Protective gear for summer riding.

by Dottie

Hello Ladies,

Wondering if someone can give me some advice for protective summer riding gear?

I am wondering specifically about a summer riding jacket. It gets 90+ here but I am feeling the need for a little more protection than I have been wearing in the past.

Also wondering about riding pants? I like the looks of draggin jeans, any other suggestions?


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Jul 13, 2012
summer gear and hydrating
by: Anonymous

There are some really great tips here already that you should check out. One more thing though, although it doesn't come under protective gear....remember to pack water, gatorade or any other hydrating drink. Key word is hydrating. In the heat of the summer we sometimes forget that the combination of wind, gear and heat can cause riders to become significantly dehydrated, which in turn can affect our concentration.

Jul 12, 2012
agree with soaking your inner clothes with water
by: Anonymous

Yup! That helps a lot!!!!!!

Jul 12, 2012
venting jacket and motorcycle jeans
by: Anonymous

I have a BMW venting jacket, extremely cooling, great protection. And I also wear BILT motorcycle jeans (similar with draggin, just different brand). Haven't yet found boots that can help with the heat.

Jul 07, 2012
Xelement is cool
by: robin_uganda

I live on the equator & I'm finding my Xelement jacket to be great! It's fairly heavy in weight because of the pads, but it's very comfortable & as long as I take it off as soon as I stop, it's tremendous when I'm riding & it's aerated enough. The pants are sweaty tho so I wouldn't recommend them if you're wanting to stay cool.

Jul 07, 2012
cool in the summer
by: jp

When I'm riding out west, where it's a dry heat I wear my Joe Rocket mesh jacket and pants...if it's just the usual summer warm I wear very little underneath...shorts and tank top.
If it's really hot I have a thick cotton long sleeve shirt and jeans...but, before I hit the road I soak them both down. People look at me like I'm nuts because I look all bundled up. But the mesh keeps the water from evaporating too fast, just enough to stay really cool...like a riding swamp cooler. I even can get a little bit of a chill when I first start out and I usually stay cool enough until the next gas or meal stop and then I wet it all down on my way out.
Doesn't work quite so well where it's humid...just stays damp and hot, so I stick with a bare little under the mesh and let the air flow cool me. Can't go with just undies under the mesh pants because the seam chafe but short shorts work.

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