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post #1 of 11 Old 06-23-2006, 11:28 PM
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bohn body armor?

anyone have any? think it'd be nice to wear in hot weather under a draggin shirt
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-23-2006, 11:29 PM
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Re: bohn body armor?

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anyone have any? think it'd be nice to wear in hot weather under a draggin shirt
I've wondered the same - haven't tried it tho...

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-23-2006, 11:29 PM
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or maybe an a-star bionic jacket
http://www.alpinestars.com/moto/prot...nicjacket.html

just trying to find good protection without ROASTING in the hot weather. funny, when i see other motorcyclists with shorts/t-shirt i get a bit upset that they would put their skin on the line. then i think dang, he probably feels nice and cool!

welp, for now i'll roast. rather roast then get serious road rash!
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-24-2006, 02:27 AM
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I bought a pair of the Bohn pants prior to the Reno ride a few weeks ago. Wore them there and back, and two days of riding there. About 1,500 miles altogether. My trip home (500 miles - one day) was the warmest day, several hours of high 80's low 90's. I wore the regular bohn pants, not the mesh, under black Levis'. The Bohn pants made me sweat more than just the jeans would have, but they dry very quickly even while riding.
Evaluation - cooler than my insulated Roadgear riding pants, warmer than just jeans, But with the added protection of the knee, thigh, hip, and tailbone pads.
Didn't like that they don't have a fly front, makes quick pit stops not so quick or easy.
One other dislike was the leg zippers. If I pulled the legs down into my boots the pressure of the boots caused the zipper tab to cut into my leg ( the scabs just fell off a few days ago, didn't want to stop to adjust while on the first day -500 miles). If I pull the pant legs up so the zipper is outside my boots the zipper leaves a very deep impression in my leg. The zippers are on the inside of the legs. An elastic leg bottom would be better IMO.
With a few changes - fly front for the guys and some other type of leg closure I would rate them excellent for cool-to-warm weather conditions. Hot weather, I'd look at the mesh style.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-26-2006, 12:36 AM
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tac, good review. I have a draggin shirt and the alpinestars bionic jacket on order. we'll see how good this setup is in the scorching heat
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I bought a pair of the Bohn pants prior to the Reno ride a few weeks ago. Wore them there and back, and two days of riding there. About 1,500 miles altogether. My trip home (500 miles - one day) was the warmest day, several hours of high 80's low 90's. I wore the regular bohn pants, not the mesh, under black Levis'. The Bohn pants made me sweat more than just the jeans would have, but they dry very quickly even while riding.
Evaluation - cooler than my insulated Roadgear riding pants, warmer than just jeans, But with the added protection of the knee, thigh, hip, and tailbone pads.
Didn't like that they don't have a fly front, makes quick pit stops not so quick or easy.
One other dislike was the leg zippers. If I pulled the legs down into my boots the pressure of the boots caused the zipper tab to cut into my leg ( the scabs just fell off a few days ago, didn't want to stop to adjust while on the first day -500 miles). If I pull the pant legs up so the zipper is outside my boots the zipper leaves a very deep impression in my leg. The zippers are on the inside of the legs. An elastic leg bottom would be better IMO.
With a few changes - fly front for the guys and some other type of leg closure I would rate them excellent for cool-to-warm weather conditions. Hot weather, I'd look at the mesh style.
Thanks for trying out the pants and thank you for your review! We have improved our pants A LOT in the last 12 yrs (it's now 2019). Zippers are flatter, Lycra is cooler and armor is better. We even offer a fly. :-) Safe Riding! tac3
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anyone have any? think it'd be nice to wear in hot weather under a draggin shirt
I use it regularly. I'm a big fan. It has always made sense to me. I first started using it for motocross in the late '60s. Then the available gear was called hockey pads.

That aside, I use it for the comfort but more than that I like the extra protection. Not only is there more armor than my regular jackets, the hard parts stay in place for the "second bounce".

When it's hot I wear it with a t-shirt. When it is desert hot I put a windproof shell over it. When it is cold I put my electric vest under it and the shell over it. When it's wicked cold I swap the shell for my Fly full-on jacket.

I haven't tried the other brand mentioned. The Bohn stuff has lasted very well. They have various products.

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I have the bottoms. The "cooler" mesh lycra. These have SUBSTANTIAL armor built into them. Much more coverage than average riding pants. And the way they are built the armor stays exactly where you want it to. I thought these would be great under a pair of kevlar lined jeans or the Aerostich riding khakis I have. While I am sure they would be great added protection, they are simply too hot to wear in hotter temps. The armor covers so much area, right against your skin, that you get NO air onto those areas. The lycra has a VERY sticky feeling. I thought that the regular non mesh might be more comfortable, less sticky feeling. But I don't want to spend the money on another shell if there isn't a big improvement. As it is, I don't use them. When cool enough to be comfortable, I have good riding pants with armor and abrasion built in. When hot, I have mesh riding pants with good armor. These are not easy to put on and take off, figure they are on for the full day or at least the full ride. I can take off my riding pants in seconds and feel normal. These would be great for motocross or woods riding, but on the street I have better options.

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I have the armored underpants. Wear them under my riding jeans. I love them. Armor stays in place, built well, and comfortable. They do get warm in upper 80's and 90's... But what doesn't. I would buy another pair. Thinking of getting one of the shirts for dualsporting
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I wear an Axo air-cage sewn into a mesh jacket. That's REALLY good even in the insane hot weather we get here. I put that combo together for dirt roads but it's excellent touring as well.
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