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As mentioned in other threads, I'm relatively new to motorcycling and I'm looking for some good advice on protective gear for street use. I have a hand-me-down Vanson leather jacket that fits well, but it's black which doesn't aid visibility at all. I also have an Arai helmet that I bought last fall on clearance and love it. I'm looking for some advice on a good pair of gloves, pants, and boots. I'm currently using Mechanix impact gloves when I ride which I know arent motorcycle gloves, but all I have found in the local stores near me are gloves that in my opinion are no better that mech gloves, or are like ski gloves. I know there are good sturdy leather gloves out there that aren't insulated like snow mits but the selection here is really bad!

I also wear my issued leather jungle boots (I'm glad to have a use for them again) but should I look for something motorcycle specific? And lastly pants. I know jeans aren't going to cut it against pavement, but again, all I can find locally are "snowpants" or waterproof shells to wear over jeans. I can't believe the selection of gear is this crappy.
 

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Check out sportbiketrackgear.com. Look in the closeout section 1st.

If you have a questions in sizing, call them!

Good luck!
 

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Here in FL, I've been using a Joe Rocket textile jacket for the summers.
It may not provide the best protection over leather in case of a fall, but it at least provides great ventilation once moving, which is at a premium here.
There's some back, shoulder, and elbow armor protection.
I had some of their textile pants, but I never could get them in a proper size to fit.
Plus the durability wasn't near what the jacket was.

Shop around and try various brands on for quality, fitment, protection, etc.
 

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I use leathers and racing boots for riding in the back country riding ahem...not within the limits of the legal speed limits.

For commuting and leisure riding, I have the Joe Rocket mesh pants and jacket (Main items is make sure the jacket and pants zip together leather and mesh alike!!!) and a pair of AStars boots that are comfortable to walk in and good protection while riding.

I wear only gauntlet style gloves. The other styles just don't feel right to me and they offer better protection.

Indiana doesn't have a helmet law like other states but I always wear mine...just seems idiotic to have a law on the books that requires you to wear a seat belt in a cage....but not a helmet on a motorcycle.:rolleyes:
 

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You can get great pricing online, but make an attempt to try on gloves somewhere before buying. They can vary in sizing, and it blows sending them back a few times trying to get the size right, or finding out you just plain don't like the ones you thought you would. I have a Joe Rocket textile jacket that is great for ventilation, and warm enough with the liner.
 

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The best gear is the stuff you actually wear!
Make sure fit & comfort are equal to protection.
A jacket won't help you when it is in your closet because it's too hot to wear

Cheers

John
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone, I got a nice deal on a Tourmaster jacket locally with a zip in liner for cold weather and even though hi-vis green isn't really my thing, I do like the feeling that it almost annoyingly bright so drivers will see me even if they're trying not to. I also got a nice pair of leather gloves, boots, all I need now is a good pair of riding pants. The online selection is somewhat overwhelming, so I'd like some recommendations on what other riders here are using. Thanks!
 

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Spring and Fall and when riding hard I wear Teknic leather jacket and pants along with Sidi quater boots and Teknic gloves. During the summer i have Teknic mesh jacket, pants and gloves. Winter I wear First Gear jacket and Fieldsheer overpants and Joe Rocket winter gloves. I have an Arai corsair V and a Shoei RF1000 for winter.
Find something that fits well and wear it :) I shop motorcycle closeouts out of Kansas City. They run some pretty good specials
 

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I have had real good luck with these guys, and returning is not a problem at all.

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/

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Check out sportbiketrackgear.com. Look in the closeout section 1st.

If you have a questions in sizing, call them!

Good luck!
+1 I've orderd from both, both great places

I have an iCON Daytona jacket, full gauntlet Merc gloves for the colder days and the a* GP-R perforated jacket with there track pants, SP-1 Gloves, and SMX 5 boots. All really good stuff.

James
 

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How should motorcycle boots fit? I tried on quite a few pairs of boots, but apparently I'm too skinny for any of the to be tight on my calves unless I'm tucking pant legs into them. Also they all seem to want to slip of my heel when walking and just feel generally loose. The best fitting pair so far is a Sidi Fusion boot. Why don't motorcycle boots have laces? It seems like the fit could be adjusted muck easier that way. It's like trying to fit cowboy boots.
 

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Get gear that will be comfortable and easy to use, but safe. If the worst happens and you hit the side of a car will your boots be strong enough to take a direct impact, or will they fold and crush your feet?
The first thing you'll put on the ground when sliding on the road may be your hands. Make sure you have decent gloves. If your gear is too hot you'll probably not want to wear it. Make sure there's ventilation on your suit.

For summer I wear perforated 1 piece leathers. There are many good brands to suit different budgets. Bright colours are good. Be visible.

For colder weather I use an Aerostitch suit (Made in USA) which I've had for about 18+ years & recently sent back to the factory for repairs to zippers, waterproofing seams, etc. Do a search for this company.
It's an excellent product, not least because it will zip over whatever clothes you're wearing beneath be it T-shirt & shorts, or a full formal suit. 100% waterproof too.
 

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Buy comfortable well made gear so you ride all the gear all the time.
No one ever plans to crash.
Replace leather gloves regularly due to sweat deterioration of the leather structure.
Gloves and garment seams quality of construction count as much as the materials.
Kevlar is the best abrasion resistance substance out there. 1.3mm thick or greater high quality leather is next.
Polyethelene threaded fabrics (mesh jackets and pants and gloves) can and will melt and stick to you given half a chance when sliding along the asphalt grater.
With the heat of Sacramento in mind I choose to upgrade to a Motoport Kevlar mesh one piece made to order suit.
Stretch Kevlar Racing Gloves that flow like mad.
Forcefield Top Level Sub 4 Back protector and 4 layer Armor Shirt and Shorts and knee protectors.
Alpinestar SupertechR perforated boots.
Sharp 5 star rated helmet.
Not cheap but surgery, rehab and skin grafts are not what I'm into.

Enjoy the ride and watch out for the other guy, you can't be sure they are looking out for you!
 
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