Used And Abused


Hot Bike - - Contents - $595 // HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON.COM

Ihave been look­ing for one jacket that does it all as long as I have been rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. After cram­ming my saddlebags full with a mesh jacket, a reg­u­lar jacket, and a rain jacket, I found the solution: the Har­ley-david­son Switchback Rid­ing Jacket ($595, har­ley-david­

This jacket truly has four-sea­son ca­pa­bil­i­ties and does so in an all-in-one pack­age.

The out­side of the jacket has cowhide leather patches on shoul­ders and el­bows and 500 De­nier ny­lon pan­els that zip off to cre­ate a mesh jacket when things heat up. The FXRG Switchback is de­signed with a ge­nius triple-vent sys­tem, which has three strate­gi­cally placed vents on each side of the body al­low­ing for some very ver­sa­tile and cus­tom­iz­a­ble air­flow.

For safety’s sake, the jacket has ul­tra-light­weight body ar­mor at el­bows and shoul­ders that goes vir­tu­ally un­no­tice­able when worn. If you re­ally want to add a larger layer of pro­tec­tion, the Switchback comes com­plete with a back pocket for H-D’S op­tional Tri-layer Back Body Ar­mor sys­tem.

The in­side of the jacket fea­tures a re­mov­able zip-out full­sleeve wa­ter­proof liner with two-way zip­per and in­te­rior storm flap. But that’s not the only liner re­sid­ing in the FXRG Switchback. There is also an­other space­suit-look­ing metal­lic sil­ver zip-out full-sleeve warmth liner that em­ploys ther­mal re­flec­tive tech­nol­ogy, us­ing your body heat to reg­u­late the jacket’s warmth.

The afore­men­tioned fea­tures of the FXRG Switchback Rid­ing jacket are re­ally just the tip of the ice­berg so to speak. There is also a snap-out kid­ney belt, two in­te­rior pock­ets, belt tabs to keep the jacket from rid­ing up, 3M Scotch­lite re­flec­tive pip­ing, arm pan­els, and the rear jacket graph­ics are also re­flec­tive for those long nights rid­ing the lone high­way. And check this out: Har­ley-david­son even stands be­hind this very ver­sa­tile gar­ment with a life­time war­ranty.

As any­one can see, this jacket isn’t the best look­ing on the mar­ket, but I hon­estly be­lieve that style aside this is the ul­ti­mate rid­ing jacket. It re­ally is ready for any type of weather at any time. And I have per­son­ally found this out while rid­ing from NYC to Ten­nessee in 90-de­gree heat, 40-de­gree thun­der­storms, and even a 45-minute hail­storm this jacket proved to be the real deal. The bot­tom line on this here FXRG Switchback Rid­ing jacket is if you care more about func­tion over fash­ion and en­counter in­clement weather when you ride, this is the gar­ment for you. HB

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