How comfortable are pressure suits

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Spinalcracker, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

    Oct 1, 2007
    Western MA
    I need new riding gear and have narrowed it down to 2 different suits.

    1) Klim Latitude Misano with the armor


    2) Klim Traverse, no armor and with a Dianese Wave Pro under the jacket.

    How comfortable is the Wave Pro to ride in, when you stop for lunch, photos, pee ...

    How comfortable is it for an extended trip like 2 weeks?

    How about using a heated vest over the Wave Pro in colder weather?

    Is just a jersey or tee shirt over the Wave pro fine for warmer weather?
  2. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

    Oct 15, 2006
    Living on the Road and occasional Trail
    I can only comment on what I have...
    My Thor Impact Rig SE is far more comfortable than any injuries from bouncing off of rocks with "street" riding gear on with built in armor that can shift out of place off road. Look at my high speed dirt/rocks crash video on my website, the Impact Rig is crash tested and protected me from serious injury whereas I don't believe any standard jacket with armor in it would have.
    I do wear a gerbings jacket under it in cold weather sometimes, works great, with it that close to your skin only low temp heated is needed, so it's possible. YYMV

    I will usually take off the armor when sitting at lunch time, but have no issues with riding day in and day out with it on and leave it on all the times I'm not stopped at a restaurant, and yes just a jersey is great for hot weather, assuming you're not on pavement where you'll want to have your outer jacket on for abrasion protection.

    Good luck!
  3. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

    Jul 2, 2009
    I tried a 661 rig and couldn't do it. Wore it for about 5 minutes before I turned around and traded out for my old plastic chest protector.

    Rode up on my back, bunched up under my arms... just generally awkward to ride in.

    I wear a Tekvest now.
  4. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

    Nov 17, 2008
    Kongsberg, Norway
    Got a wave pro pressure suit and it is a bit bulky, though fortunately don't notice it that much on the bike (guess because designed for that). Still think some people would feel it was a bit much, other suits are lighter. You do feel safe in it though.

    Not tried heated gear under, does sound a bit thight, and wouldn't wear it over. I wear heated vest at low temps, well under freezing point, but then under jacket with armour and separate back and chest protectors. And 3 feets of snow :D

    Don't mind wearing pressure suit, though guess more comfortable with a jacket if not too hot, then pressure suit with cross jersey is fine, those cross shirts take some beating (not on tarmac though). But pressure suit is safest.
  5. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

    Nov 11, 2004
    Anaheim, CA
    While I'm quite interested in the TekVest i've had no problems with my 661 and have found it quite comfortable even with a Leatt.

    Anyway, just a differing opinion...everyone's built differently so you (original poster) may have to do a bit of experimenting.
  6. mookybird

    mookybird Gramps

    Nov 4, 2011
    Olympic Peninsula, Washington State
    I think for dirt oriented touring the pressure suit layer combo is more comfortable, I use a heated vest under mine on a regular basis.

    I wear various ADV or leather armored jackets for around home commuting but for multiday trips the pressure suit and layers works better.

    I took this picture after several days of riding and sleeping in temps over 100, two days later I was in the northern states riding in the frost, the ogio vest hanging beside my armor has the heated vest, rain shell and a down jacket in the pocket.

  7. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

    Sep 18, 2012
    St. Louis
    I was considering a pressure suit + jacket for daily use....I can say I tried on a few pressure suits, and the suits themselves werent uncomfy, but some of them were an absolute bitch to pull a jacket over the top of. I think it was a fox one, I couldnt get the jacket off by myself because of the way it hooked the chest protector.

    When on everything seemed great. It was the going on and off part that sucked.
  8. BigToad

    BigToad The Bone Destroyer

    Feb 5, 2006
    Vancouver BC
    My 661 pressure suit saved my ass twice in the last two years. Unfortunately the last time they had to cut it off so now no choice...getting a new one. Been thinking of the Leatt model which obviously works well with my neck brace. The main advantage is it stays in place when you crash.

    Yes it gets warm but a small price to pay for the safety it provides
  9. C/W

    C/W Adventurer

    Jun 27, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    I wear a Thor Impact Rig SE with a Klim Traverse jacket. It works fine and I don't notice the pressure suit while riding. While the (2012) Traverse is large enough it has an odd cut to it, it doesn't quite lay on the shoulders/armpit area very well. I don't notice it during riding, only when putting the jacket on.

    When warm you can put a jersey over it or just wear the rig over your t-shirt.

    I don't wear it daily though.

    If I needed something daily, I'd get an armored jacket out of convenience. Donning the rig & taking it off certainly isn't as easy as a jacket. The suits are made to hug your body so the armor doesn't slide around on you. Since it is form fitting you have to tug at the bits & pieces to get them in the correct position.

    If you've got a bit of a belly, it'll want to stick out the bottom of the rig or cause it to ride up a little bit.
  10. dhb400

    dhb400 No Regrets

    Feb 19, 2012
    Jersey Shore
  11. threadkiller

    threadkiller Long timer

    Jul 29, 2007
    Middle Tennessee
    I wear a Cosmo. Comfortwise, it's fine, I don't even notice it UNLESS it's hot out. Then, whenever you stop or ride in slow, technical terrain, the bastard will burn you up. But I like it for fast single track and connecting trails. I don't wear the waist/kidney belt portion. There's no protection offered there anyway.
  12. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

    Oct 1, 2007
    Western MA
    Thanks for the info.

    Now I'm leaning towards the Traverse jacket with the pressure suit and the Latitude pants with the armor. Kind of a combo of my 2 choices
  13. NYTrainer

    NYTrainer Been here awhile

    Apr 6, 2010
    Geneseo, NY
    I wear a FOX pressure suit under a jersy or a non-armored jacket when it is warm.
    Fits great & is very comfortable in the heat.
  14. recycled dirt rider

    recycled dirt rider Adventurer

    Feb 20, 2010
    I wear an older TLD Descender (cloth mesh version of the leather Speed Jacket) and it is super comfy and cool with a jersey or non armor enduro jacket. Mobility is good too, originally got it for super-moto and it's very tough, only minor scuffs on the armor even after shreading a jersey or two Also has an adjustable kidney belt built in. I believe both are discontinued, but there some places on line that still have some available new, and of course you can find used ones around.
  15. tom pullings

    tom pullings Adventurer

    Mar 19, 2013
    Southern Alberta
    I just spend the day riding in my new thor impact rig se. It fits amazingly comfortable and I like how things will actually be in place if I crash. Only time will tell how durable it is but it wasn't expensive so I figure if I get a year out of it I'll be pleased.