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I bought a Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket to replace the 1970's era brown leather jacket that I was wearing until it started getting too hot for it. It's really nice since it has a mesh layer with solid textile and padding for the elbows, shoulders, back, and butt. Then there's a solid outer lining that zips onto the mesh shell for when it gets cooler. Underneath both of those, if you would like, you can zip in a waterproof and windproof liner that really helps keep out that cool night air. The jacket is really well made and everything fits together really well.

Now for how well they hold up together when tested. When I went down at 55 mph in my jacket, I thought that I'd have to replace it for sure. In reality, though, the jacket didn't have any tears in it whatsoever, just some dirt stains (I slid mostly in dirt, a little on the asphalt). Still, for the 20 yds. or so that I slid, I was expecting some more damage to the jacket than what it had. All in all, I really like it and will definitely be wearing it again this upcoming season!!!!
 

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glad to see they hold up well! ive had mine since august and i got the whole set (both jacket and pants) and cant say enough about their comfort. happy to see they will stand up as well as id hoped in the protection dept. i live in texas so we can get pretty cool to very warm, this jacket has kept my cool in 100*+ down to the 40's (i dont ride in any lower temps, but i know the jacket would keep me comfortable). zipping off panels is a cinch.

its perfect for commutes and city riding. i took my msf course in full gear and never once got too hot. if it warmed up id zip off panels between excercises. even convinced one of the instructors who wore just a mesh jacket to buy one.

i have a perf leather jacket and its good, but my JR gear is still my fav!
 

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I've had my Alter Ego for two seasons and only have three complaints.

1 - The waterproof liner does not breathe at all. It's like putting a rubber suit on.

2 - In lieu of the rain liner, I would have much rather had a quilted liner like the new TourMaster Transition jackets.

3 - The jacket could really use an exhaust port in the outer shell to prevent ballooning when the side vents are open.

It works great three out of the four seasons but you really need a different insulation/wind barrier underneath during cold weather. I wear a Lands End windproof fleece under mine but the jacket feels real bulky and tends to slight immobilize you when you add that extra layer.
 
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