Fly Racing 2018 Flux Air Jacket
- Full flow mesh for maximum air flow
- CE Level 1 removable armor in the shoulders and elbows conforms to EN1621- 1 standards.
- Protective PE back armor – FLY Barricade CE armor upgrade compatible.
- High abrasion fabric used in critical impact areas. High-visibility reflective panels for added safety.
- Anatomically correct construction for reduced fatigue and enhanced riding comfort. Adjustable Velcro® cuff. Velcro® waist adjusters for customized fit.
- Side expansion panels add an extra level of room and comfort
- Arm volume adjusters secure armor and provide optimum fit
- YKK® main zipper
- Main zipper pull for ease of use with gloves
- Drop tail for added coverage
- Belt loop snap for quick attachment
Read on for more details.
We measured and tried on a number of sizes in this jacket and found them to fit as expected. I’d encourage you to order the size you normally wear in men’s clothing for sizes Small through XL, and since there is limited standardization on fit above XL, I’d recommend those who wear larger sizes to measure their chest and belly and choose based on the chart I’ve put together below. If you find yourself between sizes, I’d encourage you to order the smaller.
Those with large bellies will love this style. The proportions are generous through the lower torso… for each size, the belly is about 2” smaller than the chest, but on each side of the jacket are expansion zippers that go way up, almost to the armpit and when open will another 4” or so to the max belly! But also, there are side waist adjustment straps to snug down the mid-torso area for those with slimmer lines. VERY versatile!
Here is a chart we put together with approximate max chest and belly sizes for every “alpha” size. You can use this chart to choose a size based upon your chest and belly measurements.
(with side zips open)
Note: This chart mirrors Fly’s official size chart for sizes XL and above, but shows larger sizes than Fly’s chart for smaller sizes. Their chart for the smaller sizes is not accurate.
Our Two Cents
The Fly Racing 2018 Flux Air jacket is a new version of the original Flux Air jacket but with slight styling changes and without the removable rain liner but with some extra reinforcements over the shoulders and elbows. This jacket remains a mostly-mesh design for hot summer weather.
The overall construction of this jacket is pretty minimalist and it is kept that way to make it flow about as much air as possible through a jacket. I like the wide opening at the neck without a collar. For hot summer weather, who wants a stand-up collar, right? As compared to last year, the abrasion protection is slightly improved with solid textile overlays at the elbows and shoulders. And I think this year, the styling is a bit less drab than before (except for black of course). The other two colors look good I think.
The shoulders and elbows are fitted with standard molded rubber protectors and the back pad compartment comes with a thin foam pad. Fly doesn’t offer a CE rated upgrade, but I find that our most popular upgrade back protector by D3O fits the mesh pocket in this style very well. The men’s size Back pad in either Level 1 or 2 fits both men’s and women’s (the women’s size back pad is too small for the women’s jacket pocket, so get the men’s there too). You could get level 2, but for a general duty jacket like this, I think the Level 1 upgrade will be most comfortable and practical. Take the link below to buy.
This jacket remains a very low cost option for hot summer use, and for the money, I think it is a good value. :: Paul, 07-01-19