BMW Venting Machine - First Impressions

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by frazz, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    I have the venting machine suit. It feels like shorts and a tee shirt. Haven't worn it much this year yet because the weather has been cool.
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  2. dlew

    dlew Daypass Adventurer

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    What are the venting machine pants like??

    Did I hear that they're not nearly as vented as the jacket is?

    And that they're more like Sanitago pants but with larger zipped flaps?
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  3. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario

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    Careful there Bull -- Hey Cpallen, can you google that for us? Never mind...:rofl
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  4. GB

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    no, the lower legs, front and back are black vented mesh..If you're riding a boxer engine, obviously the air flow is reduced. I've only ever ridden with shorts once in my life at the Spokane MOA rally and only for a short distance.. The air hitting your bare skin can be painful, to say nothing of the direct exposure to UV rays. The air flow from the Venting Machine outfit is a cool and refreshing air, without it being harsh in any way. I rode my KLR this morning to work and felt the full venting on my legs as well! A great suit!

    I like the Venting Machine jacket and pants very much. They are better than the BMW Airflow jacket and pants that I wore last year.. which will be making an appearance in the Flea Market soon.
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  5. GB

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    WAY better. The arms on the Venting machine are all mesh too, and there's more mesh in the torso too.. And the pant legs..
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  6. frazz

    frazz Slow & Easy

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    like Gadget Boy said....if cool venting + protection is what you want....the VM is the real deal:clap
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  7. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    I feel certain it does, sort of. As soon as you hand over the money for it, you may have to urge to lay back and light up a ciggy. :lol3
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  8. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    It was more like leaving your Urologists office after a DRE.

    Frazz, after taking a quick loop in the Venting Machines pants I bought the Santiago pants. I couldn't tell the difference in cooling on a mild SoCal June day and I felt the construction was more substantial. Rode around town in them for a few days and wished I had more venting down low where the knee pads meet the boot tops. Not enough on a warm day in traffic on a Duc. On the road was a different story, they were cool enough. So the decision came for the jacket and I went with Venting Machine jacket. The combo works.

    BTW, for those of you not yet 50, DRE is the acronym for Digital Rectal Exam. It's the same thing as paying your taxes....
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  9. frazz

    frazz Slow & Easy

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  10. Traq

    Traq Adventurer

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    The pants aren't really designed to be overpants. I just bought mine today and went out in a t-shirt and boxers underneath. It was only 65-70 and I damn near froze. Can't wait to try it in the heat. :nod
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  11. Jeff49783

    Jeff49783 Private ASEL

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    FWIW, I'm using the Santiago jacket with the Venting Machine pants. The Santiago flows well, but for anything in the South/Southeast (humid) I would recommend the Venting Machine jacket over the Santiago.

    Good Luck
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  12. peterb

    peterb Long Distance Adventurer

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    please tell me about the armor in the knees of the VM pants. I am currently wearing a mesh pant by Alpinestars [a gift], and these are so poorly designed the knee pads ride up to my thighs - if I ever 'needed' them I would have to pull them down over the knees in mid-flight...

    So, how do the knee pad ride - down over the knees or do the continually ride up as one sits longer and longer on his steed?:huh

    thanks.
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  13. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    I hate the BMW prices too but it is good stuff. I was in a hiking store and Seattle and saw wind breakers for $475.
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  14. TxTraveler

    TxTraveler Adventurer

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    The position of the knee armor in the VM pants is adjustable (3 positions). The armor stays in place (covering the knees) while riding, but is not obtrusive when off the bike walking around.

    Highly recommend - by far my favorite pair of riding pants.
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  15. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Any way to compare the pants to the First Gear Mesh Tex pants? I've worn those in the summer, with the addition of the CoreComp armor, and they seem pretty decent.
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  16. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    I just saw this thread and thought I'd put my 2 cents in.
    Got a pair of the VM pants about a month ago.
    Been riding all around Mexico with them.
    I can honestly say that they are the best hot weather pants I have ever had.
    You really do not get hot in them and you hardly notice that you are sweating. (That's on a 100 degree plus day)
    Once you get past the initial sticker shock (price) they are great.
    I really would like to get the jacket also. But I have enough jackets to last me a lifetime.

    Ride Safe,
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  17. moto leo

    moto leo Been here awhile

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    Do the VM pants or jacket come with any kind of liner for rain? What do you guys do if you get caught in a downpour with these suits?

    I have the First Gear mesh overpants and they come with a removable zipout goretx liner. Ditto on my Joe Rocket mesh jacket.
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  18. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    It's been over a month now with VM jacket (and occasionally the Santiago pants) and I'm in agreement, there's nothing better that I've found. I've retired the Firstgear mesh jacket, first because the VM jacket is that much better and secondly, it's less likely to melt on pavement as others on Advrider have already mentioned.

    As to liner, no. I'll carry rain gear to go over the jacket and pants, but that has limits though. You don't want to ride in temps under 60 degrees F. Get's a little chilly at the beach at night....
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  19. Swinefahrt

    Swinefahrt RooteR

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    If only the Venting Jacket came in a lighter color, say silver for example. Otherwise I think its an excellent jacket. Since I wanted a good jacket in a lighter color, I opted for the Rev-it Air Force instead.
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  20. redriveral

    redriveral Been here awhile

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    I have both suits the venting suit is cooler in hot humid weather

    redriveral
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