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Old 05-12-2013, 03:02 AM   #1
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Summer Riding Gear Idea

Last year a friend of a friend went on a ride with us and he was wearing a ICON Stryker Rig. He said it was very comfortable and still offered protection incase he went down. I'm thinking about doing the same this year but wanted to get feedback on which was better, the Icon Stryker or the Dainese Body Armor Jacket? Also, how practical is this for the average street rider?

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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Last year a friend of a friend went on a ride with us and he was wearing a ICON Stryker Rig. He said it was very comfortable and still offered protection incase he went down. I'm thinking about doing the same this year but wanted to get feedback on which was better, the Icon Stryker or the Dainese Body Armor Jacket? Also, how practical is this for the average street rider?

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why do you hate your lower body?

OVERPANTS.

I wear gear year round, FULL GEAR.
Helmet
Gloves
Jacket
overpants
boots, MC specific, I like my ankles.

I have summer, winter, Fall/Spring gear.
That is 3 sets

3-4 pairs of gloves, down to 2 helmets.

I wear mesh during the summer. The last set I bought is Olympia.
I like Fieldsheer better (mesh anyways) it cools better than Olympia (IMHO)

I also ride everyday, year round.
To me, there is a huge disconnect from "looking cool" and not bleeding out on the side of the road. I'll take dork space ranger for the win.

Besides, when cute waitress lokks at you and asks "aren't you hot in that?"
Leaves the door open, my answer is "you are pretty darned cute in that xxxx outfit". Again, WIN!

To me ICON is junk, pure junk. While it is stylish, it is hit or miss in the functioning dept., atleast that is from the AAR I have read.

Good brands:
Fieldsheer
Cortech
Olympia
Scorpion (has good reviews)
Tourmaster
AGV
Firstgear aint too bad
Teknic

One more thing, I will swear I am cooler wearing full gear (mesh) in the summer than if I was to ride with jeans. The mesh is like a sort of air accelerator. Besides, we all know sweat cools the body.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #4
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I started with Fieldsheer mesh, but then upgraded to Cortech textile/mesh/leather on the impact points

Check the Cortech "Air" line, the pants work excellent as well.
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Like others here, I have a textile\Leather jacket with armor that I wear year round. When it gets cold I wear the liner and throw my rain gear jacket over to cut the wind.

For gloves a couple pair for normal weather and a pair of field sheer gloves for when it gets really cold.

I am guilty about my legs though, usually just jeans despite having knee/shin guards and kevlar lined jeans.
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Thanks for the great feedback, i was checking out sliders on the lowers,and read a ton of threads on knee and shin guards as i will be investing in those too! I will for sure looking into the suggested above!
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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Mesh overpants and mesh jacket for me in the summer. Simplifies riding to work for sure(compared to wearing jeans and switching to shorts at work).
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Is there a place locally that has a good selection on the mesh/textile pants? ima 40waist though...
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Leather..... year round.

I bought a mesh jasket when i first started riding. The first group ride I went on, a guy crashed with a mesh jacket and although it helped a little, the guy still got rashed all over.

I never wore the jacket again.
I ended up giving it away to a guy I met at a gas station riding without gear.

Leather is the way to go.
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I'm all for leather as well mg first jacket was mesh and I have never warn it since I got leathers
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Thanks for the great feedback, i was checking out sliders on the lowers,and read a ton of threads on knee and shin guards as i will be investing in those too! I will for sure looking into the suggested above!
A friend once told me"Knee/shin guards are the best $25 buck spent on gear" I kicked up a notch by wearing kevlar jeans, yeah, some call me a douche, but IDC, besides that and the jacket, I got a chest plate, pretty wise, last week bike fell on my leg and my guard really helped.
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To me ICON is junk, pure junk. While it is stylish, it is hit or miss in the functioning dept., atleast that is from the AAR I have read.
The Icon Daytona leather jacket is one of my favorite fall/spring jackets. Some places on it, the reverse side of the leather is unlined, and overall, it's somewhat less refined than other jackets I have, but I wouldn't call it junk. The fluorescent yellow on it is so bright, you can see it 1/2 mile away.

I don't look at brands so much as the individual piece of gear's construction. While majors like Alpinestar is nice (I have 2 A* track suits and a leather jacket), there are plenty of other makes that offer good gear.

I wear mesh in the hot months too, but I'm starting to be a leery of them, based on the few "crash test reports" here in the past yr or so. I just picked up an AGV leather jacket that is perf'ed all over. The leather is thinner gauge, but it's still leather. It's not too bad with compression undie so far this season, but I will see how it feels when it gets up in the 90's.
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