Well, it would not have been my first choice, but you know what they say about gift horses.
I wrote several weeks ago about how I've been wearing my 20+year old jean jacket for summer riding. The jacket provided a minimum of protection from possible road rash should the unthinkable happen but it was not very cool on hot days.
Being the procrastinator that I am and at best, reluctant to spend money I have ridden with it all of this summer. Other riders in t-shirts and one or two in shorts have asked me, "Aren't you hot?" My response has always been, "Yes, but as a new rider, I figured I needed the protection more than anyone else."
The jean jacket has finally gone back into the back of the closet for now - I'm also a pack rat and have the hardest time parting with stuff - because I found a bargain at a garage sale that was too good to turn down.
Its a textile jacket by Fieldsheer with high contrast red, white and black colors and it has the reflective stripping for my increasingly more frequent night riding. There are vents in the front and back. And it fits.
The styling is more towards the sport rider but I've never been one that fit easily into a mold - I ride a cruiser and wear a full face helmet! And the best part? $30.00. I guess I can't make fun of my wife's yard sale propensities anymore.