I had the same issue until I purchased the Joe Rocket Repsol jacket, bit loud for color, I wear it all the time and I keep alot cooler while riding. I believe its made from the ballastic ??? material, comes with armor, has zipper vents in the arm, and a removable liner for the early spring / late fall rides.
I'm not sure that it would hold up as well as leather in a slide, haven't tested this coat yet, but it has to be better than a tank top.
Down here in sunny Florida, it's hotter than a oven during the summer + humidity off the charts. Many times I am tempted to ride with a t-shirt. But being old and wiser I bought a TiMax mesh jacket with body armor.
Yeah, I know there's folks who say it's for squids, I don't give a rats ass. Makes riding bareable for street.
I had exactly the same issue with the hot and humid weather we have up here in Minnesota. I just want out and picked up a Alpinestar TStunt air-flow textile jacket, SMX Gloves and Coolmax undershirt. The jacket comes with CE armor and a zipped in liner. Monday I road to work on the morning at 56 degrees and that afternoon it was 90! Took out the liner and wore a Alpinestar cool max shirt under that and found it very comfortable.
I realize the ballistic won't last the same as leather for protection. I'm willing to make that sacrfice for the dozen or so rides I'll take when it's uber hot out. Going to go with Joe Rocket (checking different jackets now) since it will zip to my JR pants, and I've had great luck with their products.
I know a guy who totaled his hyabusa from a wheelie while wearing a joe rocket textile jacket. He was protected from 'major' road rash by this jacket and only had minor scratches & cuts on him. He probably would have been better if he had the leather, but anything is better than nothing. I saw some guy on a Goldwing yesterday with only jeans and a shades, no shirt or helmet. Hope he never has an accident like that, if so, he will be messed up.
I wear a Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh jacket for really hot days. Still put the leather on while I'm on the highway but its the mesh for stop & go or around town. Works great but I haven't (and hopefully never will) crash tested it yet. Have Rocket leather as well as they tend to have the best fit...particularly for 'American' builds.
Vanson, Vanson, Vanson! I have a Vanson "Night Rider" (I think it's called) leather with vent panels in the arms, chest and lower back. This isn't a perf'ed jacket but breathes sufficiently well so I am not dying as long as I am moving through the summer swelter. For the truly hot days I wear a Vanson "Vent" mesh jacket, not to be confused with their mesh shirt. The jacket is ballistic material all over with athletic mesh in the chest, sides, and inside the arms and all "impact areas" have an underlayment of heavy-weight leather, plus CE armor. Can't go wrong with this combo.
I think Vanson just moved production of their Vent jacket overseas and dropped the price $100.
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