FirstGear Adventure Mesh Jacket - 2014
- Constructed of durable, tough and highly breathable 250-denier polyester mesh exterior
- Removable windproof, water-resistant liner, stows easily in rear tail pocket
- CE-approved armor at shoulders and elbows
- Secure pocketing throughout for secure storage
- Set and forget, adjustable wrist cuffs
Read on for more details.
This 2014 Adventure Mesh, like most FirstGear jackets, is sized for the American market which is more full in the chest and shoulders than many other brands (especially European brands which are cut thinner). We tried a size Medium jacket on Huey and an XL on Dewey (our Fit Check mannequins) and they fit just fine. You can see some shots of how they look by clicking the “View Larger Images” link above.
These jackets have Velcro straps at the waist to help customize the fit around the waist and belly, and there is a LOT of adjustment there. Also the arms can be snugged up with Velcro straps as well.
FirstGear publishes a chart which summarizes the max chest and max waist/belly for each size and we’ve included that below. This jacket feels roomy even with the removable wind liner in place, and with a full mesh design like this you won’t be layering underneath. So given the generous sizing, and the likely use of light clothing underneath, I’ll advise that if you are in between sizes or at the low end of the size range, choose the smaller.
FirstGear offers this jacket in tall sizes. The tall selection of each size adds about 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the torso and sleeve length. If you normally have to buy “talls” then these should work for you.
Our Two Cents
We finally have something a bit different for our mesh jacket department with this new Adventure Mesh jacket by FirstGear. I say so because it has been a long time since I’ve seen a FULL mesh jacket offered in a 3/4 touring/adventure style like this. I really like mesh jackets for when it gets hot out. I’ve always said that wearing a mesh jacket on really hot days is actually more comfortable than no jacket at all. The fabric will allow complete air flow, but also blocks the sun and cuts down on windburn. And then there is the issue of crash protection. A jacket like this is light years better than a cotton tee shirt I assure you! A longer, 3/4 style jacket like this affords the addition of storage features, and this jacket has a bunch of them. Please take the “View Larger Images” link above and click through the photos to see them all. If you have more stuff to lug around than this jacket will carry, you should have taken the car! Also, I see this jacket has a two-way front zipper, which is nice when sitting so you can unzip a bit from the bottom up and prevent the jacket from “bunching up” in front of you. Of course you get CE armor in the shoulders and elbows and a foam back pad for some crash protection. I have sort of skinny arms for my size and I liked the way I could effectively snug up the arms and hold the armor in better position with the Velcro arm straps. I talked about this being a full mesh jacket, but they give you a windproof full-sleeve liner which will help you on cool mornings, or riding through areas with highly variable air temps…such as over mountain passes. The wind liner will extend the comfort range down into the “mild” temps. Overall, I really like this new style and I bet there are a lot of riders who will find a use for such a “useful” design that can be comfortably worn in hot weather. :: Paul, 03-13-14
Back Protector Upgrade: FirstGear does not offer their own branded back protector upgrade for this jacket, but we’ve checked and can recommend the men’s size D3O CE Approved Back Pad. The shape is correct for the back protector pocket in the jacket and some of FirstGear’s newer jackets come stock with the D3O back pad. The stock back protector in this jacket is a simple perforated unit with no specific safety rating (see our close-up pics for a good look).
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