Spidi Net 7 Mesh Jacket
I have been buying jackets left and right (and taking full advantage of RevZilla's liberal return policy) to try to find THE summer riding jacket. I had high hopes for the Net 7, but was a little disappointed. A few things:
This is one of those jackets where it seems you're paying a bunch extra for a zip-out windbreaker. However, if you zip out the windbreaker, there is no light, sweat-absorbing inner layer; the only thing between your skin and the outside is the mesh, and boy, does that seem light/flimsy. I have no doubt it would flow a bunch of air, but I can't help but think that there would no protection at all in the non-fabric areas.
The fit is a little strange. I'm 6'0", 170 lbs., 38-inch chest, and ordered the medium. The jacket fit very well in the shoulders and chest -- just snug enough. However, I don't have a particularly long torso or arms, and I don't wear my pants low, but the jacket seemed *very* short (barely touching the top of my belt), and the sleeves were too short by 1"-2" as well.
All in all, if what you want is a mesh jacket, it seems like there are much better options in the near-$300 price range.
August 12, 2015
athletic cut jacket, works for tall proportions.
RevZilla staff guided me to a replacement jacket for my aging and ugly First Gear Mesh in L tall. I am 6'3" 205 lbs with 37 inch arms, 44 chest and 37 waist. Needed a jacket with longer sleeves, but athletic cut as most American cut jackets balloon on me. I wear a 36/37 sleave dress shirt with an athletic cut to get the right proportions.
The Spidi Net 7 is a great fit. Wearing it over a dress shirt leaves enough room for a thermal layer if needed for cooler weather, but not so much as to bother me when riding. my Speed Triple offers no wind protection and the Spidi does well at not flapping around and allowing lots of air.
Gripes are small on this jacket, but annoyed that there isn't better pockets. A inner chest pocket would be very nice to store wallet or even one of the quick access chest pockets that can be accessed with the jacket zipped.
Added the Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector and it works great. Hasn't been hot enough to determine if it will create a noticeable are of perspiration, but feels light and should help dramatically in a fall. It does require 20 minutes of opening the little air slots with a sharp knife, but definitely worth the time.
August 11, 2014
Great urban jacket
Need to start with mention, that I'm a girl and actually my rate is based on the long story of choosing one and only textile summer jacket. I'm 178 cm (5'10") and bit athletic, mainly in shoulders. So it was very hard to find stylish, elegant, but without girly stuff like flowers or butteflies, jacket.
This jacket fits perfect, I like design and agressive style, windproof layer is also a great addon.
But the best thing of it, that even with full protection I can easely wear it as common jacket - when zip is open people around don't always realise that I've come on bike.
I'm wearing M size, but for other men's jackets from Dainese, Alpinestars, etc. I try S size, So, I think guys should defenitely take the size larger.
April 14, 2014
Zipper is backwards
Overall I like this jacket. I've had it for a couple months now, about 7k miles of use and its held up well so far. The air flow is good when moving other than the forearms. Don't know why maybe its my bike but I get very little air moving on my lower arms, to the point where sweat will drip from my wrist after spending much time under 30mph. All the rest of the jacket flows good and this is East Tx, 95* at 95% humidity...
My only complaint is that the main zipper is backwards, like on a woman's jacket where the zipper itself stays on your right (if your wearing it). Didn't think it would bother me that much but after this long I still fumble with it a lot.
August 28, 2013
Great air flow, order one or two sizes larger
Nice jacket - I wanted an alternative to my Spidi T2 leather jacket for hot summer weather here in east TN; this works perfectly. Sacrifice some protection obviously - leather vs. textile. I added the Spidi back pad for additional protection and the jacket works great - I was actually cool the other (August) night slightly after dark. I'm 6'2 and 198 lbs. Normally wear a 43 long or 44 long suit coat and settled on the XXL as the XL was just a little skimpy. Never bought an XXL anything before as "up-sizing" for me was normally to an XL or if available, XL long for the euro-sized stuff.
August 26, 2013
Great Jacket for warm weather.
I really like this jacket. It breathes really well, even if you're moving a little bit in traffic. I love the look of the grey/black one as well. The liner works really well for when it gets a bit colder too.
I would have liked to have a back protector included but I was able to take one out of another jacket I don't use anymore.
August 20, 2012
European styling, fit, and a solid warm weather jacket.
Coming from Joe Rocket, Cortech/Tourmaster, and AGV Sport protective gear, I can say I'm honestly impressed with the offerings from SPIDI.
Their garments are generally sized for the European market, so typically its safer to order one size up. I normally wear a medium, but a large SPIDI Net 7 fit me perfectly.
Styling and fit wise, its a good looking jacket. I got a good number of compliments and it could pass as a casual jacket if you removed some of the armor. The jacket fits nicely and very easy to move in, basically not as stiff as textiles used in other jackets. The wrist areas use zippers and a snap enclosure, and people with large wrists may have a problem closing them completely.
Protection wise, it comes with CE rated elbow and shoulder pads. The jacket has a pocket for an optional back protector they sell, but a back protector from another jacket can generally fit in it. It does come with belt loops to secure it to your pants, but no attachment zipper in the rear for any riding pants. The jacket is a combination of textile and mesh, with the textile used in the impact areas.
Quality wise, it's just excellent. Everything on the jacket seems well sorted out. Zippers are solid and there are no loose threads anywhere. Material quality is excellent as well. I honestly couldn't find any faults with the quality of this jacket.
Performance wise, airflow is great. The mesh panels are large and flow really well. I wore this in 80 degree weather and was adequately cooled. I went with the gray/black version to help with sitting in the sun (all black looks cool, until you're the one cooking on a hot summer day). The jacket comes with a windproof liner so it can be used into the cooler climates as well.
I can't say enough good things about this jacket. It's easily going to be the jacket I wear most often in warm weather. Its also the most I've spent on a jacket - but unlike some other things I've bought, I have no regrets and its well worth the price.
Way to go SPIDI.
June 29, 2012