Spidi Netix Mesh Jacket
Great look and airflow
6', 215#, 45" chest - XXL Jacket size (42" waist, size 36 jeans)
I absolutely LOVE the this jacket.
This jacket looks like it has a tailored fit!
I have a somewhat athletic build and usually have worn a more american-cut jacket, but wanted something that actually fit and looked good. Not only does it fit right and look good while wearing it, (vs looking like a box), but the red lining adds a bit of subtle pop / flash that stands out like a casual fashionista.
This jacket just looks smart!
The air conditioning kicks in almost immediately (around 15 mph - I could feel it driving up my driveway).
The jacket will not prevent you from sweating. I live in Honolulu and it has been hot and humid this week. I still sweat, although the air conditioning helps it evaporate while riding.
I added the Warrior Backplate so the back of my shirt is wet, but I am assuming that would probably happen a little even without the backplate due to the airflow.
Another mesh jacket I have has the corder on the top of the sleeves. I definitely feel the A/C more in this jacket.
If you are looking for stylish / good looking jacket for warmer / hot weather I definitely recommend this jacket.
There are two things I do plan to change / have my tailor address and both are with the sleeve ends.
1. The sleeve opening is rather wide (good for big watches or gloves inside the jacket) - I plan to have my tailor add an additional snap to close.
2. The metal zipper pull dangles about - I plan to have my tailor add an extra triangle of fabric to the snap-flap to give the zipper pull a home / pocket once sleeve is snapped shut. I may also dip them in a plastic coating.
Point to note - Profile shows main ride as HD. I ride this jacket on my BMW R1150R and mainland road trips on my BMW K1200LT. The other mesh jacket I mentioned is HD Switchback Elite which is a GREAT jacket. It is also HEAVILY HD branded. I keep that jacket for riding the Wide Glide.
August 6, 2015
fits like a glove
Let me elaborate on why I'm lucky and this fits like a glove and almost feels custom tailored. I am 5'10" 150 pounds. 37 inch chest, small shoulders, in between size small and medium in normal American clothing. I tend to wear medium clothing. I took a chance and went with medium simply because I am smaller build and can sometimes wear a small. That said I'm at the peak build for this medium sized spidi jacket. Its filled out perfectly for their medium. If you EXCEED a 37 inch chest GET LARGE, as I said my 37 inch chest fills it out like a glove. I am happy I didn't order a large as the cut fits well and there's no baggy space anywhere. I wanted to give a break down of my dimensions to hopefully help you order. One thing that's nice is the buttons on the bottom right and left adjust the waist like shown in the video. Annoyance is the length of the jacket is really really riding the bottom of where you tuck your shirt in. Long torsos need not apply I guess. Regardless, I am very happy with the fit but be aware my body type is not in the average range in the US and thus fits their medium perfectly.
May 31, 2015
The video is right, the jacket runs a size small, so order up! A bonus of this, though, is that the lines are super clean, so the jacket has a great streamlined appearance.
This jacket is a god-send for hot climates; we haven't reached the really warm times yet, it's actually a little too cool for this jacket still in the mornings. I'm confident about this jacket holding up in 95+ degree weather, though.
The armor feels sturdy, though I'm not sure about how the mesh will hold up in an off.
Bottom line: if you live in an area that gets sun-surface hot, this is the jacket for you!
March 24, 2015
Great jacket, decent fit
I feel safe in this jacket. i went and got the optional back protector and it makes me feel safer yet.
I live in Texas, and man it is hot. It flows a massive amount of air, so think twice before wearing it when it's below 65.
As far as the fit, it's my only complaint. The armholes are a little high. Getting a large instead of medium might have solved that issue, but I am in that size nexus that most jackets will be too big or small in some way (size 40 chest, but almost 5'8" with broad shoulders and skinny arms.). I bet a medium would fit a size 38-39 at my height just great.
December 19, 2013
High quality materials
It's not my first Spidi jacket and I really like the brand. The materials are very good and seams to be very durable. The finishing of the jacket is also very good.
Little disappointed about the arms. They are a little loose and the protections don't get in place.
Overall, I'm very satisfied.
September 13, 2013
I just love it in the super hot days
If you are looking for the best jacket to beat the heat (100 degrees and more), you have found it, it is even cooler than wearing a long sleeved shirt (even when you are at a stop light), because it blocks the sun but keeps the air flowing, it's like being in the shadow.
You do not look like a power ranger so when you get off the bike it looks like a regular or training jacket, the armor is not evident. Perfect for commuters and small bikes.
I already had an airframe which I bought for the same purpose. So I will be comparing it to that one.
Flows more air
Is longer (it actually reaches your pants and belt and has a loop for attaching, I hate those pseudo racing jackets that only reach your bellybutton)
Has better build quality
Is cheaper (but doesn't include a rain liner which would make it about the same)
Has an extra internal bag (2 inside, 2 outside)
You can fit pefeclty a sas tec back protector with no trimming (on the L size)
Cons (Nitpicking and not deal-breakers):
The white piping is not something I like and the gray reflective spidi logos and tape look cheap-ish.
Also has some adjusting piping on the sides that go into the outer pockets, if you have stuff in them like coins and pull everything out you'll pull that thing and it's a hassle, had to cut them off.
The sleeves are too wide and have no adjusters in the bicep or elbow so the armor in elbows does not feel snug against you.
The red liner is a weird choice, black or gray would have been better, looks nice though.
The sizing is really small I should be S or M size but I am L with this because I am tall, probably could have gotten away with the M but the sleeve length fits perfect on this one, so just look out for that.
So all in all this is for those riding in the city on super hot days, there's simply no better jacket for that.
July 22, 2013
Seems great, more info in a few months
I was looking for a summer jacket. It gets a little hot in Atlanta, and figured I should actually wear a coat this year. I was looking for a not-gaudy, not-black jacket. Wow, are those 2 criteria tough to find.
Luckily this Spidi coat fit the bill. The design is clean. There are few flashy bits, just a small logo on the back. AND, the grey one is a pretty great color.
First impressions: this jacket is SMALL! I wear a 44 jacket (17, 32/33 fitted shirt, athletic build), and I was popping out of an XL. Had to go with the 2XL. (As an aside, Revzilla was fast with the return, but I was a little bummed I had to pay to ship the coat back). 2XL fits fine. The arms are not huge, so if you are a muscle head, not the brand for you. However, the shoulder and elbow pads seem to be in comfortable spots. Build quality seems solid. I like the bright red interior mesh lining. The jacket feels super light, we'll see how well it holds up.
It's still cold, so I haven't been out in it. I picked this coat up on sale, so woohoo for bang/buck ratio. I'll update the review once I get this outside in a few months.
December 31, 2012