Great choice, but one gripe...
1/6/2020 11:45 AM
I like this vest. I got the green one. Just came back from testing it on a 5 day motorcycle trip through Death Valley, Mojave, and Joshua Tree. Temps got down to the low 30’s at times, and averaged around 45 this time of year.
The vest looks Really great, actually better in person when i got it. The materials feel very quality and sturdy as well. Inner part is a soft micro fleece type material, outer is like a smooth Tactical kinda material. Almost Like you’d expect on a 5.11 jacket. It’s actually ‘fashionable‘ to wear. I’ll put it on over top of my thin fleece jacket to go out, and it’s a good addition piece to your limited garments while moto traveling. The fit is nice and trimming, yet forgiving and has a little stretch. Especially for layering up and sitting on a motorcycle. The batteries performed as advertised.
My one gripe is that the heat coverage and panels are NOT as big and long as they look in the photos. They sit pretty high up in the chest. The front panels feel like you are only warming just a fist size area on the tops of each breast. And the rear is between the top points of the shoulder blades. I was hoping to feel more heat lower into the torso, preferably down through the ribs and below the breast area, and a little more mid back. I ended up putting Hot Hands into the pockets to help radiate some heat from down lower.
And the back could stand to come down lower by about another 3-4inches. The front and rear panels are so high up it almost seem to negate the neck/collar warming, its difficult to tell if it’s working or if that’s just the heat rising up from the other panels.
I’d wanted to give it a 4, because the vest looks awesome. But It got a 3 for the heating gripe. But If the panels were down a few inches lower, and the heat stretched the range it shows in the pictures, this would be a 5star item for sure.
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