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I know summer is almost over, which I figure is a good time to find summer riding gear on sale.

What are you guys wearing for protection in the hot summer months?
 

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Hot weather gear

BMW Summer pants with knee armor, Hein Gericke mesh jacket with elbow, shoulder and back armor, perforated leather summer riding gloves and mid calf leather boots.

And a flip up helmet with good air flow.
 

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BMW Venting Machine jacket (discontinued). Pretty good. It is still hot while standing at a stop light in the sun, but the airflow is very good when moving.

Held Air gloves. Highly recommended. They fit, well, like a glove. Plain leather palms with no padding, mesh on top with small leather knuckle pads for some protection. Much better protection and durability than the Tourmaster AirFlow gloves I used to wear. My last pair (before the Held gloves) wore out in less than two weeks - they always wear a hole on my clutch finger.

Olympia AirGlide 2 Pants. Not Recommended. Very good airflow, but not recommended because the knee pads always twist inwards and leave your kneecaps partially unprotected. This is a common problem for the AirGlide 2s. Olympia's owner tries to argue that they turn forward in a real accident, but I don't buy it. I wear it over denims, and have never used the waterproof insulated liner, because it doesn't get cold enough here. I'm looking for something better (that fits).

BMW Silver Function 3 Shirt and Silver Function 2 long sleeve shirt. Good, but not worth the price. Much better than the cotton T-shirts I used to wear under my jacket, but I bet that there is something similar and better out there. The good: Very comfortable, great airflow, great perspiration handling, fast air dry after washing, and they don't stink no matter how long (or how often) you wear them between washings. The bad: the fabric started "pilling" into little balls (as a sweater does) almost from the start. I don't know why. I think it may be rubbing on the inside of the Venting Machine jacket. Nevertheless, for the price, it should stay looking good for a long time.
 

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Anybody know about the AirFlow 3 jacket?

Looks like what I'm looking for... just worried it will be too hot.
 

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I'm not sure about airflow-3. I went from an air-flow 2 to venting machine. mainly because the air-flow 2 sucked. Venting machine is a good jacket... as long as your moving. I still use the air-flow 2 pants though ... they're fine just the jacket design was bad. Since I live in Florida Summer gear is what I wear for most of the year. BMW sneaker boots 2 are nice and light and provide good protection, if you can still find them.... the newest sneaker boots went up by more then $50. In my opinion they are not worth the price , for that money I would get the sidi or oxtar ones. For gloves, I use joe rocket vented gloves. My helmet is a Nolan N-com N-42.


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Olympia Bushwhacker jacket and AirGlide pants.
 

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A BIG :thumb: on the Olympia products. Absolutely quality stuff at much more affordable pricing than the BMW products. I own both and never use the BMW stuff any more.

I use this to 90 degrees or so, after that it's just hot no matter what you are wearing:

http://www.olympiamotosports.com/ast_mens/ast_mens.htm

And these down to about 30 degrees with layering:

http://www.olympiamotosports.com/mensairglidepant/menairglidepant.htm

Never had a problem with any of the pads being out of place.

Been through snow, hail, monsoonal rain, wind, 15 to 115 degrees etc etc. No problems. I do however carry a different pair of solid insulated pants if I know it's going to be real cool for the whole day.
 

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I have the AST jacket and Ranger pants for the cooler seasons as well as the other gear I mentioned. I am absolutely satisfied with both!
 
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