AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm not sure if anyone gives a sh!t, but I thought I'd update you.
As I said in the original post I did get the Shoei helmet and I absolutely love it. It's like my head is making love to my helmet every time I ride. Seriously, I'll never go cheap on a helmet again and will probably stick with Shoei going forward.
I did get a leather jacket as I decided it's worth the investment. I can ride close to all winter here in Charlotte so I decided it was worth it. I ended up going with the Bilt Trackstar jacket and I do like it (for the price). It's not a terrible starter jacket and works for what I need it for. I liked the way it looked, LOVED the price, and it really does fit me very well. After having it for a couple months and a few decent road trips I have a couple things to say:
I don't regret the purchase and like I said I am overall pretty happy with the jacket. But if I could do it over again I would have purchased the Alpinestar leather that I was also considering. It was about $100 more but after seeing & learning some more I think it would've been worth it. Also a guy here at work shook his head at me when he saw "Bilt" and had me try on and cruise in his Dainese leather. I wouldn't have gone that expensive (he said it was $550 or something) but it was an obviously superior jacket.
After trying a few of the other jackets (that guys Dainese, a Joe Rocket mesh I just got) I realized there is NO back protection on my Bilt. Being a newbie I didn't really notice it in the store and it never dawned on me until trying other jackets.
The zippers are really cheap. I broke one last night (I'm about to find out if the 5-year warranty is worth a sh!t).
It isn't as heavy as other brands (the leather) and the armor in the jacket is VERY flimsy. Again, I only realized the difference with more experience.
Obviously you won't beat the price.
It really does fit me very well.
5 year warranty (I'll update again when/if I get a resolution on the zipper thing).
It is pretty cool looking (I know I'll get flamed for that one).
It has a zip out thermal lining that has already come in handy (I think most have this).
Lots of little pockets.
Overall I do like the jacket. It's really not terrible. If I get another one I will not go Bilt again. Whatever though, I do have a leather riding jacket now and I didn't break the back (if they were all $500 I wouldn't own one).