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post #1 of 13 Old Apr 17th, 2008, 10:45 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

Looks interesting. Any opinions on Bohn Body armor?

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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

I looked in to it, but just couldn't make myself do it. I'd be curious to hear about some first hand experiance as well.

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I used, and still have, the Bohn Back Protector. After having three fractured vertebrae in my first LT accident, where a limb punched through my leather jacket, I realized that back protection is right up there with head protection! Maybe more so in some ways. Wore it religiously, just like my helmet. That last accident I had was horrendous, had a big "V" tear in my jacket, so the back protector may have done me a lot of good that time.

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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

Many years back I tried the shirt and pant....not the new mesh stuff but the older, full covering material. Never crashed so can't say how well it would have performed. Sold it off because I couldn't stand the full covering when it wasn't cold. Any kind of warm weather and I was just too uncomfortable. Felt like wearing panty hose in Death Valley. One disappointment was the material used for armor. Didn't really feel it was optimum, but not based on facts, just my own opinion.

Besides the opinions you'll get here suggest you try the ADV Riders forum...they have lots on armor, including Bohn. And also give Bohn a call, they love to talk about their products.

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I used the pant liners under a pair of jeans when I first started to ride again two years ago. It was really just a matter of wanting some protection while I was researching which product I wanted - went with a BMW jacket/pant combination. I would not use them as your only defense. They are convenient if you just want something under a pair of jeans. I have never been down, so I can't tell you what they are like under that situation. Having worn them once or twice I can tell you that I would not want to go down with any speed in a pair of jeans and under armor as the jeans will burn through quick and the liners that hold the armor are like long underwear and will probably just end up melting into you. I have not worn them since I got my real riding protection clothing.

I think that if you were just going to ride erands around town and weren't going to go more than 20 - 25 mph then they would probably be fine as they do have knee and elbow pads, other than that I really would not recommend them anything more than that. But if it is the only thing you can do then it would be better than nothing.

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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

The same story here. Bought the mesh shirt and stretch pants to wear under ski clothing for my winter local rides back in 03, and under jeans and a non protected but vented leather jacket in the summer. Did use the shirt with no outer jacket in 90F summer days. I called my self the "ant" man with all that black panel protection showing. I was cool, but it did not look cool !!! I sold it to a new rider that was deciding what to buy when spending more $. Now run Belstaff in the winter and BMW venting in the summer.

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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

I bought the under-armor about a month ago. I really like it. It fits well and is very comfortable under jeans. I went for a ride last week with temps in the high 70s. It may be hot in the summer with temps greater than 90. The nice thing is wearing it with jeans. I may buy a pair of cargo pants to try with it. My Meshtech pants are also hot when the temp is >90 degrees.

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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

back when I first started riding in 2006, got the leggings...used them perhaps twice, haven't since then.

not uncomfortable but you knew they were there.

have gone the overpants route since then, just as warm at times....easier to deal with.
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Re: Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

I bought the Bohn Adventure pants (armor on hips, tailbone, thighs and knees) to wear under jeans. Very nice fit, good quality armor and barely noticable under a loose fit jean.

I was happy with impact protection they provided but became concerned about abrasion protection with standard jeans. I had tried motorcycle specific "overpants" but felt bound up with pants underneath. In the interests of going completely ATTGATT, I decided to go to regular motorcycle pants. I wear bicycle shorts (or long tights) underneath which is cool in summer and warm in winter. I rarely do any jeans when riding anymore so I sold the Bohn pants and haven't turned back.

If you must ride with jeans, I think the Bohn's are a good idea. Maybe get a set of Draggin' jeans to wear over them.

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I bought the Bohn Adventure pants (armor on hips, tailbone, thighs and knees) to wear under jeans. Very nice fit, good quality armor and barely noticable under a loose fit jean.

I was happy with impact protection they provided but became concerned about abrasion protection with standard jeans. I had tried motorcycle specific "overpants" but felt bound up with pants underneath. In the interests of going completely ATTGATT, I decided to go to regular motorcycle pants. I wear bicycle shorts (or long tights) underneath which is cool in summer and warm in winter. I rarely do any jeans when riding anymore so I sold the Bohn pants and haven't turned back.

If you must ride with jeans, I think the Bohn's are a good idea. Maybe get a set of Draggin' jeans to wear over them.
I have 3 pair of draggin jeans and they fit comfortably over the underarmor. They are great in the winter, but I think they would be very hot in the summer with the underarmor.

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Looks interesting. Any opinions on Bohn Body armor?
I've been using it for 4 years now. I have the "Cool Air" Mesh for the summer and the "Adventure" for the winter. I wear the mesh under my Motoport Mesh pants in the summer and wear the Adventure pants under my leather in the winter. I feel naked without it. I haven't had a chance to test is out yet and I hope that I never do. The zipper on the bottom of the pant leg above the ankle can get irritating. I took mine to a seamstress and had the zippers removed.

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I thought about using Bohn, but I eventually settled on a hodge bodge, depending upon weather and distance:

Icon Aramid Underpants - Re-enforced but not uncomfortable good for trips or commute. Rump support/compression like bicycle racing pants with Kevlar.

Icon Leg Protectors - I wear these 99% of the time.

Draggin Jeans Blue Jeans - Kevlar reinforced usually for weekends or VO work.

Draggin Jeans Pans Liner - Excellent for work under bus. clothes. Looks like yellow long johns, but are vented kevlar.

Cortech Air Jacket - My main jacket has CE armor for back, arms, and shoulders. Good for temps from mid-30s to 100+ Farenheit.

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Anyone use Bohn Body Armor?

Had armour very similar added to my motoport riding pants and jacket. There was better and more expensive armour available, but it was too thick and bulky.

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