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post #4006 of 4791
You need Helmet gloves (you need 3 pairs mesh, leather, gauntlet) and jacket for sure. For fall/winter get some leather jacket don't think you need armor for now unless you want to.

For pants someone mentioned you can get plain looking KEVLAR liner jeans which will cover your legs and ass. this is really important. If it get cold, get over pants (textile or leather). Yes over pants getting baggy but from my experience is I usually get cold on legs but not upper body. I wear plain black leather jeans (levis looking). If it get colder, you can get thermal underwears. You can also wear chaps but I don't think it fit your bike.

as for boots, I don't recommend you wear fashion looking biker wannabe boots. Those boots offers you no protection. Get a pair of sturdy boots and wear it. No matter it's in summer or winter, you need real boots. I wouldn't sacrifice less protection for anything. yes There are some real motorcycle boots and good looking. Search brands like Dainese (italian) or ICON (portland, oregon). ICON has a line called ICON Thousand. I like it a lot. So get another pair of casual shoes at office.

Also for night riding, get a cheap ugly reflective vest 5 bucks from ebay. It's ugly I know but you need to let other people see you. Always assume you are invisible and people trying to kill you.
post #4007 of 4791
For some reason I think a pair of proper pants more important than jacket. People often ignore the pants.

epb, those are some good suggestions, I'm a big fan of Dainese as well. I think they only got 3 stores in States: Chicago, SF, and Orange County in SoCal. Revzilla is my friend. What bike do you ride?
post #4008 of 4791
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Originally Posted by andrewgreg View Post

For some reason I think a pair of proper pants more important than jacket. People often ignore the pants.

epb, those are some good suggestions, I'm a big fan of Dainese as well. I think they only got 3 stores in States: Chicago, SF, and Orange County in SoCal. Revzilla is my friend. What bike do you ride?

Love Revzilla, most of my gear came from them, though I browse everyone constantly. I've currently got 3 Hondas - CB400T, Hawk GT (NT650), and CBR600RR. The CBR is the first modern bike I've owned, and it's got me considering reducing the fleet to two - something as new as but more practical for commuting than the CBR, and something fun with a classic vibe to tinker with. Yamaha FZ-09 and Bolt, Triumph Speed Triple R and Bonnie, maybe Honda CB1100 and an old CB550.
post #4009 of 4791

I don't understand what's so appealing about Dainese; so far as I can tell, most other brands offer better quality/construction/materials at a cheaper price.

 

Also, isn't ICON 1000 stuff all made in China?

 

A few dozen pages back I was asking for some gear rec's. Based on rec's here and my research, I like the following brands:

 

Jackets/Pants: Vanson, Fox Creek Leather

Boots: Sidi, Gaerne

Gloves: Furygan, Held

Helmet: Shoei, Bell, Arai, Schuberth

post #4010 of 4791
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

I don't understand what's so appealing about Dainese; so far as I can tell, most other brands offer better quality/construction/materials at a cheaper price.

Also, isn't ICON 1000 stuff all made in China?

A few dozen pages back I was asking for some gear rec's. Based on rec's here and my research, I like the following brands:

Jackets/Pants: Vanson, Fox Creek Leather
Boots: Sidi, Gaerne
Gloves: Furygan, Held
Helmet: Shoei, Bell, Arai, Schuberth

My Dainese stuff has been pretty solid. Compared to the Rev'it and other stuff I've owned especially.
I like Daytona boots personally.
post #4011 of 4791
My advice is to get some proper motorcycle boots for commuting and change into a pair or loafers or whatever when you get to your desk. When you try to have a footwear that will work on bike and at office you end up compromising on both ends- protection and professional looks.

It may be over the top but when I'm on the bike I'm wearing Alpine stars Supertech Rs. Track or office. Injuries to feet are very disruptive to life.


Regarding overpants, this is mine and many other people's blind spot. I can tell you that unless the pants zip all the way up, you won't use them daily. A one - piece Aerostitch is probably in my commuting future, as much as I hate the image.
post #4012 of 4791
I wear overpants a fair amount, but, I'll agree, they are the one thing I'll skip first.

Think of it this way - gloves and boots all protect small bones that are hard to piece together again. Helmet and jacket protect life essential stuff.

I did buy a pair of eSquad jeans which I haven't really gotten to test out yet, but hoping are the solution...
post #4013 of 4791
Keep in mind that there is a difference between something like a redwing or Chippewa boot and some Kenneth Cole fashion boot.

We call those work boots fashion boots because work wear is in, but it is wrong to say they offer zero protection. They aren't designed specifically to protect against motorcycle injuries, but they are sturdy boots and can take a beating.
If you already own them, they should be fine for commuting around the city.
If you don't own them and are going to go spend 2-300 on a pair of boots... I can see how you might be better served by a moto-specific boot.
post #4014 of 4791
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

I don't understand what's so appealing about Dainese; so far as I can tell, most other brands offer better quality/construction/materials at a cheaper price.

Also, isn't ICON 1000 stuff all made in China?

A few dozen pages back I was asking for some gear rec's. Based on rec's here and my research, I like the following brands:

Jackets/Pants: Vanson, Fox Creek Leather
Boots: Sidi, Gaerne
Gloves: Furygan, Held
Helmet: Shoei, Bell, Arai, Schuberth

ICON 1000 mostly made in China well there are so many things on your bike made in China as well. Is made in China matters don't buy it.

Vanson and Fox creek is OK. It fits traditional Harley image better. It's a complete different league with brands like Dainese ICON or even Alphinestar who's more focus on younger race track style.

i primarily recommend dainese motorcycle jacket and and for racing pants and racing suits, Dainese really did well. When you pay 500 bucks for a pair of pants the design really matters. Italians still got the look and branding.
post #4015 of 4791
Vanson has been making phenomenal racing leathers for decades.
post #4016 of 4791
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

I don't understand what's so appealing about Dainese; so far as I can tell, most other brands offer better quality/construction/materials at a cheaper price.

 

Also, isn't ICON 1000 stuff all made in China?

 

A few dozen pages back I was asking for some gear rec's. Based on rec's here and my research, I like the following brands:

 

Jackets/Pants: Vanson, Fox Creek Leather

Boots: Sidi, Gaerne

Gloves: Furygan, Held

Helmet: Shoei, Bell, Arai, Schuberth

 

The fit and finish of Dainese puts other brands to shame.  About the only complaint I can think of is the relative weakness of the zipper pulls on their jackets.  Tug too much and I can see them breaking.  Spidi's gear seems almost as well made, then A*.  I group most other companies way down with Joe Rocket.

post #4017 of 4791
So here's my take on it - it really depends on what type of riding you plan on doing AND the budget you have for gear.

If you're only going to buy one jacket, one boot, one pair of gloves, etc - then get the pair that will work for the most aggressive/dangerous style of riding you may do, i..e highway riding, track, etc.

If you can get more than one set of gear, then you can tailor to your planned riding style.

If I'm doing low-speed city riding, I'm ok with armoured wax or textile jacket, jeans, knee protectors and Red wings as my primary concern is impact protection.

If I'm on the highway, I want impact protection but abrasion protection as well so I'm wearing leather jacket with armour, armoured kevlar jeans, tall boots, etc.
post #4018 of 4791
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

The fit and finish of Dainese puts other brands to shame.

 

I would take a Vanson jacket 10 outta 10 times over a Dainese. Held gloves over Dainese. SIDI boots over Dainese.

post #4019 of 4791
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

 

I would take a Vanson jacket 10 outta 10 times over a Dainese. Held gloves over Dainese. SIDI boots over Dainese.

 

Everyone has their preferences. 

Although they make quality gear, I'm not a big fan of Vanson.  They just fit me odd and I don't want (read: can't afford) to pay for custom fit. 

I've had a set of Held Phantoms and damn near gave them away. 

I like Dainese full metal and maybe one or 2 other gloves but that's about it. My hands seem to like Spidi and A* gloves.  I think I'm allergic to Rev'it gloves.

I've done A* and TCX and like those over Sidi.  I like the minimalist Axial Pro boots but that sole doesn't look very long lasting so I wouldn't recommend them as an only boot. 

post #4020 of 4791
Good, thought i'm the only one allergic to Rev'it gloves, now you are the other one.
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