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post #1 of 12 Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:20 pm Thread Starter
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Question about matching gear

I think I know the answer, but I need to ask anyways.

To get the perfect size fit, I can't find a company that makes the "perfect" pants matched with the "perfect" jacket. What I mean by perfect, is, of course, size, but also color, features, blah blah blah. I know some people care about the look of the overall ensemble, I'm not one of those.

My perfect combination are the pants from one company, and the jacket from another. I do not use the jacket/pants zipper cause when I remove the jacket, I've got to reach back to unzip. But even they look like there is a standard technology there, but I'm not sure. For example, the BMW Rally pants fit like a dream. The jacket does not.

Anyways, as long it's not a hideous color match (OK, I do have my limits for fashion), does anyone see anything wrong in buying pants from one brand, and the jacket from another? Can you think of any disadvantage at all?

I'm looking for something for 3 seasons. I have a mesh jacket for summer.

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Re: Question about matching gear

Nope, not an issue within reason. Of course it depends on the color and fabric.

I wear a BMW Neon Yellow Airshell Jacket with Rev'it Black Tornado pant during the summer!

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Not a problem! I mix & match all the time depending on the ride & weather. The only possible problem is if you desire to connect the pants to the jacket via the zipper and they do not match up. It is pretty standard to have the heavy duty YKK zippers for the connection, but they can go from either side, depending on who makes them. Also the length may be a little different.

Asthetics is another issue that you may or may not be concerned with. I'm not usually. just protection!

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Re: Question about matching gear

I figure if I get black pants, it'll be aesthetically acceptable to most eyes with just about any color jacket.

I'm slightly concerned about the zipper connection, but I've only used it a few times. Bathroom breaks of the #2 variety just take too much time.

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Re: Question about matching gear

I wear Olympia Pants year round with a Vanson Max Air jacket in the summer & Tour Master for colder temps. My wife has the same pants & summer Jacket but does have an Olympia Jacket for cold weather.

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Guys, are we really having this conversation?

If 'she' doesn't tell me to go change then it must look ok. This works when going to the opera then why not when riding?

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Re: Question about matching gear

I'd bet a lot who've been riding for years have a mix of their favorite stuff.

Mine includes 3 pair of textile pants from RevIt and First Gear, mesh jackets from Olympia, RevIt and another, my RevIt Scirocco jacket for 3 seasons, and leathers that include traditional street black stuff and track gear. More gloves than I should admit to owning and a few sets of boots.

Thinking of upgrading to one of the new GoreTex laminates for comfort and convenience but I've got no real complaints about what I use now..especially every time I think about how bad stuff was when I learned to ride 50 years ago in snow country. Today's stuff spoils us..
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Yep, I mix and match from several manufacturers with the only constant is light grey and yellow colors. Winter jacket is Klim, Summer is Tourmaster, Aerostich and Firstgear pants, and gloves by BMW, Olympia, Tourmaster, and Icon. It's really about whatever fits and meets my functional needs.

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Re: Question about matching gear

Vendors like Aerostich and Motoport have good sizing guides and tools, and do customizations for that 'perfect' fit.

http://www.aerostich.com/
http://www.motoport.com/

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Re: Question about matching gear

Of course, then there are those of us that really violate all the rules and mix leather with textile (i.e. love my textile riding pants, but occasionally go old school and wear my old Harley leather jacket that I still LOVE).

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Oh no you didn't! Do NOT mix leather and textile, that's my only rule. ..

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You lose! I'm another.
But I'm more likely to be using a textile jacket with leather pants than the reverse. After all, one set of black pants looks pretty much like any other..
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