Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: South Central Kansas
Re: Dress to impress?
(Sup Whiskey, sorry for the repeat story for you.)
OP - A couple of years ago, I went for a ride with my friend in 95+F heat. We would more than double the miles on his HD Heritage in one day. (I was on a c50.) He wore shorts, tennis shoes, a polo shirt, helmet and gloves. I wore boots, jeans with white mesh over pants, black mesh jacket over a polo shirt, gloves and a helmet with a Chilly Dana underneath. After the first 90 miles, we stopped for some gas and to get a drink - two Gatorades for him. My friend was super hot and needed to cool off in the store. He bought some sunscreen because he was already burning. My friend wasn't in good shape. Fortunately, lunch was about 60 miles away.
Wearing the gear protected from the heat and sun. This year, I got some new stuff for the heat:
White helmet (look for the youtube video of the temperature difference of a white helmet vs a black one)
Sandstone mesh jacket and pants (with additional layers in the closet), the color reflects the sun and the mesh lets air flow.
Black or Gray boots, black leather palm and finger with mesh on back of hands (hands don't burn)
The Chilly Dana is a must if riding for more than 30 minutes as it drops the felt temperature by 20+ degrees
Winter: I will switch to black mesh jacket and pants with layers installed as needed. I have several sets of gloves to choose from depending on the temperatures. So the black will attract heat from the sun to keep me warmer.
People are always surprised to hear the sandstone mesh pants are cooler over the jeans than just wearing the jeans by themselves. If on a short ride, under 25 minutes, I will skip the riding pants sometimes.
Oh, my friends have been buying mesh jackets to wear to keep cool after seeing how well I am doing after we ride. I'm am concerned about: Safety, comfort, price and then, looks.