Speed and Strength Trial By Fire Mesh Jacket
- Combined “Fierce” mesh and AR-600 frame
- Removable C.E. approved shoulder and elbow protectors
- Removable dual density back protector
- Velcro cuff adjuster
- Molded “Strong Arm” sleeve adjuster
- “Lockdown” waist adjuster
- Removable Cool Core™ moisture wicking vest liner
- Microfiber lined collar and cuffs
- Belt loops for pant attachment
- Reflective trim
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We tried the size Medium in this jacket on Huey and we put an XL jacket on Dewey. These are the sizes they normally wear and both fit very well. The jackets are a bit roomy as compared to many other sport styles, so if you are sometimes between sizes, choose the smaller. Otherwise just choose the size your normally wear.
The chart provided by Speed and Strength shows chest sizes for each alpha size that are about a half size larger than what you’d normally see for “standard” conversion from chest size to alpha size (example: an XL jacket is usually listed as a 46 max chest). Considering my comments about how the jackets fit a bit roomy, I’d consider this chart to be accurate.
|Sleeve||33||34||35 1/2||36 1/2||37||37 1/2|
Our Two Cents
The Trial By Fire mesh jacket is made for hot weather use. All areas but the shoulders and a bit down the sides of the torso are a full mesh jacket which will allow the air to blow right through. A design like this is welcome in really hot weather. It’s my opinion that a full mesh jacket like this is even more comfortable than no jacket at all because it will keep the sun off and cut down on windburn (a problem in low humidity/hot weather). The overall styling is sharp and the construction quality is very good. We’ve taken some good photos of the jacket’s features that you can view by clicking the “View Larger Images” link above. All the usual suspects are there. The one strange thing about this jacket is the removable liner. It is a VERY thin stretchy fleece material. It is not windproof or waterproof (which is common in full mesh designs, and it is not nearly thin enough to provide insulation. What’s it for? I dunno…. maybe somebody will tell me! Speed and Strength says “moisture wicking”, which I wonder about. Wouldn’t you want the full effect of the air right on your body? Why a wicking layer? Anyway, overall, I really like the style… particularly in the Hi Viz color. :: Paul, 04-24-12
Note: Back in April of 2012 we used the Hi Viz color for all our closeup photos; in September of 2013 that color jacket was put on closeout and that color’s items were moved to another page. However, rest assured that all the features are identical.
Happy Customers Who Bought This Product
Jacket feels great, nice fit but a tiny bit smaller than my textile SS jacket. Mesh is extremely breathable and allows tons of airflow. I'm actually cooler wearing this while riding as compared to just wearing a t shirt and I'm protected better.... (Read more...)