Would you buy 2 piece gear that doesn't zip together?

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  1. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Reason I ask this is because I am considering the Klim Overland gear and they do not have a zipper that will allow the Jacket and pants to zip together. I have always owned gear that had a zipper on the Jacket and pants allowing them to zip together which is supposed to keep the jacket from riding up your back in a get off. I have never tested that theory but it just seems to make sense. I am trying to justify the Klim Overland because of the price point but don't want to make a mistake and wish I had gear like the Laditude that would zip together. What is you opinion on Jacket and pants zipping together? Is it a must..
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  2. local1

    local1 Been here awhile

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    no..suits can be bought at many prices that do zip.
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Hint: many manufacturers sell the zippers seperately and you can sew them on or have them sewn on, or if you can't find the zippers, take the jacket and pants to an apholsterer and have a zipper set sewn on with high strength thread.
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  4. Scratch33

    Scratch33 Fugawi?

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    The seamstress at my local dry cleaner doesn't charge much to sew in a full circumference zipper. Had it done on a couple sets of mesh & textile gear.
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  5. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    +1 my pants now work with two brands of jacket.
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  6. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Considering Ive never zipped mine together anyways, yes Id buy gear that didnt zip together.
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  7. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    I just sew on 3/4 length zips on myself, zippers rarely match between brands anyway. Just be careful to not poke through any of the waterproof parts.
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  8. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    This is me. I've crash tested this too. The coat did slide up a bit causing me to get some road rash on my right hip, so there is certainly a benefit to zipping them together but realistically day to day it's too much of a pain in the ass. I suppose if you were to be doing some real aggressive riding or track days it would make sense, but day to day I don't do it.
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  9. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I have never zipped any of my gear together. It's a PITA and I wear 3/4 length jackets anyways. That Overland jacket looks like it's longer in the back so it shouldn't be an issue. I think the waist cut jackets are the ones that really should be zipped or secured to the pants because they could ride up in a slide.
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  10. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    An Idea for the manufacturers! Put on the jacket one of those flaps that goes under your crotch, like a wet suit has. A couple of buckles inside the front where you could get at them. Kids clothes have had them for years, and some women's blouses.
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  11. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I thought I read somewhere that was mandatory in some parts of Europe.
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