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Old 06-21-2011, 09:55 AM   #21
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i have been down in mesh at around 40 mph and it held up great. needs to be replaced but that is a given if its not leather.
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Under 80 degrees I use a Scorpion Ex0400 helmet, and Scorpion Burnout jacket. Above that I use an Icon Alliance helmet, and Speed and strength moment of truth mesh jacket. I also wear an underarmor shirt underneath. I always wear boots, gloves, and thick jeans regardless.
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non perf'd leather jacket regardless of weather. i can't go back to mesh/textile. boots and leg/shin armor if its a spirited ride. regular cruising consists of leather jacket, gloves, helmet, and tennis shoes/race boots.
This except I don't ever wear tennis shoes.
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I wear leathers but stay well hydrated with a camel back. After a while the leather starts to soak in sweat and feel cooler.
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sweater hoodie under my mesh jacket. just kidding.

mesh jacket with a star vented gloves. Jeans. exo 1000


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mesh until it gets closer to 70 then back to textile or leather.


the rps-10 flows really well so my head stay fairly cool.
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usually my powertrip leather jacket & jeans, though I will occasionally just wear my chest/back protector & elbow/forearm pads, which is what I think I'm wearing on my trip.

wearing a joe rocket rkt101 helmet and the ventilation isn't that great, but i haven't had too many problems, even up to about 100 deg.
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non perf'd leather jacket regardless of weather. i can't go back to mesh/textile. boots and leg/shin armor if its a spirited ride. regular cruising consists of leather jacket, gloves, helmet, and tennis shoes/race boots.
To clarify, you prefer the protection of leather? Was there an accident involving mesh/textile?
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Shoei rf-1000, joe rocket mesh jacket with armor, alpine stars leather pants, alpine stars leather gloves, sidi riding boots, and most inportant my camelbak!!!!! It's hot, but I would rather have it on in an accident if it were to happen. I just keep hydrating up with water.
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Leathers are freaking HOT! I don't know how you guys do it. I have noticed that now that summer is here I am seeing less and less people with gear on. :(
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+1 on the regulator vest; just wish it wasn't so damned oversized. I have a S/M and the side velcro as tight as it will go and it's still too big.

Back and forth to work: Regulator vest, EXO-1000, A-Stars SMX-6 gloves, and various footwear (Dr. Martens, Harness boots, Chuck Taylor's, Sketchers, whatever the work day calls for).

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+1 on the regulator vest; just wish it wasn't so damned oversized. I have a S/M and the side velcro as tight as it will go and it's still too big.

Back and forth to work: Regulator vest, EXO-1000, A-Stars SMX-6 gloves, and various footwear (Dr. Martens, Harness boots, Chuck Taylor's, Sketchers, whatever the work day calls for).

Cruise meets/bike nights: Same as work.

Dedicated sport rides, A-Stars 1-piece FTW.

You are not worried about arm protection with just a vest on? I am almost more worried about arm protection, always seems like people go down on their shoulders a lot.
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This...I'd rather be hot then rashed.

I don't trust textile.
I have seen two wrecks of guys wearing the same jacket and both came out of it completely unscathed. One of them had to replace the jacket, while the other still wears his. I've also see guys go down in leather that split open, ripped, or rode up and the rider got rashed.

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i have been down in mesh at around 40 mph and it held up great. needs to be replaced but that is a given if its not leather.


I wear a mesh Fieldsheer jacket. I wear over-the-ankle boots, but not always motorcycle boots. I can't get over the fact that they're so freakin' ugly. I wear perforated, armored leather gloves, full face helmet (I wear my x-small in the summer because it's bigger and I get more wind), and jeans.
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I wear a mesh Fieldsheer jacket. I wear over-the-ankle boots, but not always motorcycle boots. I can't get over the fact that they're so freakin' ugly. I wear perforated, armored leather gloves, full face helmet (I wear my x-small in the summer because it's bigger and I get more wind), and jeans.

there is something smaller than x-small??? I keep thinking that I need a bigger helmet, mine is very tight. I really want a new helmet altogether though.
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You are not worried about arm protection with just a vest on? I am almost more worried about arm protection, always seems like people go down on their shoulders a lot.
Yes and no. I've been riding for 24 years and have been down twice on the road and countless times in the dirt. I've had road rash and, while it hurts, you survive from it and it heals. When I was younger I wore all my gear on every ride but, as I've gotten older, I've relaxed that philosophy and opted for being more comfortable on the road when cruising or commuting. I've found that the more comfortable I am the more alert and in tune with my surrounding environment I am, thus making me more aware of any potential hazards. Instead of my mind going to the gallons of sweat I am losing, it is focused on the soccer mom in the next lane on her cell phone.

The Icon vest is a well made piece; it has a back protector and thick padded leather to protect my vital organs and spine. If I go down and get road rash on my arms that will suck and it hurts, but it heals. If I avoided everything out there that had the potential to hurt me, I would never leave the house.

Besides as anyone who has slid on the pavement in jeans will tell you, having open sleeves is marginally less (at best) protection from the pain of roadrash than riding in your favorite pair of Levi's. Denim is about the WORST thing you can be wearing in a slide. While cotton denim does provide some measure of impact and abrasion resistance, it will get chewed up quickly by asphalt and, when it does, it will plant thousands of tiny of denim fiber in your open road rash that will need to be picked out individually during your initial wound cleaning; this is the anti-fun. There really could be some argument as to which makes a less painful recovery: going down in shorts or going down in jeans. That being said I wear jeans because my work attire calls for jeans or slacks and because I am comfortable in jeans. Does it make the most riding sense? Nope. Is it an acceptable balance point for me? Yep.

I don't begrudge anyone who adheres to the ATGATT philosophy; used to be that way myself. These days I'm more about finding a balance between doing things safely and also maximizing my enjoyment of them. Afterall, if you aren't enjoying life what's the point in living?
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I had the same questions about cooling...

Here are some other options:

1) http://veskimo.com/

2) http://www.techniche-europe.com/en/c...ack/index.html

3) http://www.coolshirt.net/backpack-cooler.html

4) http://www.aerostich.com/packing-it-...p-o-danna.html

I used the evap-o-danna (#4) this past weekend for the first time and it helped a lot!

I haven't met anyone who has one of the cooling back pack systems yet...

Anyway I hope this helps!
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