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First, the sizing: I am 6'3" and still fairly slender at +50 years. I ordered the 48 based on the sizing chart and am happy with the fit - sans liner. The liner is very thick poly-down filled, quilted, and works to make the jacket feel very tight and immobilizing. Literally feel like the Michelin Man looks. Very hard to bend the elbows, which makes safety an issue for me. As such, I removed the liner and use a nice wool vest instead to cut the bulk and provide the extra warmth. [Note: I prefer loose-fitting clothing, so I cannot say that one should order a size up, especially when a snug fit is desired.]
With the lining removed, I love this leather jacket. The fit is good and the protection is adequate. The arms are a bit short for me (35"-36" sleeve length in my shirts), but that is an advantage when I want a bit of breeze up the arms and do not want to unzip the cuff. With the cuffs unzipped, I expect to have plenty of cool airflow on warmer rides.
I do not have extensive experience with different jackets, but I will say that this jacket has wide cuffs. Even with the zippers closed, these wide cuffs allow plenty of air to flow up the arms, which necessitated me purchasing long winter gloves to cover the sleeves at the cuffs (not required on my other jackets). With that sorted, I have ridden in 5C (41F) windy weather and was quite comfy.
I have yet to ride on a really warm day. Up to 21C (70F), though, the jacket is still perfect. In the very intense Swiss sun, the reflective qualities seem to work well.
The shoulder-height zippered air vents should work well. In the riding position, with arms extended, the positioning of the vents actually bunches along the collarbone to open the vents wide - very smart design. I expect them to catch the wind on warm rides and channel that air down the front and back to exit the back vents.
April 23, 2014
Great features one flaw just discovered
The jacket is exactly what I needed and exceeds most expectations. However, the "zipper pull" aka the "clasp locker" came off yesterday when I zipped it to the top. Apparently, the "stop" at the top of the zipper has worn out and non existent. Not sure how to repair this, not sure if it warrants any type of exchange and since it happened yesterday I've not contacted Rezilla. I may have to find a fix myself.
January 27, 2014
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