|Manufacture: Tour Master
Product Name: Transition Series 2 Jacket
In The Wild: $167.19 to $189.99
• The 3/4 Length 600 Denier Carbolex® and 600 Denier Ballistic Polyester shell incorporates reflective Phoslite® material panels for strength and increased nighttime visibility
Like most of my riding gear, it is purchased out of necessity when a certain problem arises, and I need to solve that problem.
Back in late 2007 early 2008, I needed a jacket that was going to withstand the cooler winter and spring months, while providing me with protection from the rain that we experience in the Puget Sound Region of Washington State.
I also, needed a jacket that was a bit longer than my current riding apparel I had at the time, which was a leather 2 piece suit, that way the water as well as cool air, would not creep up the jacket.
After some time browsing my local dealerships, I picked up the Tour Master Transition 2 Jacket.
The fitment of the Tour Master 2 is excellent. I never had a problem with how it fit on my body, and as someone who is of “larger” size, it fits really comfortably.
The length is perfect for my longer torso length, the arms are not overly long, and the adjustment straps let you tighten it up where you need it.
The pockets are in well thought out places, and none of them are awkward to get to.
Even the liner fits nicely in the jacket, and does not feel bulky when inserted.
The Jacket has a couple drawbacks when it comes to comfort, but it also has a couple of positives.
I purchased this jacket for the winter months in the Pacific Northwest. It is, however, not the greatest jacket when it comes to managing water away from you.
When I first got this jacket, it worked great keeping the water away. But after the factory water protective layer on the shell started to wear out, the jacket became a sponge.
It has problems managing water away from the rider, and having to retreat it constantly became an issue. It was because of this problem, that I looked elsewhere when looking for replacement gear for my Arctic Trip.
Outside of that issue though, the jacket shines.
It offers tons of vents throughout the jacket to keep you cool in the summer months.
Lots of pockets in easily accessible locations provide you with lots of options of carrying objects on your body close to you, and the zippered left hand forearm pocket is great for your toll monies, should you need it.
So while the comfort of this jacket may not be adequate for all types of weather, it does work extremely well to be a jacket used for traveling in the summer, when you start off with a cool crisp morning, and ride into the extreme temperatures of the Eastern Washington Deserts.
Construction of the shell of this jacket, is very durable. The only draw back I’ve had on this jacket, is one of the same drawbacks I had on the Tour Master Overpant. That is the Velcro.
Tour Master’s supplier of Velcro needs to change. It just does not work well, and the durability of it is lacking.
Other than this problem, I have about 20 thousand miles on this jacket, and it seems to be holding up rather well.
No seams have come undone, and the exterior seems to be holding up as expected for a textile jacket.
Overall, I recommend this jacket. It may not work as the greatest “Wet Weather” jacket, but that can be quickly solved with the Tour Master Defender Rain Suit, which I actually used a lot in the winter months while wearing this jacket.
Even though I love my Belstaff Jacket. I still wear this jacket primarily in the summer. The venting on it is great, and vents much more air than the Belstaff Discovery.
So if you are looking for a good 3/4 length jacket for those dryer days, this jacket fits the bill. If you are however looking for something to do a lot of riding in the rain with, and do not want to mess with rain gear, I would recommend the British Motorcycle Gear Discovery Jacket.