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The one thing I will never skimp on to save a buck is safety gear.

My daughter was wearing an Olympia Motosport jacket last summer when she crashed her bike. The shell was shredded, but she was unhurt by the impact, or the slide down the highway. Ironically, I was wearing an Olympia Motosport jacket when I wrecked in the highway in 2009. Having been crash tested twice, they come highly recommended by our household..
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The one thing I will never skimp on to save a buck is safety gear.

My daughter was wearing an Olympia Motosport jacket last summer when she crashed her bike. The shell was shredded, but she was unhurt by the impact, or the slide down the highway. Ironically, I was wearing an Olympia Motosport jacket when I wrecked in the highway in 2009. Having been crash tested twice, they come highly recommended by our household..
Glad everyone is alright! Which model jacket was that?

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I had the original Switchback. My daughter had the Airglide 5. Both performed superbly.

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I had the original Switchback. My daughter had the Airglide 5. Both performed superbly.
Thank you for recommendation!

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After some research, I did narrow my list down to Joe Rocket Phoenix Ion, and Olympia Switchback 2 / Bradley or Rev'IT! Airwave 2. All three jackets sell approximately in the same price-range (+/- $30).
I normally wear size Large jackets, but had to go for XL in Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 jacket so I could layer-up for winter riding and have long-enough sleeves. I rode in NYC and try-state area from September 2018 through the whole winter in this jacket (except the harshest days), layering-up/down, and jacket performed well for $130 that I paid (found a deal @ Revzilla.com). Note: Atomic 5.0 is not water-resistant (regardless of the claims).

As I said, I normally wear jackets in L, but need longer selves, and found that L-tall fits me best according to various size charts. Joe Rocket happened to be the only one of the three that makes L-tall in the color I would prefer for the heat of the summer riding (silver), so I pulled the trigger an ordered Joe Rocket Phoenix Ion Silver from Revzilla.com for $179+tax and free shipping. It also seems to have the most mesh panels, especially around shoulders and back, which will help to push air in the areas that will have limited ventilation due to Helite Turtle Airbag vest.

I don't expect this jacket to perform miracles for $200, and be ultra-comfortable, but should be decent enough jacket with some adjustments, comfort touches as well as keep me warm on cooler mornings, and nice and cool in the heat of the day. If the jacket doesn't fit, I'll have to go back to drawing board, maybe plan a day-trip to Revzilla store to try a bunch of different brands in person.
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For hot summers here, I look for a light color mesh pants and jacket - sand or white. I almost look like an astronaut in my 95F degree gear but I figure people see me and I stay cool. A must for me: Frogg Togg chilly dana on my head. Wet it down and wear it to change the felt temperature by 15 or more degrees. A plus, the wet bandana doesn't make your head wet (any wetter than the sweat would). Also, I use a white helmet with lots of airflow (that kind of works behind the big windshield).


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For hot summers here, I look for a light color mesh pants and jacket - sand or white. I almost look like an astronaut in my 95F degree gear but I figure people see me and I stay cool. A must for me: Frogg Togg chilly dana on my head. Wet it down and wear it to change the felt temperature by 15 or more degrees. A plus, the wet bandana doesn't make your head wet (any wetter than the sweat would). Also, I use a white helmet with lots of airflow (that kind of works behind the big windshield).
Hi, thank you for advise! I'll pick up a chilly dana when it gets scorching hot around here.
I have Joe Rocket Phoenix Ion pants in black (not crazy about fit). This will do for now, but eventually I'll get something more fitted to my long skinny legs
I have Scorpion EXO-T510 Fury Helmet in white/silver graphics. It works, not perfect, but OK for first helmet.
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