New Product: Pilot Direct Air Jacket V3

This next-generation Direct Air mesh jacket delivers plenty of effective and new rider-oriented features.

Pilot V3 Jacket
The Pilot V3 offers the notable versatility, quality and bang-for-the-buck value of the original.Photo: Pilot

After suffering through epic storms and snow this past winter, you may be thinking you’ll never be too warm again. But you will be. Trust us.

So when the weather turns hot and humid, ignore the temptation to head out in only a T-shirt; instead, pick up a warm-weather jacket such as the all-new Direct Air Jacket V3 from Pilot. This next-generation edition of the popular Direct Air incorporates a number of functional improvements as well as updated looks. In addition, the V3 offers the notable versatility, quality and bang-for-the-buck value of the original.

The new V3 features a tough, 210D Dense Interlink Mesh (DIM) exterior that passes air freely, yet this dense, overlocking weave pattern provides extraordinary durability and abrasion resistance. All key impact zones are double-layered and triple-stitched for increased durability. The V3 incorporates next-generation armor too: CE-rated CORE Force Impact Armor. This new, composite armor employs recent advances in polymer compound technology in order to remain flexible and forgiving when worn, for excellent rider comfort. But upon impact, this next-gen armor stiffens to absorb and disperse impact energy. Net result: a more comfortable jacket, with a higher level of safety.

Pilot V3 Jacket 2017
Shoulder and elbow armor has been upgraded to CE-approved Core Force Active armor, a composite that is soft and flexible when worn, but hardens and absorbs energy upon sudden impact.Photo: Pilot

Riding in summertime doesn't excuse you from rain showers, so the Direct Air V3 incorporates an all-new zip-out removable REISSA waterproof liner that also effectively blocks out wind. REISSA is a lightweight, breathable material that keeps water out while allowing warm, moist air to escape from within the jacket. That adds up to loads of versatility: You can be cool in the sun, warm as the evening temps drop, and dry in the rain.

There’s also a host of other motorcycling-oriented details that make the Direct Air V3 especially effective out on the open road. Some more notable features include: the neck has been lowered 1 cm for a more comfortable fit; a handy wrist pocket allows for quick access to small items; a new, larger cell phone pocket accepts the newer, oversized phones; there’s a pass-through port for the cord of a heated vest; and the V3 is ready to accept a Pilot CORE Chest Protector thanks to a strip of female Velcro sewn to the inner wind flap of the jacket.

Pilot offers the V3 in six different color options, with sizes spanning Small to 3XL. Perhaps best of all, MSRP for the new Direct Air V3 lists at only $160—eminently affordable, and vastly safer than taking to the road with only a T-shirt between you and the elements.

Pilot V3 Jacket 2017
The V3 comes in six different color options, with sizes spanning Small to 3XL. Buy It NowPhoto: Pilot

2017 Pilot Direct Air Jacket V3 updated features include:

  • All-new design for 2017 and V3 model
  • All-new CE-approved Core Force Active armor technology made of polyurethane foam is soft and flexible, but hardens and absorbs upon sudden impact
  • Newer, low-sheen Pilotex 600D NPF material used
  • Neck has been lowered 1 cm for more comfortable fit
  • All-new Pilot TRIAD logos used on upper arms, inner woven label and snap heads
  • Neck flap uses new micro male Velcro
  • Silicone printing of new Pilot TRIAD logo below neck on back
  • Smaller rubber head snaps feature Pilot TRIAD logo
  • Zip-Out liner is now waterproof, windproof and breathable REISSA membrane
  • Removed lightweight material on wind flap, replaced with stronger 600D
  • Larger cell phone pocket to accept new-size phones in the market
  • TPU pulls on waist straps replaced with elastic
  • Belt loop snap will attach to jeans or riding pants with belt loops
  • PPSS System - Panel to Panel/Seam to Seam sewn in Velcro for high strength

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