Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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FLY STREET BUTANE 4 JACKET LOOKING FOR A VERSATILE RIDING JACKET but don't want to spend a lot of money? Then consider Fly Street's Butane 4 Jacket. Ringing in at just $169.95, it has a waterproof outer shell, good ventilation, CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor, a back pad, a thermal liner and other useful features. Constructed of abrasion-resistant 600-denier polyester, the Butane 4's main shell has a HydraGuard membrane that's waterproof, windproof and breathable, eliminating the hassle of zipping a rain liner in or out. Large intake vents on the shoulders and an exhaust vent across the upper back are sealed with waterproof zippers. Opening the jacket's heavy-duty YKK main zipper provides a huge boost in ventilation thanks to Fly's Air Induction System, a 3-inch-wide panel of 3D mesh that runs from the neck to the waist. Riding with all of the vents and mesh panel open moves a lot of air through the jacket, which helps me stay cool and dry. To keep Air Induction System's mesh panel wide open, the front edges of the jacket fold back and are held out of the way by magnets near the collar and waist. When riding at speed, crosswinds or turbulence caused by cars on the freeway sometimes broke contact between the magnets, allowing the edges of the jacket to flap around and the fabric corners to sting my neck. Something stronger like snaps or hook-and-loop would hold the shell open more securely. Inside the jacket there's removable, CE-approved armor to protect the shoulders and elbows, a foam pad to protect the back, a removable, long-sleeve thermal liner for added warmth and a lightweight mesh lining to keep the jacket from feeling clammy against the skin. There are five pockets—one inside the thermal liner, two inside the main jacket and two external handwarmer pockets that are sealed with waterproof zippers. Waist-length with a relaxed fit, the Butane 4 can be tailored to the rider's body type with zippered side expansion panels, snaps to adjust sleeve volume and adjustment tabs at the wrist and waist. Zipper pulls are easy to use with gloves, reflective piping increases nighttime visibility and an internal waist zipper attaches to Fly Street's Butane overpants ($139.95). Although the Air Induction System's magnets need a rethink, Fly Street's Butane 4 delivers good comfort, convenience, protection and style for the money. It's available in all black, or with red, blue, gunmetal gray or hi-viz yellow panels on the shoulders, in men's sizes S-4XL. Greg Drevenstedt For more information: See your dealer or visit flyracing.com graded on a curve PRODUCT REVIEWS www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 86 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02

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