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post #1 of 17 Old 10-30-2018, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Leather vest.

Anyone here wear a leather vest instead of a full jacket? I realise it would probably protect about as much as a wet t-shirt but it's so hot here. Riding in any sort of full jacket is a sweat fest. I like the look and feel of a leather vest when riding. Clothes on well!
I'm thinking of getting one. But there is a little voice inside my head telling me it's a stupid idea.

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Anyone here wear a leather vest instead of a full jacket? I realise it would probably protect about as much as a wet t-shirt but it's so hot here. Riding in any sort of full jacket is a sweat fest. I like the look and feel of a leather vest when riding. Clothes on well!
I'm thinking of getting one. But there is a little voice inside my head telling me it's a stupid idea.
What are you currently wearing?

Have you considered vented textile/mesh jackets with armor.

I currently wear this jacket:
http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...iABEgKGBfD_BwE

It is mostly textile with smaller mesh vents. It flows air fairly well, gets a bit sweaty in really hot weather but still has air flowing through.
It also has a liner that blocks airflow for spring/fall.
I have also worn it with a long sleeve shirt and an Under Armor quilted/insulated jacket underneath it on a 35 degree Fahrenheit morning and worked fine for a 30 minute commute.

If you want something that flows air like crazy you can look at jackets that have a lot more mesh.
They don’t offer as much protection, but have textile in the most vital places and still have all the armor/inserts for armor.

My wife wears this jacket, it is mesh on most of the front and back and air basically flows straight through it and feels like she doesn’t have a jacket on:
https://www.2wheel.com/joe-rocket-sp...SABEgKbPvD_BwE

Info video on an inexpensive men’s mesh jacket, shows how much the mesh covers and you can see how the air would be able to flow through it:
https://youtu.be/eO1nOnWy5zY
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...SABEgKrQ_D_BwE
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Road Rash adds a whole new dimension to the word "hot".
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Yeah I kinda thought it was a dumb idea.
I'd rather my skin intact.
I currently have a large heavy textile jacket for cool weather riding. And a leather jacket for summer. I love my leather jacket.
I've never been a fan of textile. But I'm not real happy getting hot in leather either. I'm willing to give something else a go, something cooling. I'll look into those Joe rocket mesh jackets. They look good. I wonder if there is a hybrid mesh/leather jacket out there. Something that won't make me look like a power ranger.

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Yeah I kinda thought it was a dumb idea.
I'd rather my skin intact.
I currently have a large heavy textile jacket for cool weather riding. And a leather jacket for summer. I love my leather jacket.
I've never been a fan of textile. But I'm not real happy getting hot in leather either. I'm willing to give something else a go, something cooling. I'll look into those Joe rocket mesh jackets. They look good. I wonder if there is a hybrid mesh/leather jacket out there. Something that won't make me look like a power ranger.
My wife and I both have Joe Rocket mesh jackets for home based hot day rides.
They make a huge difference.
But no matter what, when you are stuck in traffic on a hot sunny day on a hot bike, you cook.
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110~115 isn't unheard of around here. You pretty much get used to it. I have a full mesh jacket and NEVER ride without it, EVER. I also wear 6" boots and double chapped jeans with Kevlar, hip/knee pads.

I have a CamelBac 2L backpack. On the hot days, I can chill the water and 2L is plenty for most days.

A cotton/poly blend T shirt helps cool things, I got some at WalMart that are supposed to be cooler, I think it's just that they add a lot of poly to the blend.

Leather doesn't help you breathe at all.
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110~115 isn't unheard of around here. You pretty much get used to it. I have a full mesh jacket and NEVER ride without it, EVER. I also wear 6" boots and double chapped jeans with Kevlar, hip/knee pads.

I have a CamelBac 2L backpack. On the hot days, I can chill the water and 2L is plenty for most days.

A cotton/poly blend T shirt helps cool things, I got some at WalMart that are supposed to be cooler, I think it's just that they add a lot of poly to the blend.

Leather doesn't help you breathe at all.
Have you tried a t shirt of some kind of wicking material instead of the cotton poly'?
Cotton is nice but I find it gets sopping wet as an undergarment.
I have some wicking shirts, which I'll admit don't feel as cool, but don't load up with sweat.

Nice combo you have worked out, C'Bac included.
dOES your pants combo feel hotter than your upper body combo?

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Have you tried a t shirt of some kind of wicking material instead of the cotton poly'?
Cotton is nice but I find it gets sopping wet as an undergarment.
I have some wicking shirts, which I'll admit don't feel as cool, but don't load up with sweat.

Nice combo you have worked out, C'Bac included.
dOES your pants combo feel hotter than your upper body combo?
I've only tried two types of Tshirts, standard cotton and these:
https://www.hanes.com/shop/hanes/han...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

The pants do feel warmer and I was going to cut a few vents. I made the over chaps and attached them myself, but I have a welder's apron that I was going to cut for around the knee area. I was going to make a velcro flap so I can open/close right around the knee area.

On a naked bike, you get the cold air on the legs in the winter and need a vent in the summer and I ride year round.

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They say skin is free..................it grows back, but there is a quality issue.

Have you ever witnessed a debridement in the emergency room?

Dress for the crash and there will be less road rash.

"Sweat more in practice....bleed less in battle."

Skin grafts ain't cheap.


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Crap... I just Googled debridement. I think I'll get myself a proper pair of riding pants too.

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Crap... I just Googled debridement. I think I'll get myself a proper pair of riding pants too.

Here is a first hand account:

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Kinda wish I hadn't read that...
I'm now going to get a pair of armored riding jeans.

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Another option if you want to keep the look of riding in jeans, is motorcycle jeans.

There are really a lot options as far as style/fit/brands. They have come a long way in making them look like you are wearing regular jeans.

I wear these:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ght-jeans-2016

Most motorcycle jeans are lined with Kevlar for skid protection. The Bullit jeans are lined with Covec. It is a bit thicker than Kevlar but it does not wear and lose its effectiveness (with sweat, detergent, moving/bending/stretching) like Kevlar does. The SR6 Jeans offer 6 seconds of skid protection on pavement.

The jeans also have inserts for knee and hip armor if you want to purchase and use that.

They are a bit hotter than regular jeans but air still can blow through them. You still will sweat in them in the hottest weather, but if you want the protection you’re gonna sweat.

In the colder weather I wear a base layer underneath of them and wool socks.
I have two different thicknesses of the base layer and socks I use, depending on the temperature.

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I'll definitely get a pair of armored riding jeans. Must have Kevlar lining and pads.
The choice of brands is a little overwhelming. I suppose I'll just avoid unknown brands and check out some reviews.
I like those bull-it jeans.
Any more suggestions would be good.
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I have Red Route with kevlar, hip and knee pads and they aren't bad. I'd probably opt for mesh or some cooling vents. These are the only ones I've had, so I can't compare but I've had a head on collusion and walked away. I had blood on the hip pad and tore up part of the jean. It actually burned my belt into itself too.

I think some simple chaps or some vents around the knees would do wonders in the hotter areas. We get to 110 out here (California valley).

Get them a bit bigger, you can use them as "over pants".

Mesh over pants that have the pads and kevlar would allow you to pick and choose what pants you wear under them..

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Well I'm looking at these.
Rhok, an Aussie brand.
https://www.webbikeworld.com/rhok-ge...-jeans-review/

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