Tourmaster Navigator Jacket ~ Sale
- Abrasion-resistant 600D polyester shell
- 4-way stretch fabric shoulder panels
- Chest and upper arm intake vents, plus two rear exhaust vents
- Top entry cargo pockets, zippered hand pockets, and rear storage pouch
- Microfiber fabric lined collar with neoprene trim
- Adjustable waist straps, arm take-up straps, and adjustable collar closure
- Zippered cuffs with adjustable hook and loop closure
- Rear zippered expansion gusset
- YKK® two-way main zipper with hidden front center snaps
- Zip-out Reissa waterproof liner and full sleeve 100g quilted thermal liner
- Napoleon pocket and waterproof media device pocket
- CE Level-1 shoulder and elbow armor
- Removable EVA foam back pad
- Includes jacket-to-back belt connector
- Left handed (European) main zipper
We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they fit just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. If are between sizes, I’d advise the larger.
Another way to refine your size selection is to measure your chest and belly and then use our size chart (below) which lists max chest and max belly sizes for each jacket size. The measurements in the chart are a combination of the manufacturer’s size chart and also the measurements we take on the product samples. After you measure, you can choose a jacket size using the chart. You’ll want to choose a size that will accommodate both your chest and belly.
|Alpha Size||Max Chest Size||Max Belly||Standard Sleeve Length|
Our Two Cents
The Navigator jacket by Tour Master is a new style for 2022. This is a longer touring style (sometimes called a “3/4” style) favored by touring riders and commuters. This jacket includes both a removable waterproof liner and a thermal liner. It has good venting capability too. Armor is included for the shoulders and elbows and a back protector is available.
We’ve been carrying versions of the Tour Master Transition jacket for years and this style seems to be a “Transition Light” if you will. They’re up to the 6th generation of that jacket, so they know what they’re doing with this style. This jacket offers a lot of functionality for the money so value-wise, this is a winner! I’ll run through some similarities and differences here so you can decide which style is right for you.
This jacket is offered with two removable liners… a waterproof liner and a thermal liner and just like the Transition you can mix and match those in the jacket depending upon the weather conditions. The removable liners make this jacket great for multi-season riding including warmer months. Speaking of warmer weather, this jacket has forward facing zip vents at the bicep and chest. In contrast, the Transition has additional venting at the sleeve ends and shoulders. In the back, there are two rear exhaust vents in the same vertical configuration as seen on the Transition. Being a jacket without a “fixed” waterproof liner means these vents flow directly through to your body when open, and so they are the most effective. Just like the Transition jacket, this Navigator probably won’t be comfortable on hot summer days even with the vents open, but it will work well in all temps below that… and of course, wet weather too. So I’d say you can find comfort in at least three of the year’s seasons (depending on where you live of course). One big difference between the two styles is that the Transition has a stowaway hood in the collar. On the Navigator, they do not have this option, but the collar is a little shorter and features the same flexisnap and pin back system.
A touring style like this has a longer body and by nature comes with a lot of storage options. In front, you get a couple of zippered handwarmer pockets with two snap pockets over the top, and in the back is a large fanny pouch. Inside, you’ll find two more pockets: one Napoleon and one hook and loop flap on the left side. So the Navigator has 1 fewer internal storage pocket from the big brother but you also get two outer pockets that don’t block vents like the chest pockets on the Transition do. The gusseted expansions at the waist are moved more to the rear on this jacket style and there are adjustment straps at the cuff, forearm, bicep, and waist along with a two-way zipper. Now that’s some flexibility!
Tour Master is featuring SafeTech brand armor in their 2020 and later products. The jacket includes shoulder and elbow armor inserts that are CE level 1 rated. The material is a more flexible and “squishy” rubberized material, which I think is an improvement in comfort over past designs using less flexible black solid rubber. The jacket has a fabric pocket for a back protector. The jacket comes standard with a simple thin foam back pad (mostly a placeholder). Optionally you can buy a CE-rated back protector by SafeTech for about twenty bucks (something I’d recommend, see the related products below). The Tourmaster logos on the chest, forearms, shoulders, and back are all reflective and offer great nighttime visibility.
The Charcoal colorway on this jacket reminds me of a nice grey sport coat look, very different from just about any motorcycle jacket I’ve ever seen. You can mate this jacket to Tour Master pants with the three belt loop snap hoops at the lower back to make a complete touring or commuting outfit. Pants are very reasonably priced, so you can get everything for under $400 for both pieces with optional armor. The Tour Master Navigator jacket is about $30 cheaper than its big brother the Transition, so this is a very good value indeed! :: Mike, 08/15/2022