AT to the GATT
This is a free country, do what you want. This is how I feel. And the guys I ride with agree with me for the most part. Since I started riding bikes and scooters, I have believed in wearing the gear. I have been a hypocrite on one important point, which is why I'm throwing this up. Always have worn good boots, gloves, armored jacket, full face helmet. Pants. That's what got me. I got a pair of overpants back in the day, but I never wore them. Why? I like to have regular pants with regular pockets on. Weak, but true. So I compromised. For years I have had two sets of 'draggin jeans' kevlar long johns I wear under my pants. This may help some with abrasion. No padding, though. Off road, I'll throw on some knee/shin guards. But still weak.
As I've said, lately I have seen a lot of accidents. Also, lately I have been having a freaking blast climbing and running and playing with my girl. So, I decided to stop being a wuss and wear the pants. But I had to be realistic. It doesn't do any good if you don't wear it. My wife and I had some big talks (money is tight) and here is what I've come up with. I got some Bohn padded underwear (pads in knee, shin, hip, thigh, tailbone). And I got some Kevlar cargo pants. I mention this because I figure there are others like me. Guys who just want to wear regular goddamn pants with access to all the stuff in their pockets.
Well, the cargo pants I ordered from NewEnough have not come yet, but they came highly recommended. The Bohn came today, and I am super impressed with them.
I will start to be LEGIT ATGATT now. Now, as y'all know I've been out of work and dropping half a grand on pants and pads was a TOUGH, brutal decision, but we're talking about my legs for gods sake. I want to teach my girl how to ride, how to play soccer. I want to dance with my wife.
In an ideal world, we would all wear armored leathers, but that ain't gonna happen. But I am confident that the Bohn underwear and the reinforced pants are as good as I can do and still wear them without finding some bullshit excuse not to. I'm throwing it out there.
You do what you want, but if you go down in jeans, you may never walk again...I have seen a chunk taken out of knee armor that turned my stomach. May not walk regardless, but I want the deck stacked in my favor. So, this is a shout out to Bohn...I am really impressed..great product. And it is food for thought. Money is so tight right now that buying a taco is a dilemma, but a few hundred bucks for my future as a mobile human? I feel lucky I got away with my stupidity for as long as I have. From now on it is ATGATT. Not 'everything but pants'. Not long kevlar long johns and no impact resistance.
When I was younger and stupider, I did young and stupid things. Now, I am a Husband and a Father and it is time to do things right.
"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig
Soon, we ride.
AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.
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2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Last edited by Lockjaw; 05-04-2011 at 02:29 AM.