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post #1 of 16 Old 06-26-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Fly gear?

So I am looking for a mesh jacket for milk runs in 95 degree weather and stopped by the local bike reseller. They had only a few brands, one being Fly - does anyone know anything about the brand?

The mesh jacket was $140 and I know you can get good jackets for less, just wondering what people know about Fly.

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For $140 I'd pay a little bit extra and get the Alpinestar jacket.



I paid $159.99 from a local dealership. Awesome looking jacket that can be warn pretty much anywhere. Only downside while it comes with CE armor in the elbows/shoulders, it does not come with a back protector, that is $29.99 extra. You can also add in chest protection too.


New enough has them for $159 and then you get a $5 gift card on top of that.

Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket :: MotorcycleGear.com

For a small guy, I have bigger shoulders and find that most all the other mesh jackets were way to high, you could see my back/stomach if I left my arms midway up. This jacket was a bit longer and fits rather well.
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Never heard of Fly. I have 2 Olympia jackets, they are built well, I would buy them again. I think I bought my summer jacket on closeout for $100.

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Yeah I have some Olympia Airglide pants and like them, not sure if I want to spend so much on the matching jacket since I have a leather jacket I usually wear.

Basically I'd just want something for city riding when it's hot.

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Btw, is there a good site for Olympia closeout gear?

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I got my Olympia closeouts from Revzilla in January or February, you have to wait for the new models to be released.

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My boots are fly brand and have held up great so far. I have only had them this season, but so far no issues



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i've seen plenty of fly gear, but mainly in the MX world. seems ok though.

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I only have 1 piece of Fly equipment. That is my hydropack. Cheaper than camelback and seems to be just as feature-full, though the Fly is not as high of quality it served me well, up until my dog decided he wanted to try out the bite valve

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I use the Icon Hooligan 2 mesh jacket. Works well at keeping me cool and comes with back and elbow armor.



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Thanks all. Fyi this is the jacket I saw - 8th Street mesh:

YouTube - ‪Fly 8th Street Jacket Review at RevZilla.com‬‏

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i've seen plenty of fly gear, but mainly in the MX world. seems ok though.
+1 - I've only seen Fly dirt bike gear until now, but it always seems to get good reviews in magazine tests. Similar in quality to 'higher end' gear, but better price.

That Alpinestars jacket looks nice for just a few $$ more - but I'd suggest trying one on before ordering. Everything I've ordered from Alpinestars had to be returned for a larger size. Even after exchanging L for XL, the jacket is still snug through the back and shoulders and there's no way it would fit with the huge back protector in. Good quality materials though.

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You should never buy any gear without trying it on first. Year to year, even the same brand will have different sizing sometimes... really annoying.
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Fly gear is decent stuff. You shouldn't have a problem with it. I have a Tourmaster Air Intake 2 jacket and I absolutely love it. I had a Shift before the TM and had to return it. The arms were too short.

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I have a Tourmaster Air Intake 2 jacket and I absolutely love it.
I have the same jacket and have had no bad experiences with it. Actually my brother also has one that he has never worn. Not sure on your size or anything but if you are interested pm me.



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Yes, I always try on gear before I buy it - sizing is always different and you never really know what you'll need. The Fly jacket is at the local unaffiliated motorcycle shop. Other option is CycleGear, 45 min away, or the local BMW dealer, for at least trying stuff on, getting a feel.

I have a Dainese leather perf for usual riding, so really looking for a light, less $ jacket for milk runs. That said, anything closer to $100 I could consider?

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