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Old Yesterday, 07:49 PM   #1
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What Riding Gear to Wear in Colorado

You may think this is a simple question. I am hoping to get away to Colorado for about 11 days at the end of June through the week of July 4th. I am coming from San Diego on my GS Adventure.

I know I need to be prepared for rain in the Rockies. I will be at an archery rendezvous near New Castle for several days, then I want to fish the Fryingpan River (and any others that I am near). Then I would not mind riding up Pike's Peak, etc.

I know that my Aerostich Darien lite gear will keep me dry in a monsoon; however, I dread crossing the desert in it. Above 80F one roasts their arse off in the 'stich. I am thinking that I will wear my vented/mesh BMW Santiago jacket and my Revit mesh pants and, if needed, put my Columbia rain gear on underneath it. I will have this gear along anyway because I need to be prepared while camping. It is not practical to bring both sets of riding gear as I will already have a lot to carry.

What would you do?
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Old Yesterday, 07:56 PM   #2
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Rain gear + mesh. It doesn't usually rain for long here.
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 PM   #3
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Rain gear + mesh. It doesn't usually rain for long here.
Rain gear over the mesh turns the mesh into insulation. Very good in the mountains when it dumps on you.
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Old Yesterday, 08:05 PM   #4
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I rode with a BMW Santiago for nearly 8 years. This time of year I would often wear the gore-tex liner or a long sleeve t-shirt under it when heading out for the day and usually end up peeling layers later in the morning (by July you probably won't need anything under the Santiago). I would always have a lightweight fleece to layer if I needed it, but usually just used that in the evenings when I was off the bike. I also have Rev'it mesh pants and typically wear those without the liner unless it is unusually cold or I'm pretty certain it is going to be a cool and damp day. With the rain liner in is usually too hot most days. I also carry a Tourmaster 2 piece rain suit, but rarely use that unless I'm expecting a storm that could drown a frog.
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Old Yesterday, 08:23 PM   #5
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I've been snowed on in August. Basically be prepared for high 90's, and be prepared for cold temps and storms. Three (sometimes four) seasons can be experienced the same day.

Often it's beautiful and nice all day. Just not always.
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Old Yesterday, 08:31 PM   #6
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pretty much everything from a snowsuit to a speedo and you should be fine
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Originally Posted by mpatch View Post
pretty much everything from a snowsuit to a speedo and you should be fine
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I always throw in a good set of Poly pro. It takes up very little space and adds lots of warmth if needed. I usually pack a heated vest as well this time of year.
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