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New Enough has the Power Trip Ladies San Jose mesh jackets on closeout right now for $25.

Power Trip Ladies San Jose Mesh Motorcycle Jacket :: New Enough, LTD

For twenny-fi' smackers, you can't hardly go wrong, for a "one crash jacket".
Oh I dunno about that. This came up on a different list I'm on, and one commenter warned that they are not worth even the $25 that New Enough is charging.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:16 AM   #9
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My girlfriend has a Cortech LRX Air. She tried it on at the local motorcycle dealer and then ordered it online. She's really happy with it.

Cortech Womens LRX Air Jacket - Motorcycle Superstore

That page also has reviews on the jacket.
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Watch where the mesh is. You don't want it on the shoulders, outside arms or back...anywhere you might slide. My Alpinestars Stella has the mesh only at the sides and inner arms. Where I'm not likely to slide. Mesh doesn't protect you in a slide. It melts faster than the ballistic nylon into your skin. I like the Stella's protective armor for the arms and shoulders but you will have to purchase a back plate since it only comes with a pad.
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