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:popcorn2:Just got some new gear...fieldsheer congo sport jacket and fieldsheer sport air leather pants. The jacket fits nice and snug, but i still have a problem of it 'ballooning' up in the back at speeds over 60-70mph.:th_down: Anyone have any possible solution to this?? I would like to try a few track days later this year but dont want to fight the bike and the jacket :beat:
 

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The only thing I can think of is the jacket is probably too loose. Your jacket should be fitted, if you can grab the chest of the jacket and pull it outward at all then its too loose.

Not zipping your jacket up all the way only makes the problem worse so make sure you're zipped up all the way if its ballooning on you
 

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The only thing I can think of is the jacket is probably too loose. Your jacket should be fitted, if you can grab the chest of the jacket and pull it outward at all then its too loose.

Not zipping your jacket up all the way only makes the problem worse so make sure you're zipped up all the way if its ballooning on you
Its a small and anything smaller would be too short/tight in the arms. I can pull it out about an inch at the chest thats about it, and its zipped all the way. If worse comes to worse I may take it to an alterations place and see if they can either take it in some or something.
 

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Textile?



You may want to check with the trackday org. to see if they even allow textile jackets.
ridesmarts website/requirements are good with it, as long as its not a mesh..i checked. :thumbsup:
 

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staple some velcro to your back and the inside of the back of the jacket. voilà!...... There you go, problem solved. Glad I could help. No need for thanks.
 

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Textile = mesh in my book.

Sounds like you've either got a zipper open, or you need to close a zipper. Check the shoulder and back area for openings.
 

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Suggestions:
1. Put the liner in or take out and see if there is a difference either way
2. Step #1 plus check all of your adjustable vents on the jacket
3. As you mentioned-alterations
 

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How tall are you? I'm 6'3" and jackets are all either way too loose in the chest and waist and are long enough in the arms or they fit in the chest and waist but the sleeves are way too short. If you're tall and thin you may need to get your jacket tailored to you.

Check all the zippers on the jacket first, still sounds like something is open.
 

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How tall are you? I'm 6'3" and jackets are all either way too loose in the chest and waist and are long enough in the arms or they fit in the chest and waist but the sleeves are way too short. If you're tall and thin you may need to get your jacket tailored to you.

Check all the zippers on the jacket first, still sounds like something is open.
nawwww...im short, 5' 6ish and about 190lbs. checked all the zippers...closed. collar around neck is a lil loose, not snug fit. gonna head to an alterations place this week and have a velcro strip sewn on the collar to snug it up, and see about doin something about snugging up the chest a bit.
 

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Just wear an aftermarket back protector. Then you get the added protection and you dont have to spend money on alterations. It should help to snug it up just a bit.

I can almost promise you the problem stems from the jacket being textile though. Go with leather. MUCH better protection. If you are worried about the heat (which im assuming is the only reason anyone would ever go with textile) get a fully perforated leather jacket.
 

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I can almost promise you the problem stems from the jacket being textile though. Go with leather. MUCH better protection. If you are worried about the heat (which im assuming is the only reason anyone would ever go with textile) get a fully perforated leather jacket.
agreed.. i've got a perforated leather jacket and on cool nights it's almost too cool, if i know i'm riding after the sun goes down i throw on my full leather more warmth.
 

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Just wear an aftermarket back protector. Then you get the added protection and you dont have to spend money on alterations. It should help to snug it up just a bit.

I can almost promise you the problem stems from the jacket being textile though. Go with leather. MUCH better protection. If you are worried about the heat (which im assuming is the only reason anyone would ever go with textile) get a fully perforated leather jacket.
+1 on the back protector. The one in your jacket isn't very good anyway, so you'll be safer and you won't look like such a fool with a puffy back. Textile jackets don't cut through the wind nearly as good as leather either so you should look into getting a leather jacket - they're worth the extra money.
 

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Just wear an aftermarket back protector. Then you get the added protection and you dont have to spend money on alterations. It should help to snug it up just a bit.

I can almost promise you the problem stems from the jacket being textile though. Go with leather. MUCH better protection. If you are worried about the heat (which im assuming is the only reason anyone would ever go with textile) get a fully perforated leather jacket.
I would of rather gone with leather, but this is what i could afford at the time, and imo a textile jacket is far far better than just a long sleeve shirt..which is what i used to wear all the time. I may look into back protectors, never thought of that idea. Other than that, may see about having some sort of velcro straps sewn in the back of the jacket to snug it around my chest from the inside.
 

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I would of rather gone with leather, but this is what i could afford at the time, and imo a textile jacket is far far better than just a long sleeve shirt..which is what i used to wear all the time. I may look into back protectors, never thought of that idea. Other than that, may see about having some sort of velcro straps sewn in the back of the jacket to snug it around my chest from the inside.
Oh no doubt the textile is better than a long sleve shirt. Im not knockin the textile route, I was just saying that for about the same money you could get a perforated leater one that would fit better and offer better protection.

Check around online for some deals on leather jackets while you look for a back protector. Unless you got a smokin deal on your fieldsheer, youll easly be able to find a leather A* jacket for about the same price. Plus if you throw in the price of a back protector ($60-$100) with your current jacket itll come out to about the same as a pretty nice leather one. GL!
 

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Oh no doubt the textile is better than a long sleve shirt. Im not knockin the textile route, I was just saying that for about the same money you could get a perforated leater one that would fit better and offer better protection.

Check around online for some deals on leather jackets while you look for a back protector. Unless you got a smokin deal on your fieldsheer, youll easly be able to find a leather A* jacket for about the same price. Plus if you throw in the price of a back protector ($60-$100) with your current jacket itll come out to about the same as a pretty nice leather one. GL!
already have the jacket, got it last week. Only cost me 150 brand new.
 

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In the past I had a Joe Rocket Repsol Replica Textile. It did the same thing you are describing. When the linner was in not so bad. But with my back protecter it was that snug feeling I needed. Also if the arms are not snug the balloning will occur. I believe the textil jackets are for more up riding / sport tourer type. But when you are in the race / tucked position. All the wind goes over the back of helmet straight into the jacket via the neck. I then bought an Astar leather on clearence a size smaller. Fits like a glove and cuts thru the wind with no movement in jacket. Gd Luck.
 
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