I just got off the bike. I left for Eureka Springs AR from New Orleans and rode the ozarks for 3 days. 1600 miles and change it was hotter than HELL!!!
I wore full jacket and pants by Motorport, the kevlar mesh stuff, held summer gloves, full face helmut and boots. Yes, it was hot, no, I didn't crash. Yes, I had all the armor in.
I'm new to cycling, have ridden about 9,000 miles since I got my bike in January and never plan to crash. AFter reading about ther various mishaps and such on the boards, I'm committed to wearking all my gear, all the time.
When the AR state trooper pulled me over today
just after lunch, I was sweating my ASS off!! When moving the 100 degree temps were tolerable. Stopped on the shoulder with no shade was a weigh loss program I was forced into. He commented on my gear "sure looks like yer hot mister" but I just said, like I say to all the masters of the obvious "it's much cooler than you think."
Wear the armor. We don't get to choosed the accidents we're in, be prepared and committed to being ready.