The older I get, the more gear I wear. Wisdom? Admission that I'm getting frail? Two young dependants?
... maybe all of the above, and then some.
Iíve never felt like telling anyone about the apparel I purchased until now, but my fellow riders, you deserve to know if you haven't heard:
About every five to seven years I go on an apparel-buying spree, usually living with what I purchased until the apparel wears out. However, last year I purchased Olympia Mesh pants and jacket, but I replaced it with more expensive gear this year. The Olympia is great for hot weather and it's well padded. However, a pant zipper failed twice, I knew there was better gear available, and I recently had a small windfall.
After reading and asking others about their apparel for eight months, I found this WebBikeWorld review:
As a result of that review and several discussions with Wayne at Motoport.com (AKA Cycleport), I purchased the Ultra II Kevlar Mesh jacket and pants with removable Gortex liners.
After riding 7,000 miles in this apparel, including a trip to Glacier National Park with my brother, I can say the product performs better than any other apparel I've owned. Not only do I feel more protected than ever before, but this apparel handled temperatures from 14 to 105 Fahrenheit, with a little help on the coldest morning. Here's the layering/cooling used for my summer vacation:
Cold weather (14 Ė 35 F): I wore the BMW electric vest over a REI base layer of wicking long underwear for the cold weather, with the Gortex liner and Airmesh. I was cozy.
Mid temps (36 Ė 60): removed the electric vest (see above).
Warm/Hot weather (61+ on an LT): REI wicking under wear and the mesh jacket and pants. When the temps passed 95, I would soak the wicking underwear (and silk under my helmet). It felt like the air conditioning was on MAX for up to two hours. The wind gently blows through the airmesh (behind my K1200LT windshield/fairing; I don't know how it would feel on an unfaired bike).
2000 K1200 LTC
1987 Honda Super Magna
1978 Suzuki GT380
1974 Suzuki GT550
1969 Suzuki T305 Raider