Aerostich TLTec Soft Shell Fleece Jacket
- Product Review (submitted on November 21, 2011):
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.