Tour Master Draft Air 2 Jacket
I really like the jacket when the liner is out. When the liner is in the jacket does not seem to have any air flow. But I bought this for a warm weather jacket so I don't use the liner so it works great for me. I like the style a of the jacket.
May 20, 2013
Like wearing nothing at all...
I ordered the Draft Air 2 in preparation for the triple digit Texas summers and got it in just as we hit another late cold snap. Oh the irony.
When we did have a warm day, I pulled out the liner and took it for a test drive. From stopped to 20 mph it's a little stuffy, like you would expect any jacket to be, but once you get up to speed, even in excess of 30 mph, the wind really picks up inside and it genuinely feels like you're riding without a jacket at all. I found it very pleasant and refreshing after a day of mowing and yard work.
I am a 6'1", 190 lb with a slim build and unequivocally long arms. Per the sizing chart, I ordered a medium and it fits about as well as I could hope. It's a good length in the arms and torso, but definitely has a bit of room in the chest and gut area. There's no question that this is an American cut where I am a tall European build. The sleeves are all Velcro adjusted with a Velcro cuff. While I would have preferred buckles or snaps, the Velcro straps at the wrist, elbows, biceps, and waist do a decent job keeping it all snugged up.
The one big question that comes up often is what armor pad you can insert into the back. It's an odd, and unusual shape but I found with some experimentation, that the Forcefield Pro Type B Medium fits perfectly, albeit upside down. And despite being roomy in the front, the back pad feels like it's pretty well situated and stays in place on my back through all of my movements.
I cannot speak of internal liner as I removed it immediately upon receipt. The only comment I would have to that is with the liner in, I managed to unzip every zipper but the actual main zipper when trying to take off the jacket off upon first wearing it. I would have preferred the front attachment of the liner be anything but a pair of straight zippers from top to bottom.
All-in-all I'm very pleased with the jacket. It has minimal branding, which I prefer for my retro Royal Enfield, and aside from a little bunching in front while I'm riding, it's comfortable and feels secure. It's a pleasure to ride in.
May 6, 2013
overall very pleased with my purchase, shipping was fast and accurate etc, etc.
pros: excellent fit and function, adjustable at armor and gather points, durable feel and good pocket placement. no testing but feels like it would cover the more important impacts(shoulders, elbows and back, good w/o liner to @50 degrees stationary, articulation is good (didn't feel like a robot while trying to move around), very breathable but with liner adequately warm. good construction (zippers and stitching), easy to use with gloves
cons: neck could be longer but that's it and not really a huge deal
my advice, snatch it up. looks good, comfortable and high quality.
April 8, 2013
I've had this a few weeks now and use it about two times a week.
--First off, great looking jacket, I got the blue and its clean and sharp. Good reflective material on the back and it's not covered in brand labels and tags. A few small tags here and there but not excessive. Also, plenty of pockets to keep all your stuff (wallet,phone...).
--Fit is near perfect. I'm 6'2 170lbs. and ordered a medium. Sleeves are notoriously a problem for me being tall and lanky, but they are plenty long enough. The torso could be a tad longer but it's not too short for me.
--Protection is good, feels good and comfortable on, not too heavy or bulky. It's plenty sufficient for my leisure style riding.
--With the rain liner in, jacket feels good, decent wind blocker for cooler days (obviously not insulated) but may need another base layer if its cold. On warmer days (hasn't been above 85 in tx since I've had it) without the liner is great! Way better than expected air flow, but still protected. Feels like a tee shirt with pads. I suspect it will be great in the real texas heat to come, don't foresee any personal over heating issues anyway.
--Has good placement of Velcro to tighten fit on cuffs, arms, and around waist if needed. Personally not a fan of Velcro because the strips tend to peel off eventually. So far so good with this jacket. There is a little Velcro tab to prevent your zipper from flopping while riding and I noticed the Velcro there is coming apart from the jacket at bit already. Don't suspect that to last long but other than that all other points seem sturdy.
--Note: it comes with a sturdy hanger for you to hang it up after use, which I like. It helps it keep its form and keeps me from just hanging it on a cheap plastic one, which in my opinion could cause wear points in the shoulders. I tend to take good care of my things, and this jacket appears to be one that will last a long time.
---Overall, I'm very impressed with this jacket, especially for the amount of money spent on it. Great bang for buck in my opinion! Definitely recommend.
March 25, 2013
Jacket surprised me
This jacket surprised me. The quality is excellent. The armor protection is hard yet light and flexible armor in shoulders and elbows. Elbows cover ample area to the forearms. Back protector, while thin semi-hard foam, protects a VERY large area and across lower back/hip/kidney area. (An inverted T shape).
I am 5'10", 195 athletic lbs. and I think a 42 chest. The medium fit me well. The inner liner was snug across midsection. (No large gut). I would suggest order one size down.
The jacket itself is very lightweight compared to my waterproof winter AXO jacket. It is better than I expected.
January 30, 2013
very good product!
very good product! comfortable, good air circulation, sweating is nothing in it!
I recommend to all riders, spring, summer or fall season!
October 15, 2012
So far, so good.
I wish the sleeve adjustments were snaps, not velcro. Overall, no real complaints. Can't wait to ride some more with it, try it with the liner, etc. And glad I now have armor.
September 9, 2012
Tour Master Draft Air 2 Jacket
An excellent buy. South Alabama in the summer months is very hot and humid. Remove the liner of this jacket and the mesh ventilation keeps you cool. I liked the protective padding and the three inside pockets as well.R
August 20, 2012