Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket
Chose this over the Transition 3
I will be driving my new motorcycle 30 miles round trip this Winter in Seattle rain. The TM (Tourmaster) Intake was the first (and only) mesh jacket I tried on and I instantly loved it. I decided to go with a jacket targeted for "heavier" weather, but I didn't like the idea of having to velcro close the TM transition 3 every time I put it on or off. With the Sonora, I will only have to velcro when the rain liner is in. The mesh shell and thermal liner are both zip only. I am now using the thermal liner for my early morning 60 degree commute and 70-80 degrees on the way home and it is perfect for these conditions. I have not yet experienced rain (a blessing in Seattle). I'll be using both liners down to below 40 degrees with rain this Winter. I expect this jacket will serve me well year round. It is stylish and very versatile. I also bought TM Quest pants and I will be buying TM mesh pants next spring.
August 20, 2014
Very good 3/4 length mesh jacket
Very good mid-price mesh jacket and 3/4 length to boot, which in my experience is a bit hard to find. I'm 6'0, 210 lbs. and wear dress shirts with 35 inch sleeves. Size (XL) is just a little big but not uncomfortably so. It seems to be a tad larger than the Transition III, especially in the arms. As a result, the elbow protection falls just a tad low and the sleeve comes to the middle of my palm. This is unlike the Transition III XL which fits me very well.
The jacket is comfortable to wear and has great ventilation and convenient pockets.
The back protection isn't CE rated and is a bit on the thin side. On Revzilla's gear-geek's recommendation I upgraded the back pad to the Knox TP2 which fits tightly into the original pocket.
I like Tourmaster for mid-price gear and the Sonora is consistent in quality with their other products.
August 11, 2014
Good summer jacket - too much velcro
Overall I'm happy with this jacket. It provides a great combination of protection and ventilation. I bought the high vis color, which isn't popular among my riding buddies, but they don't ride in 4 lane traffic regularly like I do. If visibility is what you're after, Tourmaster's take on it is very good. Upon seeing me in it for the first time, my brother shielded his eyes and said "Whoa, turn that thing down". Goal accomplished.
I do have a few complaints. First, the wrist closures are pretty bulky. You won't be getting them under any but the biggest of gauntlets. More inconvenient, though, is all the velcro on the pockets. There are chest pockets with zippers and velcro - pick one, not both. It requires too much effort to get into them (i.e. grabbing $ at a tollbooth). In my opinion, go with zippers. Lose the velcro. The interior pockets all have velcro as well, and I believe it's unnecessary. An interior pocket shouldn't require two hands to access, but the velcro makes this necessary.
August 5, 2014
Fantastic jacket; thoroughly happy with my purchase.
I already have a decent conventional leather riding jacket that I've owned for many years. It's fine, but I never really loved it as the fit and style always left something to be desired. I only mention this because I hate spending money on things when I already own something similar that isn't broken or beyond it's usable life. I took some time researching not just my jacket, but where to buy it from. I love the fact that Revzilla has great videos for each product and that was one of the things that led me to the Tour Master Sonora. So, here's my take on why this jacket is worthy of a five star review:
I'm 6'3" tall and 195 lbs of small-framed skinniness. If I was going to find my perfect jacket, it would have to be a tall cut. I'm normally around a 43 long, so I ordered a large tall. The jacket fit all right, but felt a bit loose around my torso and armpits. I wondered how a medium tall would fit, so I then went and ordered one for comparison. (Guess that's the one downside to not being able to touch/feel a jacket bought online). The medium fit, well, like a glove. I mean it was dead-on right. Naturally, I returned the large but I’m so glad I went through the extra effort.
I initially bought this jacket for its breathability. I've used the outside vented layer by itself on days in the 80's down to the high 50's. Suffice it to say that the ventilation factor is nothing short of amazing; it's like riding with a short sleeve shirt on (with the added protection of some rugged nylon and armor). Those 50 degree rides I mentioned surely require the addition of the second (rain) layer, far as I'm concerned, and it's a pleasure to know that it's compact enough for me to fit the thing virtually anywhere once the sun comes back out.
I chose the black jacket and think the cut is perfect. It doesn't look to me like an all out touring jacket and has sufficient reflective accents for me to feel safe for my occasional night rides. The adjustable Velcro straps that hit around my waist do a great job of making me look like I'm more fit than I actually am:)
Everything from the heavy duty, color-coded elastic loops inside the sleeves and bottom of the jacket (to keep the layers together and sleeves from riding up to your elbows) to the zippers, snaps, stitching and many different materials that go into making this jacket belie the fact that this jacket wasn't insanely expensive. I can't say I have much experience with good quality jackets but had I not known the price on this one, I would have easily guessed at least a hundred dollars more than what I paid.
I guess I already referenced the relative bargain price on this jacket, but also worth mentioning is the fact that I haven't even used the third (insulating) layer on the jacket for a ride yet. I have no doubt that this jacket will keep me toasty for as long as I can ride into the fall season the North Country. Once we get through October where I live, you don't see too many motorcycles venture out again until May - June.
July 31, 2014
Great 3 season jacket
I am very happy with this jacket very comfortable to wear. I like the high visibility it is very bright and easy to see. The only thing I don't like is the way the liners fasten in the arms, with elastic and snaps, it is hard for my hands to get in the arms.
July 28, 2014
I had to return the first one I bought for a smaller size.
I had to return the first one I bought for a smaller size. After trying on coats in retail stores to find my size, I bought this from Revzilla because I needed a "Tall" size. It was too big and I had to send it back for a smaller one. Revzilla customer service was excellent, got the new coat and am very happy with it. I live in a hot state and needed the mesh, this coat works perfectly for me.
July 28, 2014
Chest size is accurate and true fit, very nice to have color choices in long sizes.
The chest size is true and is your best reference for proper size selection. I am 6'3" 215# the large tall fits great and is very comfortable. In the past, manufacturers were only producing tall sizes in black, it was great to find out that Tourmaster is offering tall sizes in all colors, I chose the Hi-Viz.
The jacket is a full cut in the body and is baggy if you don't have a gut; but there are two velcro waist straps to take up the bulk without appearing to have extra fabric. The jacket is essentially all mesh and flows a lot of air. The two liners included will make this a three season jacket. Pockets are well placed and plentiful. My only disappointment regarding pockets is the zipper position. I prefer a zippered pocket that is closed when the zipper is down, these pockets are closed when the zipper is up, a minor issue.
July 14, 2014
High bang for the $
Im tall and thin and got a large tall. I probably should have gone w/ a medium tall but the large works OK. The cinches are long enough so Ive been able to draw it up enough so nothing flaps in the wind. There's still a bit of room nonetheless, enough for a sweater if needed.
I use this for summer riding exclusively and as such took the quilted liner out immediately. I've used the rain liner and it seems to work OK for a light rain. I haven't tried it in a torrential down pour though.
The jacket flows air real well w/o liners. As with any jacket once you stop or add a liner its going to be hot. Its the nature of the beast. I've worn this in 90+F high humidity and while 'warm' it wasn't undoable if there wasn't much stop & go.
I like the many pockets both inside and out. I use one of the chest pockets for my EasyPass transponder and that setup works flawlessly!
Frankly, for all the features the price seems very low. Time will tell how well itll hold up but so far its going gang busters.
July 11, 2014