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    Thread: Leathers + heat = too uncomfortable to ride. What to do?

    1. 05-24-2012 05:24 PM #1
      We've probably all seen far too many threads about this, but anyways here we go again ...

      I always wear full leathers when I ride, regardless of the heat. However, the heat is really starting to get to me - today I got stuck behind an accident site for 1/2 hour and thought I was going to die from heat exhaustion. Sitting with no airflow is just not any fun.

      Soo ....

      I really don't like the idea of riding without protection, but I'm getting to the point of not wanting to ride when it is hot out, and I'd like to try to cure that. Which brings up the topic of this thread:

      What do those of you that like wearing lots of gear all the time wear to mitigate the heat problem - are padded mesh jackets worth anything? What about those kevlar-lined jeans? Are there thinner/lighter leather jackets that still provide some protection?

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      05-24-2012 05:40 PM #2
      Underarmor or similar , drink lots of water, let your sweat work. When i was chubbier, it was horrible to ride in heat with leathers. Perf leathers also. a good venting helmet.


      Quote Originally Posted by andycooper View Post
      We've probably all seen far too many threads about this, but anyways here we go again ...

      I always wear full leathers when I ride, regardless of the heat. However, the heat is really starting to get to me - today I got stuck behind an accident site for 1/2 hour and thought I was going to die from heat exhaustion. Sitting with no airflow is just not any fun.

      Soo ....

      I really don't like the idea of riding without protection, but I'm getting to the point of not wanting to ride when it is hot out, and I'd like to try to cure that. Which brings up the topic of this thread:

      What do those of you that like wearing lots of gear all the time wear to mitigate the heat problem - are padded mesh jackets worth anything? What about those kevlar-lined jeans? Are there thinner/lighter leather jackets that still provide some protection?

    3. 05-24-2012 08:30 PM #3
      drive your car.

    4. 05-24-2012 09:33 PM #4
      I've never rode with leathers but I would have to think the kevlar stuff would have to be cooler and more comfortable but I have no personal experience there.

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      05-24-2012 10:03 PM #5
      If you're sitting still in traffic for a half-hour in the summer, you're going to suffer no matter what you're wearing.

      Wearing a CamelBack can help -- fill it full of ice, use it to keep yourself hydrated, and pour some of it down your front every now and then to help with evaporative cooling.

      I wear perforated leathers when it's hot.

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      05-24-2012 11:42 PM #6
      Depending upon your relative humidity level you could consider some sort of evaporative cooling vest and sleeves and if needed a head cover. I alternate between the LD Comfort gear and the heavier evaporative vest from Bilt.

      I have a wide range of gear ranging from Kevlar lined jeans and a vented Olympia summer jacket to a fuller Olympia jacket and pants.. Both being textile. I think that they are a bit cooler in the summer than full leathers.

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      05-25-2012 05:14 AM #7
      I wore my textile jacket with mesh panels (not 100% mesh, more like 35%) yesterday on a trip to Frankfurt. Wow. What a difference. Now I'm shopping for the matching pants.
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      05-25-2012 07:01 AM #8
      I've found perforated leathers to be the best summer bet, the perforations allow air flow and the leathers do a better job of reflecting the sun's heat than does textile IMO. Add a camel back of ice water and I'm usually good to go (I'm going to sweat, but I sweat no matter what). Being stuck in an accident in the summer is going to suck regardless of what you are or are not wearing, and for this I keep a small umbrella in my tail bag.... but I don't have a twentysomething girl to hold it for me
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    9. 05-25-2012 08:25 AM #9
      My leathers aren't perforated - they've got plenty of vents, but they're not perforated. They're stupidly heavy-duty Fieldsheer leathers. They're all that I have w.r.t. gear, and I wear them all the time. The traffic stuff yesterday was really the tipping point for me more than it being the only issue. Unless I'm at highway speeds, by the time I'm done riding I'm completely drenched even with a wicking shirt underneath everything. The leathers are good for cold weather and for early spring/late fall. Apart from that, they suck at everything other than what they were designed for - protection.

      Thanks for the feedback - given that my bike is a monoposto, I can't go the umbrella girl route (and the wife would probably object a little bit to that). I'll take a look and see what I can find w.r.t perforated leathers or some textile/mesh jackets.

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      05-25-2012 09:50 AM #10
      http://www.ldcomfort.com

      Give these items a look as they are cheap enough to give a try.

    11. 05-25-2012 04:25 PM #11
      You could also break out the chaps you've been saving for a special occasion.

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      05-26-2012 06:33 AM #12
      Mesh jacket for summer time riding.



      Perforated gloves and boots.




      Good ventilation on your helmet.

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    13. 05-26-2012 08:47 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Sizzla View Post
      Mesh jacket for summer time riding.


      Thanks.

      I've been looking at alpinestars jackets - which one is that and how ewll does it work for you in the heat?

    14. 05-27-2012 10:28 PM #14
      I've used my Olympia GT Air and Airglide 2 pants in triple digit heat; hot yes, bearable, most certainly. Great protection too and 4 season versatility. With all vents open, heat was never a real issue. Got plenty of people looking at me in the summer with gauntlet gloves, moto boots, full-face helmet, jacket and pants like .

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      05-28-2012 04:06 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by andycooper View Post
      Thanks.

      I've been looking at alpinestars jackets - which one is that and how ewll does it work for you in the heat?
      That's the Breeze Air model. It feels realty good at speed on hot days. It feels pretty protective also. Armor is in the shoulders, forearms and back. The back padding could be better though. I usually take it out and wear my back protector unless I ride into work. In that case I use the foam pad it came with.

      Its a XXL and has pockets for stuff and a zip out liner. It attaches to alpinestar pants too.

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      05-30-2012 04:34 PM #16
      I switch to mesh in the spring because I ran into the same heat problem. I own all Alpinestars gear so I can switch the pads back and fourth rather easily. It makes ride so much more enjoyable. If the temps get to high, I just drive.

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      05-30-2012 07:28 PM #17
      Fully perforated leather jacket. Hard to find many choices since most leather jackets just use vents and only have a few areas of perforation. I've found RS Taichi to make some great fully perforated leather jackets. If it's too hot out there, I just take the car. 100 degree weather is only going to give you 100 degree cooling air...that's like trying to use a hairdryer as your air conditioning unit.

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      05-30-2012 08:10 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by rmchung View Post
      100 degree weather is only going to give you 100 degree cooling air...that's like trying to use a hairdryer as your air conditioning unit.
      This. Not to mention mesh is shyte for abrasion resistance, I barely feel comfortably confident going out in textile pants, a good shot better than mesh:

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      05-30-2012 11:39 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by andycooper View Post
      Leathers + heat = too uncomfortable to ride. What to do?
      Ride faster. Sorry, I had to.

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      05-31-2012 01:43 AM #20
      Perforated leather or mesh jacket with Bilt evaporative cooling vest underneath. Paul mentioned the LD comfort stuff above too. You can also soak their arm & head sleeves in water for evap cooling.

      Outside of this, you really have no other options.

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      05-31-2012 03:25 AM #21
      Does anyone in the US make partial-mesh jackets? My Gericke stuff has the mesh in non-wear spots - my sides, the inside of the arms, the thighs, backs of calves, and the top of the butt. This seems to be a pretty good compromise, I really loved it last weekend.
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      05-31-2012 05:25 PM #22
      I have an older Fieldsheer leather/mesh jacket. It's pretty nice. Leather is on the back, shoulders, and back of the arms.

      I just got some Dainese leather perf pants. Hope my balls don't melt.

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      06-01-2012 02:23 PM #24
      I have a hybrid jacket from Icon that stays much cooler than my full leather Alpinestar, and I feel just as protected; very good design: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...0-Icon-Awesome
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    25. 06-04-2012 02:34 PM #25
      http://www.motoport.com
      I struggled with what to wear besides leather for commuting after having a bike crashed out from under me, and finally discovered motorport. I still wear a perforated leather jacket with the motoport air mesh kevlar street jeans, and the motoport pants flow alot more air than jeans with kevlar inserts.

      http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10919075
      This is what finally pushed me over the edge, this guy crashed at 70mph and the gear was barely damaged, plus motoport will repair the damage for free or replace the item.

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