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Squid here,

I feel more secure wearing safety gear but here in central Fl, high 90's with unbearable humidity makes it hard to wear the jacket.


Is there any truly lightweight breathable gear out there? I still want to wear something more then a t-shirt, I'm picturing a long sleeve breathable mesh shirt that is light weight but offers at least some protection. Kinda like a diver would wear in shark infested water? Oh yeah, in bright colors for visibility

Anything out there or do I need to create one and market it??
 
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Have you ever tried any mesh moto gear? I don't mean to sound like a tool, but what you're describing is a typical off-the-shelf mesh jacket, IME.

I wear a bright orange mesh jacket when it's hot. When I'm moving, I can't tell I'm wearing it. When I'm stopped, it's hot, but it'd be hot without it, too.
 

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It get's mighty hot here in CenCal, but my wife and I both wear Frank Thomas mesh jackets in the summer. They have CE approved armor in the elbows and shoulders, and foam back protectors. They are fine as long as you are moving, but get a little uncomfortable at a standstill in the afternoon heat.

Not as uncomfortable as skin grafts, however.:yikes:
 

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Humidity and heat here in Atlanta is close to Central FL (use to live there) and I'll give a +1 to the FirstGear MeshTex jacket. Have worn this on 100+ midday temps and add a pair of mesh overpants with drifit shorts, and mesh gloves. Your fine as long as your moving but stop lights will always heat you up. In July and August I'll be only one of perhaps 50 bikes I'll see on the road in full gear but it make me feel more confident.
 

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I understand that folks that ride in the real dessert don't wear mesh as it increases dehydration. I have not had the means or motivation to research this in more detail.
I haven't wore my firstgear meshtex II air jacket for years in favor of my cortech coaster jacket. In case you're not familiar with the coaster, it's heavy black leather, elbow/forearm/shoulder/back armored, with 10 zippered vents, and best of all NO velcro.

I'm not gonna try to convince anyone to wear something like this instead of an air jacket, but I will tell you that overall, I find it cooler in the summer while moving than my meshtex, even in the muggy NE TX climate.

I'm one of the very few around here you'll see wearing something like this when it's 100F.

And yeah, I dehydrated much faster in the air jacket, regarless of humidity.
 

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I haven't wore my firstgear meshtex II air jacket for years in favor of my cortech coaster jacket. In case you're not familiar with the coaster, it's heavy black leather, elbow/forearm/shoulder/back armored, with 10 zippered vents, and best of all NO velcro.

I'm not gonna try to convince anyone to wear something like this instead of an air jacket, but I will tell you that overall, I find it cooler in the summer while moving than my meshtex, even in the muggy NE TX climate.

I'm one of the very few around here you'll see wearing something like this when it's 100F.

And yeah, I dehydrated much faster in the air jacket, regarless of humidity.
That sounds and looks like an awesome jack for sure, of course the Firstgear Mesh Tex II is about $100 cheaper too. I have the Mesh Tex II and find it to be perfect for OHIO Summer and early Fall. I really do like that Cortech though, and am a huge fan of their stuff.
 

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I picked up a Troy Lee APEX jacket. It is mesh and has exterior hard armor. So far I like it, but I haven't tried it on a really hot day. We will have to see how well it does in triple digit temps. The draw back is its black. I wish they made it in silver.
 

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That sounds and looks like an awesome jack for sure, of course the Firstgear Mesh Tex II is about $100 cheaper too. I have the Mesh Tex II and find it to be perfect for OHIO Summer and early Fall. I really do like that Cortech though, and am a huge fan of their stuff.
There's 2 versions of the jacket, mine's the original, not the II. It has the full collar with snaps. Not sure what else is different. The II descriptions don't mention wrist vents or the inside zippered flap pocket.

It's a perfect jacket for the strom with where the vents are located. The airflow hits every one of them.

I'm gonna be sad if something happens to it and can't find a similar replacement. Been searching for some pants that work the same way but no luck. I've got 3 pair of riding pants and ain't happy with any of'm.

Sorry for the highjack, I know the OP said lightweight and this jacket is about as far away as you can get, just wanted to comment on LordSmokes post.

EDIT: This post is is refering to the coaster jacket, not the mesh-tex.
 

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Ozart, that Cortech Coaster is a nice looking jacket at a nice price. I've been looking for something like that. Alas, no Tall sizes. That is what led me to FirstGear originally.

That lightweight may not mean what one thinks it means is a most relevant contribution. There are lots of folks who must wear protective gear in hot weather - military, firemen, police, welders, etc. etc. etc., and I don't think they are all wearing mesh. Nice to know what are the proven options.
 

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I'm in Arizona. I don't have to deal with your humidity, but it's hot.

I wear the Joe Rocket Pheonix jacket and pants with a T-shirt and board shorts underneath. That gives me CE armor on shoulders, elbows, and knees and padding on back, sides, and hips.

As others have said, hot is hot when your stopped. But it feels like you're not wearing it while you're moving. Sometimes I'll soak my T-shirt in water before I take off to keep me cooler until I can get away from stop lights and traffic.
 

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Tanks for da replies. Actually have an alpinestar stunt ll mesh jacket and tourmaster venture air pants. Very happy with both but still too hot and cumbersome in the stifling humid air.
Hoping for something in between a t shirt and what I have now, for the short around town trips, trade some protection for comfort, although probably change my mind after a get off
I use the bike for supermarket trips, can't imagine gearing up for that and shopping tricked out like one of the village people
 

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Hoping for something in between a t shirt and what I have now, for the short around town trips, trade some protection for comfort, although probably change my mind after a get off
Firstgear also makes this pullover. I got one a couple of years ago, it might be the combo you are looking for. I got mine on closeout too back when they still had all the sizes, no idea if they still make this, or it's relative saftey value. I still wear my Mesh Tex II jacket most of the time.

http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/hot+deals/weekly+specials/firstgear_mesh-tex+pullover+jacket+-+sizes+sm+or+md
 

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Sliders anyone

Sliders offer a Kevlar (100%) long sleeve pullover which is like mesh and fairly comfortable in the heat. I have not "road tested" mine, but the elbows are reinforced. Their khaki pants are nice also.

I so don't miss Fl.
 

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There's 2 versions of the jacket, mine's the original, not the II. It has the full collar with snaps. Not sure what else is different. The II descriptions don't mention wrist vents or the inside zippered flap pocket.

It's a perfect jacket for the strom with where the vents are located. The airflow hits every one of them.

I'm gonna be sad if something happens to it and can't find a similar replacement. Been searching for some pants that work the same way but no luck. I've got 3 pair of riding pants and ain't happy with any of'm.

Sorry for the highjack, I know the OP said lightweight and this jacket is about as far away as you can get, just wanted to comment on LordSmokes post.

I got one from New Enough on closeout, cannot beat the price: $59
http://www.newenough.com/street/closeouts/mesh_jackets_and_pants/first_gear/firstgear_mesh_tex_motorcycle_jacket.html

http://www.newenough.com/browse/view_product_images/2765


Plus, it's nice to have some gear that does not have BIG LOGOS splashed all over it like a billboard. :thumbup:

Great jacket, it fit very well and seems well made. It does a good job of letting air flow through.
 

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Pants???

Howdy troopers. I need some help finding a pair of protective pants. I'll tell you right now I don't really know what I'm doing and don't have a feel for what brands are top quality and what brands aren't, so I don't have a good nose for a deal v. a ripoff. I found a fairly nice convertible Olympia jacket at one of our local retailers, so I'm set there.

Here's my situation. I'm new to this motorcycle thing. I live in Dallas, so it's hot. My budget is tight, but this is protective gear - it's all cheaper than hospitalization. The more versatile, the better (it does get 'cold' here in the winter), but well ventilated overpants should be my first priority. Butt protection is probably a good idea since I broke my tailbone free of my spine in a road bike crash a few years ago, but it isn't a must-have.

I've gotten the recommendation for Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants. They're really nice and suit the bill, but I was hoping to find a comparable item at a more attractive price. Am I dreaming?
 
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I am not sure but I think it was one of the long distance riders that support LD Comfort, said that a full textile jacket with a moistened shirt underneath with the vents closed and the sleeves unvelcroed so that there is airflow there was a lot cooler than a mesh. I know I wore my mesh in Oklahoma last summer and I about died. I stopped only when I needed gas, I had a CamelBak (70 or 100 oz) and would drain it at about 170 to 180 miles and when I stopped for gas I would not even need to pee, pretty scarey stuff. So the next time I will be trying the open textile jacket.

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