FirstGear Rush Jacket
- Waist-Length Textile Jacket
- Water-Resistant 600D Polyester Outer Shell and a Waterproof / Breathable Membrane Insert (Z-Liner)
- Polyester Mesh Moisture Wicking and Anti-Microbial Liner
- Soft and Durable Rolled Neoprene Collar and Cuff Edging
- Two 6” Intake Vents on Chest with Waterproof Zippers and Fold Open Feature
- One Large 12” Horizontal Back Vent with Waterproof Zipper and Fold Open Feature
- Two Front Pockets with Waterproof Zippers
- One Left Side Chest Pocket, Concealed and Weatherproof Under Main Zipper
- Large Back Zippered Storage Compartment
- Internal Phone Pocket and Map / Cargo Pocket
- Two-Way YKK Front Zipper
- Pre-Curved Sleeves for Comfort in the Riding Position
- Adjustable Waist Straps at Sides
- Adjustable Take-Up Sleeves
- FirstGear’s Standard Conjunction Zipper with Pant Side Included
- Reflective Accents on the Front, Side, and Arms for Increased Visibility
- Pocket for optional Back Protector (sold separately)
- Removable CE Approved Level 1 Knox MICRO-LOCK Armor at the Shoulders and Elbows
- Five-Year Warranty
The 2019 Rush and Rush Air jackets are sized for the American market which is more full in the chest and shoulders than some European designs. We tried a size Medium jacket on Huey and an XL on Dewey (our Fit Check mannequins) and they fit just fine. You can see some shots of how they look by clicking the “View Larger Images” link above. Most people will find a fit by ordering the size they usually wear in men’s clothing. If you are sometimes between sizes, I’d advise choosing the smaller.
FirstGear publishes a chart which summarizes the max chest and max waist/belly for each size and we’ve included that below. I found this jacket to match up to the chart pretty well. I think the max belly figures below are a touch smaller than the actual jackets measaures, so I’d say the max belly for any given size is about 4” less than the max chest. For example, in a size Large, the max chest is 44” and the max belly is about 40”.
These jackets have Velcro straps at the waist to help customize the fit for those with a trim waist. They also have adjusters on each arm to take up some of the extra material in the bicep area.
Overall, I found the fit of the Rush and Rush Air jackets to quite generous in sleeve and body length. Tall sizes are available too which adds about 2” to the sleeve and body length. If you only sometimes in need of a tall in men’s clothing, I’d advise you to try the standard jacket first because of the already-generous length.
Our Two Cents
FirstGear is now offering the Rush jacket and Rush Air jackets for 2019. The Rush is a solid textile model with a waterproof liner for cold to mild temps and/or wet weather and the Rush Air is a full mesh jacket with a removable rain liner for hot weather use.
The two jackets are a similar cut and style, so the main differentiation will be your expected climate conditions on the bike. Features that they share is Knox CE 1 armor inserts for the shoulders and elbows. The jackets are set up also for the addition of a back protector.
Interested in pants? FirstGear has three new pants in their lineup for 2019 that would be great. the Rush Air Pants are the perfect match for the Rush Air jacket and the Jaunt Overpants would be a good companion for the Rush. I’ve linked to pants at the bottom of this page so you can have a look.
A couple features that are nice, and that are common to both styles: 1) soft padded ribbing around the collar edge and the sleeve ends to make those comfortable against your skin; 2) LARGE reflective strips for nighttime visibility; 3) jacket to pant zippers in each style with mating halves of the zippers… mate to the FG pants I mention above. or you can use the mating zipper to adapt pants you already own 4) comfortable fit in either version for everyday street riding, commuting, or touring.
The solid textile Rush jacket is sold on this page. For the Rush Air, take the link below. the rush jacket is a solid textile design which is fitted with a non-removable waterproof liner. It has a couple chest vents which when open, will channel some air through to your torso in hot weather. That air can pass through rear exhaust vents. Although this jacket is vented, I would expect it to get uncomfortable in hot summer weather, so I’d recommend this jacket for cold to mild temps, and of course wet conditions.
In back of this jacket are two access zippers to a LARGE rear compartment. Not sure what you’d have to stow in a large space on your back, but as long as it is soft (as not to injure you should you fall), this compartment could be pretty handy. Maybe a casual jacket to wear when you get off the bike?
I really like this jacket overall. Those with a sturdy frame will like the sizing… even big and tall riders. For the feature list, it’s a reasonably priced jacket with good quality. :: Paul, 04-25-19
Note: FirstGear’s literature mentions a couple features that are not present on the production jacket… the jacket is not supplied with a removable thermal liner and it doesn’t have a concealed carry pocket. There IS a napoleon pocket with a waterproof zipper which would be handy for a wallet or cell phone, but certainly not a gun.
FirstGear says: Keep your core comfortable and operating at its best with the Rush, a jacket that’s ready for anything the road or the weather throws at you. You ride to immerse yourself in the environment, but controlling your core is a key to surviving any adventure. The Rush jacket’s water-resistant 600-denier polyester outer shell cuts through the weather and its waterproof, breathable membrane insert ensures rain doesn’t get in but sweat can get out. If you’re climbing to altitude just insert the insulated 100g full-sleeve liner to keep your core temperature comfortable and working optimally. The insulated liner is removable and fits easily into the jacket’s large, back zippered storage compartment for comfortable riding on warm days. Chest and back vents fold open for easy engagement without looking away from the road. Pre-curved sleeves shaped into the riding position with adjustable take up sleeves mean a customized fit that won’t restrict your riding technique. The Rush comes fitted with CE-approved Level 1 Knox™ Micro-Lock™ armor at the shoulders and elbows and a rear pocket shaped to fit the CE level 1 or 2 Knox™ Micro-Lock™ Back Protector (optional accessory, jacket comes with foam backpack pad installed). Internal pockets on both the jacket and the removable liner keep your phone and a map within easy reach so you can send your boring buddies what they’re missing and be quickly ready to venture on.