Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Stoughton, MA, USA
Scratches frpm a 'stich
Yes - the zipper pulls/snaps in the inside of the 'stich legs near the cuffs can scratch the aluminum frame on a KRS/KGT, But this is a small price to pay for such an AWESOME piece of riding gear. Some riders cover the frame with a clear film at the abrasion points and simply replace the film once or twice/season. Other tricks I've seen are to cover the metal zipper pull with a plastic cover available from REI, EMS, or a similar outdoor gear store or dip it in the vinyl coating designed for tool handles. If you're not too concerned about appearance, wrapping the zipper pulls and covering the metal head of the snap with duct tape works great too.
I'm comfortable in my 'stich up to about 85 degrees so long as you're moving and have the vents on the suit open. For really hot weather, you can fill the outside pockets with a little crushed ice and let evaporative cooling do the trick - you'll stay dry as the water will leak outside the suit, not inside as the ice melts. At the other extreme, layer under the suit with electrics works fine into the 30's.
I have both a 1-piece and a 2-piece suit - the 2-piece is a little more versatile if you do riding where you're comfortable with just the jacket. Both are easy to get in and out of over street clothes, but the one piece is a little lighter and less bulky. When you're off the bike, a 1-piece suit can be neatly stuffed into a BMW RS/GT saddle bag (the larger one on the right) although it is a tight fit and will require a little patience. The two piece is a little easier to store.
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