Fieldsheer Adventure Tour Jacket
- Highly abrasion resistant 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell
- Removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back
- SP Memory Foam in the high impact areas
- Unique FS Matrix two-stage liner system incorporates a waterproof and breathable liner with Nanomax and Rainguard barrier technology and an Exkin Air waterproof insulated liner to suit rider’s needs
- Adjustable Velcro micro fleece collar with padding
- Removable collar extender deflects the rain between your helmet and jacket
- Four-step adjustable upper and lower sleeve volume control
- Ram Air direct ventilation system, zero membrane ventilation interference, six front vents and one large back vent
- Adjustable Velcro waist straps ensure a snug fit
- Reflective Phoslite incorporated in extra panels in front and back for high visibility
- Gusseted adjustable Velcro wrist cuffs
- Pockets included: two zipped front 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
Read on for more details.
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, then choose the larger (don’t go 1-1/2 sizes bigger).
The belly/waist size of these jackets is pretty forgiving. A 3/4 style like this doesn’t taper a lot from chest to waist and there are side adjustment straps to do a good job to tailor the fit to your midsection. If you have a good size belly, 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”.
|Jacket Size||Max Chest||Regular Sleeve Length||Tall Sleeve Length|
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 Fieldsheer Adventure Tour jacket will be the most feature-filled and versatile (referring to riding style and climate) of any in the new 2014 Fieldsheer line. A longer, “3/4” style jacket like this can be used by touring riders, commuters, adventure touring riders, or just everyday street riders. The longer body gives more coverage and protection than shorter sport styles and offers great storage opportunities…. aka tons of pockets! We’ve taken a whole series of photos for you to show all the features such as the storage, armor, etc. But 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 (not waterproof mind you) shell, with a removable waterproof liner. That means that when you use the various vents (and there are six in front and one 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. 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. One other nicety… you get a great zip-off neck gaitor you can use in cold weather and/or wet weather. It will keep wind off your neck and also help channel water around the collar and keep it out of your jacket. Very nice! Overall, I like the styling of this jacket and the colors. We used the most sedate of the colors for our photo shoot, but there are three other colors you can choose from that are a bit more jazzy. I also have to mention the night reflectivity. Wow! (