I’ve found the Aerostich TLTec Soft Shell Fleece Jacket #1658 to be a nicely tailored nonrestrictive jacket with purposeful attention to detail. The low bulk sleeves slide effortlessly into about any shell and the well integrated pockets are useful. It’s more wind resistant than normal fleece and comfortably adds 10-15°F of range to a Roadcrafter (exposed to upper chest wind blast). Also, it packs well and doesn’t easily wrinkle. At medium build 6’1”, size Large fits well in girth, but the body length is a bit short. Normal activity easily reveals my belt. The front measures 22” and the back 26.75” from the collar seam. Sleeve length measures 37.5” to the shoulder seam and across the back to mid-shoulder (to mimic mid-wrist to the tip of the shoulder blade to mid-shoulder). For casual wear, unzipped collar ears won’t stay folded away from the chin. (Posted on 11/9/14)
Aerostich gear is a tool for serious motorcyclist. Whenever someone comments on my snowsuit in the heat of summer, I chuckle. "It's the best gear out there, you idiot". I should know, I've put about 500,000 miles in Aerostich outerwear. In my house, anything with the Aerostich label belongs to me. Two years ago at a yard sale I bought a well worn micro-fleece I wore under my stitch. It worked in every season, and I did not have issues with getting overheated when the temperature warmed up. The only problem was it was beat up and embroidered with 'Snowboard Instructor' on the back and sleeves. I have never snowboarded in my life, so, needless to say, there were places I felt awkward wearing the fleece, and knew I would need to find a replacement for it.
I bought three different fleece jackets I thought would work the same, including one from Northface, but none of them came close to replacing the ski-imposter one. It wasn't until I acquired one of the Soft Shell Fleece Jackets made by Aerostich was I finally able to toss away the tattered used one. I knew in just moments it was the one I could wear under the Stitch in any weather. It is amazing to me how one garment can be worn in extreme cold and warm temperatures without causing overheating. The silky outer finish makes it slide easy over my Roadcrafter, and it has a low collar so as not to interfere with turning my helmeted head. I was so happy in fact, it became the first Aerostich garment I have owned that migrated to an inner closet of my home. I actually wore it in a car! Here is where the problem started. My wife wore my fleece by accident one day and could not stop talking about how great it was, and how much she liked it. "If you ever get the chance to get one of these in my size", she taunted. I explained this was riding gear and made for a motorcycle. She didn't hear me, and she didn’t care. The next time I went looking for my fleece, I could not find it, and later learned she had worn it to work.
I tried to find something in her closet that would fit me, but could not. With heavy heart, I finally ordered my wife her own Aerostich fleece jacket. It will be a surprise gift for our wedding anniversary, and I plan to embroider JACKET THIEF across the back.
(Posted on 7/18/14)
Bought this to compliment my RoadCrafter jacket as around where I am, a good riding day may only be slightly above 40F. This has stopped all that cold air from seeping in and ruining my day. Nice fit and enough elastic to still move around. Short of buying electric gear, this will really add a layer of warmth.
Only thing I found is with the fleece, the static level has gone up. Taking my helmet off and what hair I do have is full of static. A few drops of water to brush into the hair to releve that feeling and all is good.
Nice snug fit, slips under my Roadcrafter with ease without adding bulk.
High collar is nice, plenty of pockets and use as a regular jacket when not riding. Dual purpose.
4hr ride today in 46F and toasty warm.
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)