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post #1 of 40 Old 10-01-2013, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure this is the best place to post this, but I'm in South Alabama and am looking for suggestions for riding gear to look into. What do most people in the south use during each of the seasons? Or is there something that would work well as a multiseason setup for our area?
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post #2 of 40 Old 10-02-2013, 12:24 AM
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The key for me is layers. I usually try to to find a decently ventilated textile jacket and add a under layer, like a fleece, for the winter. I currently have a Tourmaster Transition 3 jacket that seems to work well. Havent had it a full season yet so winter will be a test.

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I live in South Mississippi. ..same brutal heat. I NEED a mesh jacket for most of the year. I do love my first gear Tpg Teton jacket. Its a fantastic cold to warm weather 3 season totally waterproof jacket. Mesh pants or carhartts and mc specific boots and gloves. ALWAYS. And for heavens sakes...a full face helmet. These are my choices. ..I have people that love me. I owe it to them.

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I'm currently on my second season using an Olympia AST2 jacket and Firstgear HT Air Overpants. I've found that the AST has enough vents to handle the heat and it works great in the winter. It is absolutely waterproof. The pants have a waterproof liner. But we all know from experience that when the liners get cold, you get cold. So, in the winter I've been wearing my rain pants over the Overpants...lol. So far this has been my four season setup.

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I'm in North Texas and thinking about the same thing. I'm looking at AST2 vs XMoto vs Nomad, all by Olympia. Probably won't ride below 40F ever but summers here are brutal. I do have an all-mesh jacket for July/Aug but want to be protected and comfortable year round.


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I'm in North Texas and thinking about the same thing. I'm looking at AST2 vs XMoto vs Nomad, all by Olympia. Probably won't ride below 40F ever but summers here are brutal. I do have an all-mesh jacket for July/Aug but want to be protected and comfortable year round.
I have the xmoto pants and I think they work well for warm to cool conditions (under 80F). On the hot days (90-105F and dry) they just don't have enough ventilation. All zipped up with rain liners in, they are pretty warm. I haven't tested how waterproof they are.

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I'm in NC and I've ridden in temps (here) as low as 17 degrees F, but I don't normally go that low. My rule that I don't break a whole lot is to not ride in temperatures lower than my age. Makes it easier as I get older but I think I'll have to revise that rule once I hit the half-century mark. :mrgreen: I'm 45 now and can get by with a Freeze-Out long-sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, and a denim jacket, Freeze-Out long-johns, jeans, boots, any brand of leather gloves, full-face helmet, and I take a knit cap and cut a slit in the top of it so I can slide it over my head so that it wraps around my neck. I can be comfortable dressed like that in mid-40s temps. Every now and then I'll replace the denim jacket with a leather jacket if I want to ride in temps lower than mid-40s.

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I live in South Mississippi. ..same brutal heat. I NEED a mesh jacket for most of the year. I do love my first gear Tpg Teton jacket. Its a fantastic cold to warm weather 3 season totally waterproof jacket. Mesh pants or carhartts and mc specific boots and gloves. ALWAYS. And for heavens sakes...a full face helmet. These are my choices. ..I have people that love me. I owe it to them.

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this is more my riding style I believe, just trying to get some more opinions to explore my options.
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Just bought my fiancee a cortech mesh jacket..fantastic build quality, and it has a waterproof liner and a quilted full sleeve liner. A bit bulky with them all in..but I'd bet it'd work for most all year in these parts. They make a men's version I suppose.

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Just bought my fiancee a cortech mesh jacket..fantastic build quality, and it has a waterproof liner and a quilted full sleeve liner. A bit bulky with them all in..but I'd bet it'd work for most all year in these parts. They make a men's version I suppose.
I don't care much for any of the Coretech gear that I own. I've had too many issues with premature wear, stitches coming undone, et al. However, the Coretech jacket that I bought for my Wife has been very good. And the best part....my Wife loves it. It vents very well and is completely water-proof ( from the outside ).

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