Originally Posted by simoncharles
Keep us updated on your thoughts about the suit after you have used it for a while.
The jacket arrived on Friday, and I got to do my first ride in the suit today: spent about 5 hours in temps from 83 to 92. I had a cotton polo shirt and boxers under it, not really touring gear but good enough for a short ride.
The suit definitely breathes when it's hot. The pants honestly weren't really that much cooler than my old pants, but they aren't fully waterproof nor as well armored. My legs were the hottest part, and it's kind of a shame that there's no vents there -- I may look into getting one added along with a thigh pocket. I really missed the thigh pockets from my old pants, keeping my wallet and cellphone in the hip pockets worked but wasn't as comfortable or accessible -- but again the old thigh pockets aren't fully waterproof either. The pants are comfortable on and off the bike though, I'll definitely be more likely to wear them than my old set which were getting a little tight in the waist.
The jacket was great. I left with all the vents closed, opened the front ones when it hit 90, and had to stop to open the back ones. (I'm just not that flexible...) Again, for full armor and waterproof gear in 92 degrees this was amazing, with my old touring jacket I'd have had the zipper open halfway and the back would be ballooning out with the breeze.
When I got out of the hottest part of the ride and back closer to the bay the temp dropped back down to 85 and that felt really great. The sweat that was soaking my shirt dried out nicely (it was a mistake to wear cotton... I know better) and I was pretty darn comfortable.
The armor definitely got a lot more comfortable after the first hour or so. I tried poking the knee pads towards then end and they had definitely softened up considerably from when they were cold. Also, for whatever reason I didn't have any issues with the neck with this jacket -- I think maybe the one I tried on had picked up the shape from the hanger or something.
It sure was expensive, but when I passed other riders in T-shirts and jeans I definitely felt better about the purchase.