Fieldsheer Shadow Jacket
- Highly abrasion resistant 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell with 1680 denier ballistic at the high impact areas
- Removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back
- SP Memory Foam in the high impact areas
- 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
- Micro fleece padded Mandarin collar
- Elasticized stretch panels at elbows
- Stretch Carboflex action back panels for increased flexibility
- Four-step adjustable upper and lower sleeve volume control
- Ram Air direct ventilation system, zero membrane ventilation interference
- Adjustable Velcro waist strap with elasticized panels at the hips for added comfort
- Reflective Phoslite piping for increased nighttime visibility
- Gusseted Velcro adjustable wrist cuffs
- Pockets included: two zipped hand warmer, two chest, one zipped map, one inside Velcro, and one mobile phone pocket
- 8” waist zipper and universal snap belt connector to attach to pants
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 seemed to fit well and measured out like any other typical Medium or XL. 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). We noted on other new jackets for 2014 the jackets seemed to fit sort of small (like the chart would suggest), but this one isn’t running small.
My advice then would be to choose the size you normally wear in Men’s clothing. If you want to measure, then add 2” to the Max Chest sizes listed in the chart below for sizes Small thru XL, and that will be my estimate of max chest for each size. For example, a size Medium would be about a 42” max.
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 Large which has a max chest of about 44” (like I said, 2” bigger than the chart says for Small thru XL).
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Our Two Cents
This is a special, limited time sale. The Fieldsheer products in our closeout department right now were all part of a new line of gear introduced in 2014. We really like the products (as you can see from my original review below). But about a year ago, these products were discontinued and sold by the Fieldsheer distributor for mass liquidation through limited channels (which didn’t include us). But through unlikely circumstances, some of the inventory has become available again and we are offering it at VERY GOOD prices. When this inventory is sold through, there won’t be any more, so make a choice while you can! :: Paul, 1-30-17
About this jacket: This new Shadow jacket adds a few more “high tech” styling features than the very similar Sugo jacket. Like the Sugo, this jacket is a short waist/sport style that nearly any type street rider will enjoy. A shorter style like this works better for those in a sport riding position (less bulk when you are in a forward-leaning riding position close to a tank). 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. When you look at the close-up pics you’ll be able to see some of the unusual styling features, such as the quilting pattern on the sides of the torso, the raised armor pieces on the arms and the molded shoulder logo. Those raised areas on the shoulders and arms aren’t just for show though… they have memory foam to add an extra layer of protection from impact. Many lesser priced jackets have typical single density material to form these shapes, but the inclusion of something a little extra is a nice touch. The climate control aspect of this jacket deserves some discussion. Many “waterproof” jackets are built with a permanent “mid-liner” which is a waterproof barrier between the jacket’s outer shell and the nylon liner on the inside (and in some cases the waterproof liner IS the inside lining). That liner arrangement is very good at keeping water out, but just by design limits the comfort of the jacket in hot weather because air passing through vents doesn’t reach the rider’s skin… the venting occurs only between the outer shell and inner lining of the jacket. But this design departs from most others in this segment because it combines a water-resistant shell with a removable Nanomax waterproof liner. That means that when you use the various vents (and there are two in front and four in back (see the pics), you’ll get a LOT more cooling air reaching through the inside mesh liner to your skin. The waterproof liner is made to work with the removable thermal liner so that you can “mix and match” to suit the conditions. You can use one, or the other, or both. If you’re interested, here’s a brief video that gives you some info about Nanomax. You’ll quickly figure out which one (or none) to include for your rides and you’ll be able to stay comfortable in a very wide range of temps. The armor supplied for the shoulders and elbows 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). The Shadow is offered in some interesting color choices. They all look “new and different” than lots of styles from the past. And the styling cues, like the quilting around the lower torso and the raised padding on the elbows and shoulders are nice too. Overall, I personally like this jacket style the best of all the new ‘14 Fieldsheer introductions (just IMHO of course) :: Paul, 02-25-14