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Hi

I am looking to get a new textile commuting jacket this spring. The jacket is going to be used in New England area for April, May and October, November. I have a mesh jacket for summer time when it's hot. I normally do not commute by bike in the rain. The commute is going to be at speeds of 30 - 65 mph. I guess I need a non flashy, decently armored jacket. I would like a 3/4 length jacket, so it does not bunch up on my back.

At the moment I am looking at the following options

Hein Gericke Timbuktu ~$250
http://www.newenough.com/hein_gericke_timbuktu_jacket_page.htm

Cortech ADX ~$190
http://www.newenough.com/cortech_adx_jacket_page.htm

First Gear Kilimanjaro ~$260
http://www.newenough.com/firstgear_kilimanjaro_3_jacket_page.htm

I did try the Kilimanjaro on. The rest was not available at any local stores.
I noticed that the Timbuktu and The Kilimanjaro only use 330 denier fabric
and the Cortech is 600 denier. The Kilimanjaro uses a non CE approved double dencity foam (not sure if it matters here).

I'd appreciate any comments on the specific choices here with pointers to the specific features and things to look for.
 

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You will get stuck in the rain: Waterproof. If not waterproof, you might as well not own it because it will be useless as it dries the rest of the week after you do get stuck in the rain.
 

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I got the kilaminjaro and upgraded the armor to CE from NewEnough.

Never used it last summer due to beautiful weather but did use it during the fall cool to cold weather
and it is a very warm jacket.

As for dernier ratings ... unless you spend a grand or so for an Aerostich or Motoport, count on the jacket
being disposible after one fall.  That is what was told to me and I have not really seen evidence to the contrary.

I do have a leather-textile MotoGP Grid jacket and pants that I did take a dump in and the leather parts did
hold up fine.

The Kilaminjaro does have an excellent rep for rain ... have not tested in heavy rain but showers and such it is very good.
It is a big and bulky jacket with LOTS OF POCKETS! Plus room for a plastic liquid pouch. It is so big, I don't think I could
fit it in luggage. I would have to wear it all the time especially with the liner in it.
 

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Don't rule out Motoport, you can get a deal for 200-300 bucks, call them up, talk with Wayne he has things laying around that aren't advertised and can be offered at a better price. It's top shelf and custom fit.
 
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