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Post by Night Fly 57 » Mon May 14, 2018 11:39 pm

So once average temperature gets above 8p degrees I throw camel pack filled with crushed ice on. I wear riding jeans, boots and a mesh Joe rocket jacket. Any suggestions for rider Saftey and comfort on higher temps


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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by wheatonFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 6:16 am

Olympia AirGlide Mesh jacket and pants.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by wheatonFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 7:38 am

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by LKLD » Tue May 15, 2018 7:50 am

It looks like the OP is doing the right things, as long as the jeans are specific riding jeans. I wear Bull-It jeans for day rides, and Rev-It riding pants for longer rides. Lee Park roper style gloves are light, and though not perforated, are cooler than most gloves.

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Hppants » Tue May 15, 2018 8:03 am

Years ago, I bought a cooling vest. Hate it. Might work in a dryer climate, but down here in the sauna, no dice.

I wear the Tourmaster Venture mesh pants, and the Tourmaster Cortech 3 series mesh jacket.

Honestly, what I have found works the very best is to soak the T-shirt. I wet everything except the last 3 inches by the waist, so when I tuck it in, it doesn't drip to the Netherlands. For the rest, I squeeze the excess only to the point where it won't drip excessively. It will last for a couple of hours. Some people say you smell like a wet ass after doing this, but I haven't really experienced that and let's face it, after a day riding down here in the summer, you are not going to smell like roses anyway.

BION - last year for the YFO trip, I chose the textile jacket (Again, Cortech GX-3 Sport). With the vents open, and the T-shirt soaked, I think it did a better job overall. It kept most of that dry 100 degree air off my skin. But after the temp climbs past 98-ish, it's going to be miserable hot. Period.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Uncle Hud » Tue May 15, 2018 8:12 am

+1 on soaking the t-shirt. I wear lightweight long-sleeve tees because I don't like 1200-denier nylon against my skin ( :shock: ) and staunchly believe you shouldn't wear mesh over bare skin.

If sweat hasn't thoroughly wetted your shirt, soak it every now and then and make sure you've got air circulating through your jacket.

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Bugnatr » Tue May 15, 2018 10:02 am

Get pants and jacket that zip together. IF a small Bambi runs out of the woods at full steam and knocks your FJR out from under you and you find yourself sliding down the road at 55mph you will be quite pleased that jacket didn't ride up to your arm pits.... at least I was.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by extrememarine » Tue May 15, 2018 10:28 am

When I lived in SC, the most important item in my kit was a camelbak. Staying hydrated is the first defense against heat exhaustion, etc.

Mesh pants help as well; I have the Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants; they have a panel that zips off and allows air flow in and around your legs / waist.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by wheatonFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 11:05 am

extrememarine wrote:
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When I lived in SC, the most important item in my kit was a camelbak. Staying hydrated is the first defense against heat exhaustion, etc.

Mesh pants help as well; I have the Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants; they have a panel that zips off and allows air flow in and around your legs / waist.
I find that I HAVE to have my camelback on...otherwise I will not stop soon enough...and will end up having muscle cramps, usually in the hip area first. I've had to stop rides in SEO in past years because of this and it is definitely hotter in SC. It's hard to ride the twisties when you are straightening your legs to fight off muscle cramp pain.

I understand that in high heat over 93 degrees that open mesh heats up your body faster, but most of my riding is below that threshold...or such a short ride that a GOOD ARMORED mesh and H20 serve me well.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by 0face » Tue May 15, 2018 2:46 pm

Flip-flops, do-rag, and my silver speedo work great. Except and I can't seem to get Wheatie to stop following me on those especially warm days.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by wheatonFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 2:53 pm

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Flip-flops, do-rag, and my silver speedo work great. Except and I can't seem to get Wheatie to stop following me on those especially warm days.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Tyler » Tue May 15, 2018 4:23 pm

Hydration is key although I've found water alone is not enough for me so I usually add some sort of drink with electrolytes into the mix (i.e. 3 bottles of water, 1 bottle of electrolyte drink).

Not sure where you're located but if in a drier climate, a cooling vest works amazingly well. I used a Techniche Hyperkewl vest and, for me, it's well worth the cost (around $40). I've also heard good things about LD Comfort cooling sleeves and many swear by wetting down the LD Comfort long sleeve shirt when riding in heated climates. I have the shirt but haven't tried out that method as of yet. ;)

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by wheatonFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 4:34 pm

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Hppants » Tue May 15, 2018 5:48 pm

Ms. T - if you want to start a wet T-shirt contest among the FJRiders crew, sign me up. I ain't scared....

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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by NTXFJR » Tue May 15, 2018 7:34 pm

Hppants wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 5:48 pm
Ms. T - if you want to start a wet T-shirt contest among the FJRiders crew, sign me up. I ain't scared....

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Sure, why not? You already started the dropped drawers contest iirc.....
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by raYzerman » Tue May 15, 2018 9:10 pm

LD Comfort stuff is great when soaked, use warm water so you don't get cold shock when putting it back on. It's a dual fabric so retains water better than cotton I think. AS good as A/C, but repeat an hour or so later, all good.
Olympia Airglide is good, has solid panel on arm surface so you don't get too much flow, which just dehydrates you faster.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Uncle Hud » Wed May 16, 2018 11:26 am

Didn't see this one yet.

Got a Shoei Neotec two years ago (so Kelly and I can ride with matching helmets, no shit) but held onto my Bell Vortex, because, hey, it wasn't broken. The old Bell ventilates a LOT better than the Neotec, so it became my summer hat.

Probably ventilates better because I spent a couple of hours picking out little bits of padding around the vent holes in the shell. Enough so that a hard rain seeps in through the vents, but I prefer my forehead wet with cooling rain instead of sweat. If is really raining hard, drops splash in through the chin vent, too. Tasty and solves my hydration issue.
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by Hppants » Wed May 16, 2018 1:32 pm

Didn't figure you for the "fashionable" type, Uncle. Does Kelly have a banana suit as well?
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Re: Hot weather Gear

Post by bigjohnsd » Wed May 16, 2018 3:38 pm

Klim Latitude Jacket and pants. LDComfort long sleeve top and bottom.
Up to 90F I open up the vents and ride.
Above 90F I soak the LDComfort top, sleeves and chest, close all the jacket vents, loosen the neck, open the sleeve cuffs. Unadjusted cuffs to control the ram air flow up the sleeves. Sleeves and chest stay damp and maintain cooling for 2-3 hours. I actually have to close the sleeves down sometimes to control the cooling as i can get chilled if not careful. My experience with Mesh is that it greatly contributes to dehydration.
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