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What gear do you wear:

Helmets, Leather Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Safety Glasses, tinted/clear, Leathers, etc. no need for mocha crap, just safe

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Always a helmet, eye protection, boots and gloves. When its not blistering hot I will wear my riding jacket with armor.
 

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My cut. If it's winter I'll put on an armored leather jacket and leather chaps. I dress for comfort, not safety. I'm ready to go when it's my time.
 

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Leather jacket/gloves cold full face, summer or warm/hot mesh jacket/gloves and 1/2 helmet with ear covers for the cb. Boots and jeans always, chaps on the long hauls in colder months. Reflective vest, orange, always. Tinted glasses day, yellow or clear at night. 1/2 helmet had a drop down visor I uses in rain, no fogging. Rain gear is gortex.

Used to dress for comfort but a speeding cager ran a stop sing from a side street and side swiped me. Kept it up but some damage to the leg and almost laying it down made me rethink this. Since then it's not the fear of going down that I dress for, it's reducing the damage should it not be my time to check out.

I'm on the fence on the helmet, two riders I'm with both got hit and both sustained heavy damage to left jaw area of full face module. Both were local and in a commute, not highway which is 90% of my riding.

I ride year round, minus ice or freezing temps after precip about 18-20k per year. 60% rain means 40% sun in my book.
 

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Track is obvious, 1 piece custom leather suit, full face helmet, gauntlet gloves, heavily armored boots, back protector, chest protector.

Street varies a bit depending on my mood but is never less than full face helmet, armored jacket, armored gloves, and sturdy if not armored boots. I'm casually in the market for an armored onsie like a Teiz or Aerostitch but that always depends on funds.

I've been down in full armored leather at low speeds and sustained enough damage to self to never want to experience highway speeds on the ground without something to protect my hide. And after hitting my head on the track hard enough to take a chunk out of my helmet (and not get a concussion, THANK YOU KABUTO!!!) I will never ride without a quality full face helmet.

I have gear for lots of different weather. If it's too hot or too cold for the gear I have, take the car. The risks are just too high. I'm not perfect, and neither is anyone else so I'd rather play it safe and stick around as long as possible in the best shape I can be.
 

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What gear do you wear:

Helmets, Leather Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Safety Glasses, tinted/clear, Leathers, etc. no need for mocha crap, just safe

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Lot of deer here everyone hits them, weather can change quickly and you we are surrounded by high passes.
I have gerbing heated gear, the whole set to go under leathers + gloves and socks for the winter. I also wear my heated gear instead of a rain suit if I am traveling, saves space . In the rain you are warm. Mine are about 20yrs old, look worn but work well still. I bought the insulated ones so if the electrical system goes bust I won't be in danger on hypothermia waiting for a wrecker.
Means I don't have to pack a sweatshirt too when I pack them.

They are one of the best investments I made. They add 4 months of comfortable riding each and every year. On top of that you end up going places that you might not because it looks like it "could" rain or snow, or turn cold. You know if you pull over and throw your gear on your going to be comfortable coming home almost no matter what. And you know your going to get there alive and coherent.
When I worked it was not it was not uncommon for me to commute the 20 miles when it was 32 degrees. Turn up the Tsat and it's like being on the recliner at home only more fun.

I wear a mesh jacket with armor in the summer. Really like that a lot. I wear it even when it's well over 100 because it is cool when moving and I don't dehydrate as bad with less air running across my skin. Plus if I hit a deer and go down there is some protection.
Sliding down the road with out any protection is never fun.. I've tried it. Brushing the rocks out of the road rash, something to be avoided.

That's the unusual stuff. .
Then American made Leather Jacket and heavy chaps. I wish everything I wore had armor in it. One of my leather jackets does, one doesn't. Unfortunately the one with the armor is only good to about 50 degrees.
I wish I had one of the touring suits like an aero stich but not bad enough to pony up the money for it since my leathers and the heated suit do the same thing only not quite as nicely.
If I were starting from scratch again I would seriously consider an Aero stich or other name brand riding jacket and pants. Something with armor. Especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live.


Had these leathers for 20 yrs. They will go another 20 if I do. I take care of them. Re sew them when needed. I always keep a snowmobile balaclava in the saddle bags and a pair of extra heavyweight silk long under-ware plus Marino wool socks as well in the summer and winter incase I don't need the Gerbings but I am cold. Silk is completely wind proof,(that is huge) light and stores in quart ziplocs where it is safe from Velcro.
Weather changes here pretty often and I am prone to hypothermia from having it in the past before I could afford good gear.
In early spring and late fall I wear leather pants. Then I can pull the chaps out of the saddlebags for a little more room. They are just too hot for summer though.
I wear black deerskin driving gloves that I bought at a hunting store and a bell half helmet from Wallymart.
My riding boots are danner rainforest for support in a wreck and they are gortex so the boot doesn't wet through traveling. I seldom move a bike without real boots of some kind and gloves on. Just a personal thing after falling down racing so much when I was younger. I just flash back at some of the injuries I have seen on others as well as myself. On go the gloves..

I try to make everything do a couple of things. My gerbings suit means I don't have to pack rain gear or a sweat shirt etc
The danners mean that with the gerbing socks on my feet won't get wet or freeze in a sleet storm on a mountain pass and they protect me if I somehow end up under the bike instead of on it. Don't have to pack rubber boots.
Every spring all the leather gets cleaned and oiled up. Good to go.
 

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ATGATT. (Textile armor and Kevlar reinforced jacket and pants, FF helmet, MC tour boots, armored gloves, ear plugs) Not for everyone, but keeps me cool when it is hot, warm when it is not, and is there for the temp changes that happen. Clear shield, but too lazy to change them out all the time. Glasses work fine.

Doesn't matter to me, knees in the breeze is why we ride.

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Half or modular helmet, eye protection (clear or tinted) armored gloves, armored jacket, MC boots, jeans. Subject to various configuration based on the weather. When riding into work, I will skip the jeans and usually sub the boots out for regular shoes. I have a couple with some tougher leather build but still presentable for work.
 

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I seen ads for guards to protect your sneakers from getting dirty from shifting.

I don't have any of that, sneakers and such..
 

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All ways have heated jacket in bike and rain gear. Even in the middle of summer heated jacket is great when your cough in the rain.

Just about ever day out there you see the guy in shorts and sandals.
He must have more money then us. :ltr:
 

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The saying goes "dress for the slide, not the ride".

Mine is "dress for the weather, I feel much better" :rolleyes:
 

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Helmet (3/4 Vic hemet), Leather gloves, MC boots, jeans, armoured mesh jeacket in summer and armoured leather jacket in winter. I wear the yellow MC safety glasses.

I am debating purchasing the Bohn Armour pants and shirt. I have been down and had friends go down, not a good feeling even with safety gear. You never know....
 

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I guess I should have been more specific ....

The brands of gear. I know what you are required to wear or should but what makes you feel comfortable. I just wanted ideas. Yes I'm retired and tried many types of gear. My dingo boots have many miles as well as used as head rest. I'm 6'2 210lbs. Looking for the newer gear to fit my build. :cool:
 

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The brands of gear. I know what you are required to wear or should but what makes you feel comfortable. I just wanted ideas. Yes I'm retired and tried many types of gear. My dingo boots have many miles as well as used as head rest. I'm 6'2 210lbs. Looking for the newer gear to fit my build. :cool:
What type and brand of gear you wearing?

Yup, that's a new thread. Lol. The power of words eh?

Believe it or not my Johnny rocket mesh jacket continues to impress me for what it cost.

Helmet I'm moving to is a Nolan 104 evo. Rest if my gear is generic. Leather insulated gloves over riding gloves shockingly.
 

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On my Hammer:

Bell drifter helmet for short trips and familiar roads. Bell Star RSD for long trips unfamiliar roads.

I have a RSD Mission and Ronin leather jackets for the cool to almost cold temps. Warm or hot days I wear a leather vest elbow pads and a hoodie.

Kevlar lined jeans

Held Phantom gloves

Street and Steel leather cruiser shoe

On my R1:

Dainese Delmar leather jacket, kevlar lined jeans, Dainese Axial Pro boots and Held Phantom gloves

Base layers depends on the weather
 

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The brands of gear. I know what you are required to wear or should but what makes you feel comfortable. I just wanted ideas. Yes I'm retired and tried many types of gear. My dingo boots have many miles as well as used as head rest. I'm 6'2 210lbs. Looking for the newer gear to fit my build. :cool:
I like Sliders gear. (http://www.compacc.com/sliders) Good enough and comfortable. Some say the arms are a bit tight on some of the jackets so review before purchase. You can gear up to the point you like on this site if you choose. Good folks to work with as well.
Tour Master and First gear are always pretty safe bets.

If you want custom, and really shouldn't need it if you can find a tall (all the above offer tall in selected gear), Aerostich or motoport. Both these will last the average rider a life time. Even the well above average like them for long life, BUT bring your check book. These will cost you, but you get a good product.

Helmet: Get one that fits. After it fits, and you know your head shape, find what tickles your fancy. DOT, SNELL, or ECE safety ratings, FF, 3/4, 1/2, chili bowl, venting, liners, on and on. Find someone to fit you. Not a clerk at he helmet counter, and if possible stay away from needing to change a bunch of stuff to make what is on the shelf fit.

Boots, well, I have wide feet. Most of the popular tour boots that even offer wide are too narrow for me. Fly Millpost boots have been on my feet since I discovered them a few years ago. Still going strong and comfortable enough to walk/ride all day, week, or more. Waterproof beyond how waterproof I am, and breathe well. A dedicated MC boot is a must. Touring or ADV are the best bet for most on all around comfort.

Gloves are like the helmet, they have to fit. Find some with at least minimal protection and if possible palm base pads. Read up on that if you don't understand, but the point is, WEAR THEM. Hand surgeons make a lot of money for a reason.

You asked. LOL
 

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Bell helmets are the most comfortable and light weight-- 900 grams for Pit Boss but I wear mostly my Bell 500 and Mag 9 for the extra protection and even then it is only 1200 grams which is very light. These are the 3 I use mose even though I have 13 (please don't ask why--I don't have an answer)

Heavy leather jacket--- I wear a Vic name brand-- when I rode Harley I wore their name brand. Not especially because I want to be a bill board, but my thinking is if a bike company is going to put their name on a product and sell it in their store, it most likely is going to be of superior quality-AKA protection-of course I buy them on Ebay at a reduced cost. ;)

Gloves are optional depending on how long the ride (I know--please don't preach) as is boots--mesh climbing boots in summer and LaCross hunting boots in winter and Dingo just because. Always have on thick jeans or Carhardt type pants.

Eye protection is only Oakley-- M frame Military shooting glasses or else my X Twenty which are close to goggles. I have some high dollar goggles that I hardly use--they are WW1 style and look cool but are a pain with a helmet. There was talk about repealing the helmet law here in NC, so I got them just in case for those rare time I would not wear a helmet. I use them at bike week in MB and Fla.
 

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Bell helmets are the most comfortable and light weight-- 900 grams for Pit Boss but I wear mostly my Bell 500 and Mag 9 for the extra protection and even then it is only 1200 grams which is very light. These are the 3 I use mose even though I have 13 (please don't ask why--I don't have an answer)
This statement should be qualified a bit more. Bell 1/2 and 3/4 helmets may be the lightest out there (I don't know if they are or aren't, haven't done the research) but Bell as a brand is NOT known for lightweight helmets. They make a great lid for sure. But they can be heavy depending on model. Also, the full face helmets have an absolutely WONDERFUL liner material that is softer and more comfortable than anything else I've put my face into... until you get hot and sweaty. The material is not wicking resulting in a wet swampy helmet that will stay wet and swampy for a significant amount of time. Comments are based on reviews I've gotten from multiple riding friends. I have tried Bells on so I know about the liner comfort but have never owned one so I don't know personally about the swamp effect.

Of the brands that I've personally owned, HJC ranks at the bottom in terms of comfort (noise, weight, ventilation, liner material) and Shoei and Kabuto are tied. Shoei is heavier but has a better liner material and is a tiny bit quieter depending on model. Kabuto is lighter and has better ventilation but the liner is only marginally better than HJC. Shoei's shell shape fits my head slightly better than Kabuto so I run a GT Air in the street since I have my head in it for longer stretches at a time. Kabuto has saved my ass on track so I will always wear one when racing or during trackdays as long as they continue to make something that comes close enough to my head shape that I can keep it on for 30 minutes or so at a time.

If you want the absolute lightest helmet (full face) on the market currently, go buy a NEXX carbon. They are loud and they don't fit my head but I've never felt anything so light in a DOT and SNELL approved lid. A coworker and fellow racer crashed BADLY in one last year and walked away from it so the crash worthiness is definitely there as well.
 
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