Tour Master Flex 3 Jacket
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
Very versatile jacket. I've worn it at 60 F and down to 40 F both occasions with the liner and shell in place. I found it comfortable all around for short distance city riding. The fit is snug with two additional layers on top of what the jacket offers but not uncomfortable for me, I'm average build 5'!0/ 180 with a 36 inch waist. I'd like a little more reflectivity on the back for night riding post daylight savings time. I wouldn't call this a true winter jacket but for city riding and 3+ season commuting I think it fits the bill very well.
November 5, 2013
I bought this looking for a lighter color mesh jacket for warm days but what I got was a great 3+ season jacket.
The quality was much higher than the JR gear I was wearing. Everything feels softer, smoother and more durable. The zippers and velcro operate better and don't jam up or stick to random things.
The outer shell blocks wind nicely and holds up nicely to light rain. I doubt it'll do well in a downpour. One nice thing about the outer shell is it doesn't add to the bulk of the jacket or effect the fit.
The panels and liner roll up into a lightweight bundle which isn't too much hassle to drop in a saddlebag and are all you'll need from 30 to 90F
September 16, 2013
Great Jacket for multi-weather areas!
I live in Manitoba, Canada where we see cold to cool to hot and sometimes very hot and back down to cold so to be able to have a jacket that does it all is money. The mesh middle jacket allows great airflow and is very light with comfortable padding. The outer layer keeps the water out very well and also is a great windbreaker. Putting it all together or taking it all apart is a bit time consuming but really a minor detail.
It fits quite large-I normally wear size medium or small (on one or two occasions) for jackets. I had to go for extra small in this one and the fit is great. Recommended!
September 6, 2013
I shopped around and could not find the Series 3 cheapper anywhere. It is comfortable and fits snuff. The jacket does not flop around while riding.
May 27, 2013