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Quick Review: FirstGear Contour Mesh Jacket

June 25, 2010

My new FirstGear summer riding jacket

I wore my new FirstGear mesh jacket to work yesterday morning, as a test to see if it would mind its manners and stay connected to my lower back (unlike my previous jacket).

The good news? There will be no flapping from this jacket, thank the moto gear gods!

This jacket is not, however, suitable for a typical day on the coast (55° or so, avg), because I get cold easily and this coat is, well… airy. The breezy mesh had me hugging my left arm to my chest and hunkered down snugly on my tank bag for the ten or so minutes I was on the bike—brrrr…. The great part is that it will keep me cool when I hit the highway—and some warmer temps in just a few short weeks. (Please, oh, please let it be warm!) Those of you already living in hot climates need this jacket!

While the brightness of the blue and white blinded me when I unpacked the jacket, the color scheme does attract attention from four-wheeled vehicle drivers (and a few pedestrians, too). Yep, I do like being visible out there on the blacktop. And, this jacket zips easily to my FirstGear overpants, creating a riding suit of sorts. Nope, not one that I can wear to a track day, but one that offers a modicum of comfort; the knowledge that, if I end up skipping down the pavement in some unwished-for circumstance, my back won’t get all rashy.

Pretty standard in the textile and mesh jackets seems to be the inclusion of a foam pad that is supposed to pass for back protection. Although most of the gear manufacturers (and seller NewEnough.com), to their credit suggest replacing the foam with CE-approved back armor. Which I will be doing straightaway before wearing the jacket again.

The skinny? This is a good, if not great, jacket for the price. It’s feminine, it fits, it comes in several colors… I’ll review the jacket’s features more fully when I get to use it as it has been intended: in the heat of summer riding.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2010 2:49 pm

    Sounds like this is the jacket I need! My current one is a bit too heavy for the summer temperatures. Thanks for posting.

    • June 26, 2010 6:47 pm

      Pam, you might purchase two different styles of jacket from NewEnough (for example) and send the one back that you don’t like or that doesn’t fit as you wish it to. I’ve done this with riding pants. It saves time and allows you to get what you need in a more timely fashion.

      Good luck! I’ll look forward to reading about your new jacket soon!

  2. Dave Halliwell permalink
    June 27, 2010 1:06 am

    If you are going to ride year round in Nor Cal you have to have a winter jacket and a summer jacket. The mesh jackets are great for the summer but don’t offer much cold weather protection. Heated vests are a great addition to your riding wardrobe!

    • June 27, 2010 4:07 am

      David,
      I have three jackets now. Joe Rocket leather, MotoGP textile (both of which have been mentioned in other blog posts) and now the mesh-textile, for riding out in the Sacramento Valley’s (and beyond) summer heat. If you had looked further into my blog, you would have at least seen a photo of me wearing my leather jacket.

      A heated vest is definitely on my list of items to purchase. In the meantime, my heated grips have been a great addition to my bike. Please see this blog post in which I wrote about installing the grip kit. Cheers.

  3. July 10, 2010 6:53 pm

    This is also a jacket that I considered for summer riding. Prefer yellow though (fit the bike and my crocs better…) Looking forward to further reviews. Cheers, SonjaM

    • July 11, 2010 4:36 pm

      Hi Sonja,
      I have to say I found the yellow quite fetching, and I almost bought that color but felt then I’d be way too bright with my green/white/blue bike. I know visible is good, but… oy! :-0

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