Hot weather gear

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by oldtrout, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    This. It may not feel as comfortable, but it beats heat stroke.

    On a REALLY hot day / longer trip, consider ice in your pockets.
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  2. spibbie

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    Excellent link. Very useful. Thank you. Alabama summer is coming.
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  3. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Don't know if anyone said this (aka I'm too lazy to read them all), but if you wear mesh or really openly vented coats/jackets and they are about any color but black, you actually stay cooler than no coat if moving over 20 mph. That's my experience so far. You will absorb more heat from the sun on your bare skin than through a red or yellow mesh or vented coat. That's been my experience with my old First Gear red/white Timbuktu jacket that has nearly full length sleeve and full width back venting as well as with the First Gear red Kilmanjaro Air mesh coat. So I frequently wear a coat just to actually stay cooler.
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  4. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    For shirts under the gear, Under Armour moisture-wicking t shirts are the way to go. Not too expensive and the local sporting goods stores have them. If I want to look a little nicer, moisture-wicking golf shirts are the way to go. Buy Walter Hagan shirts, much less than Nike and just as good.
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  5. oldtrout

    oldtrout Been here awhile

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    Again, thanks for everyone's input.

    Txwanderers link to the Ironbutt.com research pretty well sums my thinking. Take the time to read it. The mesh is a no-go, as it is too limited a temp. range, and who wants to carry a secondary set of gear. You ride with what ya got.

    I'm going with the cheapo light wicking under gear and vent my northern stuff as much as I can. In the hills I can always layer up.

    Just trying to avoid stripping down to a t-shirt when things get extreme, which I have done in the olden days. This sucks the fluid right out of you.

    Last summer here in BC It hit 40' C and it was not too bad riding with the wet T under the jacket. Have to keep moving though. The pants were the killer, thus my el cheapo custom added vents. (Next year, Troutwife willing, will go for the full Klim or Rev-it super dooper touring re-vamp.)

    As a side, this will be an Arizona ride, not Panama. YMMV.

    Cheers
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  6. txwanderer

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    Hey Trout!!

    Take a look at some other avenues. I am as frugal as it gets, but there is inexpensive and then there is cheap.
    Wlamart sells a "drystar" brand of clothing that is cheap. UA, although they make great compression gear and cold gear is about the bottom of the list. Expensive and doesn't work as well as the suggestions I posted.
    How ever you go, the clothing should fit "close" but not tight. Compression gear is great for someone on the move and perhaps even riding dirt, but for street riding it could possibly be a draw back, especially with any condition that could comprimize circulation.
    Adjust your vents and have the closed when it is real hot and humidity is down.
    Mesh can be used in a fairly broad temp range if you have good wind protection, just close off your vents on the bike and make yourself a "bubble". You won't stay wet as long but it will be better than the wind blasting you.
    Make sure to take a water bottle for your gear and something to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and eat nutritious meals. Stay away from salty foods too (old wives tale for salt conserving fluid in a GOOD way). Heat can kill. That is a fact that is too often overlooked and folks end up very sick with a lifetime of lasting effects so keep a good watch on you and the pillion.

    Have a great trip.
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  7. oldtrout

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    Hey Txwanderer/ others !

    Returned Saturday via the Cariboo from an epic ride. Central Oregon, Nevada to Death Valley, then Grand Canyon up through Monument Valley, Colorado, Wyoming etc. Endless choices of roads, and the more obscure, the better !:clap

    7350 KM for 11 days on the road.

    Hottest I hit was Laughlin NV. At 112 F. (42C).

    Not too serious as a "dry heat" as they say, but to me it WAS warm. Thanks for the great advice. At plus 30'c - soak down the wicking gear, fully button up and Bobs your uncle. Lots of water (used the Camel Back once) and all was well.

    Too bad the pit-stops (gas stations) do not have:

    A) a simple tree or something to sit under other than the pumps for shade.

    B) a water fountain to refill the gazillion plastic Desani, Arrowhead or whatever bottles that I chucked into some locals landfill.

    Anyhow, thanks for the advice and a COOL ride. I will return :freaky

    I'll be back.

    Logan.

    Ps. Interesting that on the real serious long lonely hauls, not a Harley to be seen ? Only Bimmers and Connies/ FJR 's as they have the long legs I guess.

    Ride safe.
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  8. Bill Harris

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    LOL!!! BT,DT.

    Anyways, something wicking (like the old Polypro) underneath to soak up and distribute the sweat. And Mesh Jacket/Pants for protection and airflow. I have a pair of Firstgear Mesh (Texmesh??) pants, in an oversize so I can wear it over my "street clothes", with suspenders so I don't have to worry about cinching up a belt on pants a couple of sizes too large. In the Summer I'll frequently wear a pair of shorts under it: cool, but with protection.

    Good thread.

    --Bill
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  9. txwanderer

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    Sorry to paraphras your post, but it is kinda long. Happy to hear you were healthy and happy on the ride. SOunds like a great trip.

    If you are serious about "new" gear, check out the flea market on this site. I bought a Stich onesie from an inmate and have nothing but good for the product (it was exactly as desribed) and the transaction. Good folks here even if some in the basement get a little rowdy. I got it for a deep discount from new and it is just as new.

    Cheers
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  10. DAKEZ

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    THIS ^^^ Afordable and works. For real hot weather put on a wet long sleeve cotton or polypropylene shirt over the top and open the vents on your jacket just a small amount. = MOTO A/C :ricky

    Mesh/perforated gear is bet left for temps below the mid 90 degree mark.
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  11. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    Here's how a desert dood does it...

    Camelback filled with water. Note squeeze bulb.

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    This collar is attached at the squeeze bulb and has strategically placed holes around the neck portion.

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    The squeeze bulb is pumped a few times and water is distributed evenly to wet a cotton tee shirt. A mesh jacket is worn over the tee shirt. A "charge" lasts about 15 minutes when the temps are 110° and above before a few more squeezes are in order.

    The result: Coolness.

    Ron :D
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  12. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Now that is a good idea. :1drink
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  14. Kinsman

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    Ron, a great thing right there. N
    Where did you get the squeeze bulb, fittings etc.?
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  15. BryonLewis

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    The bigger questions is how often are you going to see temps 90F and higher? Mesh might be a decent option, or a hyrbrid. I know that in my area that is quite infrequent so a hybrid jacket works great for me. I have the Joe Rocket Super Ego. It is a leather jacket and the whole middle unzips to mesh. Very nice when you have a 45F morning which leads into a 80F day.
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  16. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    I made the "air conditioner" about 9 or 10 years ago and don't really remember the parts sources. :cry

    I think I found the squeeze bulb somewhere on line. Places like McMaster-Carr (http://mcmaster.com/) have all the plastic fittings and tubing. The tubing is 1/8" silicon.

    Ron :D
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  17. Bill Harris

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    The squeeze-bulb is probably marine-related: some outboard motors require it to "prime" the flow of gasoline from the remote tank. Try a boat shop.

    Hot Weather Gloves: during the Summer months I wear FirstGear mesh gloves, which are cool and lightweight and are "gloves in name only", in that they give minimal protection. Time to replace them. What gloves should I be looking at with decent knuckle-armor and wrist protection that are comgy in hot weather? I see a lot of road racing and motocross gloves, but not much for general touring.

    --Bill
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  19. raebear

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    Ron- brilliant!!!
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  20. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Something's fishy here.
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