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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Kevlar/Roadskin/Titanite Gear

What are people's opinion on Kevlar and specifically, Roadskin (who also do Titanite) gear?

I am looking for gear that's lightweight, but still tough, for summer riding, because it's gonna get hot, I'm gonna riding a bike to work and let's face it, get sweaty and stink the office out, especially for somebody who tends to radiate heat as it is (it's one of my superpowers, including the ability to drink lots and never get hungover, but I am still waiting to hear back from my application to The Avengers).

Kevlar seems like a decent option and Roadskin do a kevlar hoodie that works as a jacket.

But they also have products using a material call Titanite, which is the more expensive of the two options. From test conditions in videos it looks like a very robust material. Honestly, it sounds ideal in what I am looking for in protective clothing

However, I am looking at either buying their, fully lined Kevlar Hoodie, or their more expensive Titanite Hoodie. As either choice would seem to be durable enough, with armour options available and yet lightweight enough not to boil in the summer and remain waterproof enough to ride in.

Or better-suited gear I've not thought about.

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I wasn't aware that the UK got that hot.

I guess its all relative, though. For me, abrasion resistance is just part of the equation. Protection from impacts are equally, if not more important in my mind. I think a textile jacket would be better, especially since many of them have armor panels. I think the armor for the upper body is more important than the lower body since, you know, all of your organs are in your upper body and particularly susceptible to blunt force trauma.

Also, if you're really concerned about heat, why are you looking at black? In my opinion, a black hoodie will be far more uncomfortably hot than a properly vented jacket with armor would be.

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I am a winter person, so my tolerance for heat is even weaker than that of a normal British person, but the plus side, my tolerance for cold is better than a normal British person :P. Maybe I should put it down to always going out in the winter in just shorts and a t-shirt as a kid and not wrapping up.

From what I understand, Roadskin have places to put armour in and I should be able to use the current armour I've got. As for black, Roadskin only do black, but I generally wear black too. A black hoody would be more tolerable than the stuff that came with my bike, which is more aimed at the winter.

So in terms of abrasion resistance, would a fully lined kevlar or titanite hoody, like the ones I liked, suffice and compare well to the alternatives? The sales pitch says yes, but I never trust a salesman.

But you're saying a well-vented jacket would do better? I am definitely interested in alternative options, would there be any in mind that might serve as a good example and I'll see what I can get that compares.

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I just bought this:

Speed and Strength Lunatic Fringe Mesh Jersey

Other than the fact that it is ugly as sin, I am so far happy with the purchase. Many of the reviews say it's awkward to put on/take off, and I have to agree. But this is a clearance of a closeout, and I got it for $20 so its a couple things I can live with.

It has good airflow and comes with some armor.

Keep in mind I am not ATGATT.
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Another concern of mine regarding the hoodie is how well it would stay in place in a crash. All the abrasion resistance in the world won't amount to much if its all bunched up under your armpits.

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That's...a perfectly valid point. Though I wonder if the same thing could be the case for the textile jacket I already own, it can be rolled up, perhaps not as far as a hoody could, but I am not sure how likely it would be if I got hit that I'd fall in such a way that I slide backwards on my front or forward on my back. Unless I have something that can hold the jacket in place. For a start, I tend to ride with a backpack anyway, there are good motorcycle backpacks that give good back support too and there is one I'll be buying. I guess in theory this would help that scenario, as it'd be the bag that's taking the impact there and not the hoodie.

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