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post #1 of 22 Old 09-20-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Suggested riding suits?

I will be doing a cross country trip in mid may to june. I am looking for a riding suit that will be versatile enough to keep me comfortable in the early mornings and northern states and cool enough in the late afternoon and southern states.

I'm going from key west to Alaska extremes here.


any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-20-2010, 10:33 AM
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Tall order.

Although I use the Olympia Phantom, for your intended purpose I'd look at the Olympia Stealth. I'd worry more about staying cool than staying warm.

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Ain't gonna happen. Garandman's advice is sound, but in my opinion you are either going to get hot in the afternoon in the south or cold in the morning in the north or a little of both. My advice: Look into electrically heated gear and go from there. My heated jacket liner and mild weather jacket got me through snow in Utah and heat in Arizona last fall.

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I'd carry two jackets.

I did a trip around the US in July a Kilimanjaro and HT pants, and carried a First Gear mesh jacket to change into in Texas. Yeah, that's a bulky solution, but whaddyagonna do? I stuffed the spare jacket into a waterproof bicycle pannier and strapped it to the pillion seat.

If you can only take one jacket, I'd take a Kilimanjaro. Just try not to sit at stop lights in the south.
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I like my Tourmaster Flex pants & jacket...

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thanks everyone. I actually think the phantom might be my order. I ride in the rain and in sub freezing temps. I already have heated tour master chaps in the queue as well as a vest.
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How high on your list of attributes for the suit is protection? Probably the most protection is a suit from Motoport with their top armor.
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thanks everyone. I actually think the phantom might be my order. I ride in the rain and in sub freezing temps. I already have heated tour master chaps in the queue as well as a vest.
I like mine but over 80, it's on the warm side. The sleeve vents work very well.


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A nice Harris tweed with a trilby and a waxed cotton jacket to go with your Enfield?

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Layers! Get a hot weather suit. A wind/waterproof layer for cool/wet weather. A fleece/thermal/electric layer for cold.

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