Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket
Amazing year round jacket
I purchased this jacket to use as a fall/winter/spring jacket, but quickly found that it worked in about every condition I put it in. I have yet to use it in 80+ degree weather, but have only opened the front arm vents once on a 78 degree day and found that I really didn't need them. The jacket has kept me warm all the way down to 25 degrees, but it won't work miracles. You still need pants, gloves, and boots to keep you warm below 35 degrees, but it definitely does its job especially with the liner in.
Works great in cool and cold weather when paired with other winter gear
Works great as a warm weather jacket with the liner out
Plenty of storage plus the rabbit pouch holds the liner if you ride in areas where the temp goes from freezing to 80+ in one day
High Vis works great and doesn’t look half bad ( I have even had a few compliments)
You can’t really feel the airflow, but that is coming from someone who’s other jacket is a phoenix mesh
The front pockets sometimes get in the way when wearing a full size backpack
Overall, I would recommend this jacket to anyone who isn’t trying to be as low drag as possible and wants a great all season jacket with a good bang for the buck factor.
January 12, 2015
Definitely waterproof and warm
We rode through cold (43-50 degrees) rain for 90 minutes with no problem. The jacket kept us warm and dry. It has ample storage space due to its many pockets. I like how there is a pocket outside the zipper but inside the flap for easy access to your important stuff like a wallet. Removable liner with rear storage area for it make this a very usable and adaptable jacket. Wife also bought one for her because there are not many jackets for women that has these features at this price-point. Get one. You won't be disappointed.
January 12, 2015
Plenty of sleeve and body adjustment to ensure the right riding fit. Denier is high enough to ensure durability without compromising comfort. Plenty of body armor in the outside chance you have to lay your bike down. I'm 6' 165#, but have long arms and the Lg is perfect. Got this for cold weather riding. It performs as advertized.
January 1, 2015
FIRSTGEAR JAUNT T2
JACKET WELL THOUGHT OUT AND MADE OF QUALITY MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP. AN EXCELLENT BUY FOR THE MONEY! AND REASONABLY PRICED.
December 22, 2014
Does what I wanted it to.
I bought this jacket specifically for cold weather riding and it delivers exactly what I wanted. With the liner in, 20 Fahrenheit rides at any speed are comfy. Wear it for more than 5 minutes inside and you'll be sweating, but who does that?
I got the XXLT, as I am 6'9", about 280 lbs. Without the liner out, its very baggy and the adjustable shoulder pads are a pain to navigate while putting the jacket on, and not too accurate on my particular shoulders. Another mark against this jacket is the adjustment straps. I tend to keep at least one of the top opening pockets open and whenever I brush my forearm anywhere close to the Velcro for the pocket (which is often) it sticks to the adjustment strap and I have to rip my own arm off my jacket...very annoying. If you keep the pocket flaps closed its not an issue. Buttons are easy to snap, Firstgear zippers are first rate. Multiple zip open vents (the sleeve vents are very easy access) let in plenty of air if it gets too stuffy and keep out air and water when closed. Except for those couple little quirks, it is a very comfy and warm jacket, with the liner in.
December 3, 2014
This jacket was easy to recommend.
I bought this jacket in the high-viz color option, and I have to say it is the most practical choice I could have made. The features on this jacket surprised me when I first saw that it was under $200. With all of the pockets, adjustable straps, adjustable vents, removable liner, protection, and reflective stripes it was hard to find something I didn't like. I've used it in weather everywhere from 30 to 65 degrees in the sunshine and rain. I have not been cold once since I started wearing this. If every zipper and button are closed, it will keep you dry in the rain. If you open the vents it will be cool enough for warmer days. If you take the thermal liner out, it's a bit scratchy but I imagine that if you pair with some Under Armour heat gear you could stretch it into some hot days. The only discomfort I've had so far has been some pull on the top of my arm after I put the jacket on, but rolling my shoulders to straighten out the material has always fixed that. The style is good, the safety features are good, the fit is good, and the weatherproofing is good. I recommend this jacket.
November 10, 2014
Typical example of overthinking a jacket
First let me address the pros of the Jaunt T2:
Size Issue. I found the sizing to be spot on. Some reviewers found this jacket to run at least 1 size too big. I did not find that to be the case. I'm 6'2", 230lbs, 46" chest, 40" waste and 36" arms. I used the sizing chart and ordered an XL Tall and it fits great. Whether the liner is in or out, the fit is very good. Additionally, you can "cinch up" the arms, cuffs and waist which makes it even better once you're under way.
Features: The cinch straps on the arms, cuffs and waist are not just there for looks, they really work and there are more pockets on this jacket than any reasonable person needs. The rear of the jacket is longer than the front and a snap down flap over the zipper helps to keep out the cold air, both features that you would want in a touring jacket. Also, there are at least six vents on the front side to let fresh air in and two more on the back side to let the air out. Pretty impressive at first glance. The zipper flap as well as the neck strap snap easily into place.
Riding Temperatures: First let me say that I ride a Honda VFR1200 so I do not sit behind a windshield but am fully in the air stream. I used this jacket for sustained riding in 50 degree weather, liner installed and nothing but a t-shirt underneath #along with a neck warner and full coverage helmet# and I would recommend that as the lower limit. Of course, if you wear a long sleeve insulated or flannel shirt underneath, you may get away with riding in lower temperatures. Commuting for shorter distances would also not be a problem in lower temps but I tend to ride longer distances so 45-50 degrees is about my limit with this jacket. Around 70 degrees you will want to remove the liner, which by the way is a very nice quilted and cuffed liner, no complaints there. I've not ridden in the rain with this jacket so I cannot address that issue.
Armor: The armor is of good size and has good coverage for the elbows, shoulders and back. Additionally, the elbows and shoulders of the jacket are heavily reinforced with extra heavy fabric.
Cons: This jacket is more complicated than any I've owned and is an example of overthinking just about everything, from the number of pockets, all the air vents or trying to install the liner #which is a job in itself#. The armor used in the jacket is very bulky to say the least, to the point of being annoying. My first thought was to just remove it, but for now it's staying in. Also, and I'm not exaggerating, this has to be the heaviest jacket I've owned in my 40 years of riding. I would guess at least 7-8 pounds, maybe more. The weight, however, is not really noticeable once the jacket is on. Lastly, the air vents when opened cause the jacket to billow up like a balloon.
Summary: For the cost of this jacket you are getting a lot of features and a lot of value. I would definitely recommend it to others who are shopping in this price range, although I probably would not buy it again. I would spend the money and opt for a higher quality, less complicated jacket with better armor. I wish this were a jacket I could just slip in to, zip it up and go, but with the heavy weight, all the zippers, snaps and cinches, along with the bulky armor, it has become annoying, at least for me.
November 7, 2014
Not bad for the money
I've had this jacket for 3 weeks now. I was looking for an in between jacket. My other late fall, early spring jacket saw better days and I didn't want to break the bank. I got the Hi-Viz version for my 2 hour a day commute. The first 3 days I had it it rained. The jacket is water resistance not waterproof. The light to steady rain it kept me dry. During a heavy down pour, the water left a small wet spot on my left shoulder and right forearm. Wasn't bad considering how hard it rained.
I'm 6' 3" 185 lbs 45 inch chest. Purchased a large the fit is just fine. Plenty of adjustments for a more defined fit. Riding in temps from mid 70's to low 30's it kept me comfortable.
Quality is not bad for this price range. You can see a big difference from my high dollar jackets and this one. The set it and forget it adjustable collar snap works until you do a head check. They need to back to Velcro.
I've had First Gear jackets before, not a bad jacket for the lower end of the performance scale. If your looking for something "cheap" you can't go wrong with this jacket.
November 3, 2014