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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, just bought a new KLR and was needing advice on some good year-round riding gear, any suggestions are appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-28-2012, 11:10 AM
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I ride through two different microclimates here in norther ca, it can be roasting at my house and freezing by the time I get to work. I just. Picked up the Klim traverse pants and jacket. They are comfortable, nor to bulky and have been great so far. Haven't tested the waterproofing but they give a guarantee and are gortex so I am not to worried.


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I've bought a few jackets over the years.

I really like the Tourmaster Transition. Also like Olympia stuff. Have a jacket and pants combo from them.

Another I looked at, liked, but didn't purchase was the Teknic Freeway.


I ride right to freezing temperatures and below and wear no heated gear and haven't been cold. My wife says I'm hot stuff!!

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I'd wear the same gear there than I wear now.. Aerostich Darien jacket and pants.. Expensive, but worth it.. Can often be found at 1/2 to 1/3 regular price in slightly used condition on eBay..
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these insulated coveralls

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dickies-Me...erall/14649714

Then I put my armor underneath it and a rain jacket over it to break wind. A good warm pair of gloves and steel toe rubber boots with toasty socks. And a head sock

With this setup I can ride into the 20s but typically ride above 35F to avoid ice.
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I second the recommendation of the Tourmaster Transition jacket, I have one and it's a good heavy warm jacket. With the liner unzipped and removed, and the vent's opened it's tolerable when moving if it's hot out... Though, hot for us where I live is 80 degrees or so . I haven't bought a set of pants from them yet but I am planning on it. All the Tourmaster stuff I have seen is well made for the price... I even bought my son the same jacket that I have except much much smaller!

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layering is key.


I have a Joe Rocket touring jacket pants set that is fantastic for autumn New England weather. For heated gear, Gerbings is the best. I use a vest and heated grips, and ride year round. winter gloves combined w heated grips.
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Thanks for the help guys!
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Oh, and a shameless plug for one of our sponsors... I bought my jacket at Riders Discount and the prices and customer service were excellent!

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I use Olympia.

Originally I bought Olympia Transformer for desert use, as it is well vented and you can zip off the pant legs and jacket arms for wear around camp. Get to camp, hotter 'n hell, kick the boots off, zip the legs off, and set up camp in a pair of shorts. Armored shorts, but when it's 100 degrees, shorts are shorts. Later, around the campfire if it gets a bit nippy you can zip the arms off the jacket and wear it as a vest.

Really good gear until it gets below 60 degrees!

Folks think that in California we don't have cold weather to ride in. We do. On a typical February day I can leave home where it's 60 degrees and by mid day be riding in sub-freezing temperatures, be back in 60 degrees by mid-afternoon and by the evening be in the 40's.

I have an Olympia Airglide 3 suit for that, but it is really year-round gear. The jacket is vented, as are the pants. The pants have thermal liners that are warm and water proof. The jacket has a zip in wind-proof liner that, by itself, is a really good looking windbreaker jacket. It has a zip-in thermal liner. When I have the thermal liner sipped into the windbreaker, and that zipped into the outer jacket I'm good down to about 30 degrees. By adding layers (and I bought it a size larger for this) I have been good down to 20 degrees. I haven't tested it below that.

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