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Old 16 Feb 2008
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Anyone had any experience with the Fieldsheer jackets? I know they are not high dollar stuff but they are in my price range!


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riding gear for all weather

Living in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State... I am riding year round with leathers from Fox Creek Leather, but ignore that, you want something different.

Try looking at Olympia riding jackets and pants. Bought a jacket for my girlfriend. It has a waterproof outer layer, zip in insulation that can be worn as a jacket without the waterproof outer layer, elbow and shoulder armour (back too, I think). There are vents on the sleeves, chest and back that all velcro in the open position. The chest vents double as pockets, mesh lined, so no small stuff in them. I have not looked hard at the pants but they have similar features.

They come in grey/black with some reflective material sewn into seams and other locations. You can also buy the same outfit in a bright yellow color that would be high visibility.

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Living in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State... I am riding year round with leathers from Fox Creek Leather, but ignore that, you want something different.

Try looking at Olympia riding jackets and pants. Bought a jacket for my girlfriend. It has a waterproof outer layer, zip in insulation that can be worn as a jacket without the waterproof outer layer, elbow and shoulder armour (back too, I think). There are vents on the sleeves, chest and back that all velcro in the open position. The chest vents double as pockets, mesh lined, so no small stuff in them. I have not looked hard at the pants but they have similar features.

They come in grey/black with some reflective material sewn into seams and other locations. You can also buy the same outfit in a bright yellow color that would be high visibility.

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some of this looks good any one have experience with it.
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cheap and effective...

I use a Frank Thomas Sabre mesh jacket and trousers for overlanding, cordura where you need it and then mesh for airflow on the inner arms, parts of the chest and thighs. If it rains or gets cold an old gore-tex over the top and the liner for the trou kept me nice and dry, when it's roasting hot just wear the jacket, trousers and a t-shirt and you keep good and cool.

I don't know how much the jacket and trousers rrp for as I didn't pay for them but I think its about 120 quid for the pair, about a third of the price of a BMW jacket...
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BMW: poor quality, steeches badly done on the cheap in Bosnia or China, falling in pieces within weeks of buying (2 full suits). Zips tend to get stuck or desintegrate as well. You basically pay for the name. From other overlanders, I heard good reviews on Rukka (bullet proof) and Aerostitch. Also some Hein Gereink are coming good in a long trip.
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Bought a Halvarssons safety jacket and trousers from GrandPrixledgends.com.Without a doubt the best gear Ive ever had (and Ive had loads) Its the only suit to be fully CE approved and its worn by the Police in several EU countries.Feels heavy at first but once on fits like a glove.Comes with a wind and waterproof outerjacket and trousers and a mesh outerjacket and trousers all of which are adjustable.The safety jacket is made of a material resistant to abrasion and although initially it feels heavy ,when you hold it up to the light you can see through it and it allows air to flow quite freely which is ideal in hot weather.Its not cheap,£800,but what price gravel rash!!
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check out "MOTOPORT" made in California...I was REALLY impressed with the Kevlar claims, and the mention that some physicians indicate the melted plastic caused more damage than the slide on riders who had to get off.
Again, they are multi-layered. But the 40 to100+ degree capability, the molding of the armour, and the durability of Kevlar (think bulletproof) are what impresses me. As one guy said, one get-off with an improper suit is worth a lot of armour.
Costs seem reasonable-$300 for fitted pants ,$400 for jackets, and-oh yes, they have accessories. My interest is travel to Central America, so the ultralight is my aim.
Don't mean to be picky, but my body is worth protecting at any cost-jackets will dry, as you said. And yes, those Rev' It's are heavy!
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In my experience NONE of the textile jackets made out of fabrics like Gore-Tex or cordura are truly waterproof and will leak after a couple of hours.

For the last 25 years I have owned a yellow rubberised oversuit which cost me around $25, looks absolute crap, however, it is absolutely waterproof. The only problem is over the years I have bulked out, I've melted the legs against exhaust pipes and the zip is gone in the jacket, but if I could buy another I would. That still left me with leaky boots though.

Unfortunately they don't make those yellow suits any more so I have to find something else. For my legs I've bought a pair of fishing waders - guaranteed dryness, not just for the legs but also the feet.

Now I have no doubt many of you will say the boots in the waders are not going to protect me in case of a fall but I can live with that (my argument being that if I have nice dry feet then I have already significantly reduced my risks of having a fall in the first place). I still haven't worked out what to do up top though and right now my thoughts are a Helly Hansen sailing jacket, but they are bloody expensive too.

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Gary, Helly Hansen also do sailing bib trousers which I can say do seem very waterproof, having once spent a week in them almost constantly while facing the equivalent of constantly having buckets of cold salty water thrown at me.
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Helly Hansen

While I can see that for off-roading, you may work up a sweat and therefore Gore tex clothing might be useful, for just riding on the road through the showers, I can't see why you'd need breathable fabrics. You just want something to keep the rain off, not work the sweat out.

I still have a set of Rukkas from the '80s, the sort of shiny plastic kind which are genuinely 100% waterproof and they're still fine, although the jacket's a bit tight now and they're not particularly stylish anymore.

Like farquhar, I used to have a set of construction workers yellow jacket and trousers that did the same as the Rukkas. Didn't look as pretty, but I got them for nothing and when you're courier riding throughout a long sodden (sodding?) day in London, who cares what you look like, you're never going to sweep Elle Macpherson off her feet on the back of a CX500.

As for Helly Hansen stuff, these look pretty good and only $30 (and you don't have to have dayglo yellow).

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Found similar stuff on ebay too, just search 'helly hansen'.

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Thanks Alex and Indoors. I reckon the Mandal jacket and Tvedestrand bib would be a perfect combination. You know that anything made for sailing is going to be the bee's knees when it comes to waterproofing, and they're cheap and nice and bright for cars to see you.

The only problem with buying clothing is that you have to try it on - I find mail order a waste of time as maunfacturer's sizes vary so much. I'll see if I can find a local stockist.

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For those whose clothes must breathe Helly Hansen do breathable stuff as well. Sure it's much more expensive, but it doesn't soak up water like a lot of bike stuff does, and being made for salty and sandy conditions it doesn't let them in to grind away at the breathable coating either.
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AEROstich performs very well

In January my wife and I completed a nearly 80,000 km, 31 country RTW tour that started in China in July 2006 and ended in LA, Calif. We were both outfitted in AEROstich riding gear. Without question, we were very happy with our purchase. Did never a single drop of water get past the goretex? NO, but then to assume that any gear will be 100% waterproof is a bit naive. Did the gear keep us dry - YES. We have ridden through the Gobi in Mongolia in the summer and hit our fair share of cold, wind, rain and snow and other nasty stuff along the way and without question the AEROstich performed flawlessly.

Perfect no but when I look at price and performance, this stuff is really good.

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Have a look at these -

Akito Desert textile jacket sand
Akito Desert textile pants sand

Seems pretty good value to me and looks Okay too.
I've put 1200 faultless commuting miles on mine since Jan (in all the bad weather we have had). http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...4-2#post183772
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Okay ... Well i decided on the Halverssons Safety Jacket.. it was on sale and I got the jacket and over jacket for 260£ (still exxy but less the the HG or Rukka stuff).. I have only used it for 3 days now.. I will get a review written when it has been put though its paces... So far it is warm, and comfy (but that says very little dont it)...
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