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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2017, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Summer Riding Wear?

I live and ride in the Houston TX area. It is nearing summer with temperatures and humidity in the 90's. I wear helmet and I like some upper body protection (ie. a ballistic jacket).
I have Sedici mesh jacket which is good for up to 85 degrees. Can anyone recommend a good riding jacket for hot Houston summers? Preferably something in light and bright colors.

Yeah, I could do a "T" shirt, shorts and flip flops like everyone else, but I would prefer safer attire


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-16-2017, 08:50 PM
 
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I think you're on the right track with a mesh jacket. I have a Rev'it mesh jacket myself for hot weather. You can wear a Tee shirt under it and soak the shirt with a bottle of water for some extra cooling.

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Preferably something in light and bright colors.
This is number one with a bullet for summer gear, up to and including the helmet. It hits triple digits here for a lengthy endeavor (although thanks to "global warming" it has been consistently cooler for the past few years...normally it's 100 by now and we're barely breaking into the 80's) and my head bakes far more conveniently in a black half helmet than a white full face.

The trick with jackets is the majority of them are black or black base with some other color for trim--- or at the very least a dark grey --- which completely negates the idea behind summer gear. It's actually tougher finding riding jackets in a bright base color, the designers of these so called dark summer things need to be reintroduced to the firing squads of the 1800's.
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You can wear a Tee shirt under it and soak the shirt with a bottle of water for some extra cooling.
A common trick I incorporate...it's the swamp cooler effect.

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I now wear a white mesh Joe Rocket jacket and white Icon overpants. I usually wear shorts under the pants. I started off with black mesh gear and discovered it really does make a difference. They make a vest you can soak in water and put on over a T-shirt. I wore mine once. It didn't evaporate much, if any, during the ride. High humidity makes them less effective IMO.

White gear shows dirt quickly, but I found that spraying it down with Shout before laundering got it bright again.

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I love in FL where I see lots of people wearing shorts & flip flops. Flip flops = NO TOES of ypu lay her down, not to mention an amazing case of road rash! Always ride protected, you never know when some a**hole is gonna cut you off or run into you! I wear my Joe Rocket mesh jacket most of the year, with a "wife-beater" for a top underneath. A well ventilated full face helmet (I like how my face looks) which I open the visor on when stopped. I get hot, yes, but once I start moving, despite the near 100% humidity, I'm cooled off pretty quickly.

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Mesh jackets with pads work pretty good in the heat, and I own one, but rarely use it.

I still use my black leathers most of the time. My jacket has zippered vents that I can close at night or open in the heat.

My black helmet also has vents in the top, and a visor that cracks open for more air.

A wet handkerchief around your neck will remove a little heat. A wet T-shirt with a mesh or vented jacket will remove a lot of heat. If you are not careful you will be shivering in the wind. The only disadvantage is that it dries out quickly and has to be rewet often.

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Actually if I could keep moving my current mesh jacket would work, but in traffic or at stop lights that black jacket is like a sauna suit 😩

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That's been my experience too. Not a whole lot of difference when moving, but a major one when stopped.

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Actually if I could keep moving my current mesh jacket would work, but in traffic or at stop lights that black jacket is like a sauna suit
A shop tried convincing me I'd stay cool in a black ventilated jacket with minimalist yellow trim with a money-back guarantee. Keep in mind it's dry here and summer temps hit triple digits for six months of the year (at least before global warming cooled things down a few years ago...now they call it a polar vortex which means it'll get hot again). I made it three blocks and turned around, giving them a 100% sweat soaked jacket back for a refund. Seriously, the T-shirt I had on underneath looked like I just climbed out of a swimming pool.

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