Tour Master Asphalt Jacket
- Shell constructed with 320 denier polyester/nylon blend fabric for a unique finish and feel
- 100g polyfill insulated zip-out vest liner for added warmth when needed
- Built-in waterproof and breathable Rainguard™ barrier
- Microfiber lined mandarin collar and snap-lock zippered cuffs for added comfort
- Built-in action back design provides comfort and increased range of motion
- Includes a detatchable zip-off sweatshirt style hood
- Zippered arm vents pull cool air in, while backside zippered vent draws hot air out
- Mesh lined chest pockets double as vents when left open
- Zippered hand pockets, chest pockets, inside chest map pocket, inside mobile device, and pouch pocket
- Dual zippered fanny pack doubles as a vent when left open
- Equipped with durable ESO™ zippers including locking main zipper
- Hook and loop forearm adjustment straps
- Adjustable waist belts for a custom fit
- Reflective piping and rear reflective panel help increase nighttime visibility
- Newly designed, removable Armadillo® CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders, plus a triple-density back protector
- Includes 8” jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
Read on for more details.
We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they fit just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
Historically Tour Master gear has been sized very generously, but some new products introduced in 2017 are running a bit more snug. For a given size, the fit is relatively trim similar to European brands like Alpinestars or REVIT. Most people can still choose the size they normally wear, but if you are between sizes or just prefer a more roomy fit, I’d advise to choose up.
Another way to refine your size selection is to measure your chest and belly and then use our size chart (below) which lists max chest and max belly sizes for each jacket size. The measurements in the chart are a combination of the manufacturer’s size chart and also the measurements we take on the product samples. After you measure, you can choose a jacket size using the chart. You’ll want to choose a size that will accommodate both your chest and belly.
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Our Two Cents
The Asphalt jacket from Tour Master has the protective and convenience features of a typical textile style, but it is packaged to appeal to cruiser riders that want the stealthy look. This one also has a detachable hoody to add some cruiser or urban style.
The shell of this jacket is a blend of nylon and polyester, so I think it would perform well in case of a crash, but the “feel” of the material is a bit different. It feel like a “brushed” material, so it is softer to the touch. I think they were trying to emulate a waxed cotton finish which was a popular material many decades ago. It has a matte finish that most cruiser riders will like.
For climate control, this jacket has two bicep zip vents and two rear exhaust vents. Also the two upper chest pockets are lined with the same mesh nylon as the vents, so even though they are pockets, if you left them open. So using all the vents in warmer weather will move some air past the outer shell of the jacket and make it more comfortable. And in winter, you can use the zip-in thermal liner. The liner is lightly insulated and will give some warmth on cooler days.
For wet weather use, this jacket is fitted with a full waterproof liner. The liner is fixed in place between the jacket’s outer shell and the inside nylon lining. A fixed liner works really well and is convenient for those who are in rain frequently. Because it is not removable, there is nothing to remember to bring along and being a fixed liner with no openings like zippers, etc, it has few reasons to leak on you. The flip side is that a fixed liner does not allow for air to flow through the jacket’s zippered vents directly to your skin, so the venting capabilities are muted as compared to other designs. Since the zippered venting is only marginally effective, I’d say this is a two to three season jacket. It will be perfect for spring and summer and also for mild weather in winter and summer. And of course it will help you in wet weather anytime. For a cruiser style jacket here is a lot of climate control functionality here!
This jacket comes with a full set of armor for the shoulders, elbows and back so there is nothing else to add in that regard. The shoulder/elbow armor that comes with the jacket is comparable with other good quality jackets. The back protector is reasonably substantial but not CE rated… not the worst, but not the best either.
Other nice features I see are a good selection of pockets (see our photo gallery to see those), and I like the way the collar is finished out with soft material that should be easy to break in without discomfort. To make the jacket even more to the liking of cruiser riders, this one comes with a detachable hood. If you wear a full face helmet, I don’t think you could wear it under the helmet, but it might be useful for those that don’t wear a helmet or have a half helmet that would accommodate a bit of thickness under it. If you can’t find a use for it, you can surely take it off. :: Paul, 12-28-17