Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket
Good. Not great, but good.
I bought a large high visibility yellow version of this jacket to use for summer riding. Key to me was to be SEEN, and to flow lots of air, and this jacket does both.
Overall, it's very good. With the two inner liners removed, it flows a TON of air - it's almost like not having a jacket on when you are moving. I was chilly in 50 degree morning air. At 80 it's fine - I don't feel hot at all.
I like the snaps on the sleeves to tighten them up. The elbows fit well, and the jacket overall just fits very well with the liners removed. I am 6' tall, 190 pounds, and the large fits me fairly well. it's a bit on the big side when just using the outer mesh shell, but it would probably fit about perfectly with the inner liners - so I'm glad I didn't order smaller.
My only real gripes are:
1. The liners are over-engineered, and way too complicated. Each liner has a zipper on each side, plus several snaps on the main body of the jacket, plus two elastic snap thingeys in each sleeve. This means it's a royal pain in the butt to put the liner back in. Personally, I removed both liners and I will just wear a sweatshirt underneath it when I'm cold. The liners are far too complicated!
2. This is minor, but the velcro at the end of the sleeves isn't as large a patch as I would like - it's maybe 1/2" thick and 2" long - not really a large patch that would allow you to really cinch the sleeve down around your gloves. I just wish it was a better setup there to tighten them up against the gloves.
That's it though. The yellow glows in a way that makes your eyes hurt (which is good!), it's very cool in the summer, and it looks like it'll be safe as well...
Hope that helps!
May 20, 2013
Just exactly what I needed
I needed a jacket that would perform in several types of weather. So far I've worn it in temps ranging from high 40's to mid 80's. In both examples, I was very comfortable. Both linings are easy to remove and replace. I would recommend this product.
May 13, 2013
Love this Jacket
This is my first jacket and I've put about 250 miles on it so far. am 5' 10" 180lbs 41" chest, broad shoulders athletic build and i bought the small. it fits perfectly. Only ridden with the liners out but if i needed i think i could fit a sweater on even with them all in, i can wear over a pull over sweatshirt with the liners out no problem. I've ridden in temps between 55-95 and the air flows so well through this jacket. i was very comfortable in the 95 degree weather as long as i wasn't stopped at a light for more than a couple minutes, it was very cold at 55 but with the wind liner in i think i would have been fine. Riding on the freeway nothing is flapping around and when I'm in a tuck the lower back stays in place. Tons of pockets which is great but sometimes i forget where i put things haha. i love the adjustable waist, I;ve got plenty of room if i ever get a gut. the sleeve adjustments work great and keep the armor in place, i feel very safe in this jacket and would definitely buy it again! Shipping was fast, love revzilla!
May 6, 2013
Great 3-Season Jacket
I purchased the gray/black jacket two years ago, and just recently purchased the high-vis yellow jacket. This has been a great jacket to get me through the south Jersey riding season for the past couple of years. Toasty warm with the lining installed, and great airflow with just the mesh outer coat. I can comfortably ride from 50-90+ degrees. Plenty of pockets, and nice fit. I'm 5' 10", 190, and the large fits me perfectly.
April 29, 2013
Excellent product! Really happy I chose this one.
Looks awesome! Feel like such a badass. It's comfortable and has real protection. Plus, it has 2 additional layers to provide warmth and flexibility in different settings. Glad I chose this as my first motorcycle jacket. I am 5'10" and 150 lb., slender/muscular, and I got a XS. I have a size 38 chest, so the fit was right on. With all of the layers, it feels perfectly snug, and I anticipate when I have just the outer layer on for summer riding, I'll be able to adjust the straps to make sure it still fits and all the armor is in place. Very happy!
January 29, 2013
Excellent hot weather jacket
Bought this jacket specifically for riding in the Southwest in 100+ degree temps. I'm 6'3" 250lbs and mine is a 3xl tall and fits me just fine after adjusting the waist belt and sleeve snaps. No flapping at speed at all. The collar is very comfortable.
Rode from So.Cal to Phoenix in August and it was pretty comfortable while riding. Put the waterproof liner in in the early morning and removed it once it began heating up in the morning. The max temp during the ride was about 108-deg F and although wearing anything at that temp is uncomfortable, the Sonora flowed plenty of air. Soaking my helmet and the jacket kept things OK for an hour or so.
Would recommend this jacket
August 26, 2012
Very good product, nice style.
I am over 6' and 220lbs, normally wear a XL, but ordered a XXL, which can be a little loose with no liner, but with a liner and sweater on, I wouldn't want anything smaller. Also I have long arms, and the sleeve length is good. I tried a XL and found the sleeves too short. Very pleased with the jacket for hot weather riding.
August 20, 2012
This jacket really makes me happy. It was a perfect fit, the liners works great. I haven't got to test the thermal liner much below 60 degrees fahrenheit, but I'll tell you what I can.
Getting the liners in and out might take a little practice in the house, but you only get faster at it. For me, the elbow and shoulder armor lined up perfectly so I haven't had to adjust the two of them, but they feel substantial and the lower back armor is probably could enough to get through a slide.
The mesh works as it should and breathes well, but I don't quite get the front vents. They zip open, but over the zippers they're secured by velcro as well, which is a material that doesn't much care about letting you get wind. In fact, the wind just pushes them shut. The pockets are also similar so I'm left feeling like Ricky Bobby, not knowing where to put my hands. If I undo the velcro to unzip the pockets, I'm gonna feel dumb. So the stitches will probably get pulled on the forward vents and pockets. I could be making a fool of myself the the front vents are just really large chest pockets, because they are pocketed and wrap around about midway of the ribs. So, dual purpose vents that have been reduced to pockets for now, I guess? The other thing is the velcro cuffs. The tab to pull them around and cinch up on the wrist is rubber with velcro laminated on the inside to grab the sleeve. The velcro delaminated, which isn't a big deal if you have super glue, but ironic as it's the only piece of velcro I actually need on the jacket, and it has come loose. Using some of that stitching to secure the velcro to the cuff tab instead of gluing it, and just getting rid of the velcro elsewhere would be wise.
The zipper for hooking up Tourmaster pants is great and isn't too hard to do behind your back. The liner system is a lot to hook up properly (proper being what you'd want for freezing rain) but you can do a halfway job and stay pretty waterproof and warm, or do it right and it seals you up perfectly.
I really do recommend this jacket. Whoever made it got priorities a little more focused on sealing you up and less on ease of use, but it does seal you very well, seems like a decent jacket to die in, and it's just little things that are easily fixed on your own (or your grandma, if you're not handy with that sort of thing).
August 13, 2012