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post #1 of 31 Old 10-19-2010, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cold weather gear: One Piece? Two Piece?

I have a Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket & mesh pants, but it's getting mighty chilly here in Utah, and I'd like to ride some more. I've never owned any winter riding gear.

The gun rag adds for the Tourmaster one-piece suit have caught my attention. List price is $369. It looks dry and well sealed, but doesn't appear to have any insulation.
Tour Master :: Textile Suits :: Centurion 1-Piece Suit

Are 1 piece suits the way to go? Are you happy with your 2 piece suit in the 30-40F range? Which one do you have?

Any suggestions for cold weather suits?


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I have a Olympia Phantom suit + liner. It works very well, no air nor water leaks. It is wearable under 85 F. 55-85 F without liner, under 55 F with the liner and some electrics to as low as your judgment advises you

What is the temp range on the Tour Master?

Your number one enemy in cold weather is air moving through seams in your clothing and having contact with your skin. Small seeping is fine, but large gaps in clothing can increase the wind chill factor.

Typically, the motorcycle clothing has 4 seams: boots/pants, pants/jacket, jacket/helmet , jacket/gloves. One piece suits have one seam less, making it easier to seal the suit to the outside air.

In extreme cold (as in windchill), rain suits work well (for short periods of time) even with minimal winter clothing, because they block the wind.
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Fleece lined jeans work well..:mrgreen:
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I use 2 piece and I can't say I ever get cold where the jacket/pants meet. As long as it fits properly you shouldn't have any trouble. I would think it more an issue of do you prefer 1 or 2 piece. I'm sure there are people in both camps. I tend to find my feet and hands get cold before anything else. Oh, and I'd definitely get something for your neck/face. A balaclava or buff. That area does get cold.

FWIW I have a firstgear Kilimanjaro and HT (2.o maybe?) overpants. Both have removable liners and keep me toasty.


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I personally wouldn't worry about getting something with a liner. I find I can throw on an extra layer quicker than I can zip the liner in and out of my jacket.

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I am very satisfied with the Roadcrafter Darien jacket w/ Darien pants. The trick is to buy the outfit large enough to fit all required layers for the temps. For serious cold add the electric liner. The Darien is versatile enough so that you can quickly stash the layers and be comfortable during warm-ups.

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Cold Weather Suits

In the days when I drove to work everyday for 17.5 years, I rode in weather down to -1F. During those cold days I wore my ski suit. My good quality ski suit kept me warm down to about 20F. Lower than that, there was a slight chill.

Of course, the problem with a ski suit is that it offers very little abrasion resistance if you go skidding down the highway on your back. The solution to that is - - - don't wreck.

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I wear a one piece in the winter. A fact if life in the PNW is a lot of winter rain, and it gets in any small gaps in riding gear. I wear it to work , meetings etc, I can take it off, put it in the top box and i look "normal" .

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Originally Posted by jeems View Post
I use 2 piece and I can't say I ever get cold where the jacket/pants meet.

I have a firstgear Kilimanjaro and HT (2.o maybe?) overpants. Both have removable liners and keep me toasty.
Ditto, on both counts. Mine's a 1st gen Killi. Granted, the thinnish sleeves are the weak point when the ambient temp dips below 35 F or so.

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2 pc

My 2 pc Road Crafter zips together well enough to keep cold wind from my back. Probably as good as a 1 pc suit and simple to put on extra layers. I suggest that you get a suit that's just big enough for a variety of layers, but no too big to fit right for protection.

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