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Why Do I Need a Mesh Riding Jacket?

Posted by Liesl Bettencourt on Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM
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Nothing compares to a great leather jacket in terms of keeping you warm, protected and looking great.  But while it's heating up outside, how likely are you to ditch all your leathers and just go running down the road in a tshirt? We hear it all the time. "It's too hot for that jacket." If this sounds like something you have ever said, you might check out the benefits of a mesh riding jacket. 

  • Lightweight mesh material provides you with protection and armor while offering maximum airflow and breathability.
  • Wearing any type of jacket when the sun is beating down is helpful to keep from getting sunburnt. 
  • Many mesh jackets offer hydration pockets which fit hydration packs for maximum cooling.
  • Styles range from affordable basics designed solely for warm weather riding to highly functional gear with versatility to be worn in a variety of conditions.
  • New "Seasonal" styles are coming out throughout this summer which gives you options to choose from.
  • 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials on some jackets will give you more visibility at night
  • Adjustable waist and cuff tabs allow you to get a snug fit.
Some jackets have a removable liner for climate control when the wind picks up or the rain starts sprinkling.
97171-17VM Stack 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Riding Jacket
98176-17VM Sully 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Jacket
98111-16VM Trenton Mesh Riding Jacket
98211-17VM Valor Mesh & Textile Riding Jacket
97209-17VM Exodus Americana Mesh Riding Jacket
97204_17VWF_WH_T.jpg97204-17VW Winged #1 Waterproof Mesh Riding Jacket
While not made out of mesh... this Hydration Vest can be a game changer in extreme heat. Just dunk it in some cold water before you leave or at a gas station. Throw it on under you jacket or over your shirt. Jump on the motorcycle and go! As the air passes through the vest, the water cools down and evaporates - leaving you cooler and riding longer. 
98201-13VM Hydration Vest

So it's important to ask yourself. What are you wearing when it's 90+ degrees outside? 

If you would like some help from our professionals, schedule an appointment! They can get you fitted for the right gear no matter the weather, distance or budget!

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