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AETHER Expedition Motorcycle Jacket Field tested in the backcountry of British Columbia, the AETHER Expedition Motorcycle Jacket is designed for long-haul touring and made from a 3-layer abrasion-resistant, waterproof, and surprisingly breathable Japanese field nylon. This fabric has been doubled layered in critical impact areas along the shoulders, sleeves, and back for additional protection. The Expedition jacket is fully seam sealed, making the entire garment waterproof on its own. Designed with the ergonomics of long distance touring in mind, the Expedition is constructed with articulated elbows and shoulders for ease of movement. Two-way zipper and interior bottom hem cord allows you to adjust how the jacket sits while in the seated position. Adjustable VELCRO brand closures straps at the waist, bicep, and forearm allow the jacket to be cinched down or loosened for layering underneath, while VELCRO brand closures cuffs can be adjusted to accommodate gauntlet or short gloves. The Expedition jacket is designed to vent like no other. Two half-body chest vents run from the shoulders to waist, pit-zip vents run from elbow to waist, two half-body back vents, and forearm pockets with mesh liners, allow for ample airflow throughout the jacket. It also features a lot of storage options, including a zippered right chest pocket, zippered arm pocket, front drop pocket, zippered front pocket, and two zippered handpockets, and large lower back pocket. A hidden interior pocket also gives you a place to store critical valuables, like a passport and pertinent travel documents. Features 3-layer abrasion-resistant field nylon shell Double layer of fabric along shoulders, sleeves, and back Moto mesh interior liner Seam sealed construction Ergonomic fit D3O EVO XT elbow, shoulder, back, and chest pads Brushed tricot liner at collar Weatherproof zippers used throughout Zippered diagonal chest vents Zippered pit zip vents Zippered back vents VELCRO brand closure cinch adjustors at waist and sleeves Adjustable VELCRO brand closure cuffs Multiple exterior pockets for easy-access Reflective piping along back seams and collar Interior zipper connects to Expedition Motorcycle Pants Sizing Note RevZilla has found that this jacket fits 1 size larger than the size chart indicates.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
High Caliber Gear
PostedAugust 28, 2015
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Shredder1
From Vancouver, BC
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I was looking for a true 4 season jacket, one that could perform well in wet, rain, cold, and extremely well in heat. A combination that seemingly was impossible to find. Despite manufacturer claims of a true 4 season jacket - they all had Achilles heals. No good in temperatures above 25C (77) , having to wear a liner to be waterproof - ridiculous. Who has time to pull over, put on a liner, re gear up, and roll only to have the jacket water logged in rain. Then what do you do when the rain stops? Pull over, take out the liner and ride with a soaked jacket? The concept is one of the stupidest poorly thought out designs I have ever seen.
Enter Aether.
SIZE
I ordered the black jacket, grey pants combo. My size is 6'3", 36" at the waist, 34" inseam, 39" around the belly (measured at the button) 45" chest# I ordered size 4 jacket and pants# Fit is excellent, pants are slightly loose without hip protection in, just right with them in place#
STYLE
Hard to argue the look# Clean, understated, non boxy, looks like it was cut by a tailor for me# No overkill on logos - just a great look#
SAFETY
Jacket
Here is where the other shoe drops# Back protection, great# Shoulder protection, OK, D3O a little small, but not enough to concern me# Elbows - protection is poor, D3O too small to be of any use, and it positions to the inside of the arm, leaving the outside of the elbow exposed - yes, no protection at all# The armor here is undersized and poorly position inside the jacket# Nothing can be done to adjust either, I'll probably upgrade this and take it to my tailor to fit it#
Reflectability: Just OK# Its limited to piping on the back, nothing on the front# The jacket needs more, it needs it on the front, and just more overall#
Pants
Hip protection D30 is fine, on par with most other gear#
Knee protection - huge fail again# D30 is smaill, about 50% of the size in my BMW gear - and poorly placed# It slides off to the inside of the knee, leaving much of your knee exposed in the event of a fall# This is not good, and something I'll have to get fixed#
Visibility, OK, limited to piping down the sides#
Waterproof
I rode through 4 -5 hours of solid rain, fog, and cold# The jacket and pants performed perfectly, no issues, no water penetration, absolutely waterproof here#
Hot Weather Riding
The gear breaths amazingly well# Riding in temps above 85F++ the gear flowed a lot of air# Better than my mesh gear, I was very surprised here# The airflow zippers in the inner thighs of the pants cool down your junk, and butt, and believe it or not, makes a HUGE difference to your overall core temperatures# The jacket vents very very well as well# Airflow up the arms, chest, pits, and back exhaust, the design works extremely well# Very pleased with this#
Overall, they absolutely dropped the ball on elbow and knee protection, its just not good enough, period#
The jacket performs perfectly in rain, cold, and extreme heat# So I immensely pleased with this, it IS a True 4 season gear the actually works excellent#
I feel the fabric is super strong, and thick in the crash zones, elbows, shoulder, back, but, knee areas# Armor in elbows and knees = total failure.
Overall, no regrets. But at this price point I EXPECT not to have to worry about BS things like poorly placed armor and undersized protection in key crash areas such as knees and elbows.
Regardless, the rest of the positives are strong and I have no regrets on the gear at all.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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