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Old 01-25-2014, 12:00 AM   #1
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Post new jacket and pants

well gona break down and get a new set of riding leathers.

but what to get??????????

this will be a summer set of leathers, so vented is a must, gets a bit warm here in Ca, even next week sac is to get close to 80F and it is only january.

any good input about what you got? fit form and fuction?
not worried about the price (not that i have much $$) just skin grafts cost even more.

yes i have fun in the twistys ride from sea level up to above 9K feet. (summer. passes are closed in the winter).

as for arrmor thinking maybe even that new fangled stuff that is soft till hit then it goes hard.

who here has vented leather and likes it?

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Old 01-25-2014, 05:31 AM   #2
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I wear Alpinestars perf'd leathers and love them. Yes, they are hot. I live in MO, so our summers are hotter and more humid than yours in CA. We routinely see 100F+ days with humidity so high it chokes you. Bottom line is, I value my skin and life over being slightly uncomfortable due to the heat in my leathers. It's really not that bad. It's when you stop for a break that you can really feel the heat. When I'm riding, I concentrate on doing that, not worrying about the temperature.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:10 AM   #3
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100f is easy here. but in the summers we go up hill were it could be a bit cooler.
but double yes on the humidety. wy are blessed in not having too much of it very often.
many rides we stop and it is a strip fest next to the bikes.

but this is why i am looking. getting a bit over warm is far better than having to do skin grafts.

i have a couple jackets i am looking at, but was just trying to get real use info about such. one thing in the ad's about any product...another for real life use.

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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Something to consider is the fit of each brand. For me, Alpinestars seems to fit well. I'm 6'1"/190#. I like the two piece suits for fit as opposed to a one piece. Unless you're track only, you'll be happier with a two piece.

If you have other questions, let me know. I've had many, many suits/jackets/pants made of leather, textile and combinations of both over the years. I've learned a thing or two about gear by trial and error.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:07 PM   #5
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Fit and quality. I'm 6' 220lbs and I find Dainese fits me great but Slightly pricey.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:53 PM   #6
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looking at alpinestars gp plus (perf).
just the price of $400.usd hurts right now.
summer heat is still a couple months away so gots time to work up some cash.
but i also want to up-grade the armor to forcefield stuff. = add at least two - three more bills to the cost.

and i have not even gotten to pants yet.

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Old 01-27-2014, 01:01 AM   #7
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I will second the Alpine GP Plus. Mine is awesome, but it's not perforated. I'm in a similar climate as you, so it's great for now as I keep moving. I have mesh gear for those 90-110 days.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:43 AM   #8
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right now i have a line on a good slightly used gpr jacket.
yes perferated.
and half price of new.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:54 AM   #9
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After 8-years on my Joe Rocket Blaster 2-piece I'm gonna try to get some new leathers this year. I've been looking at Lionheart Moto and thinking of getting either a custom 2-piece or one of their stock ones with some added things. They seem like they've gone from a little mom/pop type operation to really gaining a lot of traction lately. Worth a look IMHO!

http://lionheartmoto.com/index.php?route=common/home
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:23 AM   #10
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I usually ride in a Vanson jacket and (sometimes) pants. Have a set perfed for warm weather and a set solid leather for cooler weather. Both have Vanson armor. Very pricey, but I considered it a lifetime investment and got both sets over several years. I think the pants were used eBay purchases.

I highly recommend Vanson, but the important thing is to be covered in something that can withstand a slide. Lots of choices out there. Just don't be the squid in flip-flops, shorts and a "wife beater" shirt.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #11
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I purchased a 1 piece vented Shift leather suit from a forum member. I have only worn it a few times, but it isn't very hot unless I'm sitting still in the sun.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:48 PM   #12
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I purchased a 1 piece vented Shift leather suit from a forum member. I have only worn it a few times, but it isn't very hot unless I'm sitting still in the sun.
Sitting still in the sun is pretty much cooking in any protective gear. I avoid areas where I may have to do that in hot sunny weather.
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