After a 22 year break from Continental touring,my wife boldly agreed to do pillion duty on the V strom down to Southern Spain.We knew it would be hot but not the record busting 116F that we experienced on the run into Cordoba.The Falstaff jacket allowed enough air through when moving to keep one just about cool enough but obviously one began to boil once stopped. Strange looks from T shirt and short clad local riders was hardly suprising but I did not experience clamminess and the cotton liner is less sticky than skin on goretex.The (slightly baggy) liner probably did impede air flow up the sleeves a bit compared to the other Darien jackets but on balance I would say cotton is always more comfortable than goretex when wearing a short T shirt at those temps.
Didn't get a chance to test waterproofedness and the ''just in case'PVC overcoat stayed at the bottom of the pannier for all the trip. (Posted on 8/30/12)
I got a Small on closeout at a good price a few years ago. I'm 5'3", 130#. It fits well (even the sleeve length, thank you!) but is a bit too snug for layering. With any shirt, the Kanetsu vest is tight, and with a winter shirt and zip-on sleeves, impossible. The brown color really picks up dirt and the patina makes you look homeless - add a pissy odor and you're there! Not wanting to pop $400 for a properly ugly shooting coat that was useless anywhere but on a range, I pressed the Falstaff into use with a sweatshirt underneath. The elbow pads help in prone, the backpad and waist tabs stiffen it up for standing, it's waterproof and ventable, and no one cares how dirty you look. I keep forgetting to zip the lower pockets closed, but haven't lost anything yet. Eventually I'll get a Medium so I can layer comfortably. (Posted on 6/24/12)
Having posted a fairly mixed review of the Falstaff jacket,I decided to bite the bullet and send it back for some alterations.In the end the return costs were not too expensive and it came back under the import tax radar(alterations,I guess).The jacket still stands me more than I care to think but its now how it should have been.
2" on the lower sleeves and anti-flutter tabs have transformed it.No real pull on the sleeves now and no gap between glove and sleeve.The reflective panel on the back went as well,as it was sensible but a bit too 'Fireman Sam' for my liking.The jacket hasn't been subjected to continuous rain but is now comfortable and easy to put on and perfect for the commute.
Aerostich's back up was top notch all the way through as you would expect.
I can see that a US customer would be better ordering standard and then working out the alterations.If you are overseas and long limbed it's more of a gamble. (Posted on 4/14/12)
Got this from my lovely wife for Christmas. Have had a strangely warm winter so I have got some riding in with it. Just bought and new BMW R1200 GSA and am really putting the miles on now! Has been warm, dry, and vents well when the weather has been really warm. Only in a couple of rain storms so far but stayed quite dry. Has a bit if an odor but was expected and now it smells like FUN. It is rapidly becoming the best jacket I have owned. Will report back later in the season. (Posted on 4/5/12)
I really like this jacket. I use it more for everyday use. Some advise- get it larger if you plan to use the pads that come with it. They are unusually bulky, I removed them and use the pads from my BMW jacket or a separate armor layer. I am glad I went with the reflective delete option, it makes it more versatile to wear. It is well constructed and versatile. It is easy to misplace items with so many pockets but they are a fun addition to a very adaptable garment. (Posted on 2/11/12)
I ordered this jacket for my husband for Christmas because he is impossible to buy for. I saw it in the catalog and thought it was nice looking. What I didn't know was that he had wanted one but didn't want to spend the money on himself. He was practically speechless, which never happens in this house! Want to be a much loved wife? Order this jacket! (Posted on 12/28/11)
First impressions and I was in love. First couple of rides and OK it's a bit different. But the fit was spot on, with plenty of room for layering. The armour seems a little stiff and bulky, but it is brand new. Not real keen on the little strap to do the collar up, longevity maybe a concern here. Make the strap the same width as the collar itself, with velcro on either side. Have not ridden in the rain yet, so cannot comment there. The only other thing is geographical, your zips do up the opposite way. But I guess thats the same as our water going down the drain the other way down here in Australia. I have two old Goretex jackets hanging in my garage that leak like teabags and cost twice the price. I love my Fallstaff. Thanks. (Posted on 10/4/11)
Got this jacket last January. I decided to wait till I had worn it through a Georgia summer to write a review. This jacket works very well for layering in colder weather as I expected and to my surprise ventilates better, and there for is cooler, than the warm season synthetic jacket I have. The fit was good and by the chart. The pockets are numerous and I am constantly looking for something I know is in there but I can't quite lay my hands on. I add some reproofing soon after I got it. If you're looking for a sleek body hugging deign, this is not it. It is comfortable and well made. (Posted on 9/8/11)
I live in Tucson Arizona, and this jacket is way too heavy until at least late November here in the desert.
I will review it at that time, I will say that it fits nice and the material has a great distressed look to it.
Looking foward to testing it out, and I will get back in a couple of months! (Posted on 9/7/11)
I got this jacket last winter and waited to review it until I had a chance to wear it a while and see how I liked in the summer here in Georgia. Of the four jackets I have I like this one the best. I am quite impressed with the quality of the construction. While it's still hot to wear in the summer it ventilates better than the "summer" nylon jacket I have and is consequently the coolest summer jacket I have. I didn't have the fit problem that some have. The neck closure doesn't work well and there are so many pockets that I tend lose small things. If your looking sleek close fitting jacket, this ain't it; but it is my favorite all around jacket now. (Posted on 8/23/11)