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READER PRODUCT REVIEW: Firstgear TPG Monarch Jacket

By Peggy Zaring, LaCrosse, Washington

8/30/2010

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Two years ago, I bought the new Firstgear TPG Monarch jacket. I am not a fair-weather rider. I ride a BMW K 1200 GT and put between 10,000 and 15,000 miles a year on it (wish I could ride more). I’m not a big woman, but I am no skinny-minny, size 2 model either. I am 5 feet 5 inches tall and wear a size 10 or 12, depending on the style. I have a hard time finding a jacket that fits my shoulders and my arms, specifically around the biceps.

Peggy wearing the Firstgear TPG Monarch jacket. TPG stands for Total Protection Gear.
Peggy wearing the Firstgear TPG Monarch jacket. TPG stands for Total Protection Gear.

Peggy wearing the Firstgear TPG Monarch jacket. TPG stands for Total Protection Gear.
Peggy wearing the Firstgear TPG Monarch jacket. TPG stands for Total Protection Gear.

Here are some things that real women riders need to know about the jacket. Number one, I love this jacket. This is a really comfortable jacket. The liner is nice enough to wear on its own when you get to your destination. No need to pack an extra jacketthat’s a plus. Second, this jacket has tons of pockets. The ones I like the best are the phone pockets, one inside the main jacket and another inside the linergood thinking there. The little pockets on the lapel are perfect for my iPod. And the most priceless pocket is the little zippered pocket for your credit card on the left sleeve down by the wrist. You don’t have to get into your tank bag to get it out. What a time saver!

This February we rode (yes, rode) from Washington state to Daytona Beach, Florida, for Bike Week. Along with my Gerbing's heated gear and my Under Armour, I would not have traded my Firstgear jacket for anything else. We rode in snow, rain, sleet and temps as cold as 23 degrees, and I never got wet. 

When I bought this jacket, I was looking for a few things: durability, practicality, fit and something that made me look like a woman, not a marshmallow, on my bike. I don’t go for the fashion show thing, but I do like to look like a woman and feel like a woman when I’m riding. This jacket is a great one for those who want protection, comfort and style, although I would like to see some nicer colors.

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