Fly Racing Butane Jacket (XXL Only)
- Poly main shell fabric
- Breathable, water- and wind-proof HydraGuard
- CE certified elbow and shoulder armor
- Pocket for optional Barricade Level 1 CE back protector (sold separately)
- Upper and lower arm adjustment
- Removable, full thermal liner
- Inner pocket
- Fleece lined back panel
- Anatomically correct construction
- Aqua-Guard waterproof zippers on vents
- YKK main zippers
- Jacket-to-pants zipper attaches to Fly Racing Street pants
- Reflective panels
- Wrist closure with cuff ventilation
- Exhaust vents at rear
- Air induction panels at front
- Comfort collar
- VELCRO® brand waist adjusters
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.
The fit of this jacket can be very forgiving for larger bellies. 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 part way up, toward 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 new Fly Racing Butane jacket is an update of their previous Butane 4 jacket (don’t ask me why this isn’t the “5”, but anyway….). This new model has a slightly different setup for the venting features and has a waterproof shell. Armor is included for the shoulders and elbows and a back pad is optional.
The biggest features to talk about for this jacket is climate controls. The shell itself is a traditional solid textile material, which works well for wind break and abrasion protection should you fall. The shell material is coated on the back side with a breathable/waterproof barrier to repel water if you get caught in a rain. All the sewn seams are taped to complete the waterproofing. The external pocket zips and zippered vents are all the waterproof type as well.
With the textile shell and the waterproof barrier, and with the removable thermal liner in place, you’ll find this jacket to very effective in cold weather as well. You can layer with your own garments under the jacket to provide even more insulation. And the thermal liner is “full sleeve” so you get extra insulation in the sleeves and also the torso.
The big feature on the Butane is venting. The jacket has this “air induction” setup behind the main zipper in front. When you want a lot of air into the jacket just zip it open and fold back the main flaps, an you’ll expose a large mesh flap to the air flow on the front of the jacket. those two flaps in front are held back by pairs of magnets built into the shell of the jacket. The magnets keep the flaps from simply closing over the mesh flap. When open, you ought to experience a LOT of air flow. To supplement the big vent in front, the sleeve end zippers are now “two way” meaning you can unzip from the top down to create an effective sleeve vent. Lastly, there are two vertical zips on back to allow the air to escape to help prevent inflation of the jacket at highway speeds.
With the massive front vent and sleeve vents for summer, and the removable thermal liner for cooler weather, I’d have to say this jacket would be good for four seasons for most people, which is an unusual feature in this price range.
The armor for the shoulders and elbows is include with the jacket and it is CE level 1. Its standard molded armor found in most street jackets. The jacket comes with a thin foam back pad which is really only a “placeholder” type. If you want a truly protective back pad, use the link below to add the optional Fly Racing Barricade unit.
The pricing on this jacket is very reasonable for its four season capability. Its overall quality level is pretty good too. Its certainly not like a premium brand product like REVIT or Alpinestars, but it compares well with Tour Master or maybe even Joe Rocket, which are other good “mid level quality” brands. :: Paul, 11-12-18
PS: This jacket is offered in a Camo version. Take the link below to view.