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I need a new jacket and you lot are the research.

I feel the cold......MUST be very warm .... I am not likely to be riding in snow, however,I do long distance trips and journeys over two hours soon suck heat from little crevices between zips,pocket etc (jackets with out many of those are best)

MUST hold out hard driving rain after two hours......I ve had many jacket say the they are water proof......but after leaning into heavy driving rain for two hours most start taking on water up the sleeves.

Ive used a rain jacket over layers of thermals up until now but would prefer one garment .

Looking for experienced long haulers advice from those who have well tested their gear..esp under extreme conditions

what say ye?
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Www.motorcylegear.com

They have tons of choices, all over the range of prices, and lots of real life reviews. You could call and talk to a real person to get the scoop on the details of something you're considering.


Edit: Shoot, sorry, was doing this on my phone last evening and didn't see that you're from New Zealand.
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Have you thought about installing a fly screen/ wind screen? For my commuting I install mine early fall, then remove it early Summer once it warms up again. That and a Gortex jacket.
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Can an old Vespa's electrical system sustain an electric vest--about a 50 watt draw? Keeping your body core warm is the key to riding comfort, and insulation alone may not be sufficient on long, wet rides. There are electric garments that have their own rechargeable batteries, too.
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khittner wrote:
Can an old Vespa's electrical system sustain an electric vest--about a 50 watt draw? Keeping your body core warm is the key to riding comfort, and insulation alone may not be sufficient on long, wet rides. There are electric garments that have their own rechargeable batteries, too.
50 watts is really pushing it, but with one of those new SIP DC ignition kits installed, i don't think it would be a problem powering one.
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I have a FirstGear Kilamanjaro jacket that I've had for over ten years and it's kept me warm with a base layer down to sub-zero temps with appropriate accompanying gear (mask, mittens, pants, etc).

Likewise, I've worn it in pounding rain at highway-ish speeds and never gotten wet.

I can't speak to the current products, but at least once upon a time, it was a rock solid jacket.
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Check out Aerostich. Kind of fits the not-so-modern genre as well.
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Alpinestars Andes Drystar. It ain't vintage but its exactly what you describe. Completely dry and windproof. Warm with a removable liner and has armor
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Aerostich was already mentioned, but there's also Rukka and Klim. Klim is much more catered to the offroad touring riders though. All those jackets are Gore-tex, hence the expense. I don't think anything can beat Gore-tex yet for waterproofness and breathability.
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