need recommendation for goretex shell

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  1. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    I have been looking for a goretex shell to wear over my chest protector. Im looking for lots of ventilation, some reflective trim or hi viz . The Klim Traverse seems to fit this description ( minus the hi viz) but I would like to see whats out there and what others are happy with....
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  2. marouan0001

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    Klim 3 layers. It did well for me during my trip to Morocco. at 53c, the ventilation worked just fine and during the back trip through thr European rain it offered a perfect protection.


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  3. rcfitch

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    You are on the right track with the Klim gear. High quality and durable. Great company and lifetime warranty. The Traverse does not come with armor so you may want to look at the Carlsbad. Someday, you will want to ride without your chest protector and the Carlsbad will give you the protection you need with its built-in protection. Klim gear is clothes washer safe so it looks good for a long time. You will need to occasionally treat the outer shell with a water repellant spray to rejuvenate the material but this is a common maintenance step for Gor-tex.
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  4. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    Klim overland ticked the boxes for me... I think that (and the traverse) are the most minimal gore-tex shells that provide decent abrasion resistance
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    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    Thanks for the replies. I have the klim overland and I use that for commuting and road rides. I need a lightweight shell for off-road riding where I will be wearing a chest protector. I’m looking for a lightweight packable outer layer for cooler or wet weather with good ventilation. I have been using a light weight wind breaker not designed for moto use. I don’t need or want a bunch of pockets or heavy cordura although some cordura in the right spots would be welcome.
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  6. Bayner

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    Marmot PreCip might be what you're after.
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    +1

    It's not Gore.

    But

    It's a waterproof / breathable

    It has pits zips for great ventilation.

    It's very light and compact

    It has a great storm flap over the front zipper.

    It has a nice stowaway Hood

    it's relatively inexpensive and available in a bright orange color

    But .... no reflective trim

    Ride on

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  8. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    Well do you want abrasion resistance or not? You mentioned Klim traverse, which is a motorcycle jacket, and so has abrasion resistance (heavy cordura etc)

    If you don't need that, then go to an outdoors shop and buy a rain shell (marmot, outdoor research, Patagonia etc) that fits
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  9. CRIAKLR

    CRIAKLR Frosty

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    I have the Klim Traverse. Great Gore-tex shell. Simple jacket with on a few pockets.

    I disagree with the idea of just buying a waterproof shell. Although you'll have some armour underneath, you can add elbow and shoulder pads if your chest protector is only a chest protector. In addition, the Traverse will provide some good on road abrasion protection.

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  10. motokeith

    motokeith Been here awhile

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    Look in the Klim snow collection and you will find the Powerxross Goretex pullover. It has giant zippers on the sides that make it easy to get on. It's what I use as a shell over my MX gear. I bought one size up from "normal" to accommodate the full Leatt body armor I wear. It packs down to a reasonable size.

    http://www.klim.com/Powerxross-Pullover-3572-007

    If you are not set on Gore-Tex and want something very packable then Fox and Thor both over some reasonably priced packable waterproof shells for off-road riders.

    https://www.foxracing.com/store/pro...atalog10001.en__US.plist20002__plist20001.001

    http://www.thormx.com/products/?productGroupId=302931&productId=458555
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    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    I use mine over a fully armoured shirt, or more commonly just carry it along in case of rain on shorter more energetic rides on warm days. Bright orange :D

    For longer trips with more on road riding &/or cooler conditions I wear a more substantial textile riding jacket (with the armour stripped out) over the pressure suit. That Klim Traverse looks like a good in-between option too.

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  12. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    Thanks for the input, I scored a brand new Pre cip yesterday for 50 dollars. It should work out great as it packs small and should handle the moderate temps of our rides.......
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  13. Grinder

    Grinder Wrong way 'round

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    I use of of these under my armour, in my case a rallymax vest. It’s really tough and packs well.

    Edit, just saw you got a precip. That should work out fine.
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