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post #1 of 50 Old 04-02-2008, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I am new to the motorbike world and just purchased myself a new yellow wee as my first bike. I am going to be buying a Firstgear Kilimanjaro 4.0 jacket off of newenough. Before ordering I am also wondering if a person should buy the pants as well. I just wonder how necessary they are during the summer months. I can see the benefit of them for rain pants and of course wearing them during the cooler days. I don't want to buy them if I am not going to look cool while wearing them!:lol:

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There is also the benefit of not loosing copious amounts of flesh in the event that you crash. That's almost as good as keeping your legs dry in a rainstorm.

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I am new to the motorbike world and just purchased myself a new yellow wee as my first bike.
Fantastic!! You'll love it!

I am going to be buying a Firstgear Kilimanjaro 4.0 jacket off of newenough. Before ordering I am also wondering if a person should buy the pants as well.
Absolutely, and wear them every time you roll out of the driveway, regardless of the length of the trip or the weather conditions. You only own one layer of skin. Blue jeans- you may as well be wearing gym shorts if you go down wearing blue jeans. Sliding down pavement is like sliding down a cheese grater. Ballistic fabric and padding at knees and hips. Aerostich Darien are my pants, and jacket, too.

I just wonder how necessary they are during the summer months.
They are necessary every time you mount the bike, every month of the year, even the dog days of summer. Sliding down pavement, like asphalt, is bad enough. Imagine sliding down mid-summer asphalt and losing the clothing protecting your flesh. You can fry an egg on hot asphalt, that just adds to your injuries. And concrete is just pure evil to the flesh, summer or winter.

I can see the benefit of them for rain pants and of course wearing them during the cooler days. I don't want to buy them if I am not going to look cool while wearing them!:lol:
Looking cool... I know, just a joke. Tell you what, read this article and examine the pictures, then you decide what you want to do. I lost a bunch of flesh on the pavement once (length of right leg and right arm, and right torso), and I was only going about 15 mph. A month to recover. The pain and the infections were terrible, to say the least.
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Plus 1 on buying - and wearing - good riding pants. I had a low-speed getoff and they saved my right leg and knee. My only souvenir was a bit of soreness and some added 'character' to the bike and pants. Without the pants, I'm pretty sure I would've at least been paying a few visits to the doctor, if not the hospital. ATGATT

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Thanks for the responses thus far. In choosing pants, textile or mesh? I am leaning towards the Firstgear HT II textile overpants.

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Textile. It's going to be somewhat warmer, but there is more fabric to separate you from that which desires to remove flesh from bone.

There is an argument that would suggest that mesh fabrics will permit an even more rapid dehydration from the body because of the additional air moving past your skin. If using mesh, regardless of the time of year, increase your water intake greatly to avoid dehydration. Cooling and dehydration are separated by a very fine line.

These are, of course, all my personal biases and opinions. But the skin is your single largest, and arguably most important organ, can't live without it.

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I'll chime in here having just bought a pair of riding pants.

I didn't think I'd need them. I was too cheap to buy them. Jeans seemed fine to me.

Then people I knew and liked starting falling down (wrecking) and the photos of the damage were... unpleasant. I was fortunate enough to see a full speed wipe out (35+mph) by a guy on a beemer. He slid about 25-30 yds at a minimum. After coming to a stop he got up. And walked away. He had FULL gear on. It was all textile material with appropriately placed armor. He even had a piece of separate back armor. Other than being dirty... his armor looked fine. No rips. No tears.

What's better... his skin looked fine. He'd have bruises for sure... but no loss of flesh. No road rash.

Ok. I, like you, was worried about heat in the summer (I rode two years in Texas). I wanted a pair of pants that 'did it all'. They had to fit right (snug). they had to be waterproof (haven't tested this yet, but heard its true). They had to be warm in the cool weather, and cool in the warm weather.

I found the tourmaster venture air riding pants for 140.00 with 2-day shipping. They're mesh, armored, have a waterproof liner, a thermal liner, they're silver (come in black too), they fit snug, the construction is A-rate, they're comfy, they have reflective piping, easy on/off (about 10-seconds in a hurry). Some might not like having to zip in separate liners for waterproof/thermal protection... <shrug> ... I don't mind only takes a minute to get the liners in/out. I think I might have just found the magical '4-season' riding pants.

http://www.newenough.com/protective_...cle_pants.html

Follow the sizing chart on the tourmaster website and you can't go wrong. I've got a 35ish inch waist and 32" inseam. The large fits perfect over a set of jeans with/without the liner.
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HT overpants

I have both the mesh and regular HT overpants. depending on how cool you ride the mesh might be a better choice. with the liner in I wear them down to about 40 degrees. I take the liner out at about 70. The regular pants I wear down to below freezing with the liner in up to about 80 with it out.

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+1 on the tourmaster venture series. I don't have the mesh version... I have the solid material version. My trick when it comes to liners is that I put them in, but don't attach them. For the pants, I just zip the top part on. I helps because living in the southwest part of the country, you can wake up to 40 degrees, go to lunch at 60, and go home at 70+ degrees.

By the way, I was thinking that I was saving money... waiting to purchase. That was dumb of me because I did go down at about 25 mph with jeans. I ended up with a denim rash that to this day has a bluish tint in my skin. Trust me... it would have been worth it to prevent the pain that my leg went through.

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It is, of course, your choice, however I can assure you that a visit to the doctor following a crash while wearing jeans is both more expensive and painful than the momentary financial twinge you'll feel when you pay for a good set of riding pants! The above illustrations are outstanding and very succinctly point out the value of the protection provided by good riding pants. My wife will attest to that as she had a low speed get off that resulted in minor but fixable damage to her textile riding gear, but none to her skin. Oh yeah, her full face helmet saved her face from numerous visits to the plastic surgeon.

IMO, good protective riding gear is a sound investment in terms of your health and well being. Coolness has no place when compared with rider safety. The fact that you ride a motorcycle is cool. Those, for whom cool and image is the all-important consideration can usually be seen parked in front of a bar after a long ride of a few blocks! Forget that.

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