Fly Racing Butane Jacket For Women
- Air-Induction System features a massive 3D mesh intake vent. Additional, large zippered intake vents are located on the shoulders. Hot air is exhausted through vents on the back.
- Anatomically fitted for the perfect riding position
- Removable CE approved armor in the shoulders and elbows
- Protective PE back foam and spine protector
- High-visibility reflective panels and logos for added safety
- Hydraguard protection makes the jacket durably waterproof, windproof and breathable, so that you stay dry and comfortable
- Removable thermal liner provides added warmth and comfort on cold rides
- Arm volume adjusters secure armor and provide optimum fit
- Zippered cuff with Velcro® adjustment
- Velcro® waist adjusters for a customized fit
- Zipper pulls for ease of use with gloves
- Side expansion panels add an extra level of room and comfort
- Drop tail for added coverage
- Belt loop snap for quick attachment
- 8” attachment zipper connects to pant
- Micro fleece collar for added comfort
- YKK® main zipper
Read on for more details.
To choose a size, please check the chart below provided by Fly. I measured a selection of the jackets and found the bust size to be a good indication. The waist on this jacket is highly adjustable with the side and rear adjustments tabs and so the waist indication in the chart isn’t all that helpful in choosing a size (since the jacket is so highly adjustable), but I left it there for reference. Also, the jacket has side expansion zippers which will add size in the waist/hip area.
Sizing advice from FLY:
Our Two Cents
This new Butane 4 jacket by Fly Racing is a super versatile, “do it all” jacket for street riders. Its a traditional street cut (not a form fitted race cut), so it will be comfortable to wear on a daily basis. The ladies version offers a cut that is built for women (not just a smaller version of the men’s jacket), which makes this style very flattering.
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 is backed by a non-removable breathable/waterproof barrier to repel water if you get caught in a storm. The external pocket zips on the jacket and zippered vents are all the waterproof type. One cautionary note: any jacket with several opening, even though they are billed as “waterproof” are going to leak at some point, so if you need a hard core waterproof jacket for riding in frequent rain, you’ll probably want to look at other models, but for the casual user that gets into rain occasionally, the waterproofing should suit your purposes just fine. 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 as well as the torso.
The big feature here however 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.
And if you want even more air than the front “Air Induction” feature delivers, you can use the zips in the shoulder area. And in the back are two zip vents to exhaust the air you are letting in the front. This will help to prevent the jacket from inflating at highway speeds. The zip vents in front are made with waterproof zippers so that the air has a direct path through the jacket to your skin. Some waterproof jackets with zip vents don’t allow air to pass through the waterproof barrier which reduces the effectiveness of the vents (but admittedly also will be more reliably waterproof).
I’d encourage you to visit our photo gallery to see all the features of this jacket. There is plenty of adjustability for fit with the side waist and back rear Velcro tabs and also the snaps on the sleeves to take up extra material. Also there are the very effective “expansion zippers” on each side of the torso to accommodate varying hips sizes. Those who don’t need the extra room won’t even notice they are there.
For a jacket that is price VERY reasonably, I think there is a LOT of functionality here, and I also think the overall build quality compares very favorably with other similarly priced products. I think you’ll really like this one! :: Paul, 09-05-17
Add an upgraded back protector?: This jacket comes with a simple foam back pad and 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. .