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Old 06-01-2015, 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 06-01-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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Rain gear + mesh. It doesn't usually rain for long here.
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Old 06-01-2015, 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 06-01-2015, 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 06-01-2015, 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 06-01-2015, 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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Old 06-01-2015, 08:37 PM   #7
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pretty much everything from a snowsuit to a speedo and you should be fine
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:45 PM   #8
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Personally, I think Pee Wee has it spot on.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:05 PM   #9
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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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Old 06-02-2015, 04:34 AM   #10
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Rain gear + mesh. It doesn't usually rain for long here.
Except this year...
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:41 AM   #11
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You have two very different situations you have to deal with. The first is the hot, dry desert weather getting here and the second is the highly variable hot/cold, wet/dry conditions we have on a daily basis that time of year in the mountains. Does dry/heat or cold/wet bother you more? It is easier for me to cool down in warmer gear if I am too hot than to get warmer and dryer in cooler gear if I am cold and wet.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:42 AM   #12
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Except this year...
And the summer monsoons won't even start for a couple more weeks.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:07 AM   #13
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Rain gear over the mesh turns the mesh into insulation. Very good in the mountains when it dumps on you.
Good advice. I have a set of Frogg Toggs on my bike at all times for that purpose. They don't look very sexy but they are cheap and fit over your mesh and you don't even have to take your boots off to put them on.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:11 AM   #14
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all my gear is waterproof - textile jackets that are well vented.

layers are good

when the temps get hot - open vents, peel layers off under the jacket.

I don't go anywhere in CO any time of year without my heated gear.
Many times I don't need it, but if I don't bring it you can bet I'll need it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:16 AM   #15
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I have Darien gear too, and 2 years ago did a 4000 mile trip from Colorado up through the NW during their infamous heatwave. I used this gear http://ldcomfort.com specifically their comfort sleeves. In Eastern Washington I hit temps up to 113! I actually sealed up my Darien jacket and opened up the sleeves. Every 1/2 hour I would pour some water down each sleeve then ride. I would literally get chilled for a few minutes. I used warmish water that was sitting in my tank bag. If I had used the shirt instead of the sleeves I could have probably gone an hour or two before stopping.
Their product works as advertised and is incredible! As an aside; I keep the sleeves in my tank bag now, and they also make good added insulation if evening hits or a thunderstorm drops teams and I only have a vest to put on. I just add the sleeves and ride.

here's a .pdf that explains it perfectly http://www.ldcomfort.com/pdf/LDComfortOnePage2013.pdf

Highly recommended! get a shirt and do a test ride out to Borrego ( I was Born and raised in San Diego and wish I had a motorcycle back then when I lived there).

Good luck

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