Tour Master Flex 3 Jacket
Finally, I found a jacket that doesn't squeeze my torso and arms like I'm going road racing. (I'm 5'7" 155 lb athletic but not musclebound, yet I always get squeezed by lots of different high quality jackets that I've tried). It fits great, I got a small. The 3 layer system is nice too. It's a bit tedious to zip the liners in and out. Nice jacket for the money.
December 30, 2014
The zipper broke.
After saving my skin for 7 or 8 years from a few oopsies, two trips into the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, one three month motorcycle camping expedition, two four corners rides in the US, and saving my life when a drunk driver rammed the bike with an SUV going 50mph in Washington DC, my old Tourmaster Flex has now broken a zipper. On an air vent.
That was my favorite air vent, too.
December 10, 2014
Flex 3 Jacket
I have had this jacket for a few months and very happy. It is well put together, and comfortable.. Used just the mesh in summer and Outer layer+mesh in the early fall this year in the 50's 60's. My last ride a couple of weeks ago we left it was about 40 and with the liner in and a T+ Sweat shirt I was comfortable toward the warm side. As it warmed up i just opened all the vents and was fine up into the low 50's...
Just ordered the Flex pants today...
October 20, 2014
Excellent all around textile jacket.
I bought this jacket with more than a little trepidation, having never purchased a Tour Master jacket before and being unsure of sizing issues, despite RevZillas's well known and EXCELLENT return policy. I shouldn't have worried. TM's sizing chart was spot on, and despite being between a couple of sizes on my measurements, by using all three (chest, arm, and normal jacket size) listed on the chart, the jacket fits perfectly.......slightly snug with the quilted lining, slightly loose with just the mesh armor, and perfect with mesh and cover in place. Arm and waist adjustment take care of the extremes, and since I'll normally be wearing the jacket without the liner, it will be perfect.
I'd recommend this jacket as a comfortable, reasonably priced four season jacket, unless you have arctic winters.
October 20, 2014
Great for hot weather!
I have had this jacket (the Silver/Gunmetal color) for about 2 months now with the corresponding pants and riding through the Mojave desert has been "a breeze." Unless you have some sort of active cooling out here it is going to be blazing hot, but at least with the Tour Master Flex 3 your personal internal cooling system (sweat glands) are allowed to work properly. I will ride with other guys who have textile jackets with vents but nothing compares to the wind flowing straight through the jacket. After rides they will be completely soaked and exhausted while I feel fine. Unfortunately it is not the most stylish of attire but it does do a good job of keeping you cool. I have not had (nor do I hope to have) the opportunity to test out its safety features but it does feel of sturdy construction. Another thing to note, this is the only color that matches the silver pants. Finally, I have not taken it through a winter so I cannot comment on the jackets warmth but I have ridden in about 50 deg F with only the internal liner in and that was enough to keep me warm.
September 2, 2014
an improvement over the Flex 2 jacket
After a "get off" with my Flex 2 jacket, I replaced it with the Flex 3. The Flex 3 adds an easy to open exhaust vent in the upper back to allow the air to flow through the jacket. The front air scoops work great, but my Flex 2 jacket inflated with the vents open. The Flex 3 flows very well. Nice jacket for a cool day.
The mesh inner jacket is very similar to the Flex 2 jacket, but with what appears to be a better zipper system. for airflow, you can't beat the Flex 2 or 3.
The jacket fits very well, and it appears to be more rugged than the Flex 2. The Flex 2 did do a fine job of protecting me on my low speed "get off," without coming apart, so I felt comfortable going with the flex 3.
Good protection, improved zipper and venting system, and a reasonable price. I like the look of the mix of red and black better than the older version as well.
March 17, 2014
I purchased this jacket with the hopes of some 3.5 season gear for the Chihuahuan Desert. This jacket has succeeded at that, atleast through the winter months in the desert. The mesh liner is extremely light, but still provides protection where needed. The outer waterproof liner does its job...to date I have had no need for the second liner.
The lowest temperature I have ridden in the jacket was 28 degrees for about 35miles at 80MPH in just the waterproof and mesh liners. I will be looking for some nice winter gloves this summer to prepare for next year.
Fit: If your tall and skinny, decide what is more important, snug fit in the chest...or sleeve length. I went with a happy medium, sleeves were about 1-2" shorter than my measurements, and chest was about 8" larger than my measurements.
Even with the extra room in the chest, the jacket sits nice at highway speeds.
February 24, 2014
Purchased this as a replacement for an older Flex 2 jacket.
This jacket fits true to size and seems to have more features than the older version. With the outer shell installed I can ride comfortably down to 15 F. The sleeves are a bit bulky near the cuff and make it slightly difficult to pull on guantlet style gloves. I haven't worn it in the rain yet but if it is similar to the Flex 2, I might want to add some Camp Dry or Scotch Guard to the outer shell for heavy rain conditions. Otherwise I expect it to perform well, for most riding conditions up to heavy all day down pours. I had trouble with the zipper pulls on the series 2 and it appears the series 3 is using the same style zippers. Time will tell. All in all I really like this jacket for its' versatility. I can leave home here in the mountains warm and when I get to Phoenix it's easy to strip off the outer shell and ditch the liner and still be protected. Most of my cruiser freinds think it's over kill, but hey, it's my skin.
January 13, 2014