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View Poll Results: RIDING GEAR POLL
Helmet 377 97.92%
Goggles 19 4.94%
Gloves (Leather) 239 62.08%
Boots (Leather) 229 59.48%
Jacket (Leather) 118 30.65%
Pants (Leather) 66 17.14%
Pants (Leather) 25 6.49%
Gloves (Armored / Racing) 169 43.90%
Boots (Armored / Racing) 142 36.88%
Jacket (Armored / Racing) 278 72.21%
Pants (Armored / Racing) 197 51.17%
No Helmet 3 0.78%
No Gloves 4 1.04%
Tennis Shoes / Flip Flops 8 2.08%
No Jacket / Cotton Shirt 6 1.56%
Denim Jeans / Cut Offs 41 10.65%
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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When riding for more than 10 minutes, What riding gear do you wear ? ? ?
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You'll find many here are in the ATGATT camp.

For myself: Shoei RF-1000 Helmet, Dainese perforated leather jacket and pants with 360 zipper, Alpinestars leather gloves (SP-1/2?) and Gortex lined, leather boots (SMX-5).
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If riding for more than 10 seconds, full Dainese 2-piece leathers with full zip, Dainese gloves, Arai helmet, Sidi boots...
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A padded leather jacket (brand /model depends upon season)
Padded leather pants (ditto)
Sidi, Oxtar, or Alpinestar boots
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Full ATGATT all the time, weather conditions dictating whether it's my Rukka Gore-tex gear, BMW Rallye3 or BMW Airflow4 jacket and pants. Appropriate (for the weather) protective gloves, Schuberth C3 helmet.

What kind of answer were you looking for? The choice of gear (assuming you're going to wear ATGATT) really depends on the temperatures you'll be riding in, as well as perhaps how heavy the rain would be.

If you have specific questions, I'm sure we'd do our best to help.
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Like Charlie said...for more than 10 sec. it's perfed Vansons, BMW boots (Airflow in the summer), Helimot gloves, and Schuberth helmet.

For rain I was advised (by Faust for you historians) to get an XXL BMW one piece rainsuit and wear it over the leathers. And the Spock gloves from RiderWareHouse. It's hot, but it's seriously dry.
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ATGATT usually kevlar jeans, Comet leather jacket, Dainese boots, BMW gloves, System 6 helmet
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Tour master Mesh Jacket, First Gear Mesh pants, Dainese boots, Shoei qwest helmet and various types of leather gloves depending on the weather.
Would like to upgrade to leather pants and jacket.
I would like to know your comments on Kelvar jeans. I don't know anyone who has them. They seem to be a nice alternative to summer wear for a short days ride. They look comfortable, but how protective are they? Thanks for your opinions.
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Yep, full leathers, full-face helmet, Held gloves, Sidi boots.
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Re: Riding Gear ?

Many years ago i watched s friend come of his bike at 60mph wearing shorts, singlet and thongs

Needless to say that whenever i get on the bike i have full protective gear on
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I don't like riding in summer. Besides being very uncomfortable for me (triple digits here in hot TX), also don't like the ATGATT compromises due to brutal heat, like 'Draggin' jeans (better than regular ones, but not even close to proper riding pants), mesh jacket, summer Sidi boots and gloves. Although still ATGATT (except the pants), they don't protect nearly as good as the gear I use the rest of the year. Only the X-12 helmet remains the same, which is the most important part to protect IMO . That's why summer is when I ride the least.
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Re: Riding Gear ?

Hi Elp: I know what you mean about riding in the Texas summers. I am from Houston and the summer heat and humidity is horrible. I had an 82 Honda 900 and in the summers 30 some odd years ago I rode with a tank top, tee shirt or no shirt at all with jeans and bike boots. Yea, pretty stupid to ride that way, but it was cool. No mesh clothing, no camel packs to drink water and just damn hot 5 months of the year. My buddies and I invented all that stuff sitting around the camp fire smoking a joint or 2, drinking ice cold beer, and thinking of what type clothing would be good. Smarter people thankfully invented our stoned ideas. I likes fall and winter riding when I could wear leather chaps and jacket and felt more secure in case of an unexpected event, which never happened.
Here in the Norhteast I can wear just about anything. Summer months, July, August, I wear mesh protective wear. Lots of back road twisties that you wouldn't believe. That is why I am thinking of full leathers and kevlar pants for short rides. Do you wear Kevlar pants in the summer?
I thought Houston and the Hill country was hot, damn, El Paso when one or two stops short of hell in the summer.
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I usually wear a helmet and a piano.



Seriously, I wear full gear 99% of the time (Motoport Mesh Kevlar, Shoei X11, A* gloves and boots). Occasionally I will wear jeans.
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Hi Elp: I know what you mean about riding in the Texas summers. I am from Houston and the summer heat and humidity is horrible.

Houston is freeeeeeeaking HOT!!
I went there, 112 degrees, nice ocean breeze adding to the misery. I really thought I was going to die standing in traffic at 4pm. Crazy heat..

El Paso has a "dry" heat. Nice and dry. 77 degrees in the shade and 110 in the sun.
Drive through China Lake for some serious dry heat.
You break down there, they'll only find your bleaching bones on the side of the road.

Denver? I thought flip flops and T-shirts were standard fare. No?
Wait, they don't have motorcycles in Denver... do they?


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minimum...leather jacket jeans..boots ..gloves..

My kit.. Aria helmet, Dainese Jaket and pants (for anything over a 30 min ride) and Dainese boots
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Justjoe: You never looked so good. I didn't know you played piano. Love the helmet, it makes you look so trim and fit.
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I don't like riding in summer. Besides being very uncomfortable for me (triple digits here in hot TX), also don't like the ATGATT compromises due to brutal heat, like 'Draggin' jeans (better than regular ones, but not even close to proper riding pants), mesh jacket, summer Sidi boots and gloves. Although still ATGATT (except the pants), they don't protect nearly as good as the gear I use the rest of the year. Only the X-12 helmet remains the same, which is the most important part to protect IMO . That's why summer is when I ride the least.
My summer riding isn't as bad as yours. For temps 99-106F typical I have long sleeve lycra, long pants lycra type base layer. Two bandanas around neck. I pour a bit of water over chest, arms, and down each leg, zip the leathers up and close any vents. soak both bandanas and cover all skin on neck just like in winter. I actually am a bit chilly for the first 10 minutes, comfortable for the next 30, OK for the next 15 then start to get warm. Do a quick stop a little after an hour and repeat.

This also serves to remind me just how much I would normally be evaporating off as sweat and the need to keep drinking. The motto I try to follow for hot weather is: stop, drink, pee clear. To do this in hot weather you really do need to be stopping often anyway.

this is all really just my two cents.

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Usually I'll go full leather, helmet, gloves boots. Sometimes when I'm just going for a Sunday a.m. ride to meet some friends for breakfast, I confess, I'll wear Kevlar lined jeans, instead of the leather pants. In full summer heat I have a vented textile jacket, fully padded, but I know that it will only be somewhat better than a t-shirt.
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Cold Weather - BMW Boulder jacket (liner in), City 2 Pants, Shoei helmet, Knox gloves (grip heaters on), ICON boots
Warm Weather - BMW Venting Jacket, Airflow Pants, Shoei helmet, knox gloves, ICON boots ... no matter how hot it gets, always wear all the gear. Road rash is not fun !!!
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Hey Rip, yes, I wear 'kevlar' jeans, but to be honest, I don't think they're much better than regular jeans buddy. But just can't stand anything else. I just don't like to ride if I'm going to be miserable... plus not well protected. Don't see the fun/sense on doing that .

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El Paso has a "dry" heat. Nice and dry. 77 degrees in the shade and 110 in the sun.
I wish. It's more like 100/110 in the shade, and 130+ in the sun. Official high temperatures are measured in the shade, in case you didn't know . And weather is DRIER than Houston, but more extreme, so not much difference IMO.
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Thanks guys for your input on gear. I am going to be at the Americade at Lake George for a week the first of June. Don't know if they will have vendors for leather goods or not. I love the perforated leather gear but spending $700-1000 for leather pants and jacket just gives me second and third thoughts about it. I have seen leather pants that look good and protective, but not something I would wear outside the race track. I am not a good enough rider to be dragging my knee, so knee pads is not something I would need, or so I think. Just solid well made pants with good protection in case I have a bad day. The perforated leather jackets I have tried on, weigh like 20-30 pounds and on the hot days of summer it would seem miserable. That is why I went with Mesh pants and jacket, to have protection, at least a lot more than I use to have, and not deep fry myself trying to be protected. I do not want to have to write a report about laying my bike down and reporting on the quality and safety of mesh clothing.
Thanks for the notes of Kevlar jeans. Not sure if I would buy them or not. If they make me slim, trim and cool looking, I just might buy them. Hell I think I would buy anything that makes me look like that.
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Leather can survive a crash, whereas you should not expect mesh to survive. Many guys ride with perfed leather in the summer and have no complaints. Will Vanson be at Americade?
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Cold Weather - BMW Boulder jacket (liner in), City 2 Pants, Shoei helmet, Knox gloves (grip heaters on), ICON boots
Warm Weather - BMW Venting Jacket, Airflow Pants, Shoei helmet, knox gloves, ICON boots ... no matter how hot it gets, always wear all the gear. Road rash is not fun !!!
I have a Boulder jacket and city pants set too. It is a favorite of mine, very nice stuff! I would wear it more often if I did not have my Atlantis suit.
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Full ATGATT all the time, weather conditions dictating whether it's my Rukka Gore-tex gear, BMW Rallye3 or BMW Airflow4 jacket and pants. Appropriate (for the weather) protective gloves, Schuberth C3 helmet.

What kind of answer were you looking for? The choice of gear (assuming you're going to wear ATGATT) really depends on the temperatures you'll be riding in, as well as perhaps how heavy the rain would be.

If you have specific questions, I'm sure we'd do our best to help.
About the same for me. Arai white helmet, Alpinestar racing gloves, and leather. Or Joe Rocket textile stuff with big hinges protections.... And...it proved to be useful. A few slides uninjured.
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And weather is DRIER than Houston, but more extreme, so not much difference IMO.

El Paso has bad weather? The only thing bad about El Paso is living there.

OK, just kidding. I "WAS" going to see how much you would take before blowing a gasket . . . . buuuut I've been enough of a butt head lately. I actually graduated from UTEP.

I was so use to "Dry" weather that when I got to Houston the stifling heat was a shock.
I was also stuck behind a belching bus of some snowbird going further south trying to find hotter weather.

Eventually I acclamation. Then I went to EP for a visit and it was WTF all over again.
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Shark Full-face helmet,Olympia AST jacket,FirstGear pants,Olympia mid-season gloves( ) TourMaster Solution boots. That is my cool weather gear. Oh! Gerbing micro-wire liner!
If temps are above 80's Fieldsheer mesh jacket,FirstGear mesh pants,elk skin roper gloves.
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Is Armoured/racing considered to be textile or is that category missing?
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The only thing bad about El Paso is living there. OK, just kidding. I "WAS" going to see how much you would take before blowing a gasket.
I never 'blow a gasket' with the truth man . And unfortunately, I agree with your statement. And weather has changed a lot for the worse man. As a comment, I prefer humid weather than dry on a moving motorcycle, since it provides some cooling effect. But in reality both make you feel miserable .

So you're a UTEP graduate too? BSIE/ME '87 here (only practiced 5 years though). And yes, that university was a POS back then too. Sent my 2 daughters away. Can't wait to move to either southern CO or the Hill Country area. Have a good one.
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BMW Atlantis 4 pants and jacket, Vemar Carbon Lid, BMW Atlantis Gloves (winter) Alpinestar Alloy leather gloves (Summer only), BMW Allround boots, Airmesh Allround boots (summer only), full armour BMW Air Mesh Jacket and Olympus Airglide pants (on extreme summer days). The best kit I own is the Atlantis 4 leather suit, warm as you want to make it in winter , (a little hot in the height of summer), fully armoured including a back protector, absolutely waterproof and tough as...... well leather!
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Jargon; I don't know who will be at the Americade. Going to see if there is a list of vendors that will be at the show. This year they have added 3 extra days for the event to attract for bikers and vendors. I will spend a couple of days shopping and the rest riding. It was fun last year.
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At least you're not "Pee Doggie U"
I graduated Irvin High '80, music scholarship finally graduated '89 BS Math/EE.
Loooong road. . work . . school . . work . . school. Your daughters are lucky to have your help and guidance.

Some of my friends left UTEP after 2 yrs and graduated from UT Austin and A&M, said it was waaaay easier with professors that spoke English.
My Chem prof from China spoke NO English, Power Conversion prof from San Salvador about the same.
My senior theoretical math prof from India had theorems named after him in our text. He was always bitching "Lazy Americans always need to be spoon fed" was his saying.
Our class had 28 students, only 3 of us passed = total number of graduates from the college of Mathematics that year. Ugh!!

Anyway, in the spirit of this thread, wear your gear to protect your investment.


I still haven't made a commitment on my summer jacket (discussed on another thread).
I'm still wearing my raggedy yet comfy AGV jacket, looking like Mel Gibson at the end of Thunderdome.
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I go full gear all the time. God forbid, but you gotta dress for the crash. safety first!
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Frankie; You look fast just sitting there. Since you wear a one piece how is it in the warmer months when you stop for lunch and hanging out and tell great stories and adventures? I know it's safer to wear a one piece leathe suit, but when you ride say 150-200 miles have lunch, chill out, ( I don't drink beer on a ride till I am home) and then ride the same back home, it just looks damn hot, even in the mild climates of the NE. I hate being damn hot, sweating and smelling like a gym at the end of the day.
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Thanks guys for your input on gear. I am going to be at the Americade at Lake George for a week the first of June. Don't know if they will have vendors for leather goods or not. I love the perforated leather gear but spending $700-1000 for leather pants and jacket just gives me second and third thoughts about it. I have seen leather pants that look good and protective, but not something I would wear outside the race track. I am not a good enough rider to be dragging my knee, so knee pads is not something I would need, or so I think. Just solid well made pants with good protection in case I have a bad day. The perforated leather jackets I have tried on, weigh like 20-30 pounds and on the hot days of summer it would seem miserable. That is why I went with Mesh pants and jacket, to have protection, at least a lot more than I use to have, and not deep fry myself trying to be protected. I do not want to have to write a report about laying my bike down and reporting on the quality and safety of mesh clothing.
Thanks for the notes of Kevlar jeans. Not sure if I would buy them or not. If they make me slim, trim and cool looking, I just might buy them. Hell I think I would buy anything that makes me look like that.
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I wear Vanson perforated gear. The stuff is very well made. It is a little heavy but it is not a deal breaker. If you have an accident this stuff will keep more of your skin protected than any textile gear.

And when I bought my gear I did not have the knee pads installed. I try very hard not to be that aggressive on the street.

I ride a lot and the Vanson gear will last a very long time - as long as you can fit into it.

I buy a new textile jacket every other year and pants last about 3 years. I don't buy the BMW gear(it is just about the best)because I don't number one take the best care of the stuff and number two I don't think it will last any longer than my Tourmaster gear.

Mostly because I ride a lot and the gear gets wet often and I tend to toss it wherever.

I think I remember Vanson going to Americade in past years but not sure if they go anymore. You could call them and ask. But what I do remember was that they brought limited amounts of their gear.
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I know their not for everyone. But, the best thing I have ever purchased for my life long love of riding motorcycles is an Aerostitch one piece suit back in the early 90's. It let me ride so much more often. Made long trips comfortable, safe and easy to deal with (rain). Riding gear is just as important as the bike (well almost).
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Frankie; You look fast just sitting there. Since you wear a one piece how is it in the warmer months when you stop for lunch and hanging out and tell great stories and adventures? I know it's safer to wear a one piece leathe suit, but when you ride say 150-200 miles have lunch, chill out, ( I don't drink beer on a ride till I am home) and then ride the same back home, it just looks damn hot, even in the mild climates of the NE. I hate being damn hot, sweating and smelling like a gym at the end of the day.
On the bright side, you guys look dashing in your full leathers.

HAHAHA! Thanks Paul.
My suit is textile so it breathes well, but still maintains a great deal of water resistance... It's the closest to waterproof that I've found. but after an hour of constant rain, water can find a way in. Kinda like springing a leak.

In the warmer weather, this suit can get a little too warm fro comfort, but I find their internal temps are enhanced by what you wear underneath. It's kinda like a thermos. I can wear shorts underneath, and light cotton T's to keep my internal temp down. If I open the front and am cruising 30+ MPG I can ride in 75-80 before melting. Honestly, if we are having 85+ weather, I will sometimes opt for just a jacket with alot of vents. If I stop I will either step out of my suit or just take the jacket part off and let it hang. After a ride it opens up pretty well and doesn't get too funky on me. A lil fabreez after a few long rides and it's good again. I have better mobility and better airflow in my arms than I do with my other jacket! If anything I have to wear warmer long sleeve shirts and sweaters in late fall and winter just to keep my arms warm. A one piece isn't for everyone, but this one is for me. I've had this suit for about 3 years now. This would be my only complaint about this suit. Everything about my suit is here:
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I just got a pair of the Rev-It gear II pants, which are a nice leather/textile/mesh combo, knee pads/hip pads, with a rain liner, the leather is in all the right places and the textile mesh lets a lot of air flow thru hasn't been hot enough yet to really apprieciate them yet, but riding so far i am impressed, i am thinking about trying out the Jacket next, it has the 360 zipper to completely attached the pants and jacket, and if it is anything like the pants it will make a great combination, You can check out the videos at Revzilla, alot of good information
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When riding for more than 10 minutes, What riding gear do you wear ? ? ?

All of it.

Shoei Multitec, BMW gloves, BMW boots, Olympia jacket, Olympia pants (or Aerostich).
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Just upgraded to Dainese non perforated leather pants. Damn, I look good. The fit perfectly. A bike shop is going out of business and picked them up for $280. I will not be wearing them in July and August, but they are going to work great the other 10 months, if it doesn't snow. Slowly but surely I am adding to the wardrobe. Maybe I can find that fully perforated leather jacket at Americade next week or somewhere else. I am finding out that I do like to shop.
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Shubeth C3 Pro (gloss black, with reflective HRF sticker)

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It's gonna be 115+ in Sin City today. What do you all wear when the the air feels like the inside of a blast furnace I mean literally hard to breath hot!!
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It's gonna be 115+ in Sin City today. What do you all wear when the the air feels like the inside of a blast furnace I mean literally hard to breath hot!!
You can buy a cooling vest, which gets submersed in water, then the air hitting it through your vented jacket will cool you off as the vest dries out.
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Tried that. When the humidity is in the single digits the vest will literally dry in minutes at these temps and highway speed. Guess I'll punt and stay in the pool.
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Tried that. When the humidity is in the single digits the vest will literally dry in minutes at these temps and highway speed. Guess I'll punt and stay in the pool.
Here's a pricier option.

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Perhaps you could include an option for riding jeans as well, (like www.xkulcha.co.za). I alternate between "commute gear" and "road gear". The latter is for longer leg stretches, while the commute gear blends in better to wear to the office. These would be gloves, condura jacket, xkulcha jeans, sidi ankle boots and always my Think Bike reflective vest. We got some crazies on the roads here in Mzanzi, so ATGATT (All the Gear All The Time) is not simply a cool slogan, but it can save your hide in the way only experience can teach - if common sense advise is ignored.
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It's gonna be 115+ in Sin City today. What do you all wear when the the air feels like the inside of a blast furnace I mean literally hard to breath hot!!
Arizona has been known to get warm too. I soak the tex jacket and helmet. Try to not be on the road during the hottest part of the day. I have a Camelback bladder in the tank so I can drink while riding. Been known to let mouthfulls of water drool down my front to keep the jacket wet. Lots of water. The Camelback usually gets filled with ice and water. Ice will last a long time buried in the tank bag. Be watchful of signs of heat stroke, don't be afraid to take breaks. Wading into any near by rivers or lakes fully dressed helps. Don't take heat stroke lightly. It effects your judgement and can cause death faster than most think. They find a lot of illegals in the desert each year dead.
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Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- you should call 911 immediately and render first aid until paramedics arrive.
Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.
Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:
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  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
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If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.
While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment -- or at least a cool, shady area -- and remove any unnecessary clothing.
If possible, take the person's core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If no thermometers are available, don't hesitate to initiate first aid.
You may also try these cooling strategies:
  • Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
  • Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.
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After you've recovered from heat stroke, you'll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week. So it's best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it's safe to resume your normal activities.http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/h...-and-treatment

Don't under estimate the heat. The south west is having one hell of a heat wave right now. Careful out there!
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Just spent the weekend testing out the new Summer Aerostitch one piece suit. Being thinner and no liner it is 1/3 the weight of a standard one piece. It is great. I was worried the waterproof zippers would be a hassle but they function perfectly. I'm glad I bought it now. Was on the edge for two years. I couldn't buy the yellow one when they first came out. And the pop up store in Seattle gave me a chance to finger it.
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Aren't you missing all the mesh/textile choices for gloves/coat/pants??
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I finally upgraded my warm weather riding gear from jeans/tissue-paper-textile-mesh jacket to responsible leather/mesh gear,

REV'IT Ignition 2 leather/mesh jacket
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I finally upgraded my warm weather riding gear from jeans/tissue-paper-textile-mesh jacket to responsible leather/mesh gear,

REV'IT Ignition 2 leather/mesh jacket
REV'IT Gear 2 leather/mesh riding pants
REV'IT Monster perforated all leather armored short cuff gloves
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On the R1 it's leathers (Spidi or Ixon or Wolf) Shoei XR1100 and SMX Plus boots

The Duc I tend to wear a Dianese leather jacket and kevlar jeans with the SMX boots under the jeans (very important, lol)

The Beemer is either textile suit (Ixon) or jeans and the Dianese jacket, once again the boots.

I should really wear leather on all rides but for some strange reason jeans seem to go with the Duc and Beemer. Crazy I know!
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Generally, ATGATT. All textile currently; thinking of leather this year. Summer in Montana and the northern Rockies in general is near perfect: 50s in the early morning and 85-90 during the "hot" part of the day. Only problem is that the season is relatively short, and then its back to 4-5 layers of clothes.
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I wear helmet, leather trousers and either leather jacket or textile with armour depending on weather & heat. Decent leather boots with ankle protection. Won't go outside the front gate with our full gear.
Last week we were following a father & son on a bike ( we were in our SUV) when their rear tyre blew out & they took a 70 -80 metre slide. The father had Draggin Kevlar jeans which stood up pretty well, just torn pockets on the backside & a few snags here & there. The son who was pillion was wearing proper bike pants of some synthetic material. They melted, so much that we could not get them off to render first aid. He spent all day in hospital. The fabric had melted into his flesh !
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For those of you like textile clothing and ride where the tempertures are high, what brand nad model of perforated textile jacket and pants do you prefer?
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Re: Riding Gear? Poll

BMW Airflow jacket and Olympia Air Glide pants. I like both pieces when its hot with no likelihood of rain, although run into an unexpected rain shower or heaven forbid a storm and you are wet through to the skin.
The BMW Comfort Shell is a better option but it wasn't invented when I bought my Air Flow gear. The Olympia pants have a wet liner but getting them fitted is a hassle in the pouring rain. I recall one occasion I had to start stripping down under an overhead bridge as the traffic streams by! I put on quite a show!
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