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Lately I have been looking for a new jacket; after my leather Icon was stolen I purchased a cheap denim jacket at CycleGear, now I am looking for a nice permanent replacement for my old jacket but I would like to go with textile this time, what would you all recommend? I am rather skinny so something that fits snug around the elbows and shoulders is a plus.
 

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I've got a Joe Rocket Ballistic and I think it's very nice. I bought it two years ago as a closeout for a discount. Has held up well, seen rain, snow and everyday riding and is still in top shape. If it were me I'd be looking on ebay for a new/discounted jacket or chech out newenough.com. Should be lots of deals to be had this time of year and with the economy the way it is.
 

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I bought a Rev It! Airforce jacket last summer and love it. Read good stuff about it on webbikeworld.com. It has been great...highly recommended. I think they may be cut to a more European physique...i.e. slimmer build which may be good for you. Even though it has a nice liner I would not say it's for really cold weather. Without the liner it's very comfortable in warm/hot weather. Downside: a bit pricey.
 

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I have a fieldsheer textile jacket. Awsome jacket. Has a removable, full, liner for the winter and has zipper vents. Fits nice and snug as well. I'm 6', 185lbs and the large fits perfect. check w/ the fitting chart if you know your chest and arm length measurements.
 

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I recently asked the same question and got quite a few responses. You may want to look at that topic (Jacket suggestions) under my user name.

Since I live where its hot, I ordered a Fieldsheer High Flow jacket for $90. Joe Rocket was another excellent choice, but it depends on the climate you're in.
 

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being that tuscon weather isn't much different then the desert here i would say stick with a mesh jacket, mine seems cooler in 110 degrees then no jacket. your best bet is to find a shop that carries a few brands so that you can try them on since they all fit different, I'm a large in JR but XL in icon. I went with the joe rocket phoenix and it fits great and is very comfotable even in the 115 degree heat here. both my friends that I ride with have icon jackets and they are happy with them too. but what made my mind up was trying one on and felling how it fit me. the JR jacket was a bit tighter in the arms and waist (had ajustable arm, wrist and waist straps too) , were my friends icon jacket felt more like a sweatshirt to me. but I would still try a few on before making a decision, since everyone has a different build.
 

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I like textile for my type of riding. I am wearing a Tour Master jacket, I forget the name off hand. But it is waterproof, has a full zip out liner and CE armor. I wear it year round.
 

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For an all-around jacket you can't beat Tour Master. for $160, the Pivot 2 has a thick, quilted removable liner to keep you warm in sub-freezing temps, many zip-open vents for summer riding, is waterproof, comes with hard CE-approved armor, reflective piping, and a simple but classy design. It fits well, has many (waterproof) pockets, and feels great goin' down the road.



http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/product.php?productid=231&cat=3

For 90 to 100+ degree riding I have an Alpinestars TRC-1 Air-Flo textile jacket. It's very breathable and fits the midsection like a glove.



http://www.alpinestars.com/TRC1_AirFlo_Jacket/pd/np/122/p/330518.html
 

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For an all-around jacket you can't beat Tour Master. for $160, the Pivot 2 has a thick, quilted removable liner to keep you warm in sub-freezing temps, many zip-open vents for summer riding, is waterproof, comes with hard CE-approved armor, reflective piping, and a simple but classy design. It fits well, has many (waterproof) pockets, and feels great goin' down the road.



http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/product.php?productid=231&cat=3

Not to mention, TourMaster / Cortech have a huge variety of styles to work with, too. Very well made stuff for a very reasonable price.
 

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DON'T buy a joe rocket, they weren't made for skinny people. Try a motoGP from motorcyclecloseouts.com Leather for around 100-150 bucks they fit a skinny person well. I should know I had to lose 55 pounds before I fit into mine when I fit perfectly (with a little room to spare)into my Joe Rocket at the same size =P. They are made to Euro sizes, take that into consideration.
 
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