New to the Pacific Northwet..... visibility gear...

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by jjustj, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I'm with Ladukebob, a rain ride is something that I do only to get home. I try to not leave home in the rain unless I have made an unwise commitment to show up for a ride with others.

    I tried bad-weather commuting, but found it unrewarding: it wasn't really riding; it was just traveling in traffic, and I seemed to spend more time dressing and undressing than I spent on the bike.

    Even a recreation rain-ride is uninspiring.

    And if you are wondering, I did not come from a warm and sunny state. I was born and raised here, and have been riding here since long before the term Adventure riding was coined.
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  2. BobcatSig

    BobcatSig Dirt Road Gaper

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    I'll lobby a vote for the Michelin Pilot Road 4. Sure, it doesn't look as good as a knobby, but man... was it ever amazing in the wet. It's the best tire I've ever used in the rain. And not just wet roads; I'm also talking full on, riding over Mt. Hood, cow-pissing-on-a-flat-rock rain. And they were magic. Pretty good in the dry, too. The new Dunlop Road Smart III is just about as good, I just don't have the miles on it yet.

    Yes, big fan of Pinlock shields. My Arai XD4 is my rain helmets. It's terrific.
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  3. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    +1 PR4's
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  4. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob Spaceark

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    I need a pinlock for my eyeglasse!
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  5. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    I tried a lot of helmets on to find one that worked well with my glasses. In the end it was the Arai XD4. Once I added the pinlock shield, I have never experienced any significant issues with fogging glasses and I don;t treat them with anything.

    Occasionally I will crack the helmet a bit to keep things clear at stop lights.
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  6. tdewitt

    tdewitt gas'n it

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    As for hi vis, I wear a jobsite orange jacket. They are not overly expensive. I got a 3x and just put it on over all my protective gear even my hydration pack if need be. They make 2 versions one is water proof ish. The front zipper leaks a little in 60mph wind. Very light and pretty warm.
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  7. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob Spaceark

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    The pinlock I have on my Tourtech works great and I do the same at stoplights. Once moving it's never a problem, so never stop.
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  8. BobcatSig

    BobcatSig Dirt Road Gaper

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    I've seen quite a few riders here in Portland wearing those jackets.
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  9. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Try a breath box that vents down. The tech crossed over to us from snowmobiles. They been using it for decades.
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  10. TK-421

    TK-421 Master of Mediocrity

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    Good news. You've got plenty of time to try out these various techniques and suggestions and develop a method that works for you and your bike. It's gonna rain continuously for the next 6 months, with occasional soggy snow flurries for added hypothermic fun.

    Welcome to the PNW. :sick
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  11. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    ^^^^^This!!^^^^

    In fact, last winter it was actually closer to 8 months straight of continuous, hard rain...ugh.
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  12. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    You shut your whore mouth!

    ;)

    Takes me a few months before I get to "Fuck it! - Time to purposely ride in the rain and cold".

    Thank goodness for the milder coast nearby...now just need a winter invite to Mt Baber.
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  13. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    If you can't find at least a day or two for a dry ride any month of the year, you are not paying attention.

    October:

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    November:

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    December:

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    January:

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    February:

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  14. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob Spaceark

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    I don't think those were all taken the same winter were they? 95 days in a row with snow on the ground in the lower Hood River valley last winter. Probably 130 days at AJ's place. The bike had a nice long nap last winter :dirtdog

    Prediction for this winter is more of the same. Let's hope not. Snow needs to stay up on the mountains where it belongs.
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  15. Jungle Man

    Jungle Man frenzied adventurer

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    The rain will wash the gear enough. A good place to hang and dry it out is nice. As for the other drivers, just repent and enjoy the commute.
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  16. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    No, they were not, but I don't take pictures on every ride, and I don't remember a year that I could not take a dry ride in any given month.

    True, that might be the only dry day in a particular month, but the previous month, and the following month would probably have more to offer.



    The price you Hoodies pay for living in paradise. :D



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  17. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    I see Pine Trees and open prairie in a couple of the winter pics...you aint fooling this Northweterner, those were takin on the dry side of the state!!
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  18. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Maybe I missed something. Did the OP say he was interested in only part of the state? or even which state?

    Besides, 60% of the pics are of the Wetside.
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  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  20. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Just trying to properly prepare him...I'm sure Lewis and Clark wish someone had warned them too. :lol3
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