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post #1 of 62 Old 04-17-2012, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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What do you wear?

I'm not sure how to make a poll but my question is the following:

Do wear Kevlar trousers?

Do you wear some sort of boot for ankle support / coverage ?

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post #2 of 62 Old 04-17-2012, 07:33 AM
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ATGATT - All the Gear All the Time.

Motoport Air Mesh Kevlar pants and jacket. Bates milspec boots with non-slip soles and extra padding around ankles. Leather gloves. HJC helmet (DOT and Snell M2010). For rides over 30 mins, hearing protection (just got custom made ear plugs made for $50.00 at the audiologist).

That is my version of ATGATT and I feel confident in it. If you've not heard of motoport, look into it. Best gear for the money IMO.

Also, don't feel you need to spend tons of cash on good "riding boots". Do a search on military supply sites or police clothing sites to find some tactical boots. They work, provide protection in a crash, and are comfortable enough to wear walking around town.

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Very personal choices.

I do not think my responses will be typical, but here goes.

I have been riding since 1961, and have covered a distance greater than from here to the moon. Lots of folks have gone farther, but still that is a long way. At first, my choices of gear were limited by my budget, very very limited. Now they are not so limited that way, but still I do not wear much safety gear.

Last year I rode from Florida to Virginia and back, taking the scenic route and covering over 2500 miles. Here is a list of my safety gear: helmet.

No gloves, no jacket, ordinary shirt, ordinary slacks, ordinary shoes.

For me, safety includes my comfort, and when I am going to ride over 500 miles in a day, I have no time for extra bulk, extra heat, any impediments to reaching and using the controls.

Do I fall? Of course I fall, but nowadays I find that the only dangerous speed is zero. Falls still hurt, but there is not a lot of friction. No road rash, and the bruises are slight and heal in days, if not hours.

Did I ever need safety gear? Yes, and it would not have helped me to be wearing a Buick! A ten-wheeler backed over me and ruined the bike. Four of the wheels went over me. What sort of off-the-shelf gear would have minimized my injuries? I don't know. When they pulled me from under the cab of the truck, I stood up. Shakily, but I stood, although I did sit down quite promptly, and did not ride for three weeks. I drove to a job interview four days later.

So you can count me a minimalist from the point of view of gear,
for the past 51 years, and perhaps some of the years ahead.
This choice is clearly working for me. I hope your choice works for you.
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Freedom of choice is why I love our country. I don't think any safety gear should be mandated. Ride safe and wear what you want.

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I do not think my responses will be typical, but here goes.

I have been riding since 1961, and have covered a distance greater than from here to the moon. Lots of folks have gone farther, but still that is a long way. At first, my choices of gear were limited by my budget, very very limited. Now they are not so limited that way, but still I do not wear much safety gear.

Last year I rode from Florida to Virginia and back, taking the scenic route and covering over 2500 miles. Here is a list of my safety gear: helmet.

No gloves, no jacket, ordinary shirt, ordinary slacks, ordinary shoes.

For me, safety includes my comfort, and when I am going to ride over 500 miles in a day, I have no time for extra bulk, extra heat, any impediments to reaching and using the controls.

Do I fall? Of course I fall, but nowadays I find that the only dangerous speed is zero. Falls still hurt, but there is not a lot of friction. No road rash, and the bruises are slight and heal in days, if not hours.

Did I ever need safety gear? Yes, and it would not have helped me to be wearing a Buick! A ten-wheeler backed over me and ruined the bike. Four of the wheels went over me. What sort of off-the-shelf gear would have minimized my injuries? I don't know. When they pulled me from under the cab of the truck, I stood up. Shakily, but I stood, although I did sit down quite promptly, and did not ride for three weeks. I drove to a job interview four days later.

So you can count me a minimalist from the point of view of gear,
for the past 51 years, and perhaps some of the years ahead.
This choice is clearly working for me. I hope your choice works for you.
I do not have a suggestion box for this subject.

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On the road I'm in the ATGATT camp. I have a pair of Aerostitch Roadcrafter pants, Darien jacket and Combat Lite boots that I wear. I'm cool enough or warm enough, depending on what I wear under the pants and jacket, to handle weather conditions/temperatures from the 20's to above 100, wet or dry, etc.

In my 13 years of road riding I've never been down nor been involved in an accident. However, I feel that if and when I am, I've at least taken steps to protect myself as best as possible.

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I don't think Kevlar is necessarily vital.

I do wear either leather (most confidence inspiring, least practical), or textile riding pants depending on the season. Leather or mesh or textile jacket as well, heavy gloves as long as I can bear them, then lighter ones packed in my cases for long days where some relief is needed. Alpinestars boots, as I like the comfort of the CE rating. Of course, always a helmet.

However, if I'm just running a block or three to the grocery store, or the mile and change to my train station, I'll just put on a helmet + gloves.

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I have a Courtech Tourmaster coat that I wear all the time. I have over-pants that I wear when the weather turns bad, but usually just slacks. I always wear leather boots of some sort and have a few pair that I can switch off to, depending on if I'm riding to work or just going out riding.

I believe in ATGATT but can't afford much, so I'm wishing for Motoport and have contacted them, but so far, I'm saving. I believe in the Kevlar hype. (Don't need anyone to start up that argument again.)

I always wear gloves too, but mine are old and need to be replaced. My current helmet is a cheap Walmart Bell that is one of the best fitting helmets I've ever worn. (I crashed once, years ago, and am a firm believer in full face after seeing what was left of my helmet and faceshield following that crash.)

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post #9 of 62 Old 04-17-2012, 08:31 AM
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> Helmet (natch),
> Kevlar jacket (choice of 2 - Akito Python2 when really cold, Scorpion when warmer) or mesh jacket, all with CE armor
> SIDI Vertabrae boots (riding) or Gaerne sport touring boots (riding + walking)
> A fine selection of leather gloves including Technic, Power Trip, Joe Rocket and others, depending on weather mostly. Heavy winter ones when cold, perforated shorty's when hot, more water resistant when raining.

Now the "M" part ...
> Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants, except when it gets hot, then it's just jeans.

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if im on the bike, it's full gear, hot or not.

if it's that hot that I cant ride, I take my car with AC on.

gear is:
Revit Sand jackets + pants with upgraded back protection
police tactical boots
Scorpion Magnum Gloves, short gloves if it's really hot
Shoei Qwest helmet

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