Have been shopping around for something to slip under my leathers over the winter months. Normally I just stick to the Gore-Tex textiles, but its nice to have options. Had tried a few jackets from outdoor stores over the years (decades even!) but the fit under the jacket was never right and ended up being more fuss than they were worth.
So to Aerostitch! First, trust the size guide, the jacket fitted me perfectly. Thanks to the material the leathers slip on over, no snagging or bunching up. The high collar is a nice touch, as are all the well placed pockets. Performance, well the coolest ride home I have made so far was 35F out, but given windchill that would have felt like 16F. I was just wearing a leather jacket, the TLTec Fleece and underarmour layer. Kept me warm for the hours ride on a bike with not much wind protection (Honda NC700X).
All in all, I highly recommend. It really is designed from the outset for motorcyclists and it shows in all the small details. Most importantly, it does what it says. (Posted on 1/11/14)
These jackets are a great idea. I've got two of the Darien liner jackets and wear them everywhere as a cold weather jacket. One is from 2003 and it's still like new. Zippers still perfect and the overall quality is number one. This new fleece jacket has already served me very well as a regular jacket and liner for riding in cooler mornings for commuting. Once again, the quality is second to none.
But, I'm still hoping you see your way to making a shorter version of your Roadcrafter or Darien riding jackets. I don't like the 3/4 length. This soft shell fleece jacket would be a perfect liner for such a shorter Roadcrafter or Darien. (Posted on 1/1/14)
I really wish this jacket were available in Tall sizes. I am 6'4", 37" sleeve. I called and the person measured the XL for me, so I ordered. A bit of a mix up, I rec'd an L, but quickly got an XL. Fits great through the chest, and okay if I stand still, but sleeves and body just too short. It will work for me as a jacket liner, but I had wanted it for an off-bike jacket. I will have to look elsewhere. :( (Posted on 11/11/13)
I have had the red windblocker version of this jacket for several years and find myself wearing it everywhere, on and off the bike. It's just a great all around jacket that cuts the wind and looks sharp. I usually start looking for the latest and greatest winter riding clothing at this time of year and saw the new soft shell fleece version that claimed to be warmer in so many words. The picture of the jacket in the catalog looks grey to me but is actually black which I was pleasantly surprised by as I would have chosen black if it had been an option. The fuzzy lining is thicker on this model and is indeed warmer. It is not listed as windblocker but sure seems to be. In two words, this is an 'outstanding value'. (Posted on 11/4/13)
I've put several thousand miles on this jacket in temps from 30-80 under a BMW Comfortshell jacket. It fits perfectly - slides and wears easily under my outer shell - and looks good enough I sometimes wear it in the office most of the work day. My only complaint is the underarm zippers. I have a VERY similar jacket made by Marmot - made from the same windproof stretch material and with the same "pit zips" but they covered the zippers with a fleece flap. This is the one improvement I would like to see on this jacket as the zippers are cold on my under arms (in a t-shirt/polo) and the zipper stops (metal prongs) scratch my skin and can be annoying. A simple 1" wide flap would make all the difference.
I'm considering sending back this jacket along with my Marmot jacket to see if we can come up with a mod. (Posted on 4/15/13)
Very happy with this jacket as street attire. Nice fit, good looks, and very effective wind blocker - comfortable in the low 30's on a windy day with just an Under Armor layer beneath. Have yet to wear it on the road (my Darien is in for repair), but will update my review once I have. (Posted on 1/8/13)
I have spent a long time searching for the perfect thermal soft shell, and the TLTec is the closest I have found. Even with access to jackets from most of the outdoor companies at cost, I buy these.
Almost universally, you have to sacrifice warmth to get a wind and water shedding soft shell, but the TLTec nails them both beautifully. They hold up very well to daily abuse as well, lasting me about 3-4 years before they start looking a bit ratty and the outer layer starts to come unfused from the fleece. The next one will likely last longer using the fancy soft shell washing products.
My only complaint is that the fit is rather bulky. The arm holes are large, and I can't wear it with most of my riding jackets because the amount of loose fabric that bunches up around my biceps is uncomfortable. It is quite roomy around the midsection as well, and the loose fit sacrifices some thermal efficiency. (Posted on 9/9/12)
Naturally this is sized for a man, so the shoulders are a little too broad and the arm length is a little too long. But it's a perfect layer between my outer jacket and the electric jacket. I wore it on a 40 degree day and was very comfortable. Overall, I'm quite happy with it. (Posted on 2/16/12)