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Old 05-23-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Summer wear/gear 2013

Hey guys just want to see other riders opinions on some summer gear. Summer is here and its hot as . IVe seen many riders with mesh jackets as well as chest/back protectors

does anyone think that if you were fully geared with Chest/back protector as well as knee and elbow protector that would work for summer riding

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Mesh and denim all the way

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and if there is already a thread plz point me in the right direction tried searching didnt find much
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Hey guys just want to see other riders opinions on some summer gear. Summer is here and its hot as . IVe seen many riders with mesh jackets as well as chest/back protectors

does anyone think that if you were fully geared with Chest/back protector as well as knee and elbow protector that would work for summer riding

or

Mesh and denim all the way

sugg/comm/opi all welcome...

and if there is already a thread plz point me in the right direction tried searching didnt find much
Until something better than mesh comes out - that's likely going to be the standard uniform.
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If you wear mesh, you're protected from road rash. If you wear a back/chest protector you are NOT protected from road rash.

My hostage and cousin both went down in Fieldsheer mesh jackets a few years ago, and both times the jacket held up great. The hostage still wears his.

Ask the guys about their road rash - then choose to wear mesh over nothing.
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There are a few other alternatives. The body armor by itself is better than nothing, but remember, that stuff is designed for impact protection, not abrasion resistance.

Bohn also makes some great stuff that would allow you to have armor under your street clothes allowing you to wear dockers or the like but still have protection.

Squidwear (Short sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals) is really stupid unless you just LIKE road rash. The other side effect that which most do not think of is you'll dehydrate very quickly that way - much quicker than you will wearing a good mesh jacket and a sturdy pair of pants.

Yeah its hot. Yeah it sucks. Yeah it makes you sweat and stink. Just remember that stuff washes off a whole lot easier than blood.
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Perforated leather jacket and mesh/textile overpants for me. Wore my old mesh jacket one day last year mid-summer and felt like getting blasted by a giant hair dryer. Perf-leather keeps the main blast of heat off while letting in just enough air to circulate and let your sweat do the job. However, if the air temps get above standard body temp, then you need to cover your neck if you're going to be out in it for more than 30 minutes or so. That'll keep the heat off your neck and prevent that blood flow to the head from getting heated and cooking your brain.
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Perforated leather jacket and mesh/textile overpants for me. Wore my old mesh jacket one day last year mid-summer and felt like getting blasted by a giant hair dryer. Perf-leather keeps the main blast of heat off while letting in just enough air to circulate and let your sweat do the job. However, if the air temps get above standard body temp, then you need to cover your neck if you're going to be out in it for more than 30 minutes or so. That'll keep the heat off your neck and prevent that blood flow to the head from getting heated and cooking your brain.
Other things that can help are cooling vests (although evaporative cooling doesn't work that well in Houston humidity) and those neck wraps that you pre-soak to provide more cooling capability.

Haven't tried it yet, but that HeatOut stuff from Cycle Gear seems worth a shot.
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Other things that can help are cooling vests (although evaporative cooling doesn't work that well in Houston humidity) and those neck wraps that you pre-soak to provide more cooling capability.

Haven't tried it yet, but that HeatOut stuff from Cycle Gear seems worth a shot.
I've been wondering about the HeatOut gear too. I may try one of the shirts the next time I need something from CG.
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I tried one on... once I saw the strands from the unraveling seem, I just put it back.

May have only been one shirt, but I took it as a sign of build quality.

Hottest of days, white Astar mesh jacket, jeans, Astar shin gaurds, sidi perfed boots, and either perfed gauntlet gloves or meshed gloves if I'll be in traffic.
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i agree with the heat aspect of things im looking at a hybrid jacket from joe rocket the reactor 2.0 is preforated leather and mesh and i am def thinking about getting the heat out shirt .. especially with driving to work in business casual clothes it doesnt help i get here sweaty lol

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Haven't tried it yet, but that HeatOut stuff from Cycle Gear seems worth a shot.
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I tried one on... once I saw the strands from the unraveling seem, I just put it back.

May have only been one shirt, but I took it as a sign of build quality.

Hottest of days, white Astar mesh jacket, jeans, Astar shin gaurds, sidi perfed boots, and either perfed gauntlet gloves or meshed gloves if I'll be in traffic.
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i agree with the heat aspect of things im looking at a hybrid jacket from joe rocket the reactor 2.0 is preforated leather and mesh and i am def thinking about getting the heat out shirt .. especially with driving to work in business casual clothes it doesnt help i get here sweaty lol
A lot of the pure textile jackets are quite effective. Leather does not breathe very well down here in the summer and you may find textile more to your liking.

There are also a few companies that make mesh suits which might be an even better choice for you when commuting. Olympia and Tiez Motorsports come to mind.
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The magic number is 93 degrees. Above that temperature the faster you go the hotter you feel. Above 93 degrees solid textile/leather is cooler than mesh.

Here is an article from the IBA that explains it.
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The magic number is 93 degrees. Above that temperature the faster you go the hotter you feel. Above 93 degrees solid textile/leather is cooler than mesh.

Here is an article from the IBA that explains it.
No kidding? I had no idea. Thanks!
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I have some of the heat out stuff and it works ok. For the price I couldn't complain about none of it.
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I have a shift textile/leather jacket that is perfect here. Great in hot weather with the liner out and the liner for when it gets a bit cooler. When even cooler, I just throw my raingear jacket to cut the wind and it works.
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I bought the Dainese racing perforated jacket in white, and I can say that after riding home yesterday around 3:30PM, it felt exceptionally better than when I rode without a jacket home. The perforated leather kept the sun off my skin, but kept me much cooler than without a jacket. Highly recommend the jacket if it fits your bill; got it off Revzilla for $599.

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this and pants/shorts are pretty good. they cool and can be worn under anything, kinda pricey though
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