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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-31-2007, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Summer time protective wear

Ok i thought i would start a new thread for people to make comments on the summer gear they have tried and how they like it. Since I purchase my last Cortech things really seem to have changed.

I have been contemplating a new set of leathers and also some summer gear. Any thoughts.
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Depends how hot.

Over 23c, I wear a "string vest with armour". It's basically a jacket full of tiny holes. Has armour for elbows and shoulders and I wear a back protector under it.

Between 10 and 23, I wear my normal gortex jacket - with or without the inner (depends on the temp).

Between 4 & 10, I add my heated waistcoat - but turned off

Below 4c, I turn on the heated waistcoat.

Below -2c, I take the car

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I have a Vanson Ventilator jacket that I plan to wear this summer. It flows a bunch of air, has lots of protection and looks pretty good. I have rode with it a few times this winter and with the liner it has kept me pretty warm down to 35 degrees. With the liner out it is almost wide open. Should be nice in the warm weather. Typical Vanson quality. It is all textile.
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I can't recommend MOTOPORT enough...It's an air mesh Kevlar riding suit w built in armour....It's even certified for use in competition racing. I've wear it during the middle of Summer in 100+ dg days and wear it in conjuction with an optional liner, during winter..It'll will keep you warm down to well below freezing..Yes, it's not only easy to wash as you don't remove the armour, but a breeze to get in and out of.

This outfit has my personal signature of approval...as you'd have to put a gun to my head to take it away from me...

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I used a full Kevlar mesh suit with Dainese Safety Jacket, back protector and body armour under the suit when I ran speedway dirt bikes. I had a number of get offs that would have seen me in a hospital ward without the safety gear. I just dusted myself off and walked away.

The 3/4 length jacket / pants combinations shown on Moport's site do look right, but if you do end up with your butt on the road / track the last thing you want is for the pants and jacket to separate and expose the vulnerable bits underneath. A lot of low percentage stuff can happen during an "unscripted riding event". Consequently I believe it is important to be able to strongly attach any jacket to pants that are worn as a primary safety layer. An overall one piece kevlar mesh suit provides great levels of protection but for general road riding perhaps the appearance and clothing logistics make a jacket / pant combination that can be securely joined (and separated) a reasonable compromise.

Thanks for the links SC.
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...the last thing you want is for the pants and jacket to separate and expose the vulnerable bits underneath.
Thanks Lenz,
Fortunately my "bits" dont hang that low

But seriously, i think the 2 piece is the only way for me. I dont have track days, (no tracks within 150 mi. and no money anyway), if i did i would get a 1 piece lether, period! Why? look at all the great bike race crash vids; they are all wearing leather and as long as there is no impact (other than skipping along the ground) they invariably get up and run back to the bike.

The real question for me is whether to do perforated leather or a kevi. I already have poly but it is a dark and heavy. its like wearing a solar panel. I just dont get black
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Good points, Lenz.

I know you're never SUPPOSED to wear mesh gear, but I do when it gets really hot. It's very comfortable.

Perforated leather with good CE armor, that zips together is said to be the best for hot weather... it's pricey.




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Perforated leather with good CE armor, that zips together is said to be the best for hot weather... it's pricey.


Well of course, money is no object on a professors budget... in the sixth poorest state in the contry.... where teacher pay ranks 48th in the US.
but hey at least i dont have to buy shoes for the kids for school
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I'm not sure if the Kevlar suit I've got is "mesh" or whatever. When does a closely woven textile become a mesh? It does allow airflow though. Kevlar is constructed of a very low water absorption synthetic but is also very capable of "wicking" or drawing away moisture from the body and increasing the cooling effect as sweating occurs.

I don't know about the melt point of Kevlar - this is a significant issue for road riding and sealed track racing. The issue for dirt safety is impact and abrasion resistance. If the combination of very high melt point and high abrasion resistance is available plus "breathability" then all that remains is THE PRICE.
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Yeah I read up on the kevlar that SC brought up. it is spendy and the the suits are a bit goofy looking. I think they are made to fit over cloths for commuters so they are loose. They are also about the same as leathers in price (you know within a couple hundred depending on brand an sofourth).

So i am leaning towards the perforated leather suit. I am thinking about the Joe rocket Supermoto series:
jacket: http://www.joerocket.com/products/pr...roducts_id=548
pants: http://www.joerocket.com/products/pr...roducts_id=549

you can get them online for a couple hundred less than MSRP and there are closeouts too.
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