Bilt Explorer Gear

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by yeroc40, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. yeroc40

    yeroc40 Been here awhile

    Oct 11, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    So there have have been threads on the new helmet and boots, but I am interested in the Jacket in pants that have just been released. I don't live near a store, but the adventure air looks to have all of the features I am interested in at a good price. If you've checked these out or have more pics please post them here.
  2. mahony99

    mahony99 Adventurer

    May 19, 2008
    San diego
    I looked at them yesterday.... great piece of kit for the money.
    You need to pick the mesh version, regular or water proof version.
    Amazing deal for the money. Its very good quality. Just goes to show you what a rip off KLIM and BMW are!
    I would go with different boots though, the explorer boots are a little flimsey.
    The Black looks better in person than in the magazine.

  3. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

    Aug 19, 2011
    Absolutely. The Cycle Gear Bilt line is much better made, has better protection and will last much longer than any BMW and Klim gear. :ear
  4. vtduc

    vtduc Been here awhile

    Dec 25, 2006
    :lurk This should be good.
  5. yeroc40

    yeroc40 Been here awhile

    Oct 11, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    So you've checked them out? Thanks, would you mind posting some detailed pics? Cycle gear does a pretty poor job of actually displaying all the features of their gear.

    I agree that BMW and Klim make great stuff. As does aerostich and a pile of others, but this thread isn't about them.
  6. Cruiser

    Cruiser Long timer

    Dec 27, 2003
    Jim Thorpe, Pa
    The bilt stuff that CG carries?? the bilt-MX gear I've seen barely lasts a day of use.. Maybe they are getting better. The CG near me carries no adv type stuff.. barely any offroad stuff either. That said CG has great return policy so if it fails its 100% money back no issue..
  7. Stegerman

    Stegerman MotoOCD sufferer

    Dec 19, 2008
    SW Idaho
    I live near a CG and went in the other day to check it out. I have purchased some Bilt gloves for my summer riding gloves. For $15 they are ok, although no better than a $9 pair of gardening gloves. Had to return 2 pair because the first got a hole in the palm after about two weeks and the other velcro stopped working after a month (I ride everyday in the summer). No issues on the returns. This most recent pair has been good for a season and still has life. I was interested in the Adventure helmet and went in to look because of the internal sun visor. The first thing I noticed was the peak/bill of the helmet is attached with what look to be woodworking screws. That was all I needed to see to realize if I can see that level of poor craftsmanship, what can't I see. I also looked at the pants and jacket. Wasn't impressed. Several had stitching with loose threads, just overall below par work for my standards. I didn't expect it to compete on quality with the top brands that are double and triple cost, but the "important" gear from Bilt isn't for me. Bummer because I am not independently wealthy and really hoped I could like this stuff.

    Disclaimer: I ride a BMW 1150GS, wear an Aria helmet, BMW and Olympia gear and am picky when choosing stuff that will be between me and asphalt should I go down at 75mph. I may be biased.
  8. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

    Mar 18, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    I went in to check out this gear. The fabric doesn't seem to be as thick as my Olympia jacket and the elbow pads weren't as stiff as in the Olympia. The pads seem to be on a par with the ones in my wife's Joe Rocket jacket.

    I did end up getting a set of clothes for my 5 year old daughter because I haven't been able to find anything else that comes close to her size. I don't know how the clothes would fare in a wreck but since I don't go very far or fast with my daughter on the bike it at least gives me a little piece of mind.

    I don't know if I'd want to use Bilt Explorer Gear for my only protection when driving fast. I don't think it'd hold up in a big crash.

  9. mikejet

    mikejet KlrKid

    Apr 6, 2008
    Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
    You get what you pay for, and your not paying much.
  10. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western New York
  11. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

    Apr 15, 2009
    Northeastern CT
    For someone on a tight budget, I'd recommend trying to score some higher end used gear rather than bottom end new gear. That said, low end gear is better than none at all. I don't mean to come off as a gear snob, this is just based on my own experiences with different gear of all quality levels over the years.
  12. genka

    genka SUV hater

    Mar 25, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    The Explorer is not a $200 jacket, and their $400 "regular" price is laughable. The fabric on the jacket is rather soft and the venting is non-existent. They use a design RevIt calls "Z-Liner". It means that the jacket has a non-detachable waterproof liner and the vents open only between the outer shell and the liner, providing no direct air flow to the body. I guess it can work as long as the temperature is below 70 an you don't ride off road where some muscle work is needed.
  13. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

    Oct 21, 2008
    Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
    Keep this is mind and it puts everything in perspective. Don't expect quality gear for little money... It's probably worth the price but you're not paying much...
  14. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

    Dec 10, 2011
    DFW TX
    I got the AIR pants. Has zip out quilted liner and zip out water proof liner. Looks good enough to work for me. I've got Tourmaster Transitions jacket and pants... too warm to wear even in the CO mountains. Also got the boots. I haven't fallen in years, and the chance of a hard fall is Zero. Don't ride that hard any more. Also got the helmet. I like the drop down sun shield, and replacement shields are cheep. A replacement shield for my Shoei DS is $60.
  15. Ape76

    Ape76 Gear whore

    Jan 19, 2011
    Long Slab in Midwest (IL)
    I got to check out some of the Bilt gear in person and agree with what most others stated. My personal opinion is don't go in with high expectations and it's probably best not to use of any of their gear as your main kit. I have multiple sets of gear so don't mind it as another option.

    Their gloves lack quality stitching and will probably fail if pushed to the test but I don't mind their boots for under $100 since you can replace them under 5 yr warranty. A failed seam shouldn't cause the boots to come apart in a low speed crash unlike the gloves so I took the chance. I wasn't too keen on their textile jackets either so look for used ones on the forum or closeouts online.

    As far as their helmets go they are only DOT, slightly heavy, and feel cheap so I would not put my head in one. At the end of the day its best to try their gear in person so you can decide...
  16. hansi

    hansi Teurer Abenteurer

    Jan 1, 2010
    State of Jefferson
    :lurk :wink:
  17. Stromtrooper246

    Stromtrooper246 Lost again

    Dec 13, 2002
    Jupiter, Florida
    Troll? :rofl:rofl

    Honestly though, CG is running this special through the end of the month,

    From now until 1/30/2013, buy the BILT Explorer Adventure Jacket at regular price and get the BILT Explorer Adventure Pants, BILT Explorer Urban Rider Adventure Gloves, and the BILT Explorer Adventure Helmet free! Call 1-800-CYCLEGEAR (1-800-292-5343) to take advantage of this great deal!

    For this price you couldn't go wrong if it only last a few seasons.

    As far as comparing it to Klim... The difference in the protection is immense, Bilt uses memory foam in the back and basic CE armor in the shoulders and elbows while Klim uses their D30 armor. Certainly an upgrade.

    CG has fold-over pockets and Klim uses true waterproof zippers.... Then there is the material and the use of Gore fabrics.

    Again, you get what you pay for.

    Is the Klim worth $900? I honestly don't know but seriously doubt it. That being said, I am still giving it and the pants serious consideration.

    But for $399 to get jacket, pants, helmet, and gloves??? I may buy it just to write the review. :1drink
  18. wliggy

    wliggy Adventurer

    Jul 18, 2011
    I was at a cycle gear last weekend, just killing some time. I happened to see this stuff on display. The pants seem VERY similar to my Triumph Kalahari adventure pants. Like same waterproof pockets, stitching, ect. I have enjoyed my kalahari's. only thing with them I have found is the waterproof-ness has about an hour limit haha. I also have the triumph mesh adventure pants, and same deal, the bilt stuff looks to be made in same factory. The knee pads hurt after 6 hours or so. I replaced them with the orange ones that comes in the klim stuff (cant remember the brand). And have been very happy with them.
    If I am on a long trip and I am expecting it to be wet and cold,,, i will probably stick with my old rally 2 stuff. But do like having them for short trips with better weather.
  19. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

    May 4, 2012
    Valencia, ca
    I went in to check out the new explorer boots, and ended up getting the Hurricane waterproof boots, $79 bucks instead of $149, been testing the shit out of em, rain, mud, trails, sand, dirt, pretty damn good and comfortable,


    I see a lot of shit talking about the Bilt brand, been working great for me.
  20. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

    Jul 11, 2009
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Dumped the bike on the highway about 2 months ago (flat tire). Had on the Bilt 3/4 waterproof jacket and it did its thing. Rubbed through to the armor in a few places and ground down a few snaps. No rash on me. I was wearing the waterproof boots too. Ground down the toe where it was trapped between the bike and road and ended up breaking my big toe in two places. Back on the bike and still wearing those boots. Even before the mishap found that the boots were NOT waterproof. Seemed to get wet either low through the zipper or through the upper and sole seam. Got some gortex socks and the problem solved. I find the boots comfy and easy to put on/off. I went back to CG to get new gear. Bought the same jacket, a pair of the pants and the exporer helmet. The helmet fits real nice and is fairly quiet. It replaced my AFX-39 that was trashed in the mishap. Two complaints: The ear cups are really not deep enough for my scala rider speakers. I really got used to that cam helmet strap that AFX uses. Much easier to secure the helmet than the standard buckle on the Bilt. I tried on that brown/tan explorer gear and loved the look and features but it just didn't fit right. Seems that all of the different models of gear fit differently. Probably different manufacturers. Bottom line is the price is good, they have a huge selection so I could try on multiple sizes and styles of gear. I'm also losing weight so I didn't want to invest heavily in gear that might end up too big. The jacket passed the crash test in my book and the gear seems as adequate as other Olympia, Tourmaster, and Firstgear stuff I have. Just my two cents.