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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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Hang in there Greg. You're doing the right thing.
 

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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.
Thin Blue Line roger that brother
 

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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. :bom_love:
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 :thumbup:

We also updated our summer riding gear back in November last year
https://www.stromtrooper.com/australia-new-zealand/419121-summer-here-well-almost.html

Cheers
 

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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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One more for Klim Latitude Gore-Tex (jacket and pants). I prefer Olympia X-Moto set for hot weather though.
 

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I've been very happy with my Joe Rocket Atomic 5 jacket. The zip in liner helps when it is cold and the venting is very good for a non mesh jacket. I did upgrade the back protection from the foamy pad to a Forcefield Pro Lite insert. For the money it is a tough jacket to beat.

My Mesh Joe Rocket Phoenix Ion jacket is OK. I would say that it fits a bit loose, but the ventilation is great for hot days when I ride around town. I don't use it on the freeway.

Icon Overlord pants, pretty wind and waterproof - they run a bit long. I'm 6ft and wish they were an inch or 2 shorter. Might see about getting them tailored if they can do it and preserve the side zips.
 

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Just bought RST Adventure 3 jacket and pants, as I wanted one kit that would do it all. And it does! The venting is awesome in the heat while the 2 liners (one waterproof and windbreak for cooler days and one insulated for really cold weather) make it possible to have only one set. I still carry my Oxford rain gear, as I find them more practical in our changing weather. As a bonus, all the armour is CE level 2, including the back protector. Love my RST!

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I bought my first Aerostich last year and very high quality. I have found that is not as warm for cold weather riding as some as my other gear but a great product.
 

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I don't know if they are still available but I purchased a Triumph Navigator Jacket, it was the closest thing I could find to a 4 seasons jacket.

I only wear it when touring and I'm very happy with it.

Big vents for summer, a great removable thermal liner and no sticky waterproof liner to mess with.
 

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I've had two sets of kit

Joe Rocket "Phoenix" mesh jacket / pants
  • Mesh jacket was great on hot summer days; with the liner and suitable additional layers it was comfortable to about 50ºF.
  • Available in high-viz
  • I had to replace the zippers at both cuffs, with heavy-duty models
  • The "rain" liner was really just a windstopper layer. It didn't breathe for sh*t.
  • The jacket did its job (mostly) and died a hero on the day my riding career went into indefinite suspension. I walked away with only a bit of road rash on one elbow, where the elbow guard slipped out of position.
  • The mesh pants were okay down into the low 40s (I was riding an ST1300, which offers good wind protection and sheds a fair amount of engine heat on the rider).
  • It's not Joe Rocket's fault that I outgrew them, but the snap closure at the top of the fly tended to pop open.
  • The zipper on the fly failed and had to be replaced; again I chose a heavy-duty model rather than the fine-toothed original type.
  • I liked the pocket placements on the pants (side of the thigh), better than where they were on the replacements.
Sixth Gear
Sonora High-Viz all season jacket

  • Good fit for me
  • A bit hefty but that didn't bother me
  • Comfortable from ~ 70ºF down into the upper 30's
  • The velcro closures on the cuffs was a bit "grabby"- snagged very easily on other items unless carefully closed
  • The liner went unused
  • Construction seemed pretty good- not a lot of loose threads or seams that tended to open
Mesh pants
  • Decent fit
  • When unzippered along the sides, I could don and doff without removing my boots, but it was a bit of a nuiscance
  • The pants, too, did their job in my crash, although both of the rectangular plastic "D" loops that the integrated waist "belt" passed through broke
  • The same plastic loops tended to rotate, bunching the belt at one corner and their keeper at the opposite corner- very annoying. I ended up adding a line of stitching directly behind them to try to hold them in place / orientation. It helped but was not fully successful.
  • Pocket placement at the top of the thigh was a bit awkward
 
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