I bought a Darien jacket this summer and paired it with the TLTec Wind Blocker Fleece Liner sized to the jacket. The liner is a fine garment but somewhat lacking in exterior pockets. I saw the Soft Shell jacket in a recent sale and decided to take a flyer on it.
It has been excellent both as a liner for the Darien and a great jacket for general wear in the autumn weather here in southern Ontario. I concur with all of the comments regarding its warmth and versatility, i.e. LOTS of exterior pockets. Truth be told I wish I had bought it instead of the Wind Blocker. (Posted on 11/23/11)
Gotta say, I just LOVE my new soft shell fleece jacket. I've wanted one since they came out a few years back. Wish I hadn't waited so long, but my original 300 wt Aero fleece jacket is still going strong after nearly daily use in winter months.
The cut of the soft shell version has evolved; shorter collar, zip pockets, some mesh lining. Slightly fuller cut which allows more clothes beneath, but a very "crisp" look. The styling is quite sophisticated. I liked the stretch knit cuffs and bottom on the original, but the bound elastic on the new one is tidy. Less bulky; packs a little smaller.
The smooth, soft shell finish better slides into my Roadcrafter suit, but it's still a tight fit.
(I had my suit cut close for sportbike use; my old fleece jacket won't fit under at all.)
Note: this is not a wind block fabric, but less permeable than regular fleece.
I'm a medium, size 38-40, 140 lb weakling.
Verdict: sure, you can buy a generic fleece jacket for a lot less, but this one is designed for motorcycling, looks heaps cooler, and fwiw, made in the good ole USA. Keep those N. Central US types employed. Buy this jacket. (Posted on 11/21/11)
This jacket is unreal. I bought it on sale as I needed a light jacket but never planned on using it as a riding layer. I have heated gear for that this time of year. I start wearing heated gear at around 40 degrees but this year I tried to just use the TLTec jacket and so far i have not hooked up my heated jacket liner. Ive ridden with this jacket and roadcrafter down to 35 degrees and have been nice and warm. Im really impressed. (Posted on 11/14/11)
I've had the jacket for over a month and have worn it out shopping and under my Stich Suit. Looks sharp on it's own and is warm and mostly wind proof. I liked the longer sleeves with strechy cuffs, collar works as described. Pit zips line up with Suit but did not use them yet. Ample pockets with zips. I think the overlap flap on main zipper should have extended to bottom and a adjustible draw cord at the waist would be better then the current strech waist. Price is a little high but Mountain Hardwear or North Face have regular people jackets for $$$ more. At 5'6" and a 32-33" sleeve with a 44" chest a medimum fits perfect. I'm happy (Posted on 5/29/10)
I purchased this jacket several years ago to wear under my outer jacket in the winter. Outstanding jacket! In fact this is my "light" jacket that I wear all the time, even when I am not on the motorcycle. My wife says it is very stylish. I highly recommend the jacket for all-around use. (Posted on 5/14/10)
This was one of the best purchases I have ever made .
I saw a guy on a KLR who had one when I was out riding one day .
I asked him about it , I came home and placed the order .
Comfort and warmth in a light durable package . (Posted on 12/29/09)
This IS the perfect jacket. I love it so much and wear it even when I am not on my bike. My husband subsequently purchased one and he too, wears his frequently. A great investment. Runs a tad large. (Posted on 10/9/09)
I kinda bought this jacket on impulse because I liked the style of it. I wear it around the house and for going outdoors (taking out the trash etc.). It is remarkably warm and soft and feels great to wear. I took a ride to my storage today at 25 degrees F with this on. I had nothing but a t-shirt underneath it and it blocked the wind entirely and even keep me slightly warm. I'm pretty happy with the versatility of the jacket. It is slightly on the bulky side and I hope it fits under my Darien Light jacket. I bought the black one by the way. The price is very steep, but I think I will get my moneys worth out of this thing. (Posted on 3/11/09)
I bought one (#1657)of these for my husband for Christmas. We live in the Pacific Northwest and ride year around, as long as the roads are clear of snow & ice. This jacket is versitile and wears well either layered under riding gear or by itself as a light weight jacket.
This is a must have for those that ride in all weather conditions. I want one and have added this to my wish list...I think I will e-mail him just so he can't miss the hint! (Posted on 7/2/08)