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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 6:55 pm Thread Starter
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Summer Rider Jacket and Boot Preference

I will be riding a 2003 K1200 LT this spring and will be looking to upgrade my summer jacket and get a pair of waterproof boots. i've been going with some mid level gear from the local metric Japanese bike dealer and before I spend $500 or so on upgrading, I'd like to hear what you touring guys and gals wear - wife is interested too. Thank you for your time.

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Roadgear's Airtec (Mesh) Jacket and the XKJ or TDF boots which have the Outlast fabric in them.....keeping your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Their waterproof too.
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post #3 of 6 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 7:48 pm
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I have the Olympia Airglide Jacket and pants and found them tollerable in our heat this past summer, which says a lot. Not great for cold distance with the liner in, but a good venting jacket in the summer. Boots, I have the BMW boots, but my wife is wearing the Explorer Triumph boots and loves them. Great for riding and walking, which is where the BMW boots are a little lacking.

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post #4 of 6 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 8:44 pm
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I have the Olympia Airglide gear for summer riding. Put nearly 6K miles on them this past summer. I have been really pleased with the quality of Olympia. Boots, there are plenty of good choices. I am currently using Oxtar and have been pleased.

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post #5 of 6 Old Jan 16th, 2008, 11:26 am
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Thumbs up only one choice.... Mesh Kevlar. I wore it last weekend up to North Florida. Without the liner I was comfortable down to 60 degrees. On the way home, I went through a massive downpour. I thought I was going to get drenched. When I got home, I was bone dry. My shirt was an Underarmor heat gear loose fit long sleeve and if it got wet, it was dry within 10 minutes! The jacket is cooler than my Joe Rocket, Firstgear, and Tourmaster. It is also safer and lighter weight. Read this:

I also use the Stretch Mesh pants Best investment I've made! Both are custom made to fit in a few days. Satisfaction Gauranteed


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I currently use the Firstgear Mesh II jacket with the zip and snap in liner. It is not waterproof, but the liner along with some warm upper body layers AND a BMW heated vest with high collar will serve you down into the 40's for limited distance. Long rides need something better. I have found that the sleeves of the Mesh II are tighter than the previous Firstgear Mesh jacket I had - no idea why.

The hot weather venting on this jacket is adequate. I think the Olympia is a better looking jacket, but I don't have any experience with it. A couple of friends have them and speak highly of them. They especially like the liner.

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