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If I had my choice, when riding in the summer, this would be my favorite wardrobe..... with this whole ATTGATT thing going on, it makes me feel ...... underdressed....

Riding today in my jacket and overpants, I sweated my butt off....sooooo.... what do y’all wear that’s the closest to my dream.
 

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My favorite is ventilated riding pants (not jeans) and textile jacket. I can only imagine how hot over pants are, 2 layers. Nothing has come close to the Dainese MIG set. It is almost full race protection, with great airflow (although jacket flows a ton of air, it could use some ventilation on the forearms...) Let alone the most comfortable pants I have even worn, with stretching zones in key points.

NOT CHEAP. $360 on close out...

You will be hot in a 90 plus degree day, no matter what. June 8 is track day. See how this will work out in a full suit. :laugh:
 

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Since I'm far from an aggressive driver, I dress for weather not riding. Most of the time I am in jeans, good boots/shoes and a long tee shirt. Yea, I know it could be hard going down but I gave up scuba diving after horse shoe BC's and tee shirts became extinct. BC vests made me feel constricted. I also refuse helmets for bicycle riding and snow sking. Now don't get me wrong, it's not incorrect to dress for maximum impact, just not my thing or riding style.
 

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Long time ago I saw a billboard that said "Dress for the slide, not for the ride."
Shoei Neotec Helmet
Sedici 3 season mesh Jacket (elbow & shoulder armor, and back plate) and Pants (knee and hip armor) In winter I layer a rain suit over it.
Bilt Gloves,
Alpinestar boots

Occasionally I get real daring and wear jeans, so I also use Fox Titan Knee/shin guards., and switch to Wolverine boots.

Keep in mind that our summertime daily highs average 93 here in the Sacramento Valley. We average 22 days over 100 and several over 110. My wife reminds me that when I cash it in and get the Miata, I can wear cargo shorts, a tank top, and flip flops. And have a frosty Arnold Palmer in the cup holder.
 

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I wear Olympia jacket and overpants year-round: Both have removable liners, and in the summer with the liners out, they vent air to the inside nicely. Works great for commuting and recreational riding.
 

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Thanks guys..... right now, I’m just wearing overpants (no jeans), and jacket (no liner). This is fine when I do the post office runs, but the pants get hot when we decide to ride someplace and walk around. I’ve heard that Kevlar jeans are hot too...

I’ve always done like mtvic in the past summers, and was wondering if technology had advanced riderwear enough for summer comfort.
 

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Thanks guys..... right now, I’m just wearing overpants (no jeans), and jacket (no liner). This is fine when I do the post office runs, but the pants get hot when we decide to ride someplace and walk around. I’ve heard that Kevlar jeans are hot too...

I’ve always done like mtvic in the past summers, and was wondering if technology had advanced riderwear enough for summer comfort.
They are hot, but would rather wipe sweet than blood. They do make mesh riding pants. I had a pair and to me found them too hot to wear. Ended up giving them away. While I like just regular jeans for coolness I realize during my wreck if I had regular jeans on my knees would have looked like hambuger meat. While I did get strawberries on both knees my jeans did it job. The jeans had tore, but the Kevlar never tore. While nothing you can wear can protect against broken bones the riding gear can save from many days recovering from road rash. But people read every day on these forums about info of importance of riding gear and mount the bike with a tank top and shorts. Until you experience it no one will understand how well it works. I use to wear mine hoping to never try it out and hope others here can do it. But a Deer attack made me try mine out. Glad the have on God's Armour as well as ATGATT. Just food for thought.
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Black/Pewter Olympia mesh jacket and over pants for the summer. Both flow a huge amount of air to keep me fairly comfortable even in 100 degree Texas heat. Standing at a stop will always be difficult no matter what you wear but the Olympia gear will actually flow air if there's even the slightest bit of breeze. Protection is first rate with ballistic mesh, 500 denier Cordura, and CE Level 2 armor. Reasonably priced at about $400 - 450 for the set. Olympia is American cut so it tends to fit us better than the European cut ATGATT.


NOTE: Black gear is always hot! Try to avoid all black gear when riding in the summer. I prefer Pewter or the lighter greys. White is the most reflective but it stains or gets dirty easily. It wont hold up very well over several seasons.
 

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Thanks guys..... right now, I’m just wearing overpants (no jeans), and jacket (no liner). This is fine when I do the post office runs, but the pants get hot when we decide to ride someplace and walk around. I’ve heard that Kevlar jeans are hot too...
That's one of the reasons I like the Olympia overpants: Since they are suitable as regular pants, zippers, pockets and all, I can just go with shorts underneath (or even just underwear) and walk around in the Olympias. If you're afraid of feeling like a stormtrooper, buy black overpants.

But frequently, I'll ride in the overpants, then when I get where I'm going, just zip them off and store them in my top box, and walk around in regular pants. A Givi V46 topcase will hold my overpants and helmet easily, even with a tool bag and rain gear in there.
 

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Thanks again.... a thought just occurred to me......I'm curious if anyone has tried those Under Armour "heatgear" things under their jackets or pants. My goal here is to not feel the sweat dripping down my legs every time we go somewhere. Which it sounds like will happen no matter what I'm wearing when I get off the bike.
 

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That's one of the reasons I like the Olympia overpants: Since they are suitable as regular pants, zippers, pockets and all, I can just go with shorts underneath (or even just underwear) and walk around in the Olympias. If you're afraid of feeling like a stormtrooper, buy black overpants.

But frequently, I'll ride in the overpants, then when I get where I'm going, just zip them off and store them in my top box, and walk around in regular pants. A Givi V46 topcase will hold my overpants and helmet easily, even with a tool bag and rain gear in there.
99% of the time, I wear Levis under my Olympia pants. I either remove them when I get somewhere if I plan to stay for a couple of hours or I've also been known to just keep them on for shorter visits. As far as sweat goes, your riding a motorcycle in 90+ degree heat. It happens. Yes, with the top down, you will sweat in the Miata, Boxter, Mustang, Camaro, or any other convertible car. In fact, with the top up and A/C on high, convertibles still tend to get hot since the heat goes right through the enclosed top.
 

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Well this is where I fall short are usually wear Levi's boots and a T-shirt in the summer. The heat just about kills me. I drink tons of water always have and if it's hot and I'm standing still there's a sweat ring on the ground around me I make the proverbial stuck hog look dry. I do wear my helmet and gloves. When my helmet get so hot I can't stand it I will poor water in it and let the lining soak it up I wear a Nolan helmet with very good ventillation it is like adding an a/c unit. I do have a mesh jacket I were sometimes with a cool vest underneath this works great as long as you can keep it wet. When I do this I keep a gallon baggie so I can pour a water bottle in it and soak the vest this does not take very long to rejouvinate and does a excellent job. It usely last about 60 miles and it's a must to stop and redo it all.😱

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Well this is where I fall short are usually wear Levi's boots and a T-shirt in the summer. The heat just about kills me. I drink tons of water always have and if it's hot and I'm standing still there's a sweat ring on the ground around me I make the proverbial stuck hog look dry. I do wear my helmet and gloves. When my helmet get so hot I can't stand it I will poor water in it and let the lining soak it up I wear a Nolan helmet with very good ventillation it is like adding an a/c unit. I do have a mesh jacket I were sometimes with a cool vest underneath this works great as long as you can keep it wet. When I do this I keep a gallon baggie so I can pour a water bottle in it and soak the vest this does not take very long to rejouvinate and does a excellent job. It usely last about 60 miles and it's a must to stop and redo it all.😱

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I do like the idea of a cool vest..... I guess the best answer for me is to “suck it up buttercup”, if I’m going to keep wearing the overpants (....mine are unlined and vented). My jacket stays on anyway to fight off random june bugs......
 

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Textile doesn't have to be over the top expensive. I found a Bilt textile with padding at all the joints, rated well and reviewed well, less than half price at Cycle Gear close-out (They seem to always be closing out several things, just keep watching them.) Under $100 before taxes. Two months later they had the new Bilt textile jackets and I couldn't tell what changed.
Important to read reviews, I don't care about the "I don't like this shade of Blue, wish I could give it a zero." when it comes in five colors including black or highly reflective. I saw a few "I went down at 50-70 MPH and part of the jacket is shredded but I walked away with no scrapes and a few bruises." reviews.
At 55-95° F textile will give a nice cool breeze above 20 MPH that feels like an air conditioner. At 25-45° F you should put the liner in it or switch back to leather.

Forgive me for saying (because Jafrum is out of business) I got their leather chaps with non-removable summer air-flow liners and removable quilted winter liners. I'd hope others are nearly as good.
They work great getting me to work in PA summers up to 95 or so, so far, without needing to change clothes when I get there. Last year I was putting on long johns below 20° and was hot at the office all day. This year I was fine with the chaps and dress pants or khaki for 10-15 minutes. I'd put on more for longer rides below 30°, but seriously I don't take many long rides in those temps. Just basic transportation for work, shopping, etc.
 

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I give you credit for that. Below 40 I'm in my cage with the heater blowing.
Well, not me so much as the proper clothing and total situation. It takes 3 to 6 minutes to scrape ice from the cage for a 7 to 10 minute trip, during which the heater doesn't really kick in for 6 minutes. My cage is a minivan full of air that takes another few minutes to heat once the engine is finally warming up. Total commute up to 16 minutes or more, mostly cold.
The bike is on the road in half a minute and never more than a 10 minute ride. There's space for motorcycle parking about 20 feet from the door at work. The nearest car parking space is about 70 feet away, with some spots up to 1/4 mile out.

It's simply quicker and more comfortable on the motorcycle than in the cage. Now, when there's snow on the road, I tough it out and scrape the windows.
 

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Well, not me so much as the proper clothing and total situation. It takes 3 to 6 minutes to scrape ice from the cage for a 7 to 10 minute trip, during which the heater doesn't really kick in for 6 minutes. My cage is a minivan full of air that takes another few minutes to heat once the engine is finally warming up. Total commute up to 16 minutes or more, mostly cold.
The bike is on the road in half a minute and never more than a 10 minute ride. There's space for motorcycle parking about 20 feet from the door at work. The nearest car parking space is about 70 feet away, with some spots up to 1/4 mile out.

It's simply quicker and more comfortable on the motorcycle than in the cage. Now, when there's snow on the road, I tough it out and scrape the windows.
I ride in the cold almost everyday. A short commute is 45 minutes and a long commute is at least 1.5+ hours. With the right gear, I stay warm as toast. The same is true when it rains. I rarely get wet so long as I dress for it with the proper gear. Granted, I usually prefer not to but I've been known to flip a coin or just get on and go for the **** of it. Riding in the rain requires a skill set you can lose over time so its best to keep it. I do hate riding when its wet and cold or if ice is a possibility. Definitely time for the cage.
 

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Everyone is going to hate me now call me names and throw stones because the truth is in the HOT summer in the city I only wear sneakers , shorts , T-Shirt and no gloves because its no fun to sweat and I love the feel of the hot sun and air on my skin. When I'm on the Highway in the heat I wear long pants , T-Shirt , sneakers and no gloves and I love riding that way. On cooler days of course I dress up better. I have gone down twice in the city being hit by a car switching lanes and a big van who stopped in the middle of the road waiting to make a left turn. Its dangerous but if I had to wear all the heavy gear on those hot days I would have to give up riding or die sweating. Okay you can throw your stones now .........
 
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