Fieldsheer Adventure Tour Hi Vis Jacket
Good initial impression
Only one day of use so far, so long-term rating might be higher or lower (probably higher). Initial impression is good - seems to be very well made - workmanship is fine. Rode on a 50-degree day and it kept me very warm. Size seems a little small (I ordered an XL) but this did not create a problem while riding and the fit is close enough to keep. I particularly like the "neck gaiter" feature - flap that comes across the throat with velcro to keep it snug. This did a good job of keeping air from flowing into the jacket.
October 29, 2015
First textile jacket, love it
This is my first textile jacket. I'm used to much heavier leather, so this is a huge change for me. It is significantly lighter, it has much more sophisticated venting, and rather than soaking up water, it actually repels it.
It fits very well, and can be further adjusted in the forearms and waist. The only odd fit is in the back armor. It puts a bit of pressure right in the middle of my back. It's not uncomfortable, but it is noticeable. My leather doesn't have any armor, only reinforced areas, so I've got no idea if this is normal.
I've stayed completely dry in a couple of fairly heavy rain storms.
It's spring, around 60's and 70's, so I haven't had the opportunity to try it out in any kind of real heat or cold yet, but in these temperatures with the cold weather liner out, the jacket has been perfect.
April 6, 2015
In my opinion the most important thing when selecting a motorcycle jacket is fit -- the jacket must fit so that the protective pads line up correctly. Before I bought this jacket I thought I would have to buy a custom made one because nothing fit. I'm tall and very lean: 6' 5" at 161 lb. The Fieldsheer Adventure Tour Hi Vis in medium tall fits me perfectly.
On October 16, 2014 I lost control of my Kawasaki KLR650 when the front tire demounted from the rim while riding at 65 mph on a downhill freeway off ramp. I purposely forced the bike into the concrete on the left side before I was pitched off and then slid at least 50 feet. The initial impact was on my left elbow and left hip. The elbow/forearm pad in the jacket really saved me from injury upon impact, but as I was sliding along the sleeve was pushed up and I got a very small bit road rash at the elbow; other than straining some core muscles that was my only injury (I was also wearing TCX Infinity GTX Boots, Klim Badlands Pro Pants with Thor Sector Knee Guards under them, and a Alpinestars Track Protection Vest).
1. Available in medium tall for all of the tall slim guys.
2. Ventilation is is good. I have used this jacket for adventure touring (60% dirt) in the Mojave desert in the summer time, and the vents are adequate while moving as long as you are not wearing a hydration backpack.
3. Shoulder and elbow/forearm pads are good quality and backed up with memory foam.
4. The sleeves have adjustments to accommodate different size arms. It is important to snug these up to keep the elbow/forearm pads in place.
5. There are two zip-in liners included -- one is waterproof and the other is for insulation. I have not yet used the waterproof liner, but the insulated one is very warm.
1. The stock back pad is mounted up-side-down, and it is not long enough (it is like a half length pad). I have never used the stock back pad. For adventure touring I use a Dainese Manis Back Protector, and when riding on the street I wear an Alpinestars Track Protection Vest -- both of these provide CE level 2 protection all of the way down to my tailbone.
2. If you wear a hydration backpack it blocks the exhaust vents on the back of the jacket.
3. The "Removable collar extender" might be good for deflecting rain, but it is not at all warm -- it directs icy feeling cold air down the back of the neck at freeway speeds. I do not use it.
Overall I really like this jacket. The day after my crash I replaced the ruined jacket with a brand new one. I am confident that it will protect me whatever happens in the future.
January 3, 2015
Just broke my new jacket in at the Pine Barrens 500. Temperature was in the forties all three days, and the jacket did a great job of keeping me warm. I'm just over 6'3", 200 lbs. I bought an XL tall, and the fit is perfect. Plenty of room to add layers underneath, or cinch it down and just go with one shirt. Either way, I was warm and had plenty of mobility for the aggressive riding.
November 17, 2014
Never thought Id use this jacket out of the box but this summer has been cooler than not. The day after receiving it (late July) the AM temp was low 50s when I went into work and very damp (foggy). It was perfect weather to break this jacket in. My mesh jacket would have been way too cool...even with the hand warmers on (BTDT!).
For reference Im only planning to use this jacket for cool weather...fall & winter (and summer this year it seems). Also Im 6'4" 200lbs and ordered a size XLT in hi-viz.
What I particularly like is about this jacket is warmth w/o bulk. The fit is VERY good w/o much excess so Im not flapping in the wind. I think theres enough room still to accommodate a sweat shirt and still be comfortable. The only minor down side is the belly is a bit too generous and Im just about out of waste adjustment. The cuffs seal around gloves very well altho they dont open wide. However, I did manage to get my gloves inside w/o too much messing about. The arm and waste length are excellent and as such dont ride up allowing wind in. Ive yet explore the pockets so cant comment on them. I usually dont make much use of jacket pockets other than to keep my EZPass transponder in one of the chest pockets. I like the fact it comes w/ good back armor and its the first jacket Ive own that came like that. I havent had a chance to use the integrated neck scarf so cant comment on that either. From what I can determine the liners are easily removed/installed. I did mess w/ that a bit after unboxing it. Im sure Ill have other comments based on more extensive use...Ill try to post those after the winter riding seasons ends.
Would I get one again? Oh yes...I think so. Initially I purchased a Scorpion Command II and sent it back immediately. It was wrong in nearly every way, fit, features, price. For the extra spent the Fieldsheer ADV/Tour is by far the better jacket in all 3 categories.
July 31, 2014