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post #1 of 10 Old Dec 28th, 2009, 7:12 pm Thread Starter
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I have a question for some of the experienced riders


For cold weather riding could a snow mobile suit be used in place of a jump suit designed for touring?
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I have a question for some of the experienced riders


For cold weather riding could a snow mobile suit be used in place of a jump suit designed for touring?

I'm not sure what you're referring too by "Jump suit designed for touring" I've used a snow mobile suit in the past and it did ok. I now use an Aerostich Darien Jacket with heated liner and the AD 1 pants. I've ridden in the low 30's with just that over jeans and a sweat shirt for an hour and stayed comfortable. If I were to plan a longer ride I'd add long underwear.

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Re: cold weather gear

I wear OLIMPIA year around. In the winter I put the thermal liners in & wear blue jeans under them. As for the Jacket I wear a TOUR MASTER in temps below 65. In temps below 45 I put the liner in & have ridden in temps as low at 15 degrees comfortably. For summer riding I wear the Olympia pants & VANSON. It provides the most air flow with great protection. I've ridden in 100 plus degrees with it.

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Re: cold weather gear

A snow mobile suit will keep you warm, but not necessarily safe. The snowmobile suits I'm familiar with aren't made of crash resistant material and don't have pads at elbows, knees, etc. I supplement my Aerostich Darien with a wicking layer, an insulating layer i.e. wool sweater, and/or electric vest and gloves. Works for me into the 20's.

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Re: cold weather gear

I've been riding with Tourmaster pants and a Coretech jacket and Gerbing liners for both. The pants work fine and I have no complaints as long as I secure the velcro at the bottom correctly. The jacket has been a problem.

I have the quilted liner installed and the Gerbing heated liner. If the temperatures are above freezing, its fine. Once it drops below that, you realize that the jacket is too short and allows clold air up the sides. The neck isnt' high enough and again, a small amount of air can slip in. Finally, the zippers on the bicep allow just a minute breeze that is exagerated in those temps.

So today, it was off to Morton's BMW with my Xplor coupon. I bought the Tourance 2 jacket for a number of reasons. There are very few exterior zippers and the ones there are, are tapped and waterproof. Armor is good. The length is great and covers my butt right down to where it meets the seat. The liner is cut a bit higher which means it will not bunch up. The neck is high without making me feel like a snowman. The sales manager at Mortons uses one daily and reports being very happy with it on his long commute.

Incidentally, A&S has a typo on their web site for this jacket. It is listed at $249 which is $200 below retail and below cost. I'm not sure if they will actually sell it for that, but if you're in the market, give them a try.
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Re: cold weather gear

I rode last weekend and it was 32 - 34 degrees depending on where we were. I had a Fieldsheer jacket and liner and Tourmaster Quest pants. Up top I also had an L.L. Bean "river driver shirt", a two layer shirt of cotton and then cotton and wool along with a long sleeve shirt. Under the Quest pants I had a good quality pair of Duofold long underwear. I was very comfortable. My toes got cold after a while and my finger tips got cold if I moved them off the heated grips for any length of time.

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Re: cold weather gear

I'm not sure what you're referring too by "Jump suit designed for touring"
http://www.firstgear-usa.com/fgweb2....6?opendocument


on the Tourmaster Quest pants
http://www.roadridermca.com/products...t-257-136.html - are these worn with street clothes under ?
(sorry nu-bee question)


it would seem that having street clothes under ridding clothes would just be a pain, in that when you get to your destination your street clothes underneath would be all wet and rumpled.

I would think i would just have an insolating layer underneath.

and are the riding pants really necessary for weekend touring
(I know it's kind of a gamble but where do we draw the line?

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and are the riding pants really necessary for weekend touring
(I know it's kind of a gamble but where do we draw the line?

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Well Don, some of us (and I have been down several times, so I have my reasons, like one knee with sutures as a result of riding in Levis!) are ATGATT! Even my short commute to work, or a simple ride to the local Best Buy. And I have several pairs of riding pants which will allow me to have my Levis or Dockers on underneath, so that I can spend the day in normal work clothes!

The one exception I have made is at a Rally, where I may be simply moving the Bike to a Vendor's booth, or a Bike wash. Other than those, I wear my riding gear. I did have one spill within a block of my house with the infamous LT stop with the front wheel turned! Luckily it was more embarrassing than injurious due to the slow speed (almost at a stop).

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Re: cold weather gear

I just bought my first pair of Olympia pants this Fall and have been really impressed. The coldest morning I've had thus far has been about 29 degrees, but those pants with the liner in, over work clothes, and I've been pretty comfortable. Up top I have a Fieldsheer jacket and Gerbing liner. I know 29 degrees isn't 'real cold weather' compared to where some of you guys are, but for me that's about as cold as I expect to ride in.
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