FirstGear Adventure Air Jacket
- Three-Quarter Length Mesh Textile Jacket
- Poly Mesh Main Construction and Abrasion-Resistant Impact Panels
- Removable Waterproof Breathable Hybrid Liner (Can Be Used on the Inside or Outside) with Color-Coded Attachment Tabs
- Removable Thermal Liner with Color-Coded Attachment Tabs
- Soft and Durable Rolled Neoprene Collar Edging
- Microfiber Lined Collar and Cuffs
- Four Front Pockets
- Media and Map Pockets on Both the Fixed and Removable Liners
- MOLLE Strips at Shoulders and Front Center Panels Accept MOLLE-Compatible Accessories
- Back Storage Pocket for Removable Liners
- Two-Way YKK Front Zipper
- Waist and Cuff Adjusters
- Four Sleeve Take-Ups
- Front Zipper Features Retainer Strap at Top
- FirstGear’s Standard Conjunction Zipper with Pant Side Included
- Reflective Accents
- CE Level 1 Knox Elbow and Shoulder Included
- Foam Back Pad Installed (CE Level 1 Back Pad Sold Separately)
- Five-Year Warranty
Read on for more details.
The Adventure air jacket is sized for the American market which is more full in the chest and shoulders than some European designs. 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. Most people will find a fit by ordering the size they usually wear in men’s clothing. If you are sometimes between sizes, I’d advise choosing the smaller. Those that have a more slight frame and/or those that prefer a more snug fit, may need one size smaller than they usually wear.
FirstGear publishes a chart which summarizes the max chest and max waist/belly for each size and we’ve included that below. I found this jacket to match up to the chart pretty well. I think the max belly figures below are a touch smaller than the actual jackets measures, so I’d say the max belly for any given size is only about 2” less than the max chest. For example, in a size Large, the max chest is 44” and the max belly is about 42”.
These jackets have Velcro straps on the sides of the torso to help customize the fit for those with a trim waist. They also have adjusters on each arm to take up some of the extra material in the bicep and forearm area.
Overall, I found the fit of the Jaunt to be quite generous in sleeve and body length. If you sometimes (but not always) in need of a tall in men’s clothing, I’d bet the standard jacket will work for you.
Our Two Cents
The Adventure Air jacket is a longer 3/4 adventure style jacket built for hot weather use. But it has two additional liners to help you out in cooler and/or wet weather. Shoulder/elbow armor by Knox is included.
Similar in overall style to the Jaunt jacket, the Adventure Air is FirstGear’s “3/4” style” jacket for summer which is aimed at commuters, everyday street riders and touring rider. The 3/4 style jacket is longer and covers more of your torso than shorter waist jackets. This type of jacket can inherently have more pockets than shorter jackets too. This one has four pockets in front and two inside. Sometimes a longer style jacket like this will bunch up a bit in front when you sit on the bike, but this jacket has a “two way” front zipper so you can zip up from the bottom allowing the lower part of the front torso of the jacket to drape over your lap. It’s a neat feature to have on a longer jacket.
I see MOLLE straps over the shoulders of the arms and vertically in front in case you have accessories you want to attach to the outside of this jacket. I’ve seen this used on “tactical” vests in the past, but this is the first time I’ve seen it on a street jacket.
The shell of this jacket is mesh materials, so it can be comfortable in hot weather. The shoulders and elbows are covered in more sturdy solid textile material to improve the abrasion resistance in those areas. Two liners are included too. The main removable liner is also a destination piece. It is a windbreaker style jacket. It is over-sized some so you can wear it OVER the main jacket in rain, or you can zip it inside the liner to function more like a wind liner in cooler weather. And then in even colder leather, you can zip in the full sleeve thermal liner. You can experiment with the liners in different weather situations to figure out what works best for you, but there are a lot of options here. If you are riding with the liners and need to take them out, there is a rear fanny pocket to store them away.
The new version has “brand name” armor by Knox installed in the shoulders and elbows. It is CE 1 and is a soft rubber compound that is easy to wear. The jackets are set up also for the addition of a back protector. As of this writing, FirstGear hasn’t yet released their own branded back pad, but we did some fitting and found the Olympia back protector to be a perfect fit and material, so we are recommending that back protector for these jackets (take the link below). The Olympia back pad has very similar properties.
If your rides will take you though hot summer weather, but also cooler and wet weather, this one might be the Swiss army knife-style jacket for you. :: Paul, 04-26-19
FirstGear says: When the mercury is on the rise, look no further than the ADV Air jacket. Combining the necessities needed for adventure riding, we have gone one step further to reduce rider fatigue by decreasing the jacket’s weight and constructing the main body with an extremely durable, yet breathable poly mesh. Even in the desert heat, a flash thunderstorm can happen at moment’s notice. To foresee the elements, we added a waterproof, breathable liner in addition to an insulated 100gm liner, in order to ensure that you are ready for whatever comes your way. This jacket can operate comfortably in a wide range of environments and is perfect for anything from a commute to work on a chilly morning, to exploring a new trail on a warm summer day.