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post #1 of 13 Old 04-14-2009, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Riding gear help needed, please!

Hey Guys & Gals,

I am a sissy So Cal boy. I am going to attend school out of state (New Mexico). I just saw a video from about a month ago. A guy was shoveling this white stuff that he called "snow" off his driveway (OMG!). When it's 74degrees here in So Cal, it is chilly.

From my visits and understanding of New Mexico's weather, the area has extreme conditions (it will be near the border of Texas). It gets really cold and gets really hot.

Can you guys and gals recommend RIDING GEAR that would meet both of these elements at the same time? And, can you recommend some GREAT WATER-PROOF gear? RIDING GEAR = From bottom to top (boots to head. I don't need a helmet though). Obviously, I am more concerned with the cold and water-proof aspect than the heat, so if you have a recommendation on cold/water-proof Gear... that's cool (get it?... pun intended),... just let me know!

Any of your recommendations are going to be helpful to this sissy! I thought an umbrella was used for shading purposes!

HELP!

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-14-2009, 04:11 PM
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Aerostich Darien pants and jacket will cover everything you need.
It's not cheap, but it's second to none in both quality and function..

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...p-1-c-250.html

And remember that the jacket price includes the liner.. I skip the liner and just use standard fleece on the inside of the jacket.. Saves you $120 and fleece is cheap..

I'll keep you warm, cool, protected and dry..
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Yeah but...................................First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket and the lined waterproof pants have passed the Iditarod Trail test here in Alaska. They are pretty good stuff also. Remember it is never hot here, never.

I use mine on the snow mobile all winter, sometimes at -44*

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There are many choices and no product is the ultimate for everyone.

COLD...I am a believer in layering and keeping air from inside the jacket. No matter what the jacket is made of if it lets air inside while you are riding it will be cold air. I recently found the full Tour Master Synergy electric liner to work well whether it is powered or not. It takes up the dead air space in all of my jackets and the high collar does the job. I am not saying this is the ultimate product but it works for me... For real cold the Anti Freeze products do the job.

HOT...now is when you need air passing through your jacket and I live in the land of 100*+ days.

Accessories...I usually carry a long sleeved, high collar, chest zippered, light weight pull over in my tank bag. Putting it on or taking it off will extend your riding comfort... I also have silk glove liners that work well... If you can find something to seal teh bottom of your helmet that will keep the cold (and noise) out.

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The First Gear stuff is great, also.

The reason I'm a fan of Aerostich is that I've worn my jacket in comfort (as comfortable as one can get) in over 100 degree temps while riding through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico in August. When you open up the large vents under the arms, across the back, and run the front zipper down to mid chest, the jacket fills up with forced ventilation.

And that same jacket has been on my Polaris 600 Classic for an evening of bar hopping on the snowmobile.

And an electric vest is always your friend when it's cool or damp out.

Nothing's going to cover all faces of weather, but I've owned just about everything out there, and I always go back to my Aerostich Darien. The rest get put on eBay.. That said, I bought my Darien on eBay (used) over 7 years ago, and it's still going strong after well over 100,000 miles of abuse.

Abuse like being attacked by a Hodag.


Riding on a new Wing (the day after I bought it)


Riding with the fiance on the old Wing.


While at the Gay Bar.. (Gay, Michigan)


Standing above Copper Harbor, Michigan


And the jacket's been with me longer than my last 2 BMW's, V Strom, KLR, and 2 Gold Wings.. (and longer than the fiance)

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Thinkin' a KLR Barbie needs to be parked in front of the Gay Bar.

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Thinkin' a KLR Barbie needs to be parked in front of the Gay Bar.
It's a pretty popular spot for a town of about 40ish people. In the winter, the parking lot is alway full and everyone's got to get a photo with their bike or snowmobile in front of the Gay Bar sign.

Here's the website for the bar.. http://www.thegaybar.com/ and they play off the name of the town as much as they can, as you can see by the t shirts on the website.

Actually, my Darien's been to the Gay Bar twice..
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Paper,

OK, OK, I want to buy your jacket. It wont match my KLR but I still want it......................Joke

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Paper,

OK, OK, I want to buy your jacket. It wont match my KLR but I still want it......................Joke
Doesn't match mine, either

Last fall I found another one on eBay for $100.. Same color and in pretty good shape EXCEPT that it's got a Harley emblem on the back. It's in the closet for when this one actually needs to be retired... It'll be a sad, sad day..
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Darn, you sound like me, if you are like me the jacket will start to loose its waterproof qualities before you wear it out. I take good care of all my gear. I am still wearing a set of North Face Extreme gear I bought in 1985. It no longer holds out the water but it is in good shape.

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