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Those are great looking riding boots. I like that they look pretty casual instead of really looking like they are to wear on your motorcycle. I wish that they made more motorcycle gear that was like that.
 

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Glad to see this happening. There was definitely a market there and this company is just really smart in capitalizing on it.
 

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The only problem I find with fashion gear is that to a degree it has to sacrifice form in the name of function. Granted there are plenty of fashionable jackets that offer excellent protection, but its the pants that really suffer. Sure some of the jeans are good, but still nothing like a leather. Although some of the overpants/mesh pants give you an option to simply change/remove once you get where your going and still hold a degree of style.
 

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I do understand that some of this gear is less protective, but I also think that most of the time you don't crash and when you do its impossible to tell how bad it will be. All I'm saying is that there is always a risk so as long as you have some protection I think you should be good. You don't need to ride in a suit of armor all the time necessarily.
 

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I do understand that some of this gear is less protective, but I also think that most of the time you don't crash and when you do its impossible to tell how bad it will be. All I'm saying is that there is always a risk so as long as you have some protection I think you should be good. You don't need to ride in a suit of armor all the time necessarily.
No, you don't need a suit of armor but I have kissed the pavement and I can tell you that I wear proper gear now. Ordinary clothing - didn't survive sliding along the asphalt. Tennis shoes - ripped clean off my feet. Thank goodness that I was wearing a helmet - saved my skull from being bashed in (although the helmet didn't survive very well). Darn near tore my nipple off my breast, ripped a muscle out of my arm, had various holes gouged in me by rocks, road rash everywhere, and the road ground the flesh off the palms of my hands clean down into the muscle tissue underneath. Somehow I managed not to break any bones but I've still got the scars.
 

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No, you don't need a suit of armor but I have kissed the pavement and I can tell you that I wear proper gear now. Ordinary clothing - didn't survive sliding along the asphalt. Tennis shoes - ripped clean off my feet. Thank goodness that I was wearing a helmet - saved my skull from being bashed in (although the helmet didn't survive very well). Darn near tore my nipple off my breast, ripped a muscle out of my arm, had various holes gouged in me by rocks, road rash everywhere, and the road ground the flesh off the palms of my hands clean down into the muscle tissue underneath. Somehow I managed not to break any bones but I've still got the scars.
Sorry, didn't mean to get on my soap box. :eek: Forgive me.
 

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Sorry, didn't mean to get on my soap box. :eek: Forgive me.
Will not, that rant was completely NECESSARY! ;):D Everytime I see a bandanna man trundle by in his cutoff leather vest, no gloves, in shorts or jeans and an open face bucket I cringe at the exposed flesh just begging for the cheese grater.

Or course riding is risky, but we don't have to make it even easier to kill us. Glad you've recovered well Sherri, unfortunately sometimes the hard way is the only way.

But yea back to gear :D
 

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Will not, that rant was completely NECESSARY! ;):D Everytime I see a bandanna man trundle by in his cutoff leather vest, no gloves, in shorts or jeans and an open face bucket I cringe at the exposed flesh just begging for the cheese grater.

Or course riding is risky, but we don't have to make it even easier to kill us. Glad you've recovered well Sherri, unfortunately sometimes the hard way is the only way.

But yea back to gear :D
Yeah, I tend to learn things the hard way. :)

But back to gear - I've been riding with only jeans and I want to find something better for the lower half. Don't like chaps that leave your butt unprotected and leather pants are too hot in Arizona. Any suggestions ?
 

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No, you don't need a suit of armor but I have kissed the pavement and I can tell you that I wear proper gear now. Ordinary clothing - didn't survive sliding along the asphalt. Tennis shoes - ripped clean off my feet. Thank goodness that I was wearing a helmet - saved my skull from being bashed in (although the helmet didn't survive very well). Darn near tore my nipple off my breast, ripped a muscle out of my arm, had various holes gouged in me by rocks, road rash everywhere, and the road ground the flesh off the palms of my hands clean down into the muscle tissue underneath. Somehow I managed not to break any bones but I've still got the scars.
Good to see you are still around, and still riding. Obviously, your helmet did exactly what it was designed to do. I will bet you feel it was worth every penny you paid for it.;)
I, never in my life, wore protective gear, except for full face helmets. I have worn leather jackets, but not for protection. Well, over the winter I was talking to guy who told me that the mesh jackets are actually cooler when moving than just wearing a t-shirt. So, I looked around and found a 3 layer jacket that has an outer mesh shell with CE approved armor, a 2nd layer that is a rain jacket, and the inner liner which is insulated. I thought the armor would be uncomfortable and stick out like a sore thumb, but that is not the case. The jacket weighs 6 pounds and is very heavy and not comfortable if you are standing up, but once you get on the bike and your arms are in front, it is almost like you are not wearing a jacket at all. You can't really feel the armor either. I can see no reason to NOT wear it. It also looks good, as it is all black, with only reflective piping. (I like to fly under the radar, no loud and gaudy stuff for me).
I like to think that as I get older, I am getting wiser, even though I never intend on growing up. But, we live in a world where the majority of folks try to be "cool". I cringe every time I see someone in shorts driving or riding on a motorcycle. Then again, I guess it is not much different than riding in a t-shirt like I have until this year.

Mesh pants with armor are available. Check out Jafrum or Leather-up. They seem to have good prices on stuff.
 

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yea second bbally, kevlar infused denim there are several brands out there to suit different style and price points. There are two Draggin Jeans however, one American and one Australian, the Australians are better they are CE Approved and look better IMO. Style wise Deth Killers are top but are not as protective as Draggin Aus.

Theres also something called K-Legs which are kevlar leggings for under whatever pair of pant you want, but I doubt that goes over well in Arizona :D
 

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I've binned a bike a few times and there is no replacement for good armored riding gear and a full face helmet. Something like an Aerostich suit will absorb amazing damage and not wear through, preventing abrasions like Sherri mentioned. Thank goodness you are still with us, btw!

But, in the summer in the desert it is indeed tough to exercise that level of discipline, especially when you are commuting and don't want to arrive at work looking like a sweat hog. Armored jeans make a lot of sense for just riding, but if you have to dress professionally for work, meaning dress shirt, slacks and some sort of shiny footwear the trade offs become more difficult unless you want to dress at work. I don't have the pat answer for this one. One of my co-workers wears the full armored suit all summer and winter, mesh jacket in the summer however. In LA and San Diego I commuted in the Aerostich religiously. Here, the commute is only six miles, all on lightly traveled surface streets. I just wear a jacket and the reflectorized vest the Navy requires us to wear.
 

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Learning new things here! We here are still maturing. Harley has it's jackets and Dainese has opened one just one recent store in Banglore.
 

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yea second bbally, kevlar infused denim there are several brands out there to suit different style and price points. There are two Draggin Jeans however, one American and one Australian, the Australians are better they are CE Approved and look better IMO. Style wise Deth Killers are top but are not as protective as Draggin Aus.

Theres also something called K-Legs which are kevlar leggings for under whatever pair of pant you want, but I doubt that goes over well in Arizona :D
Can't feel very good sitting all day in an office with those things on. You would have to make a trip to the mens room and remove them, then reverse the process before going home. At the end of the week they'd be pretty funky and need to be laundered.
 

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working in an office and doing that, people are sure to hate you cause of the smell if you don't do those things needed to keep the smell away!
 

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Can't feel very good sitting all day in an office with those things on. You would have to make a trip to the mens room and remove them, then reverse the process before going home. At the end of the week they'd be pretty funky and need to be laundered.
Indeed! not a real fan of them either, just another suggestion on whats out there. Overpants are a pretty good deal in the summer. Basically armoured mesh pants and you can wear whatever you want underneath, makes the office commute that much easier as you can just slip off the gear and be on your merry way....
 
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