Dainese Air Frazer Jacket TestWith the weather now in the upper-temperature ranges, it’s the perfect time to be rocking the Dainese Air Frazer Tex+Pelle jacket.
This is a leather and textile mesh amalgamation of style, safety and light weight, all put together with the typical good looks for which Dainese is known.The Dainese Air Frazer is assembled with leather covering the outer and under half of the arms, the sides of the torso and at selected accent points. There is a flash of red on the upper arm, and it’s combined with Cordura, Boomerang mesh fabric and cowhide to make it machine washable, comfortable and as cool as just about any jacket can be.While recently testing some new machinery in temps over 95 degrees (F), I donned the jacket, realizing that nothing beats mesh under these conditions. Even non-mesh jackets with the largest vents do not flow enough air on these hotter days. And when I get home, I also appreciate that the inner lining is sanitized, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.The fit and proportions of the Dainese Air Frazer are just right, whether you are riding or off the bike. I found the Air Frazer extremely relaxed and, at our regular joints, was asked repeatedly what model this was by interested riders who remarked about the jacket’s good looks and obvious ability to vent. Because of the great volume of air that passes through the mesh it is the perfect match for my evaporative cooling vest, which requires optimal air flow to achieve its goal.The Air Frazer features soft, heat-formed perforated shoulders and removable composite elbow armor, all certified to the EN 1621.1 standard. There are patented “Microelastic” inserts and waist adjusters to help the jacket fit you perfectly.Two zippered hand warmer pockets are on the outside and one zippered Napoleon-style pocket is within. There is a zipper to attach to some of Dainese’s pants and pockets in the front and back for optional chest and back protectors.The Air Frazer jacket might be the perfect addition to your gear closet. Matching pants with knee sliders are available, but we have yet to test them.The Dainese Air Frazer jacket is available in Black or Black/Anthracite, and available for $399.99 (MSRP). For additional information, visit Dainese.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!