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post #41 of 59 Old 05-13-2019, 10:35 PM
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Regarding riding in different temperatures, everyone is different in what they are comfy with and I have learned that as I age what was comfy before isn't as much now.



Being over 60 I have found I don't have as much tolerance for being too hot or too cold than what I used to when I was much younger.



For hot temperatures I wear shorts and a T-shirt or a normal cotton shirt. I wear an evaporative cooling vest on top of the street clothes. (The vest gets wetted when I stop for gas.) My Roadcrafter R3 goes over that with the underarm and back vents open, the sleeve zippers open, the main zipper down a little bit (depending on how much flow I need.) The zippers that go to my street pants-pockets open and the pant zippers not fully zipped (but the pant cuffs snapped together at the boots.) This has worked for me keeping me comfy in up to 100f/ 38c temperatures on trips and on shortish rides on city streets.



I haven't commuted in those temperatures. When stopping the Roadcrafter goes off so quickly that I am almost instantly in my shorts and T and just have to take off my boots and socks and put on my sandals.



I found that the most important thing for me as I got into my 50's and now 60's was to Hydrate. Not just water, but make sure I had electrolytes. In my tank bag I have a bottle of water with "Nunn" hydrating tables in it so I get the same effect as Gatorade but without the sugar. I can flip up my helmet at almost any speed and take a drink.



I wear the same Roadcrafter down to 0f / -18c and just put layers under it but over my street clothing. ("Warm N Safe" heated jacket and softshell over cotton shirt and normal street pants take me down to 32f / 0c.)



Up until recently my R3 has proven to be waterproof. Lately I am getting the dreaded wet crotch in solid rain so have to figure out what is going on there.



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I wear an R3 as well. Just like you said, as long as I'm moving i stay comfortable at high temps. I find the venting adequate.

I had some cheapo crap before this but haven't tried the other big name stuff. The Aerostich factory is only 90 minutes away so it seemed like a natural to buy local.

Keeps me dry too. Its only 3 yrs old. I've ridden for days in the rain and nary a drop inside. Ok. Maybe a drop or two down my neck when i lean out to clear my visor.

Not saying it's the best for everyone but it is the best for me.

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I was going to start a new thread, then I noticed this is the first thread we started in this new forum. So let's keep her going.

So my wife approaches me today, after watching me tinker in the garage and ride my bike to work consistently the past few months, and asks what I would choose for a new riding suit. She wants to buy it for me for xmas!

Here's my requirements as I know them today:

Waterproof & breathable (Gortex)
High end armour
Excellent front to back venting
Easy zip on/off
Light weight
Great warranty (even in Canada)

Basically the one suit you would take to the end of the earth (Tuk?) and back.

I am known to want to strip down in a hurry so intuitive on/off system is a must. I also get hot quickly if the bike isn't moving, so the suit must have some quick off bike adjustment (can a one piece do that?).

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I was going to start a new thread, then I noticed this is the first thread we started in this new forum. So let's keep her going.

So my wife approaches me today, after watching me tinker in the garage and ride my bike to work consistently the past few months, and asks what I would choose for a new riding suit. She wants to buy it for me for xmas!

Here's my requirements as I know them today:

Waterproof & breathable (Gortex)
High end armour
Excellent front to back venting
Easy zip on/off
Light weight
Great warranty (even in Canada)

Basically the one suit you would take to the end of the earth (Tuk?) and back.

I am known to want to strip down in a hurry so intuitive on/off system is a must. I also get hot quickly if the bike isn't moving, so the suit must have some quick off bike adjustment (can a one piece do that?).

Keep em coming.
Sounds like you are talking about an Aerostich Roadcrafter. On or off in seconds. Waterproof, breathable, they are the people that invented armoured textile suits. Tons of stories of how people crashed in their Roadcrafter and the suit did a fantastic job of protecting them. I ride in all kinds of weather (it was pouring when I left home this morning (but turned to light rain half way for my 70 km/40 mile commute on my bike and I got to work completely dry.) Hottest in a Roadcrafter R3 was 100f / 38c with a cooling vest underneath, coldest last Feb was 0f /-18c with fleece pants over street pants, heated jacket and two soft shells.

If you feel ambitious we could take a little ride to their facilities in Duluth. They give a discount for buying it in the store and it lets them measure you up to make sure it fits perfectly. Google says it's only about 1,331 km from my place, 1,466 from Ottawa. We could make a long weekend out of it or maybe make longer ride out of it.

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".....Great warranty (even in Canada)......"

One thing to keep in mind is that GoreTex has a lifetime warranty. ie. if it leaks, they will fix/replace providing it is not due to damage.

I recently visited the Klim hdqtrs in Rigby, ID. They seem to have the warranty thing down pretty good from what I can gather.
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Sounds like you are talking about an Aerostich Roadcrafter. On or off in seconds. Waterproof, breathable, they are the people that invented armoured textile suits. Tons of stories of how people crashed in their Roadcrafter and the suit did a fantastic job of protecting them. I ride in all kinds of weather (it was pouring when I left home this morning (but turned to light rain half way for my 70 km/40 mile commute on my bike and I got to work completely dry.) Hottest in a Roadcrafter R3 was 100f / 38c with a cooling vest underneath, coldest last Feb was 0f /-18c with fleece pants over street pants, heated jacket and two soft shells.

If you feel ambitious we could take a little ride to their facilities in Duluth. They give a discount for buying it in the store and it lets them measure you up to make sure it fits perfectly. Google says it's only about 1,331 km from my place, 1,466 from Ottawa. We could make a long weekend out of it or maybe make longer ride out of it.

..Tom
I keep leaning that way, then I think I like the idea of walking around with jacket off when I stop.

You think we could make that trip before winter?! Or target the spring?

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I keep leaning that way, then I think I like the idea of walking around with jacket off when I stop.
Why do you want to walk around with just the jacket off when you can get the whole suit off with just 2 zippers?
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I keep leaning that way, then I think I like the idea of walking around with jacket off when I stop.

You think we could make that trip before winter?! Or target the spring?
It will take them several weeks to make it so prob better to order this fall. We'd have to keep and y]eye our for weather in northern Ontario and heading across to Minnesota. If that doesn't work then spring.

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Here's my requirements as I know them today:

Waterproof & breathable (Gortex)
High end armour
Excellent front to back venting
Easy zip on/off
Light weight
Great warranty (even in Canada)

Basically the one suit you would take to the end of the earth (Tuk?) and back.

I am known to want to strip down in a hurry so intuitive on/off system is a must. I also get hot quickly if the bike isn't moving, so the suit must have some quick off bike adjustment (can a one piece do that?).

Keep em coming.
I have read through the all the posts so far. The range of opinions points to a common set of multiple goals.

Armored body protection
Defend against cold
Defend against heat
Easy On/ Off
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Not a lot of concern about cost and no one has mentioned the bulk, weight or flexibility. One person did mention perceived image. The choices, for most of us, needs to rely on the collective historical experience. Personally, my search for the motorcycle clothing grail began in the late "60s. Most of the best gear was spawned in England in the form of Belstaff waxed jackets and pants. There was a ritual that a couple times a years you would heat up some wax and reapply it with a paint brush. A major improvement back then was the development of a wax that didn't stink. I can clearly recall pulling into a store at sundown to buy a newspaper to stuff inside your sleeves, chest and the front of pant legs.
And yes, we had to start the bikes with our leg, so get off my lawn.

Fast forward: My solution for the needs we have is not a "onesie" suit. I think modular works better. I wear body armor. I have a windproof / water proof thin light upper shell. I have an electric vest and electric chaps. And I use modified high-wasted sailing rain paints. The modification on the pants: I had a local seamstress install waste to cuff velcro to the outside of the legs behind a flap. Just think of male stripper pants. That totally eliminates the need for the next "new and improved" crotch zipper. And upper shell, pants, chaps and vest rollup into small tail bag on my sports bike or two grab-rail bags on my Vee.

That what works for me and covers all of bases on my ball field. The mega extremes are always going to uncomfortable, short of switching to a pickup. [/End, my 2 cents\]
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I have the Stich Darien light jacket and AD1 britches, for me that combo is damn near perfect. I doubt I would ever go with a suit, but if I do it will be Stich without question.
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I have the Stich Darien light jacket and AD1 britches, for me that combo is damn near perfect. I doubt I would ever go with a suit, but if I do it will be Stich without question.
Why did you lean towards the two piece instead of the one piece?

And why the AD1 over the Darien pants?

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