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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-04-2009, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hot weather gear?

I don't want to commute without some armor with the traffic we have around here... not to mention the morons who pop up from time to time that intentionally try to kill you for some reason. Anyone have any tips for thin, breathable, yet armored riding gear for the hot months?
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I don't want to commute without some armor with the traffic we have around here... not to mention the morons who pop up from time to time that intentionally try to kill you for some reason. Anyone have any tips for thin, breathable, yet armored riding gear for the hot months?
There are lots of great mesh products out there, but it really depends on how hot and how humid your riding area becomes. I didn't want a lot of biking gear laying around, so I chose Joe Rockets Alter Ego gear. Basically, this is three season wear (spring - fall), but here in Portland, OR, I can make it work year-round with a warm base layer in the winter (and my new heated grips). The jacket has some venting for spring/fall and the lower portion of the is made up of panels that unzip to reveal a mesh layer underneath. Same with the sleeves from the elbow down. The armor is mounted in the mesh, so the protection stays, but you need a place to store the unzipped panels if you convert to mesh on the road. Pants are not so convertable, but do have a long vent that runs from one knee, around the butt, to the other knee. Plenty of venting.

For boots I bought the Oxtar Air Tech (now called TCX, but same boots), gortex lined (waterproof) and breathable. I wear heavy sox when it is cold, thin (sport wicking type) when warm.

Here in Oregon/Washington the full jacket (with panels mounted), pants (with the vent open) and boots are not too warm until temps pass 90 degrees with little humidity, mesh after that. So, I actually rarely switch to 'mesh mode', since I typically don't ride in the heat of the day. In fact some parts of Oregon are pretty chilly in the morning, when I do most of my riding, so I almost always start out with the full jacket.


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There are all kinds of mesh jackets available depending on how much you have to spend. Fieldsheer makes good quality jackets for decent prices. My leather winter jacket is a Fieldsheer, made very well and not too expensive. My mesh is a Joe Rocket Phoenix which I like just fine but some folks don't like Joe Rocket brand. I continue to suffer through the Texas Summer with a full face modular helmet cause I won't ride with anything less over my face. Just me. Just do some searching online and see what different jackets are going for.

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See this thread.
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I normally wear a Firstgeear mesh jacket, (in silver) and a pair of Fieldsheer Titanium Air pants. These pants ARE THE COOLEST ON THE MARKERT that I know of. (I tried alot of them)

If you got the money, the Motosport stuff is the way to go.

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I normally wear a Firstgeear mesh jacket, (in silver) and a pair of Fieldsheer Titanium Air pants. These pants ARE THE COOLEST ON THE MARKERT that I know of. (I tried alot of them)

If you got the money, the Motosport stuff is the way to go.

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Hope you're right, KM! My Fieldsheer Titanium Air pants came in today. I'll be wearing them and my Tourmaster Intake Series 2 jacket on a 6+ hour ride this weekend in 90+ degree heat. Ought to be a good time...

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...and in the event that anyone was wondering, or to add to the vast repository of arcane knowledge available on this site (assuming that KM doesn't blow me away with a link proving that this knowledge is already archived here somewhere), Fieldsheer Titanium Air pants do mate via zipper to a Tourmaster Intake 2 jacket...

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x2 on the awesomeness of the air pants.

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...and in the event that anyone was wondering, or to add to the vast repository of arcane knowledge available on this site (assuming that KM doesn't blow me away with a link proving that this knowledge is already archived here somewhere), Fieldsheer Titanium Air pants do mate via zipper to a Tourmaster Intake 2 jacket...

--FA
Good to know. The mis-match seems to be with Firstgear and Joe Rocket jackets to Fieldsheer pants. You have to figure that there are only so many zippers used in the industry and that at least a few should match up. And I do know that some makers even switch zippers on newer and/or differnet models so it is even possible that a "new" Firstgear jacket might work while an older one won't.

I just wish all the vendors got together and standardized this so there would never be an issue.

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Good to know. The mis-match seems to be with Firstgear and Joe Rocket jackets to Fieldsheer pants. You have to figure that there are only so many zippers used in the industry and that at least a few should match up. And I do know that some makers even switch zippers on newer and/or differnet models so it is even possible that a "new" Firstgear jacket might work while an older one won't.

I just wish all the vendors got together and standardized this so there would never be an issue.

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Roger that. And thanks for the recommendation on the pants, KM. Rode 300 miles or so today, half at about 80 degrees and the other half at 95. The Fieldsheer pants did a bang-up job, even at 95 degrees. I'm thinking that I was much cooler wearing them than I would have been wearing a pair of jeans.

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