Black or Grey Riding Gear?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by RememberTheFallen, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    I know this is kinda a dumb question but I am looking at my first set of adventure gear and and all other things being equal I was wondering what color would be better? I am talking about adventure riding jackets and pants not enduro/MX jerseys or pants. Black seems to be the standard but I imagine it would be warm during the summer months. Grey seems cooler but easier to stain? Searching didn't reveal anything. Anyone have any more preferences or reasonings on choosing gear color?
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  2. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    To be more specific I am looking at the Klim adventure gear and their light grey and black gear.
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  3. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    You live in GA, light gray IMO.

    But you got that red clay?
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  4. findlj

    findlj How much fun is that

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    I'm of the opinion that wearing brighter colors makes you much more visible on the road. By far the largest percentage of drivers you encounter are looking at you head on, so the color of your bike is almost irrelevant. However, the clothing (specifically jacket) you wear and your lights are what drivers around you see.
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  5. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Ya, that red clay is pretty famous for staining anything light colored. Most of the riding areas don't seem to have too much of it though. I was leaning towards grey until I bought some black pants on the flea market. Now, being the quite fashionable guy that I am (lol), I would like to match! Maybe I need to just get over that fact.
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  6. DevDel

    DevDel Been here awhile

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    I read an article years ago that tested temperatures of various colors of riding gear in the summer sun. Black jackets had an internal temp 10 degrees higher than white or yellow. I don't remember grey being in the test or not, but I'm confident a light grey or silver is going to be cooler to wear.
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  7. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Get Motoport Mesh Kevlar and even black will be fine.
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  8. Robert^

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    The Klim looks like fantastic gear. I have been considering the same and will probably come down on the side of all black. Currently I have a Roadcrafter in black jacket w grey pants. Black is sharper looking. Black with a white helmet and upgraded lighting seem to have good visibility.
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  9. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    Klim is fantastic gear. Lighter colors are cooler in the sun. It will all be dirt colored after your first ride so don't spend much time worrying about color.
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  10. wingnut11

    wingnut11 generally strange

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    Just so you know black and grey do go together, it's not like you are talking about really mismatching. Like yellow and purple as an example. Currently my jacket and pants are both black, but I've decided my next coat will be grey. I think I'll stick with black pants though.
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  11. FlySniper

    FlySniper Bleh...

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    The advantage of black is it hides road grime really well. I have a yellow Tour Master jacket that has stains that just won't come out (Granted; it's several years and tens of thousands of miles old.). And the brighter the color, the worse it seems to fade.

    I'm not a fashoinista by any stretch, but I think the brightly colored, matching pants and jackets look downright goofy.



    Yellow and purple don't go together?:eek1 I may be in trouble then as my DR650 has a purple frame with yellow trim and my Ninja is purple and I have a yellow jacket!:rofl

    Shhh! Don't tell the gals from Vouge magazine, they might come after me!:freaky
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  12. mitch

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    As long as you are not in a hurry, I 've been waiting for 15 months for them to supply a grey Adv Jacket :cry
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  13. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Black it is!
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  14. Spud2836

    Spud2836 Been here awhile

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    I got the grey latitude and am very happy. The gortex makes it very easy to just wipe clean with a damp cloth.
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  15. Xeraux

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    Sure. The black is hotter when you're sitting still in the sun, but when you're moving? There's virtually no difference because of evaporative cooling.

    So, if you're not planning on sitting still in the sun with the gear, I wouldn't worry about the color and just get what you like and what's readily available.
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  16. AKjitsu

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    Here in AZ, the situation is somewhat different. We have very little humidity and enough sunlight to jump start a nuclear reactor. Black is one hell of a lot hotter than any other color, even when underway. Particularly on the thighs and shoulders, which take the direct sunlight hit. YMMV in the more humid climes.
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  17. Xeraux

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    You've got it backwards. Evaporative cooling works better in your climate. With less humidity, the water can actually evaporate into the dryer air. It's less effective in the more humid climates.

    Oh, and the sun is every bit as hot in Georgia as it is in AZ. We're basically on the same parallel geographically speaking. We just get the added benefit of extremely high humidity to go with it. :umph
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  18. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    I've had both in Colorado and I can't tell the difference...I've baked in both types...if you hold out for the 2013 Adventure gear it looks like they're making a mesh/liner combo Adventure kit that sounds pretty sweet... Time to refinance the house, though...big $$$$.
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  19. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    I have a black/gray motorcycle and black/gray/silver gear (including helmet). I bought all the gear not really thinking about it, but just because I like the colors. Friends that ride with me say that I kind of blend in with the asphalt. If I were do do it again, I would have at least a splash of contrasting color.
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  20. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Gave in and bought a grey latitude jacket off of the flea market for a good deal! Thanks for all of the replays and help!
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