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Old 02-14-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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Protective gear - Recent bike layovers/sliding ?

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Recently there have been few bike layovers (zzr600racer) & sliding incidents (including me with a close call). I was wondering if ya'll wear any other protective gear besides helmet, jacket & gloves. What about the lower body? How many people wear those racing shoes (like SIDI, Alpinestar etc.), jeans with some sort of padding/reinforcement? Do you use those for normal street riding? How comfortable are those for every day use? What other options are there for lower body protection? Any good tried brands?

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Old 02-14-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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When Im just riding somewhere I wear regular jeans. Never anything less. I always wear thick leather boots that cover my ankle. I know these are hardly substitutes for riding pants and motoboots/shoes, but jeans and boots are the lowest amount of protection I will ride with.
Its easy to brag about wearing your gear when its cold, but come August, only riding in jeans, boots, armored jacket, gloves and helmet gets pretty trying and HOT. Hit the ground a couple times though and you wont throw a leg over without all your gear on.
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When Im just riding somewhere I wear regular jeans. Never anything less. I always wear thick leather boots that cover my ankle. I know these are hardly substitutes for riding pants and motoboots/shoes, but jeans and boots are the lowest amount of protection I will ride with.
Its easy to brag about wearing your gear when its cold, but come August, only riding in jeans, boots, armored jacket, gloves and helmet gets pretty trying and HOT. Hit the ground a couple times though and you wont throw a leg over without all your gear on.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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Cycle Gear sometimes runs a sale on a decent pair of inexpensive AS street boots. Had Sidis before I picked up the pair, and cannot ride in normal shoes anymore. It doesn't feel right at all.

I wear a jacket and gloves no matter how hot it is, but am guilt of riding in jeans most of the time. I have mesh pants and full leathers but don't wear either very often.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:30 AM   #5
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I always wear my Dianese boots and jeans, looking into getting the leather pants thats go with my jacket for the long rides but just havent done it yet.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:48 AM   #6
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If you wear jeans then some good leg armor should have you covered.

http://www.newenough.com/armor_icon_...g_pictures.htm
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:54 AM   #7
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Ive thought about that. I looked around just a little bit one day for some leg armor. I know Icon makes some, but I dont like Icon anymore, all the other similar products seem to be for motocross and way too bulky to wear under jeans.
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The more safety clothes you wear the better chance you will have. Check into dragging jeans or similar to it like Icon jeans. It is pricey but you will not lose any knee meat like zzr600.
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after seeing so many people getting hurt im lately riding with one piece leather suit all the time with vertigo boots and astar golves.... in the summer when its very hot i ride in 2 piece fieldsheer mesh ( they are more padded then icon and joerockets...)
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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Most of the time, I am ATGATT (all the gear all the time - even in the summer - just get mesh and summer boots).

For pants, I wear Joe Rocket Cleo overpants. they are specific women pants but there are all sorts of guy pants out there, just gotta look. Mine are mesh pants with CE-rated padding on the knees and they also have padded hips. Adds about 20 lbs to my exterior but it will be worth it when I need it. The pads are removable and so are the knee protectors. I wear them over my jeans when riding to work and just undress in the office. Same with the boots.

My boots are Sidis. They are the summer kind but waterproof.

In the summer, I have ridden without anything under my overpants but probably won't do it again next year. Airflow is awesome but considering that you dress for the crash, it wasn't too smart. I probably want to have something else underneath, like some shorts to protect the thighs.

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I wear A* boots and thick jeans. The jeans didn't rip or tear in my little 25mph highside either. I figured they would have since I slid a bit on my hip.
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:52 PM   #12
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sidi boots ON THE WAY! haha but as far as jeans go.. thats pretty much all i wear.. def looking into other stuff.. but just havnt found anything i like yet
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I've always ridden with armored jacket, full face helmet, gloves, and motorcycle boots (my new boots are Set Up Visions). Until recently I did not have any motorcycle-specific pants and would ride in jeans, but now I have some mesh armored pants (like Faylaricia posted above) that zip to my jacket.
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thick jeans. The jeans didn't rip or tear in my little 25mph highside either.
I wouldn't depend on it next time.
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Full gear year round (well 90% of the time at least) during the summers I switch to mesh pants and jacket. Never ride without my alpinestar boots and leather gauntlet gloves either. Back protector is also worn most of the time as well.

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If I am in town, I go iwth jeans, I stick with mesh or leather pants for anything that involves highways or fast riding.

I wear boots 95% most of the time in town.
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jeans, race boots, jacket, helmet, and gloves. most important i try not to act a fool and ride within my limits.
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i have really sturdy cargo shorts, and a t-shirt that has made it through 1,000 washes without holes or thread coming loose. i also got a helmet that i've went down in about 10 times, and it's still held up pretty well (besides the few cracks and no face shield). i usually wear those when i ride, even if i'm just going down the street. protective gear is over-rated

j/k guys. always wear your gear. that's why you bought it right? and if you don't have it......go buy some. spend a few hundred now, or spend a few thousand getting skin graphs
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thanks everyone for your comments. I'll look into this ASAP.
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