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Helmets are a no brainer (pardon the pun), as far as what to look for safety and comfort wise. In a jacket I figure the season and type of riding dictate the material and protection, same with gloves...but are heavy armored pants really necessary? What do you wear? Jeans? Cargo pants? Just no thongs.

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I wear armored pants and boots almost every time I ride. Except when I'm going to work, because I just can't manage it. I felt a little "goofy" wearing all of this stuff at first but I got used to it real fast. I haven't crash tested a pair of leathers. And tested jeans only at really slow speeds. But I have talked to too many people who have and seen too many pictures. If I go down I'll be very happy I had them on. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Full leathers, most of the time.

The only time I wear jeans is if I have a quick few blocks to go AND I'm feeling lazy.

I got a back protector for Xmas that I've had on EVERY ride since I've had it - it may be overkill for some people but most people have too much to lose to do otherwise.
 

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I wear armored pants and boots every time I ride now.
Especially riding to work.
I think commuting is the most dangerous riding I do. (lousy cell phones...grumble)

I crashed once in town (going maybe 15mph) wearing:
helmet, gloves, boots, leather jacket, and khakis.
wanna guess the only place I got hurt??
 

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I crash tested regular denim jeans at 5-10 mph. Got a real nice hole just below my knee cap. When you can see bone through the wound, it means that you need better protection.
 

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Right then, do any of you lot ride in places like Death Valley, and if so what do you wear? I hired an XT600 on holiday in Zante last year dressed in T shirt, baggy shorts, sandshoes and I was lucky to get a helmet complete with a buckle. Even dressed as daftly as that I was sweating like a beast. It was even worse on Rhodes the year before, coming round a corner in the mountains into the sun was like opening an oven door. I don't know how you can ride Kevlarred up in heat like that.
Before you give me a row I used to descend on hills when I raced bicycles at 60mph dressed in lycra, I didn't do speeds like that on the XT.
 

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I have a pair of jeans that have been through 2 crashes at 10-15mph and they still don't have any major holes. Personally I can't see myself wearing full leathers unless I'm on a track...
 

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I wear the mesh ventilated stuff with CE armor in the hot months, Got my wife one for her bike, too. Fieldsheer on both, Marsee is good, too.
 

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Right then, do any of you lot ride in places like Death Valley, and if so what do you wear? .
Um, yes....Fresno. 8)
I wear a Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket for commuting and dirt riding, and also the Cortech vented 2-piece (wish i had the cortech GX air!)

The trick to being cooler is hydration
you are cooler with your skin covered and vented than with just a tshirt. the hot air sucks the moisture off and you dont get the cooling effect.
We ride across the S.J. valley every year in July for Laguna Seca..and its friggin hot. This year i wore a camelback and drank water the whole time and it was muuuch better.
also wet your clothes and inside your helmet at stops...it dries out fast, but feels good while it lasts.
If it's 100 or more, you're gonna be hot no matter what you wear (or dont)
 
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Wow, I appreciate all the reponses. Personally I go love my legs as much as my arms and the overwhelming concensus seems to be armoring up the legs. How the hell I am gonna ride out in the Hamptons area this summer I will have to figure out, but I am not really into seeing my leg bones. Of course I will probably wear the thong underneath to stay cool...(joking so relax) ;D
 

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I have crash tested jeans many times when I was a young kid. Full leathers were never worn on the streets back then. I had a set for the track only. Back then....Armour, what in the hell is that? (I still have my race leathers from 1980).

Speeds of my street crashes varied from 10 mph to over 100 mph. The majority of the damage was always done to the upper body. (as well as the helmet). OK I admit it I was a squid when I was young, but it was fun.

The term to describe the damage is "road pizza" because it will look like pizza that is slightly burnt a couple of days later.

The worst part was waking up the next day with the sheets imbedded into your wounds and the sheets would come off the bed when you got up.

The hardest impact areas are the back of shoulders and elbows. After that your hips get hit. Most of the time you will slide on your back. If you have you **** together during a wreck and you keep your wallet in your back pocket, you can slide on your wallet.

My experience the only times the knees hit were in the turns while dragging a knee.

Today, I wear some sort of jacket protection except for very very short rides. I almost never were my leather pants. Too old now for the stupid stuff.
 
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I wear perforated leather pants every time I ride. Over a thong.
 

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If you want protection on the way to work, an Aerostich Roadcrafter is the way to go. I've even worn a 3 piece suit under one. Will stay cool while moving up to about 90-95F.
 

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I wear a Fully armoured AGV leather jacket and Joe Rocket Ballistic pants all the time. When you think you wont need it is when your gonna. I am currently looking for new 1 piece leathers.
 

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I crash tested an Alpinestars TZ-1 jacket, icon titanium gloves, and a pair of jeans (all on same crash of course). I hit a gaurd rail doing 60. Fractured right foot and road rash on right leg. Though I know I am very very fortunate (2 feet from going over 200ft+ cliff), I believe had I been wearing leather pants and good boots, like some Sidi's, etc. , I would've walked away unscratched. I sport the same gear now, plus a pair of Alpinestars Twin pants. Now if only they made leather gear for the bike itself.....
 
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I wear perforated leather pants every time I ride. Over a thong.
Somehow, I think I would be ok with you doing that. It's the male thong that upsets me.
 

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Draggin Jeans from Australia are regular denim with a kevlar lining. The qualities of these jeans are demonstrated by the owner of the company being dragged on his ass behind a top fuel dragster over the 1/4 mile.
They look like a regular pair of jeans.
 
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