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post #1 of 9 Old 05-07-2019, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-09-2019, 02:22 PM
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The Good...almost all the gear I've gotten was free, like the Aerostich suit grand prize I won twice at rallies, or purchased used in like new condition for a fraction of new.
The Bad... I don't ride enough now to wear anything out. Wah, I wanna go someplace but duty calls.
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This past weekend I took some offroad riding training, wearing my Aerostitch Roadcrafter jacket. I can say it is without question the best piece of gear I have ever owned for road use but very far from ideal for off-road.

The very first part of the training talked about gear with the emphasis on gear that was light and breathable. I worked so hard all day, and even though it was only ~15C I was hot and sweaty the entire time and wished I had brought my mesh gear instead. I think even a t-shirt may have been a better option if I could deal with the scratches from trees on the single track. By the end of the day I was tired and dehydrated, even though I had drank my 2L bladder dry plus two small water bottles. I'm out of shape, but the jacket didn't help I'm sure.

On the 4.5hr ride home from the training I was in love with the jacket again.

Moral of the story: There is no one best piece of gear unless you only do one thing.
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KLIM Dakar OTB pants in Black and Grey 2019 version zero complaints comfortable to ride in and walk around in good vents and cargo pockets......
First Gear Adventure Jacket really comfy and lots of vents including under the armpits....waterproof hood under the collar and a water bladder also included in the price along with D30 armour .... really good value jacket
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The Good...almost all the gear I've gotten was free, like the Aerostich suit grand prize I won twice at rallies, or purchased used in like new condition for a fraction of new.
The Bad... I don't ride enough now to wear anything out. Wah, I wanna go someplace but duty calls.
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I have been wearing the Klim Misano Latitude jacket for the past 5 years teamed with the Klim Overland pants which have been great.
Recently due to an increase is my real estate i had to change my pants so I went for the new version of the Klim Latitude & my ever thoughtful partner bought me the matching jacket.
https://www.klim.com/Latitude-Jacket-5146-003
We recently did a 2800Klm ride wearing the new gear and it performed brilliantly keeping me dry & warm

We also updated our summer riding gear back in November last year
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My Aerostich Roadcrafter light

The Good:
Quick and easy getting it off/on with boots.

The collar rare earth magnets are genius. They hold the front flaps down in hot weather or during gowning/degowning

It weighs less than my old First Gear jacket and pants, probably due to the armor. D30 armor is heavier than the Stitch brand.

The suit liner feels cool on the skin and helps keep air moving around the body in hot weather. Acts like a tent shade.

Armor is light, gigantic, and forms to body when it warms up. I don't notice it while riding. Optional back and hip armor works very well. The hip armor swings out of the way when accessing street clothes pants pockets.

The hip zippers allow access to street clothes pockets, very convenient to get to your wallet.

The wrist zippers are super convenient. It's great not having to mess with velcro straps.

The thigh pocket is perfect for my garage door opener. Water tight.

The black onesie look is not as lame as I expected. Feels like being a motor officer.

The Bad:

Having to take off the onesie in public is a little weird. Having to take it off in a burger king bathroom is a little awkward and gross. Learned to take a minute to cable tie it to the moto.

Zippers are not the best. Out of the box it was a trick to get the main zipper to mesh up. It's a real pain. I've got it working for now, but can only zip one way. This means I don't get to zip down the front in hot weather. It's not a manufacturing issue, it's a design issue. Worst case, I'll pay the local cobbler to sew in a propper heavy weather zipper.

The neck flap velcro can rub on my neck if not perfectly placed.

I had to buy the back and hip armor separately and it's expensive. Both should be included at this price point.




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" during gowning/degowning"

Now that's a term use one doesn't see often. I kinda like it!

"Having to take off the onesie in public is a little weird."

I've gotten used to the silly degowning in public, do it at the off side of the bike. What looks sillier is the cargo shorts and motorcycle boots.
So unless it's a scorching hot day, I leave the Aerostich pants on...suspenders and all. Makes me look like a hay seed but WTF?
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