Tour Master Jett Series 3 Jacket
Excellent Jacket, with Some Nit-picks
I've put about 500 miles on this jacket in two weeks of daily commuting. I've worn it comfortably in temps from 37F to 80F. The shell and armor appear to be substantial enough that they seem likely to protect in a crash. The construction and quality control appear good, with few flaws. I am very satisfied with this jacket and believe it to be good value for the money.
I'm no expert, but the armor is noticeably better than the stuff I have in another jacket that is at the bottom of the food chain, and it falls exactly in place over my elbows and shoulders. The back pad is, of course, just foam and not armor, but it's thicker and denser than what came in the aforementioned other jacket. The shape of the back pad is different than any other I've seen—wide at the bottom and narrow at the top—and I haven't found an upgrade in the same shape, so one of the cut-to-fit options will probably be necessary. The shell looks and feels like Cordura and seems likely to substantially reduce road rash.
The jacket runs large relative to other brands but was accurate with regard to the Tour Master sizing chart. I am 5' 11", 180 pounds, 41.5" chest, a 35ish inch waist, skinny arms, medium shoulders, and the small fits me best. It does, however, give a new meaning to the term "generous fit" with regard to the abdominal region. The shoulders, sleeves, and waist fit perfectly, but there is still more room than I need in the middle, and I have a small gut (the kind you can sort of hide if you suck in). This in no way hinders the comfort or performance of the jacket, but it's not particularly flattering. I also wouldn't mind it being a tad longer, as it lets in wind at the waist if it's not zipped to overpants, but that's life. The larger issue I have with fit is that the neck, although an inch or two larger than mine, seems to choke a little in front when fastened while leaving space around the sides and back. It's as if the jacket is cut with the neck a little too far back. It's noticeable when looking down while wearing something to keep my neck warm. This could also be the case with any jacket once you tuck a neck warmer into the collar; obviously with enough bulk it's going to start to choke.
I am particularly happy with the jacket's temperature range handling. I don't care for the bulk of the quilted lining, so I layer with a wool base and a sweater if necessary. I rode with that arrangement for 40 minutes at 40 - 50 mph in 37F this morning and never felt cold. On the other end of the spectrum, I recently rode for an hour in the upper 70s. With the vents open and was never overly warm while moving. Opening the vents does have a peculiar effect however. The vents don't open through the Rainguard® lining, which itself is not bonded to the shell, so the shell puffs up with air and the lining compresses to your skin. The air circulating between them cooled the lining against my skin and kept me cool, but it was an unusual, although not uncomfortable, sensation. As for blocking wind in the cold, I would say that there are only a few spots where it gets through, however the shell does feel a little cool inside from the wind cooling the outside. It may be that the use of an all over base layer reduces the effect of wind leakage compared to relying on the liner, which doesn't close inside the jacket across the front. As for the quilted liner, there is nothing wrong with it in terms of fit or warmth, but it does bulk up my shoulders such that the chin bar on my helmet hits the armor when checking my blind spot. I can still see all the way through the blind spot, but it's a little unsettling.
I found one small manufacturing defect. The inside of one of the hand-warmer pockets got caught in the stitching on the waist, so it's only half a pocket inside. I may well have been able to exchange it for that, but I don't really care. I can mostly get a balled up fist in there if I really need to. I haven't seen any signs of trouble with the Velcro. I actuate the wrist closures several times a day and the arm adjustments only when I change the amount of bulk underneath, and so far so good.
December 6, 2013
Good Starter Jacket
I have owned this jacket for about 2 years now. The jacket is a great starter jacket but has several flaws. My biggest issue with the jacket is that the velcro that holds the collar down lost its abilitly to hold the collar closed. It does however, still grab everything that gets near it. My other issue is that there is not enough adjustment in the waist. I had to buy a larger size due to my chest and I cant get it tight enough in my waist.
I ride year round and the jacket is great as long as you have an additional liner under it. Even with the jacket all sealed it feels like the air passes through it without an issue. I would not recommend this jacket if you plan on riding in temperatures below 40 degrees.
I DO NOT REGRET BUYING THIS JACKET. I feel that this jacket is a very good purchase for a person just starting out and that might not venture into extreme cold weather riding.
October 25, 2013
This was my first jacket and I'm glad I purchased it. I bought a size large so I could bundle on heavy clothes underneath, but otherwise, get the size that you'd typically buy because the fit is right on. The removable liner makes it a great choice for multiple seasons, although, I will say that it's a bit warm in the summer months and doesn't breathe particularly well at a standstill. Something like the Airflow jacket would be more appropriate for that type of weather. But otherwise, this jacket delivers excellent value in it's price range and you can't go wrong if you choose it.
June 11, 2013
I bought this jacket to replace an older Jett that I've had for 5 years. The fit is a little tighter in the forearms than the older jacket. I must have received one that made it past the inspectors because it was missing the armor in the left shoulder and the zipper that attaches to the pants was not sewn in.
October 29, 2012
Love the fit and style
Definitely watch the videos for information. I got one size under the charts recommendation and it fits perfect. Been wearing it a few weeks and even got caught in the rain. I stayed perfectly dry. It is a little stuffy in the warmest weather, mid 90’s and above. I think this jacket will take me well into the winter.
September 10, 2012
Excellent Product at a Reasonable Price
Having researched several riding jackets I decided to go with a Tourmaster jacket because it's a good product at a really good price. My main concerns were protection in the event of a crash and from the elements. The jacket has armor to protect the elbows, shoulders and the back. The outer skin seems quite durable to protect against any road rash and yet flexible to fit various riding styles. With four vents in the front and one in the back it offers good ventilation. A removable liner comes in really handy on chilly mornings.
Washing the jacket is pretty easy as well - remove the liner, cold wash and hang it out to dry. An array of pockets on the inside helps with storing small items like my wallet and cell phone. There are two zippered pockets on the outside as well.
All in all this is a good riding jacket that will come in handy for daily commuters.
June 4, 2012
Decent for the price
I just recieved the jacket and found some minor issues. I ordered the all black and it doesn't have the reflective bars on the arm as shown in the picture. Not a big deal but just incase thats a decision make be aware. The other part the velcro for the inner pockets is either too strong or the sewing is weak. I tore the pocket the first time I opened it. Its an easy fix but makes you wonder if more will tear after a few months of wear. Over all decent jacket for the price. The features and fit are great and it looks like a normal jacket which is what I was going for along with protection. Time will tell how it holds up.
March 30, 2012