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Sep 8th 2020, 06:18 AM   #1
 
  Sep 2020
  Minessota

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What's your favorite and why? I'm looking to replace my Tourmaster Transition 2.0 jacket and Caliber pants. I've found they are no longer waterproof, seams are starting to come apart after three years, and the zipper broke on the pants just yesterday.

I have an inexpensive mesh set from Bilt/Cycle Gear. Looking to buy a jacket/pants combo that would be good for when it's cooler and wet
Sep 8th 2020, 07:20 AM   #2
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Consider a 2-piece Aerostich Roadcrafter. They're quite expensive new, but there are some used sets available on eBay.
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Sep 8th 2020, 08:34 AM   #3
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

The Klim Latitude set is what I now wear 100% of the time. 100% waterproof and vents well in hot weather. I have been in monsoons at speed and the only wetness I get is slightly around the collar, thats it.

Not cheap, I paid $1235 shipped maybe 4-5 years ago from Revzilla.

SIDI On Roads for waterproof boots and HELD gloves with Goretex.

I have a lot of mesh but don't wear them on trips, just locally.
Sep 8th 2020, 09:36 AM   #4
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
Klím for sure. I've had a Badlands jacket and Torrent pants for a few years now. Last season. I've noticed a bit of leakage in the crotch area of the pants in heavy rain. I just need to contact them to have them fixed.

The badlands jacket is good for 3 season riding, fall thru spring. Its well vented but I find it a bit much for the summer months. I've got a mesh Klím jacket for that.

The torrent pants are true overpants. They are not lined but give good wind protection and I rarely wear more than jeans under them in my commute in the winter.

Klím is not cheap but their warranty is second to none and they carry a lifetime guarantee on their Goretex.

Another thing to note about Klím is they tend to use the layering method for warmth. Example, the badlands jacket is not lined. Its made so you can wear warmer clothes under it but it keeps heat in well. I rarely wear more than a sweatshirt under it in addition to my t-shirt.
Sep 8th 2020, 10:14 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

All my textile stuff is Olympia. I've had nothing but good experience with their three-layer mesh systems. The waterproof liners make surprisingly snappy jackets (or pants as the case may be) for camp or town wear, with or without the thermal liner, so you don't have to pack a sweater or windbreaker. Fit and comfort good, armor where you need it. They update their lines really often and nothing I have is less than 7 years old so I'm just assuming all this still holds true.

(Also, their low-key small logo suits me. I don't know why gear makers assume all their customers want to be billboards for their brand name.)

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Sep 8th 2020 at 11:17 AM
Sep 8th 2020, 10:21 AM   #6
 larsvons's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '15 KLZ1000, '03 SV650S
I have had very good luck with Rev'it! gear. Good mix of quality and value.
Sep 8th 2020, 03:06 PM   #7
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
My Vanson jacket is BY FAR the best leather motorcycle jacket I've ever even SEEN.
Roadcrafter is made overseas now.
My Alpinestars gloves are coming apart at the finger stitching after one season. so not very optimistic about crash performance there.
If I was gonna crash - Vanson.
If I wanted to look cool - Icon.
Edit - my Alpinstars SMX-6 boots are NICE and I WILL buy another pair, whenever these stop being so darn grrrreat.
Sep 8th 2020, 04:30 PM   #8
 paradox206's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  900SS SP, 690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, & GSXR750
Another vote here for buying some Aerostich gear off eBay! I picked my like new suit up for half the price off eBay about five years ago and I've gotten my money's worth (and them some).
Sep 8th 2020, 04:59 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
if you're looking for leather..look no farther than...

https://www.langlitz.com/
Sep 9th 2020, 08:52 AM   #10
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
Roadcrafter is made overseas now.

I think you are mistaken. What leads you to believe Roadcrafters are made overseas?
Sep 9th 2020, 08:04 PM   #11
 
  Jan 2016
  Gig Harbor

  BMW F650GS / BMW R12R
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarvTravis
I think you are mistaken. What leads you to believe Roadcrafters are made overseas?

Well, Duluth, Minnesota is damn near in Canada, I guess. Every piece of Aerostich gear is made there.

https://www.aerostich.com/no-assembly-lines/
Sep 10th 2020, 06:18 PM   #12
 
  Jul 2020
  Lacey, WA

  2004 DL1000 VStrom, 2020 BMW R1250RS, 2008 GAXR1000 track bike
Klim here too, I have three sets. However I am considering switching to Roukka. Problem I have with Klim is in their sizing. I'm 5'10" 215lbs. If I get a waist that fits the legs are way to long and the knee pads are on my shins. But for quality Klim is awesome. Also wish they had more sport touring lines. They are mostly adventure style geared.
Sep 10th 2020, 07:47 PM   #13
 Suzuki Stevo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
Sorry I misinterpreted the OP's question...I read "Gear...What's your favorite and why?" and ran from there

(#1) Leather Overpants with Full Length Leg Zippers, you need them in the morning....unzip step out without taking your boots off when it warrms up, they roll up and stow well also.

(#2) Multiple Long Sleeve T's, like yer mama said...... "Layers"

(#3) Neck Gaiters

Edited by Suzuki Stevo on Sep 10th 2020 at 08:01 PM
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