Spidi Solar Net Jackets
- Textile/mesh fabric
- Reflective details
- Clip for jacket-to-jeans attachment
- Adjustable waist
- Fixed mesh lining
- Includes Warrior Lite CE Level 1 elbow and shoulder armor
- Pocket for optional back protector (sold separately)
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This jacket is sold in “alpha” sizes (Small, Med, Large, etc). Generally speaking, the sizing of Spidi jacket run about one size smaller than normal US men’s alpha sizing. We’ve confirmed the smaller sizing through measurements and by trying them on our /info_pages/motorcycle_gear_fit_check.html. Spidi’s standard sizing chart for men confirms the smaller-than-normal fit. Our basic advice is to buy one size larger than you normally wear in men’s clothing.
To help you confirm the size you need in this jacket, I’ve put together the sizing chart below. You’ll want to measure yourself with a tape around both your chest and belly and choose a size using the chart. We’ve included a waist/belly measurement so you can make sure you are buying a jacket that is large enough for both your chest and belly.
This jacket is fairly trim cut, but not overly so which means most body types will do just fine with it. Those with a waist that is trimmer than the chart indicates for their belly size can use the adjustment straps to customize the fit with no problem.
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Note: If you plan on adding a back protector to this jacket, add 1” to your chest and belly measurements before using the size chart. If you plan to add the Thermo Jacket Liner also add 1” to your chest and belly (or 2” if you plan on adding both).
For reference, you can also have a look at Spidi’s standard sizing chart which includes similar chest size estimates along with recommended heights for each jacket size.
Our Two Cents
The Solar Net jackets by Spidi are summer sport jackets that come in two versions with options for a removable thermal liner, waterproof liner and/or back protection. Armor for the shoulders and elbows is standard.
I’m reviewing two similar models by Spidi today… the Solar Net jacket and the Solar Net WP jacket (take the link below to view the other version). Both versions offer a full mesh frame with shoulder and elbow armor included. Here’s the difference in the two versions:
Solar Net: You get the basic mesh jacket and shoulder/elbow armor. As an option, you can buy a removable waterproof liner and/or a removable thermal liner. The optional thermal liner offered for the Solar Net is like you find with a lot of other mesh jackets… it’s a waterproof liner that installs inside the jacket to keep water off your body if you ride into rain. It can also be used as a wind breaker to make the jacket more comfortable in cooler weather, like on a cool morning or traveling over a mountain pass. The liner is not usable as a destination liner though (doesn’t work well or look “normal” when worn separately).
Solar Net WP: The shell and armor are the same as the basic Solar Net, but this jacket comes with a removable waterproof liner that is styled to be usable as a destination liner as well (looks good and works well off the bike). The Solar Net WP with the liner costs more than the Solar Net plus the optional WP liner, but the liner in this jacket is a better unit. Take a look at our pictures to get the idea. If you think it might be handy to have a waterproof jacket for use off the bike, this could be your jacket. I can see it working well for a touring rider or commuter who would find it handy that the WP liner is usable for more than one thing to save space.
Both versions are compatible with the optional Thermo jacket liner which will add a layer of warmth for colder weather. The liner will add several months of the year to the usability of a full mesh jacket like this. The Thermo jacket liner is usable as a light weight destination jacket too. It looks like a light “puffy” jacket. Take the link below to view the optional thermal liner.
The armor included for the shoulders and elbows is a molded and rubberized type. It is molded in such a way that it is very flexible and reasonably thin. It is a very appropriate armor type for a light summer street jacket like this. Back protection is optional. Spidi supplies Velcro strips on the line in back to secure the back protector in place. Any of the back protectors will work in the jacket. Click through the links at the bottom of this page for info about each model. I’d recommend the Warrior 510 standard or compact back protector option for this jacket. The warrior is the lightest and smallest option and is a practical choice for a lightweight street jacket like the Solar Net.
I like the Solar Net jackets. It’s a simple design and has a lot of options with regard to inserts for water or for insulation. And in the case of the basic Solar Net, you can put off the purchase of the liners until you get some experience with the jacket, which might prevent a buying mistake. :: Paul, 05-29-19
Spidi says: SPIDI Solar Net is the ultimate mesh summer motorcycle jacket, prEN 17092:2017 certified (A class), designed to meet the needs of a variety of different bikes. It offers EN1621-1 certified Warrior Lite protectors on shoulders and elbows and it’s ready to hold both Thermal Liner (L30) and H2Out Rain Chest waterproof membrane (X47).