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Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« on: October 22, 2015, 09:27:27 pm »
Well, I have a Joe Rocket Survivor all weather suit, and I also have a Alpinestar Space Drystar jacket (very and warm and waterproof too) and slider jeans. I am planning a trip next august that will take me (hopefully) from below see level (Death Valley) to 14k feet above. End of Aug, most of Sept. Well, it looks like I can only take one, do to space....so I'll be selling the other for some extra funds for this trip. So, what I want to know is, What are the pros and cons of each choice.

Also, I always wear Alpinestar SMX boots to ride, but will be looking for something to ride comfortable and walk around and maybe a little hiking too. Any suggestions?
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2015, 10:29:51 pm »
I've always preferred two pieces to one.  for one they fit better overall (becuase you can buy each piece to fit properly).  but also because there's flexibility to wearing each piece.  with a one-piece, it's all or nothing.

having something waterproof is a plus to stopping to put on rain gear.  I'll never again ride in a pair of boots that's not waterproof.

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2015, 01:02:38 am »
Just sayin' Death Valley in August is not a place you wanna be. That being said I've done it in my 'stich with a cooling vest and survived. You wanna be zipped up tight and keep your moisture inside with little dips of your cuffs into the wind stream for some cooling effect. Carry lotsa a water and stay hydrated. Use the early morning for travel and seek shelter before noon. Air flow on your skin can be your enemy as it dehydrates you rapidly. Lemme know when you pass through.
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 01:14:44 am »
I've always preferred two pieces to one.  for one they fit better overall (becuase you can buy each piece to fit properly).  but also because there's flexibility to wearing each piece.  with a one-piece, it's all or nothing.

having something waterproof is a plus to stopping to put on rain gear.  I'll never again ride in a pair of boots that's not waterproof.

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I'd say just the opposite.  I've had two piece gear over the years and was gifted a Motowear one piece.  I've worn it out over the last 15 years and now in an Aerostich one piece.   Best suit (Stich) I've ever had as far as comfort, convenience, protection.    The two piece gear always seemed compromised and bulky with the overlaps, which was uncomfortable and hot.  Air flow through a one piece is much better as there are no restrictions through the midsection.   Also, when stopped, just unzip and get out of your suit to cool down if needed. 
If you want good gear, it won't be cheap.  I've been through dozens of cheap stuff and none of it has been good.

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2015, 09:24:25 pm »
Hey Rico. For boots, try Tour Kings by Gearne. Made in Italy. Sizing available in the U.S. is limited, however. (none fit me :'( )

Also, a stocking dealer is tough to find, will probably have to deal with mail order. They run just under two bills.

I've settled on Tourmaster Solution boots. Light, comfy walking, allegedly waterproof, two year warranty including for waterproofness. I did have to change out a pair on warranty, quite easy. Purchased at The Helmet Shop up in Daytona. Call ahead and they will make sure to have your estimated sizes in stock for trial before purchase. They were also quite helpful in working out the warranty claim as I was time crunched for a trip coming up. Will run about $125. Good, knowledgeable folks to deal with.
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2015, 01:29:07 am »
With a one piece suit you can never, ever, ever forget your riding pants........ :great:
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 12:12:20 pm »
Hey Rico. For boots, try Tour Kings by Gearne. Made in Italy. Sizing available in the U.S. is limited, however. (none fit me :'( )

Also, a stocking dealer is tough to find, will probably have to deal with mail order. They run just under two bills.

I've settled on Tourmaster Solution boots. Light, comfy walking, allegedly waterproof, two year warranty including for waterproofness. I did have to change out a pair on warranty, quite easy. Purchased at The Helmet Shop up in Daytona. Call ahead and they will make sure to have your estimated sizes in stock for trial before purchase. They were also quite helpful in working out the warranty claim as I was time crunched for a trip coming up. Will run about $125. Good, knowledgeable folks to deal with.

I'm thinking of a one piece as well but it's not as convenient for commuting. You still have to take your boots off to slip the whole thing on and off.

For touring the one piece seems like a good idea but for commuting I wear a per of kevlar jeans and a jacket.

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2016, 08:18:09 pm »
I'm on my third two piece aerostich Roadcrafter all the convenience of the one piece with the benefit of using just the jacket for rainwear/coldwear at a rally or for a quick run somewhere with riding jeans.  IMHO they are worth every penny! :great:
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 06:12:29 pm »
I prefer multiple gear. I have a 3-1 tour master jacket  and tour master pants, really like both. They are waterproof with removable liners and vents. I also have a purely mesh jacket and Kevlar reinforced jeans that I really really like.
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2016, 12:51:35 am »
Hi,
        If you want custom kevlar jeans, Wayne at Motoport makes them! :beerchug:

He has you give measurements and then ask for a pair of denium jeans that fit you. :-[

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Just sayin another option!! :great:

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2017, 01:50:32 am »
Just sayin' Death Valley in August is not a place you wanna be. That being said I've done it in my 'stich with a cooling vest and survived. You wanna be zipped up tight and keep your moisture inside with little dips of your cuffs into the wind stream for some cooling effect. Carry lotsa a water and stay hydrated. Use the early morning for travel and seek shelter before noon. Air flow on your skin can be your enemy as it dehydrates you rapidly. Lemme know when you pass through.

Thanks for the info!

Sorry for the late response everyone. Life got hectic.
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2017, 03:35:22 am »
Just sayin' Death Valley in August is not a place you wanna be. That being said I've done it in my 'stich with a cooling vest and survived. You wanna be zipped up tight and keep your moisture inside with little dips of your cuffs into the wind stream for some cooling effect. Carry lotsa a water and stay hydrated. Use the early morning for travel and seek shelter before noon. Air flow on your skin can be your enemy as it dehydrates you rapidly. Lemme know when you pass through.

Thanks for the info!

Sorry for the late response everyone. Life got hectic.
Dude, That's not late, That's archeological  :) :) :beerchug: Hope life mellowed and your trip is still being planned.  :great:
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2017, 10:25:49 am »
I think about getting a roadcrafter often but it would be a pain for restroom breaks .
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2017, 11:09:46 am »
I think about getting a roadcrafter often but it would be a pain for restroom breaks .

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2017, 11:34:26 am »
I think about getting a roadcrafter often but it would be a pain for restroom breaks .

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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2017, 10:08:25 pm »
Just sayin' Death Valley in August is not a place you wanna be. That being said I've done it in my 'stich with a cooling vest and survived. You wanna be zipped up tight and keep your moisture inside with little dips of your cuffs into the wind stream for some cooling effect. Carry lotsa a water and stay hydrated. Use the early morning for travel and seek shelter before noon. Air flow on your skin can be your enemy as it dehydrates you rapidly. Lemme know when you pass through.

Thanks for the info!

Sorry for the late response everyone. Life got hectic.
Dude, That's not late, That's archeological  :) :) :beerchug: Hope life mellowed and your trip is still being planned.  :great:

Yeah, life got really busy, but since I have bought a 2010 Concours from a COG member and also joined COG. Still deciding if I'm towing the R1 and doing the SW trip, or leave from here on the Concours. Plan on leaving some time between the last week of July and first week of August....take a month off.
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Re: Full suit or riding jeans and jacket?
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2017, 12:37:13 am »
I think about getting a roadcrafter often but it would be a pain for restroom breaks .

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