Fieldsheer Supersport Jacket
- Highly abrasion resistant 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell with 1680 denier ballistic panels at the shoulders and elbows
- 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
- Accordion-style stretch panels at elbows, back, and sides
- Stretch Carboflex under arms for better fit and comfort
- Ram Air direct ventilation system, zero membrane ventilation interference
- Adjustable Velcro waist strap with elasticized panels at hips for added comfort
- Reflective Phoslite piping for increased nighttime visibility
- Gusseted Velcro adjustable 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
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 larger alpha size than you normally wear. If you are between sizes, just choose the larger (don’t go 1-1/2 sizes bigger).
The overall cut of this style is sport oriented and tapers from chest to waist more than the average jacket. So if you have a bit of a belly, it would be a good idea to 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”.
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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: This Supersport jacket is more sport oriented than the other jackets in the Fieldsheer line. It is a short waist style and has some very extensive stretch panels that go all the way from each underarm to the waist. Those stretch panels allow them to offer a comfortable fit but with a much more snug cut. But unlike a lot of other sport/textile styles, this jacket has a full list of features you’d find on jackets for commuting/touring. The climate control aspect of this jacket is one of the standout features. 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 textile shell with a removable Nanomax waterproof liner. That means that when you use the various vents (and there are four in front and two in back (see the pics), you’ll get 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 in this style 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). Overall, I really like this style and if you like a trim fit and a more sporty style, you can have that in this package that includes a lot of creature comforts you won’t find in other similarly styled jackets. :: Paul, 12-09-13
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