Fieldsheer High Temp Mesh Jacket
- Ultra-breathable and abrasion resistant Polytitanium mesh with 500 Denier Maxtena-Pro in the impact areas
- Anatomically fitted for the riding position
- Removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back.
- Unique FS Matrix two-stage waterproof and breathable liner with Nanomax and Rainguard barrier technology plus an insulated liner to suit the rider’s needs
- Phoslite reflective piping for nighttime visibility
- Micro fleece padded mandarin collar
- Four-step adjustable upper and lower sleeve volume control
- Adjustable Velcro waist strap with elasticized panels at hips for added comfort
- Gusseted adjustable Velcro wrist cuffs
- Pockets included: two zipped front hand warmer, one zipped map, one inside Velcro, and one mobile phone pocket
- 8” waist zipper and universal snap belt connector to attach to pants
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We put a size Medium on Huey and a size XL on Dewey for our Fit Check review and those are the sizes they normally wear. The jackets look great for the pictures, but in practice would probably be a bit snug. In checking Fieldsheer’s size chart for 2014 (see below), you’ll see that the chest sizes listed for each alpha size are a couple inches smaller than you would expect to see (at least in the smaller size ranges), and this confirms our observations.
My advice then would be to measure your chest and choose a size based upon the chart below, which for those in the Small to XL range will be one size larger (alpha size) than you normally wear. If you are between sizes, just choose the larger (don’t go 1-1/2 sizes bigger).
If you have a bit of a belly, you’ll want to make sure you won’t have a fit issue. To check, just measure and make sure the chest size of the jacket you choose is at least 4” bigger than your max belly. For example, if your belly is 40”, then choose a minimum size XL which has a max chest of about 44”.
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Tall sizes are available in this style. If you normally have to buy tall sizes in men’s clothing then buy one of the “tall” jackets to get more length in the sleeves and body. The tall sizes have the same chest and belly as the regular jackets, but they are 2” longer in the sleeves and torso. Sleeve lengths in the chart are measured from the shoulder seam to the cuff.
Our Two Cents
About Fieldsheer for 2014: The Fieldsheer line for 2014 is all new. The line has been dormant (as far as the introduction of new products goes) for 3 or more years, and all that is left from its previous “life” are a few scattered closeout groups. Since the economic crash of about five years ago, US based MC apparel makers have been cautious about new introductions of product and those that have come out tend to be reduced in features, material expense and price. European makers (such as Alpinestars and REV’IT!) have held the line on quality and consequently their pricing is higher also. Fieldsheer, for 2014, is positioning themselves above the quality/price of most US based makers and putting themselves several notches above where they were… up with the pricing and quality of the European brands. As of this writing, I’ve only reviewed two product lines and I’m pleasantly surprised. And while I don’t think this line will have quite the “fit and finish” of the slightly higher priced European makers, they are definitely a step or two above where they were and above their US based competitors. The feature lists and looks are excellent… the fit/finish and materials are very good. As I find over and over in this biz… if consumers compare MSRP of competing products, they’ll be looking at a pretty close indication of overall value (of course closeout items offer better “value”, but we are speaking of how MSRP is an indication of overall features, build quality and materials). Anyway, kudos for the owners of the Fieldsheer line for their confidence in upping their game and having confidence in the sport. :: Paul, 11-30-13
About this jacket: The High Temp Mesh jacket is a part-mesh/part-textile jacket that includes a full featured waterproof/windproof and separate thermal removable liner. I’ll tell you more about the liner system in a moment, but generally speaking, I’d recommend this design for those that live in warmer climates and want a jacket that will work for them most of the year. The overall style is waist-length sport and will appeal to just about any type rider. We’ve taken a whole series of photos for you to show all the features such as the storage, armor, etc, so be sure and click the “View Larger Images” link above to see those. The liner system included with this jacket will be the key to making this a multi-season design for you. Being part mesh, the outer shell will allow air to flow through to your skin quite readily, so without either of the two liners in use, you’ll get lots of cooling air that will be comfortable in even the hottest weather. For moderate or cooler temps or if it turns wet, you can use one or both of the removable liners. The Nanomax waterproof liner is made to work with the removable thermal liner so that you can “mix and match” to suit the conditions. For wet conditions, or for cooler temps, the waterproof liner can be used to keep you dry and/or to provide a wind block. If you’re interested, here’s a brief video that gives you some info about Nanomax. And if you need a bit of insulation, you can also add the thermal liner. So, for all but the coldest weather, you should be able to find a combination of liners that keeps you comfortable and dry. As for protection, CE approved armor is supplied for the shoulders and elbows. This armor is about like all other quality of armor you’ll find. And the back armor they supply is well above others in terms of overall sturdiness (just my humble opinion… not based on testing). Overall, this is a very nice style for warm weather, and one that will adjust for seasons and varying weather conditions. The dual liner system is the thing that will set this one apart from the many full mesh jackets out there. :: Paul, 12-11-13
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