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post #1 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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What gear do you wear and why (including your helmet)

In my case, my main gear is Rev'it Cayenne Pro (top & bottom) + Shoei full face and Shark EvoLine2 flip up helmet. How about you and why?
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post #2 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 06:04 AM
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Good thread

1] X-Lite X551 helmet - wanted a really good quality adventure style helmet, and it had to have the internal sun visor. Plus the X-Lite had the option for an integrated communications system. Love this helmet

2] AXO Stone Jacket - this is a really nice adventure jacket, great for summer. It has no liner, lots of venting and removable sleeves. Plus it has lots of pockets.
Stone jacket

3] Joe Rocket Live Wire Gloves - nice short gloves. Beautiful leather (tan palms) and a great fit. Plus you can use a touchscreen because of the Speed Dial™ Touchscreen Technology.
Live Wire Leather - Joe Rocket Canada

4] TKD Kevlar Denim "Sammy" Cargo Jeans - these Australian made Kevlar jeans are awesome. They feature a complete Kevlar liner (not just knees & hips) and this liner can be removed. This way when I get somewhere for a stop eg: (Lunch, gathering) the liner can be taken out and they feel just like regular jeans.
TKD | Mens Collection | Sammy | Relaxed Black

5] Gaerne G-Midland Boots - great adventure boots. Solid as, but still comfortable enough to walk around in. They look good too!
Gaerne | The Boot Co. TOURING: G-MIDLAND <span>AQUATECH</span>2526-001

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post #3 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 07:00 AM
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Helmet: Peice of crap HJC, but soon to be a Shoei Hornet DS - because I want a dual sport helmet with a peak and it works well with glasses and is high quality.

Jacket: Olympia Scorpion Commander II - because it comes in a tall, it is high quality, and comes in high-vis yellow.

Pants: Joe Rocket Alter Ego - because it comes in tall and is versatile in cold and warm temps.

Boots: Gaerne Balanced Oiled - becuase they are not black, they don't squeak, and they are comfortable to hike in (but they are awfully wide for me)

Prophylactic: Trojan extra large - because, well... what can I say

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post #4 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 09:33 AM
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Helmet: Nolan N-104. It was comfortable, had an internal visor. Replaced an HJC IS-16 which was noisy as all get out.

Jacket: AGV Sport Falcon "Suzuki" (blue and black). Because being my size, AGV was one of the few companies that made leather jackets to fit me, at a reasonable price.

Gloves: Icon Pursuit Perforated Gloves. Tried them on at the local shop and was sold on the comfort and quality.

Pants: First Manufacturing 5-Pocket "Modem Fit" Pants. Made of thick leather, and they fit like jeans. A spare tire negates me wearing dedicated motorcycle pants that go up to ones armpits. Chicken legs cause any included armor to flop around.

Knee Armor: Forcefield Zeus Knee Protectors. Pricey, but very comfortable. Armor will be in place should I ever need it, not flopping around.

Boots: Tour Master Solution 2.0 WP Boots. Wide widths available, good quality at a decent price.

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post #5 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 09:40 AM
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Just a fair weather rider here, temps of 55 to 100 F. Mesh gear...I use Olympia Airglide jacket/pants to stay comfortable in the hot/dry SW as well as the hot/humid NE. Along with the insulated and windproof/waterproof liners I'm good.
Currently using HJC IS-16.....not recommended....too much wind noise. I had to plug the upper air vents to keep the noise level down and I wear earplugs. Purchased after I watched a video raving about this helmet.
Recently purchased Alpinestars Scout WP boots. I find them comfortable and lightweight. Recently retired my 14 year old Aerostich combats. Gloves...Aerostich Competition Elkskin Ropers.
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post #6 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 11:06 AM
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Helmet: Shoei Qwest. Great fit and finish, fit well and I know I can get replacement pads, visors easily (though expensively).

Jacket and Pants: Bilt Explorer Air set. Was on sale for $360 for a 4 piece top to bottom set. Fits great, very comfortable, has a removable inner rain and warm liner, a ridiculous number of pockets and I got a spare helmet and gloves for me or if the wife wants to go two-up.

Gloves: Alpinestar SP-S (I think). Got a good price at the Navy Exchange after taking my MSF BRC. I have a back up set of Bilt Explorers that fit well too.

Boots: Bilt Cyclone. $40 on sale. I wanted something other than my military boots for riding of duty and these fit and feel great. Need some kind of insole to be comfortable walking in them, but at that price, you can't go wrong.
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post #7 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 11:36 AM
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Jackets - First Gear Kathmandu and a First Gear Mesh. 3 different leather jackets, two from First Gear and one from Triumph.

Pants - First Gear Stealth Pilot (perfed) and Draggin Jeans

Gloves - Belstaff for cold weather, Teknic Violators and Tourmaster Roadrace for summer.

Helmets - Arai Vector and Quantum

Boots - TourMaster 2.0's and Alpinestar SMX5's

Some of the gear, in particular the classic First Gear leather jackets and pants are 19 years old and still perfect condition, supple hides, no stitching issues, etc. Buy it once, take care of it and it will last. Lexol cleaner and Lexol conditioner, 2x a year. Same treatment for anything leather...boots, gloves, etc.

Only thing on the list above which I woould not buy again are the Tourmaster boots. Attractive for their $112.00 price, but in reality, they should be half that cost. Overall fit is relatively imprecise compared to a quality boot maker like Alpinestars and Gaerne. The uppers are fair but the soles are complete garbage. They wear out so quickly it's mind boggling. I've had Gaerne and Alpinestar boots last 6+ years under the same conditions, these, barely 1 year. I would be better off wearing Doc Martens or some Georgia/Rocky work boots.

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post #8 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 11:53 AM
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Helmet: Arai XD3 for trails and dual sport riding but I don't like the peak for highway riding. Cheap Zox modular helmet for street riding. I love the internal sunshade but it is way too noisy. I'm looking for a quiet helmet with internal sunshade (maybe Shoei GT Air)

Jacket: joe Rocket Alter Ego - great jacket. Warm when needed but converts to mesh jacket for hot weather.

Rain Gear: Frogg Toggz - light, waterproof without making you sweat. Only drawback is that they don't seem too durable, but so far no problems.

Pants: Klim Dakars - comfortable, decent protection, good venting when needed. I bought a pair of Aerostich Goretex pants on this forum but haven't tried them yet. They are a bit large for me so might be reselling them.

Boots: Alpinestars Scouts - very comfortable, good protection. They are supposed to be waterproof but mine aren't.

Gloves: I have 7 pairs of gloves and I still haven't found a pair I really like.

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post #9 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 12:45 PM
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My Gear

I have a Suomy Apex helmet (with Scala Rider) because it's the lightest decent helmet that I could find. Bad neck. I wanted a full face because I've read that about 80% of dismounts involve hitting your chin.

I live in the mountains so I needed warm gear, but don't really like to be plugged into a battery. In cool weather I have a black and grey 3/4 length 1st Gear mesh jacket with removable liner and black 1st Gear removable liner pants that I use. The colors don't show dirt so bad. I have a fluorescent runners singlet velcro-ed to the jacket to make me more visible

During warmer weather I wear a grey Revit Airwave with the fluorescent arm stripes. It's only a year old and already the arm stripes are showing a lot of dirt.

Unless it's really cold I'm almost always wearing my BMW Motorrad Summer 3 pants. I really really like these pants. When I'm wearing the 1st Gear stuff I feel I look like the Michelin man. The jacket and pants are slim looking. I almost didn't get the BMW pants because it says BMW on them ( it's subdued ) and they cost $260.00. I'm glad I did, but it was hard writing the check and my bride had to shorten them for me.

I've pulled up to some of the outside bars around here and the summer outfit catches the chick's eyes. Then I take off my helmet and they all turn back around Been too long since I was born.

The gloves I use are a tight fitting 1st Gear leather. I also bought a pair of battery operated heated gloves from a website called Sportsman's Guide. They were actually for setting in a deer stand or duck blind and came in camo and black. I got the black, they cost $80 and they work good.

I'm a EEE width so it's hard to find a decent boot. I just wear black duty combat boots, which to me are fine and again only cost $80.

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post #10 of 151 Old 03-23-2014, 12:59 PM
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Helmet: Previous years, Arai XD. This year, Arai XD4. Cause it fits with good visibility.

Jacket: Olympia X-Moto. Comfortable, good protection, lots of waterproof pockets, and good venting for a 3-4 season jacket. Looking at adding the new Olympia Dakar jacket for warm weather riding.

Pants: Olympia X-Moto. Comfortable, good protection, and good venting for a 3-4 season pants. Looking at adding the new Olympia Dakar pants for warm weather riding.

Rain Gear: Frogg Toggs Horny Toadz - light and waterproof. Aerostich Triple Digit rain gloves.

Boots: TCX Infinity. Comfortable, waterproof, and durable. My only complain is they are a tad wide for my feet but would not trade for something else.

Gloves: My weak link. I have Cortech Scarab RR gloves and Tourmaster Cold Front gloves which fit really well except they are a tad short in the fingers. For cold weather I have Tourmaster Winter Elites which are fantastic, fit well and keep my hands warm.

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