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If you want to compare a lot of different brands check out www.webBikeWorld.com or you can see a lot of really good videos at www.revzilla.com. They do a great job of detailing a lot of different gear.

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You will get lots of opinions. I think I would listen most to those who have crashed and give a good testimony to the jacket and pants they were wearing. I wear motoport and fortunately have not had to test it yet.
 

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SO and I both have Olympia AST jackets and Olympia pants, ride in all kinds of weather form units up to 115+ with no problems, jacket is water resistant :thumbup:
 

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I like my Aerostich Roadcrafter 1 piece suit year around. In the winter either wear a fleece jacket under, or Gerbing electrics. Works fine. I had about a 30mph spill on one of my old Kawasakis a couple years ago and was more upset about ruining my suit than a motorcycle I've owned for 33 yrs, but the suit came out without a noticable blemish and I was able to fix up the old bike too and put it away where it belongs and haven't looked at it since.
 

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I have a Tourmaster Transition 2 jacket and am very happy with it. It has a zip out liner and keeps me comfortable in temps ranging from 30s to 80 degrees. I think that they have replaced this model with the Transition 3 now, but it's essentially the same jacket. On-line prices tend to be better, but some good deals can be had at the MC dealers too, especially at the end of the season. When I was looking to buy mine, I went to a dealer and tried some on to make sure what the right size was for me. If you decide on what you want and find a decent price on-line, I would still give your local dealer the opportunity to match that price. The dealer I frequent most often is usually more than happy to price match, and even in doing so they still make some money while moving product out the door and keeping a customer.
:agree: bought mine on eBay for a great discount. After a year I would buy it all over again. (thought I do wear a mesh in the summer)
 

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Tourmaster Intake 2 works great for me, with the 2 liners its good from below freezing to over 100 degrees, they now make Intake 3, Intake is very similar to Olympia Airglide but about $100 less expensive, i paid $130 delivered for Intake 2 on ebay about 3 years ago :thumbup:
 

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Motoport is top of the line gear & the kevlar mesh or stretch kevlar would provide excellent protection in the event of a get off. I upgraded mine to Quad armor which is supposed to be half again as good as the regular armor. With the waterproof liner & a gerbings jacket liner I can wear mine year round unless there is snow on the road. They have you take a number of measurments & the suit is made to fit you, I was a bit hesitant doing this as I live in Michigan & they are in California but it fit great when I got it. Go to their website & read the testimonials as well as the ones on the ADV forum. Many stories of people crashing at 70+ & walking away with no road rash or broken bones. Learned a long time ago you pretty much get what you pay for in most things & Motoport isn't cheap but compared to medical bills after a long slide on asphalt will be a real bargain.

http://www.motoport.com/index.php?option=com_redshop&view=category&layout=detail&cid=27&Itemid=15

http://www.motoport.com/index.php?option=com_redshop&view=category&layout=detail&cid=28&Itemid=15
+1 on Motoport - you invested in the best touring bike, get the best riding gear!
 

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yes, really atgatt! i have a friend who is all scratched and banged up right now because he would not wear all the gear. fortunately, he did have a helmet on--the helmet is all scratched up; would have been his head if not for the helmet-did scratch his chin b/c it was only a 3/4 helmet.
if he had had an armored jacket and gloves, he would not have had any road rash at all--only some bangs and bruises.
ANY armored jacket beats the heck out of no jacket; but there are cheap ones and really good ones out there.
 

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A jacket is as personal as a helmet. Fit is everything. For me the Olympia Airglide 3 is the best jacket in neon yellow in that it is 3 jackets all that zip together . One a padded mesh summer jacket, 2- a rain liner and 3 a mid temperature 60-50, it is not really for colder than that. But in south Texas I rarely need a warmer on. For most up north this is a summer jacket only. Like someone said above check the internet and make your choices. There are lots of them
 

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Motoport for me. Did a lot of research and that is the best gear out there bar none. And their customer service is great even in Eastern Canada.
 

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<...>Never really looked for a bike jacket, seen some at different dealers but don't think that is where I want to buy one tho. What kinds are out there, who carries them, are the sizes correct or do they vary alot? Is a bike dealer the only place you would find one? Good ones, bad ones, any help to get me started would be appreciated. Thanks
So, you've gotten a dozen decent answers in the 30-odd posts so far.

Let me add one more - another big thumbs up :thumbup: for: http://www.motorcyclegear.com/

This is a close-out place; bought all my riding-specific apparel from this place for five years now.

You're gonna wanna go to one (probably more than one...) dealer to touch, see, feel what they're all about. Sizing is all over the map. At least with the place linked above, there's no issues in returns if sizing is an issue

Buying an $700 custom riding jacket (e.g. Motoport) for your first foray into moto-specific gear is probably not that great an idea - unless you really plan on turning into a ATGATT type of rider. No doubt, it's good stuff, but some of us still have a budget to work with.

Let me also give you another idea. From time to time, there are some decent deals on the for sale areas of many moto forums. Get an idea of what you're looking for & put out the word.

A good three-season jacket I just picked up from that place linked above is a Tourmaster Flex Series 2 that they had on close out a few months ago. A $225 list price, I got it for about $100. Here in the desert, a three-season jacket is typically good all year 'round.

Deals are out there; just gotta know where to look for them.

Luck to ya on your search!
 

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Wow! And I thought I might get a couple of responces like," check the internet, where else but a motorcycle shop, a jacket is a jacket". After reading quite a few posts on all the different things that are discussed on this site and some that are just full of themselves and some that are full of other things, I think you know what I mean, I am often surprised at how willing some people are to take the time and write out something to help a guy out that is not known and doesn't post much but is looking for some information. Thanks a million! :thumbup:
 

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Most of us aren't that bad...

The term is "Pay it forward."

Just like our elders did way back when. :lol:
 

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I recently purchased a new set of riding pants that have this kind of armor in them. Played with it all afternoon when they arrived. Works well.

Then ordered some panels and shoulder pads and such for my kilomanjaro(however you spell that) jacket from motorcycle superstore and trimmed a couple of them to fit.

Pretty neat stuff.

FIRSTGEAR d3o Demo - Soft armor that hardens on impact. - YouTube
 

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I have stuff from at least 8 different manufacturers out there. My leathers are first gear products. 2 piece set and I love them.
I have gerbings for winter riding.
Frogg toggs for wet riding.
Joe rocket leathers for my 17 yr old son. he likes em.
4 other brands for the girls, don't recall who they are.
We all like our gear. But like was mentioned. Feel, fit and style are all subjective.

I am currently shopping for a one piece. After much research I will be buying from http://store.teizms.com/
They have only been manufacturing for a couple years and are already on their 4th revision of the original line. They take the customer input very seriously. readily and rapidly make changes to the whole line due to input received. you can custom fit your order. They will send you a set of gear to try on, ride in, to make sure you get what you need.
I am a fan already and have not received my trial set yet.

See you out there
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