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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-06-2008, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Little problem with new jacket!

I have a little problem with my new teknic violator jacket it is pretty snug i heard it should be that way but when im on my bike riding and want to turn my head to look back the bottom part of the helmet hits the shoulder air vent and i cant turn my head back as much as i needed!
For this reasomn i need a new jacket this is not safe anyone have this problem?

What jacket do you guys recomend for riding with protection!
Around 300-350$
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-06-2008, 10:17 PM
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just something to get use to personally.. how far are you turning ur head? my helmet barely rubs on the top of my air vent when i turn my head.. Looking back is what mirrors are for unless u are racing then u look under ur arm...
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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i kinda know what causing it i have a Shark RSI helmet and the way the bottom part is shaped it gets wider in the front and i think that is causing the problems!

Should the jacket be pretty snug? when im standing the sleeve comes down to my wrist bone but when i lean forward it slides upand inch maybe inch and a half!
Is that normal?
And the jacket kinda slides up too!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 01:41 AM
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I could be wrong, but this is what I was told about riding jackets and how they should fit.

The jacket should be snug but not tight. When you are holding the handle bars of the bike, the sleeves should be at the base of your palms (thus longer when standing).

As far as your air vent problem, I would agree that it is something that you probably would just have to get used to. I have a leather Joe Rocket that I have a similar issue with, however it is a little different. I wear an HJC CL-15 with a Chatterbox on the left side. Whenever I look to my left, the Chatterbox scrapes on top of the vent. It was pretty annoying the first few times, but I got over it pretty quick like.

As far as mirror use, I only use the mirrors to briefly glance at what is behind me. Whenever I am changing lanes or making a turn, I make sure to actually turn my head and look as far behind me as possible. This is much easier when I am switching lanes to the left as I can let go of the left bar briefly to almost turn completely around tp see what is behind...not as easy when changing lanes to the right, although I have done it.

To me, it sounds like your jacket is a little bit to small. The next size up would probably be better for you. Really though, I think that it comes down to what you are the most comfortable in. I personally like Joe Rocket jackets, but that is just me (I own 3).
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 04:21 AM
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Since I'm sure you're wearing gauntlet-style gloves, the sleeve length isn't a big issue since they will be convered by the gloves. Of course if the wrist portion of the jacket is cutting off circulation or something, then its more worrisome.

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