For Sale: Held Carese II Four Season Jacket
Los Angeles, CA
Up for sale is a black 3XL Held Carese II jacket. This jacket works for both the street and for those going off road. I have a 49" chest and this jacket allows me to wear the Gore‒Tex inner jacket and a heated jacket liner underneath it. It has a Gore‒Tex removable inner jacket that can be worn alone, magnetic closures, and 14 air vents. I've worn this jacket in several thunderstorms and never gotten wet. All the zippers, Velcro and snaps work properly. There are no tears, stains or scuffs.
There are 6 exterior pockets. Four of them double as vents in warm weather. On two of them, the front of the pocket folds back and is secured by rare earth magnets so that the exposed portion is open mesh material. Two of them are Gore‒Tex and are made waterproof by a fold with a Velcro seal. All the pocket and vent zippers (except the ones on the back of the jacket) have "zipper tunnels" to prevent the pulls from flapping in the wind. The Velcro tabs that secure the front of the jacket closed is sewn into the jacket so there are no sharp corners or edges to stick you or to abrade the material of the jacket or the clothing that's worn beneath it. There are five interior pockets, including one specifically devoted to your phone. The phone pocket is made of neoprene to afford extra protection. There are three zippered back vents and a rear pocket.
When it's warm the front and back vents can be opened up to admit cooling air. The jacket can be zipped up to provide full protection, but the flaps on the front of the jacket that you'll close up when it's cold, can be left open, secured with magnets to open up a mesh center that's about 2 1/2" wide and runs the full length of the zipper. You'll not find more ventilation unless you go to a full mesh jacket. If it gets chilly, it's easy to close these flaps while underway.
There are mesh vents on both sleeves that run from the hem to about the bicep area. They can be fully opened, fully closed or anywhere in between. They feature a double sliding zipper so that the hem can be closed while allowing the rest of the sleeve to be open.
The neck is lined and topped with a soft 'suede‒like' material that will not cause irritation. The same material lines the front of the collar.
I have adjusted the contrast of some of the photos to make the details more visible, but this jacket is a rich, deep black. It's not faded, as some of the photos may suggest.
From the Revzilla site ‒ "The Carese II Jacket gives you direct venting when it's warm and a removable Gore-Tex liner when it's cold and/or rainy. Tons of pockets keep your gear easily accessible and secure while Held Cloverleaf SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow armor ensure top level protection. The Carese II is everything a multi-season rider needs to tackle the trail, wherever it may lead.
Outer shell constructed from DuPont Cordura 500D
CoolMax breathable mesh inner lining
3D air mesh panels in back to promote circulation
Removable Gore-Tex waterproof inner jacket
Waterproof external pockets
3 inner pockets
Internal cell phone pocket
1 back pocket
Air-vent zippers in front, back, and arms
Magnetic closure pockets double as air vents
Stretch panels at shoulders
Dual arm adjustment
Full-length back protector can be integrated into jacket lining
EN 1621-1 CE-approved Held cloverleaf SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow protectors
It comes with the standard Temperfoam back pad but it's been upgraded to the CE armor back pad
Connecting zipper [for connecting to pants]
3M Scotchlite reflectors "
This is about two years old. I've worn it from 30 degrees to 112. It was comfortable at the lower reach and ventilated well at the upper range.
The double zipper pulls on the sleeves have cloth pulls with small rubber tabs on the ends of them. Two of those rubber tabs have gone walkabout. They could be replaced with a drop or two of Plastidip, but I never bothered.
It retails for $849, (not including the upgraded back armor that retails for . Yours for $425.