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View Poll Results: How important is a cool (temperature) suit/jacket to you?
If in the market, I would buy a cooler suit over any other suit/jacket (of similar quality) 45 71.43%
I would sell my current suit/jacket and buy it immediately, summer sucks! 8 12.70%
I wouldn't pay extra for a suit/jacket that kept me significantly cooler. 10 15.87%
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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How important is Cooler (temperature) gear to you?

How important is a cool (temperature) suit/jacket to you? For the purposes of this survey, let's say the suit/jacket keeps you 10+ degrees cooler. Let us also say that the quality is the same as any other suit/jacket you would buy.

If I needed a new suit/jacket, I would buy a cooler suit over any other suit/jacket (as long as it is the same quality)... even if it was extra cost

I would sell my current suit/jacket and buy it immediately, summer sucks!

I wouldn't pay extra (Let us call it an extra $200) for a suit/jacket that kept me significantly cooler.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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How about the option for "I'll put up with hotter gear in the interest of better protection." That'd be my choice.
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It's very important

Too hot and your not comfy riding, so you don't ride
That's why I think there's no 1 jacket that fits all the seasons here

I have 3 jackets

Summer, vented Kevlar
Winter, textile w liner
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How about the option for "I'll put up with hotter gear in the interest of better protection." That'd be my choice.
I said the gear was of equal quality.

If we add quality and protection in the picture, there would be far too many options.

I am merely asking how important cooling is to you in regards to gear, not taking into consideration safety since it would be just as safe, if not safer.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:43 AM   #5
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I've been using one of those cooling vests under my perferated leather and it's pretty freak'n nice.... I look for gear like that, that supliments whatever gear I already have. I've been seaching to see if there is even better tech out than just the evapration vests.
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not sure what to vote because after I got slight road rash through the mesh on a Joe Rocket jacket I am more inclined to go with leather now, but I'd still lean tward cooler cear if it was more protective than I ahve seen

during the summer I just dump half a liter or so of water on me before the ride home, it's pretty cool in the morning as is
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I didn't vote - didn't really have my option.

I have a leather Teknic jacket, and I have a Fieldsheer Mesh. I have seen the same mesh hold up in two separate accidents, so I have no concern about my safety in it. When it's hot I always wear the mesh, but it's NOT 10 degrees cooler - it's still smoldering.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:42 PM   #12
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I wear my ferfed Icon leather jacket in the summer. It saved my last year when I went down. I would have had a skin graft on my left arm for sure. Also my back would have been rashed. Is it worth the extra discomfort? You right it is. I imagine my wounds would have been pretty painful. I will not buy another mesh jacket for riding as long as I live. I wouldn't wear one if someone gave it to me. You simply do not have the protection that leather provides. I rashed my left forearm about 4 yrs ago in a mesh jacket. If I would have had leather it wouldn't have happened.

I soaked an Under Armor shirt last weekend before riding and it did a pretty good job. It does dry out pretty fast though. I also started wearing a thin fabric hoodie around my neck soaked with water and that helps also. And if you are going to ride or do anything outside drink lots of water. I drink 2 tall glasses as soon as I get out of bed. Hydration is key.
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I wear the same full leather gear year round. Living in Houston 10 degrees doesn't make a difference.
comfort wise, you may not notice it (I sure would though)... but heat is a major cause of human mistakes, not just involving motorcycles.

Just a difference of 10 degrees makes a huge difference.
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