I’ve been seriously impressed by the DRIRIDER Vortex Adventure jacket which has become my daily jacket, with my first outing a trip from Sydney to Mudgee and back in the middle of winter. It was hovering around 1C to 2C a lot of the time, particularly up through the Bells Line Of Road, Lithgow, Bathurst and Sofala.
I was toasty and warm the entire trip with the winter lining fitted along with the extra waterproof insert. It was raining a lot too and not a drop got through. On the way back in the dusty sections, flat out chasing six fellow journalists, no dust got through. Impressive stuff. Even the pockets remain dry and clean.
I’ve also been using the jacket over my leathers on the roadbikes and find it fantastic. I simply remove the lining but leave the back protector and armour in.
The stretch panels in the shoulder and elbow ensure comfort and ventilation panels are well sealed when closed but when open, provide good airflow. The best part of the jacket for me is the neck area, called the Throat Coat. This double Velcros and completely seals your neck and chest from the weather, without causing skin irritation.
The DRIRIDER Vortex Adventure jacket is highly adjustable, lightweight and very good quality, and available for $449.95 RRP.