Originally Posted by Signman
Ideas on good summer gear?
I have purchased all kinds of riding gear (except "Stich"). I have gear for the Winter, Spring & Fall and for Summer, I have rain gear and electrics. Now I have finally got what I think is the best "all around" riding gear. After riding with Motoport Kevlar mesh pants for 4 years, I finally popped for their jacket last January for a trip to Death Valley. With their wind proof / water proof liners, I have gone from the 30's to the mid 70's, then with the liners out I have been up to 110*. Below the mid 40's I do add my electric vest for some heat.
1+ on the Motoport. I had a First Gear Mesh jacket & pants, and the Motoport Air Mesh II is far superior when it comes to rider comfort. I don't understand how wind can penetrate the Motorport Air Mesh II fabric better, but it just does. Put on Under Armor heat gear under that & you'll get even cooler. You'll still need a cooling vest for really hot weather, obviously, it isn't magic fabric, but it's pretty darn close.
If you believe Motoport's comparison of their fabric to the competitions, it is also stronger than most other fabrics, and definitely stronger than leather.
When I decided to get serious about protecting my hide, I wanted to only buy one suit. I probably would have went with Aerostitch, but it's just too damned hot for me to wear in the summertime. I didn't want to have 2 different set of jackets & pants. I wore the Air Mesh II all through the winter months. Didn't get too many chances to ride this winter cuz of ice on the road, but I did get out at least once each month & the Motoport was quite warm ( with the optional liners ).
Other nice thing about Motoport is they will walk you through measuring yourself if you need them to. If they don't have something hanging on the rack, they will custom make it to your size.
Also, if you crash & they can't fix it, they replace it free of charge.
Want to see how it performs in a crash? Go to their website & read the customer testimonials
on their site.
I am not affiliated with Motoport in any way, but I think this is simply the best stuff out there.