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Feb 26th 2021, 01:09 PM   #1
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
time to update gear

As a year-round moto-commuter, I tend to be out in it a fair bit, and my current gear [trilobite jacket, joe rocket pants, older aerostich] are all pretty leaky now. Newest item is the jacket - 3 yrs old. I don't feel that I have $1330.00 (!!) to replace my aerostich roadcrafter, or I would probably do that. I bought the one I have new in 2007... However, I do like the versatility of jacket & pants. Especially with zip-out liners so I can use the same items in summer. Am thinking about different gear, and am asking for suggestions.

I am thinking of a Spidi Armakore jacket and Spidi H2out pants. Anyone have experience with those?

I'm going to get a new back protector, too. Thoughts?

Or, alternatives?

Thank you, Syringe
Feb 26th 2021, 01:25 PM   #2
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

My go to gear in all weather and temps are the KLIM Latitude jacket and pants.

Good venting for the summer, but above 90 degrees its a bit hot. Depends on the bike also and the amount of air hitting you. On the C14 it can get hot, on the 900RS I'm in the breeze so its much more temperate.
Feb 26th 2021, 05:13 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Multistrada Pikes Peak, VFR800, VStrom 650, TE 610
I have a Klim Latitude in XL that I'll be selling soon if that might fit you.
Feb 26th 2021, 06:23 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I have been rocking the same Motoport GP2 jacket and pants for 15 years, 3.5 season gear, been down at the track in it, simple and cheap repairs, use it on an off road riding, machine washable. my .02.
Feb 26th 2021, 07:11 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
if you don't mind a full suit this is one heck of a deal while it lasts..

https://www.motorcyclegear.com/stree...iece_suit.html
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Feb 27th 2021, 07:10 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
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Originally Posted by chadams66
if you don't mind a full suit this is one heck of a deal while it lasts..

https://www.motorcyclegear.com/stree...iece_suit.html
Dood, that's a good deal. The cheap old hippie just pulled the trigger on this one.
Feb 27th 2021, 10:09 AM   #7
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Wow - lots of Klim recommendations. I've seen their stuff around, but never used it. I'm a size M, and it looks like that full suit (great deal!) is still available in that size.

Thanks for the link & recommendations!
Feb 27th 2021, 02:01 PM   #8
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
Klim proponent as well. I have a badlands jacket and torrent overpants. Love them both. The pants have started a small leak in the crotch during heavy rain the last year or so. Klim's lifetime warranty is supposed to be top notch so I should be able to get them replaced.

The jacket is phenomenal. Solid 3 season jacket, never even the smallest leak during ththe heaviest rain. Good venting for the warm days, plenty of armor for... It is a bit much on the really warm summer days so I also have a full mesh Klim jacket for those days. Not sure of the model name.

I have been looking at the Latitude as an alternative to my Badlands when things warm up a little but are still too cool for the mesh.

Down side to Klim, it's expensive.
Upside to Klim, it's great quality and worth the price IMO.
Feb 27th 2021, 02:12 PM   #9
 
  Dec 2018
  Bellingham

  2011 Ducati Multistrada & 1978 BMW R80/7
Maybe an outlier

For purely commuting purposes, Iím a fan of my Tourmaster 5 Transition jacket. Inexpensive, keeps me dry and warm, fits well, and has the right number of pockets. Not as fancy as a Klim, but do you need fancy?
Feb 27th 2021, 11:17 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
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Originally Posted by rpanne
For purely commuting purposes, I’m a fan of my Tourmaster 5 Transition jacket. Inexpensive, keeps me dry and warm, fits well, and has the right number of pockets. Not as fancy as a Klim, but do you need fancy?
Wear a Klim jacket for a while and you'll see where that money went. I wore Tourmaster and Joe Rocket Ballistic gear for a long time. I'll never go back.

Edited by Pavement Tested on Mar 1st 2021 at 09:23 AM
Mar 1st 2021, 09:06 AM   #11
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Thanks again for all the advice - I did find good gear deals over the weekend and jumped on them.

Also, as to Tourmaster -- my first several years commuting, etc. in the early 2000s, I had a Tourmaster jacket & Joe Rocket pants. They did okay. The jacket [after Scotch-guard] would take about an hour to soak through. It was otherwise very comfortable, with great pockets. Not so great venting.

The pants were terrible in town during rain (crotch would immediately soak through -- from the external side!!). Oddly, they were just fine on the highway....enough wind protection on the bike (ZX-9R) that I would stay pretty dry. As I write this, I wonder if I should have gotten a zipper replaced or upgraded....

Anyway, didn't think of that at the time - I think I paid $99 for them, and just assumed that was the way it was at that price point.
Mar 1st 2021, 07:16 PM   #12
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM,
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Originally Posted by Texasl
Dood, that's a good deal. The cheap old hippie just pulled the trigger on this one.
I'm thinking of pulling the trigger too. How did you choose your size? And what size did you choose?
Mar 1st 2021, 08:25 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
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Originally Posted by Willow
I'm thinking of pulling the trigger too. How did you choose your size? And what size did you choose?
they have a good size chart..even if it's a bit hard to spot.scroll down to sizing information. 2nd paragraph at the end of the first sentence,"Klim's size chart".good luck.
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Mar 2nd 2021, 04:39 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
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Originally Posted by Willow
I'm thinking of pulling the trigger too. How did you choose your size? And what size did you choose?
I went with my jacket size (large) since they say the suit runs large to go directly over street clothes. That way I can layer underneath when I want the added insulation.
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Mar 11th 2021, 03:56 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi, 20 MT-07
The suit fits fairly well over street clothes with room for an additional layer or two. The legs seemed a bit long, but when the waist straps were cinched up a bit the fit improved and there was plenty of flexibility.




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Edited by Texasl on Mar 11th 2021 at 04:01 PM
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