Firstgear Softshell Jacket Liner
Simple and good mid layer
This is a great jacket. I'm using it this fall underneath a non-motorcycle jacket that seeps air and this jacket blocks it and keeps me warm. It's very wearable off the bike as a destination layer and is reasonably warm on its own.
I like that it is simple - there is just the main zipper. No cuffs or collar snaps or velcro. The lined sleeves are slippery so it goes and and off easy and quickly without bunching up your shirt.
I'm 6'3" 190 lbs with a 41" chest and the size large fits me well.
October 30, 2013
Great as an inner liner
I got this for use when air temps range from 40-50 in the morning to 70+ in the afternoon. I've got a windproof and waterproof liner for my mesh jacket, but it takes time to put in and take out and doesn't work well to put on separately. This liner works great for that. I wear an XL in most things, but got this as a Large because I wanted it to be a trim fit. It would be nice if there were panels on the side that would stretch a bit, but it may be hard to do that and make it waterproof. My rides have been much more comfortable because of it. Previously, I would have just worn my fall/winter riding jacket and opened the vents at higher temps, but that isn't ideal.
October 8, 2013
Great Jacket... With a Flaw
This jacket endeared itself to me very quickly as it's an ideal mid-layer when used over my base and under my Klim (Goretex) Powercross Pullover. It's comfortable and dry from 40's to 70's. The material is excellent and offers no resistance or binding. My outer layer slips right over it with no catching or snagging. It's basic style and comfort are excellent as a destination layer in rain or shine.
All that said, it does have one flaw... The zipper. While it does operate easily and normally, it had come off it's track when pulled to the top. This occurred without excessive force and under normal use. I believe the very top track component which is to keep the zipper from ejecting itself has fallen off. The zipper still did work, it just had to be placed back on track and not pulled to the top.
I've sent it back to FirstGear (EXCELLENT SERVICE REPRESENTATION) and am awaiting it's return.
Funny timing as when I returned from the ride when the failure occurred I was going to place an order for another.
As I've seen this problem reported elsewhere I think it may be a systemic problem. If so, I'll just fab some kind of "stop" on the track to keep it from reaching the top... As I simply don't want to ride without this essential (to me) layer.
May 12, 2013
Great as a liner or light jacket.
The medium was a true fit witch made it slightly too tight to be worn over clothing. I got the large. little loose but works well wen other layers are needed.
April 2, 2013
Exactly What It Claims To Be
Good liner that blocks airflow. Doubles as a comfortable stylish casual jacket. Love it!
March 25, 2013
I am 5'8" and 135# with about a 38" chest and the small fits very well, like a European cut. It is warm and is supposed to be both water and wind resistant. Haven't tried it in the rain, but have worn it also without a jacket. Seems well constructed, warm and thin. Would highly recommend it as it is much less expensive than the Rev'it! equivalent (and I have mostly Rev'it! gear at home)
March 11, 2013
Wow - Wonderful Jacket
Used as a liner or on it's own this Jacket ROCKS! MY husband liked mine so much we got one for him. Looks great for just out and about and on a couple cold, rainy days in Baja we wore the liner with our Jackets and their zip-in quilted liner. We were both dry and toasty. This Jacket has so much style, looks great for any occasion and we get tons of complements on them ...
February 18, 2013
Originally purchased to wear under Klim shell with a base layer in 40+ weather. Works perfectly for this application. Will also fit under my warm weather riding jacket for change of temperature at night. Now I do not need to take heated liners with all the wires and controIs. I also wear, when not riding, under my pea coat or leather bomber in very cold weather. Keeps me warm.
February 11, 2013