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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by pschuyler, Jan 9, 2013.
Ive been looking at riding pants , this thread is making me speed up the process
I wear spandex tights and cote them with motor oil. When I fall down and buss my noggin I just slide to a stop
I wear less protective gear the older I get and the calmer I ride. Neotec helmet, unlined leather gloves (dirt bike gloves in the summer), leather jacket with light padding, jeans and cowboy boots or motorcycle sneakers.
I used to do the full bit and I still do if going mountain riding or on multi-day rides.
Day trips? Nah.
I wear gear more often than not anymore for riding. I always wear a jacket with armor, a good full-face helmet, stiff over-the-ankle boots, and good protective gloves. I've recently started wearing riding pants and I really like them (Klim Dakar or Tourmaster Venture). The Klims are more comfortable, but the Tourmasters have better armor and are warmer. I also got a pair of some Gaerne riding boots and really like them. Yeah it all takes a few minutes to put on, but if it helps in a crash, then it was worth it.
But I'm not going to lie...the riding boots and pants are recent additions. I never used to wear them...used to just wear jeans and regular boots. I still do now and then, but I'll generally take the time to put the extra stuff on.
I'm riding 49 years now. Only started wearing real armored and padded riding pants about 8 years ago.
Took a spill in Sept. at about 55 on an asphalt road that had been graveled (tar and chip).
Shredded my Joe Rocket CF armored gloves (knuckles and palm), my Belstaff cordura jacket (back and elbows), and my armored and padded Joe Rocket cordura riding pants (thighs and knees). None of them shredded to the point of exposing skin, although I did get friction burns and skin loss to my knees inside the pants. No picking gravel and dirt out, at least. I think the knee armor saved my kneecaps. My Arai helmet also hit the ground when I rolled over and over, and had a few little chunks missing, and scraped up the face shield. My Alpinestar boots got scraped, but are still usable.
Dislocated finger, skinned knees, various sprains, etc., but nothing too serious. The phone in my front pocket hitting the ground gave me a dead leg and felt like someone punched me there, hard. Huge black and blue mark and took about a week before I could lift my leg to go up a curb without pain, forget about stairs. I think I got away lucky. The guy in front of me who went down first broke his leg unfortunately.
So all new gear and helmet, and guess what, now I'm a believer (to the tune of the Monkey's song).
+1 for riding pants suggestions.
I am another one who rides in a Shoei, a nice thick Alpinestars, Held gloves, and Lucky jeans. I have seen the armored spandex pants you can wear under jeans, but the Bohn website looks a little scammy to me. And Draggin Jeans seem to get pretty good reviews, but I haven't pulled the trigger on a pair yet. Any other manufacturers that folks can recommend?
I wanted an upgrade from jeans, so I'm trying out a pair of the fire hose pants. So far the are way better at keeping the wind out then jeans.
For cold weather, I use Aerostich AD1 pants, and welcome the extra wind cutting.
When it's warm, Or if I dont have a place to store the overpants, I'll use draggin Jeans Kevlar underpants, with loose fit jeans over the top. This set-up doesn't offer impact protection, but at least covers abrasion risk.
i go the double front carharrt pants and firehouse double front logger pants route. i realize they are not armored riding pants.
Knee pads are much cheaper than knee caps. Three surgeries, a skin graft, 36 staples and way too many stitches, and that was while wearing heavy duty leather pants, but w/o knee pads...
I'm really getting used to individual knee/shin armor coupled with padded D30 padded hip underwear, slip it on before the ride (or put the knee armor outside) and wear any pants I want. At least I know it will stay in place when it counts.
I'll probably do the same with upper body protection, get stand alone elbow/shoulder and back protection this way I can wear whatever jacket I want.
I hate riding down the road with the feeling all my built in armor just isn't going to be in the right place when I need it.
Yup. That's why it's important your gear fits like a second skin, snug.
What are you using for stand alone protection?
I have a pair of those, but don't think they are going to hold up much better than regular jeans. Instead of wearing through after 20 feet of sliding they may last another 10 feet.
My high speed ish (55-60mph) was in a KBC helmet, leather gloves, jacket....jeans and nikes
Stood up in nothing but a helmet, leather gloves, leather jacket, and....blood and road rash lol.
Now, Full motoport, gloves, and boots ALLL THE TIME everytime.
Accident was less than 1 mile from my house.
For knee/shin protection I have the Alpinestars Vapor Knee Guard, I did modify them to eliminate the Velcro straps I can't stand Velcro. Bought some 1" nylon straps with clips from the Wal Mart camping section and sewed them in place, way more secure than the elastic straps with Velcro.
For hip armor I'm using the Icon Stryker hip guards, I wear them over my underwear. Not too bulky so they fit nice under jeans.
What do you use for the upper half?
Right now I'm using a Joe Rocket Speedstar leather jacket, it's the ONLY jacket I have that keeps the armor where it's needed, I'm guessing because of it's tight fitting sleeves and body
I'm going to have to figure out what to do in the hotter weather, maybe a Bohn solution or another type of separate fitted armor pieces.
No more combination jacket & armor.
Saw a couple dressed the same way one day. The pillion told me they weren't wearing protective gear because her husband wasn't going to be riding very fast that day...ah, the logic!