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Old 12-02-2012, 07:09 PM
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Leaving on trip from Wi. 1st week of June returning mid July touring western states. Lots of mountains, some deserts and a wide range of temps and conditions I suspect. The question is do I wear my Kili and tex pants ( both waterproof and warm or take the mesh gear, layer up and bring along my rain gear. Not sure what the predominent weather condition should dictate. Riding DL 1000
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:23 PM
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Wear textile mesh gear with zip out liners to begin with. Bring an electric jacket liner plus gloves and a rain oversuit. My last trip out west in June had temps from 36 and storming to over 100 in glaring sunshine. Sometimes I had everything but the mesh outer gear in the top box and other times I wore everything I had.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:28 PM
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I am very happy with this 3 in 1 jacket:

Ixon Sismic Sport Textile Jacket

Exterior has mesh, and there are 2 liners: one waterproof, and 1 for cold weather.
You can use 1 of the liner in jacket or both.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:29 PM
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My mesh gear (Olympia) came with waterproof/windproof and insulated liners so it seems to cover all my riding. You will want your mesh gear for those deserts and the mid west in July. And the high country can get pretty cold in the summer when a storm comes through or the sun goes down.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:37 PM
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Let me claify what gear I have. Kiliminjaro jacket, Darien light pants, Tourmaster mesh jacket, Olympia Airglide 3 pants. I also have the Airglide 2 insulated liner. Fistgear rainman pants and jacket. These pack down small.

My biggest concern is will I roast for the most part taking the Kili jacket. Or will i be gratefull I am wearing it through the mountains. I have many options for layering as well. Maybe I could bag the jacket all together when it is really hor and just wear a Klim moto jersey.

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Layering, with a mesh jacket. I travel Oregon to Montana every summer, some mornings are in the 30's some afternoons are 100 +. Mesh with liner, fleece, long and short sleeve t's, and rain gear over everything if it's really chilly. (till noon, when you typically start taking off layers). As stated, electrics are nice, and can eliminate the need for a layer or two, so that depends on how much you can spend, or pack.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:17 PM
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Stick with the mesh gear and liners along with a rain suit. Don't take two jackets and pants. They take up too much room and aren't needed.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:22 PM
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Mesh is needed for most inland areas. You need something to cut the wind all down the coast. A mesh jacket with a liner might be ok, if you layer under.

If you had a jacket and pants like the Alter Ego Joe Rocket gear, you could take off/on sections as the temps change.

It was cold going down the coast highway (Washington, Oregon, California) all the way down to LA (45f in spots) in July 2012, and then deathly hot inland a few miles, with temps of 130f in Vegas.

Bring an evaporative vest for inland areas, and a hydration pack. They really help.

Heated grips are awsome down the coast, or heated gear. I hate cold fingers.
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Easier to get warmer, really hard to do anything about heat.

Mesh with added layers. Even a cheap nylon jacket works wonders and a set of thermal underwear works well if you can cut the wind.

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Mesh. Add layers as needed. Add rainsuit over everything if really cold. An electric vest is a worthwhile addition.
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