Tips for rally gear (rider wear)?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Sycamore, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. jfdirtybiker

    jfdirtybiker Roads are to explore

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    No doubt there are some disadvantages with sewn in armor and you pointed out one of them.

    But think of the realities of long multi day and multi week rallies in that the elastic will constantly rub the skin area to a point of causing irritation. Yes - you can use powders to reduce the friction between the elastic and skin but eventually long hot sweaty multi day riding will cause friction which creates irritation.

    All of my pants have sewn in with exception of my MX pants
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  2. LUDO

    LUDO Been here awhile

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    do like I do...long sleeve lycra tight tops and long legg lycra bottoms
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  3. InertiaDRZ400

    InertiaDRZ400 AusSafari Addict

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    I would never wear sown in armour as every fall ive had with it ended up hurting. I use a long sleeve murino (spelling) wool top and wear armour over it, but will be getting SKINs soon as some days the wool is a bit warm! These also make Leatt neckbraces even more comfortable!
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  4. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I wear sewn in armor pants when I am road riding. But for any trail or rally events I wear pressure suits and strap on knee braces. If they irritate you there are some good leg liners that fit under the armor.
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  5. jfdirtybiker

    jfdirtybiker Roads are to explore

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    Enjoying the comments and to ensure this thread doesn't get hijacked I created a seperate thread specifically for sewn in armor vs strap on armor
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441444

    Would like to hear more details as I just can't see riders on long rides with strap on armor. Hope to see your comments on the new thread.

    Sycamore - most important is to continue your research as there are obviously many methods to properly gear up.
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    I am also enjoying this thread very much, are there any other rally/long range racers out there that have a preferable set up or oppinion worth shouting out??? :ear
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  7. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    header Chris

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    bump
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  9. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    not to bring back and old thread but has anyone every run the koerta from acerbis under a bmw rallye pro suit? I am curious as to what all the bmw riders ride with... do they just have the suit? or suit plus underarmour as well...?
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  10. LukasM

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    Bump for an awesome thread, just discovered it now. :thumb
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  11. jonnyw

    jonnyw Been here awhile

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    Just picked up some KTM rallye gear jacket/pants and love them. They are over the boot.I would not buy anything else. I have been running over the boot since the late 90s(remeber those baggy Shift pants:lol3 ) and have never had issue with them. Riding in the SE US(100deg+100%humidity swamps to snow),trail riding, dualsporting,mx and 4-5 hr enduros in all conditions. I find that they help shed snow/rain/mud/sand and water from entering the boot. Most good pants like the KTM RAlly have adjustments to snug them up. And never have I had any problem with snagging on anything in 12 or so years. Plus they keep your boots nice and shiny!:evil Just my 2 cents
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  12. BigToad

    BigToad The Bone Destroyer

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    I would not use sewn in armour in any race or rally! my 661 pressure suit saved my ass last year and it took a few hours and hundreds of stitches for me to repair it. Essentially the crash and subsequent pounding tried to rip the suit right off, the fact that it was held in place for the initial impacts likely saved my forearms which took the brunt of it.

    I would rather deal with Chafe than broken bones....

    my 2cents :)
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  13. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    I don't like sewn in armor, for dirt or street, racing or riding. I want something solid. Sewn in might work if the garment fit very tight.
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  14. schattat

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    Bringing this old thread back to life...
    I ordered myself a lightweight rallye jacket from the awesome guys at SprintDesign in Australia since I'm down here on holiday anyway and I must say that I'm VERY impressed by the jacket :thumb

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    As you can see, I even have my name printed on the back across shoulder height :evil There are a total of 3 pockets, one on each side and one in the back. Theres a neat and handy zipper just below my name that lets you fill your drinking bladder without having to take of the jacket, well thought out idea!
    The bottom side of your sleeves and a great part of your back area are made of mesh material, so it's very breathable, an ideal jacket for hot events like the DC :evil

    I'll post more pics when I get back home in August to show you the jacket in combination with the neck brace, pressure suit and Camelbak.
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  15. schattat

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    Well I got around to fitting my jacket with my other gear, so here are some pics :D

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    My poser shot :lol3
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    Back zip for easy Camelbak access, well thought-out! :nod
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    Fits well with the "armless" pressure suit as well as the traditional ones with elbow protection
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  16. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    my current setup is a Klim adventure/rally jacket with a 661 core saver underneath and a leatt brace. Klim over the boot pants and knee armor.
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  17. rabjohns

    rabjohns n00b

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    Great info, thanks. What jacket?
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  18. osteo

    osteo Motion is Life

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    Talk about resurrecting an old thread! and I have not been on the forum for a while... back when I took that shot I was wearing a Klim Valdez Parka (not a parka) it is a 3Ply Gore-tex jacket that I modified for the Leatt. Now-a-days Klim makes specific jackets for the Leatt but back then there were no options around.

    If it was cold out I would wear a balaclava sort of thing that blocked the wind for my neck...

    As it turns out I am selling a ton of my stuff... but you can PM me if you are interested!

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