Tour Master Intake Air 4.0 Jacket
- Armor-Link mesh material
- 1680 denier ballistic polyester in the impact areas
- Comfortable, mandarin-style collar
- 360º Phoslite® reflective piping and Tour Master’s signature reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility
- The microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable
- Adjustable, elastic snap sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material
- Updated CE approved armor at the elbows and shoulders with an articulated triple density back protector
- Aqua-Therm™ two-stage waterproof liner and insulated liner vest can be configured or removed to best match comfort needs
- Zippered chest map pocket, hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pocket and mobile media pocket
- Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit
- Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side zipper included
This jacket offers two removable liners (a windproof shell and an insulated inner-liner), so naturally the jacket fits tighter with the liners installed. Tour Master offers a size chart for this jacket which lists an estimated chest size for each jacket size. The overall fit of the jacket with the liners installed will fit best on a person with a chest size at the lower end of the range, but with the liners removed, the jacket will accommodate a person whose chest is at the upper end of the range.
My advice would be to take a chest measurement and pick the size where your chest measurement falls. For most people, this will correspond to the size they normally wear in men’s clothing. If you are between sizes, consider my comments about the liners and choose based on whether you think you’ll be using the jacket mostly with or without liners. If you plan on using the jacket mostly without the liners, then choose the smaller, but for use with the liners most of the time, then choose bigger.
I found the sleeve lengths for the “regular” sizes to be average and should work well for most people. Tall sizes are approximately 2” taller in the sleeve and torso, so if you normally require tall clothing then those will be a good choice.Sleeve lengths listed are from the shoulder seam to the end of the arm cuff.
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Our Two Cents
The Intake Air 4.0 jacket is a design that starts with a full mesh shell, but then adds a “dual liner” system to give you more climate control options than a basic mesh jacket.
The basic shell of the jacket is largely full mesh, which will flow a lot of air and will be great during the hot summer months of the year. The blow-through action of the mesh shell provides plenty of air AND you get the benefit of having the sun off your skin as well. In my opinion, the use of a full-mesh jacket is actually better than nothing at all (in the comfort department), and certainly a lot better than nothing in terms of protection in case of an accident. But in addition to the full-mesh action, this style includes two removable liners to help extend the jacket’s comfort range into cooler weather or wet weather. We found that the jacket works well with the thermal liner OR the rain liner. So, for example, in cooler and/or wet weather you can put in both liners. If it is just cool outside, try just the thermal liner. And if it is warm, but possibly wet, then install just the rain liner. After some experimentation, you’ll figure out what works best for you.
The jacket comes equipped with removable CE approved armor in the shoulders and elbows, and a removable triple-density back protector. To account for the varying fit of the jacket with the liners installed or removed, the jacket comes with a good deal of adjustment. There are adjusters at the waist, sleeves, and cuffs which you can use to fine tune the fit. There is a rear connection zipper in the jacket for attachment to Tour Master pants. The zipper also comes with the mating half that can be sewn into the pants of your choice. Be sure and take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good close-ups of this jacket and its features.
As the name of this style implies, it is the fourth iteration of the basic design. There are only minor tweaks to the jacket’s function from the “3” version to this one, and the styling has been updated of course. But the basic style and function remains and this continues to be a very versatile style, and one that works great in hot weather and also does well at other temps, with or without precipitation. A very nice design for sure. :: Paul, 06-04-15