Cortech by Tour Master GX Sport Air 3 Jacket
- Performance cut, Armor-Link III mesh shell incorporates 1680 denier ballistic polyester material in the elbows and shoulders
- The mandarin-style collar features a soft microfiber trim
- Pre-curved and rotated sleeves increase comfort and performance in the riding position
- Adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the bicep and forearm help to secure a snug fit
- 360° Phoslite® reflective piping and Cortech’s signature reflective rear triangle increase nighttime visibility
- Removable, CE-approved armor at the elbows and shoulders with an articulated triple-density back protector
- Aqua-Therm two-stage waterproof and insulated liner can be configured or removed to best match comfort needs
- Two hand warmer pockets and an interior mobile phone pocket
- Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit
- Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
Read on for more details.
We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they fit just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
We developed the size chart below to help you choose based upon your chest/sleeve measurements. The chest measurements come from our observations and measurements and the sleeve lengths are from Cortech (which we find to be a good estimate). Begin digress- Why not use Cortech’s size chart? Well, it’s a long story, but Cortech/Tour Master seems to be perpetually “confused” about how to best represent their jackets in a size chart. Some literature will say a large is a 42 and other charts will say 44 or 46. So we chose to evaluate size on a product-by-product basis and report what we see on each product page. -end digress.
The “cut” of this jacket is geared toward street or sport riding, and the overall fit is “casual” (meaning not super snug like more race oriented jackets). We describe the fit of the jackets with the liner(s) installed and the jackets will be more roomy when not using the liners. For this reason, we recommend that If you find yourself between sizes, choose the smaller.
The jackets taper moderately from chest to waist… about 4”. If you have a bit of a belly, just make sure your belly size isn’t too big for the jacket size you choose. For example, we list the size XL as a 46 max chest and so the max belly for that jacket would be about 42. If your belly/waist is smaller than this, it shouldn’t be a problem because the jackets have a lot of adjustability in the waist.
Tall sizes: The standard sizes in this jacket will work for the “average height” rider. Tall sizes are approximately 2” taller in the sleeve and torso Sleeve lengths listed in the chart below are from the shoulder seam to the end of the arm cuff.
|Alpha Size||Max Chest Size||Sleeve Length||Tall Sleeve Length|
Our Two Cents
The GX Sport Air 3 jacket is for just about any sport/street rider who wants to be comfortable and safe in hot weather. Most of the shell of this jacket is a loose weave mesh material that will allow air to flow freely through to your skin. In the last 6 or 8 years, the mesh jacket has become the “standard” for hot weather use. Just about anybody who has worn a jacket such as this will tell you that the air flow is so good that it is really better than no jacket at all. Why? Because the jacket acts as protection from sun and wind burn, but doesn’t impede air circulation. Of course a good mesh style will have provisions for cooler weather and/or wet weather and this one does also. It includes a removable windproof/waterproof liner along with a very nice thermal liner. You can use these two liners together for very cold or wet/cold conditions, or use just the waterproof liner in mild/wet weather. And of course, you can take both liners out for hot weather. For impact protection you get elbow and shoulder armor which is a hard-plastic-over-foam type GP armor (also CE approved). And the back pad is a light weight energy absorbing type. To enhance the jacket’s abrasion protection characteristics, there are heavy duty textile overlays on the shoulders and elbows (the most likely impact areas). Overall this is a well constructed jacket that should get you through mild to hot weather months in complete comfort. Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good closeups of this jacket and its features, and also have a look at the nighttime shots of this jacket that show off the nighttime reflectivity. :: Paul, 10-17-12
Note: When doing our jacket evaluation, we found two jackets that had the liners installed such that the sleeves of the liner were twisted 360 degrees, making it impossible to slip your arm in the jacket. If you run into this, just unsnap the sleeve of the liner from the jacket and straighten it out. Just a minor final assembly packaging mistake.
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