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    i love the look of the Rallye stuff, but unfortunately, I'm a little "girthy" to fit into their biggest size.. Grrrr.
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    The Rallye 3 is too new to know if it is going to be an outstanding piece of gear.

    When I bought my R2P I thought it was going to be an outstanding piece of gear. It failed the longevity test. The pants are literally falling apart after about 40,000 ~ 50,000 miles of wear and I've also had to replace things like zippers on the jacket. That keeps me away from the newest version from BMW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    The Rallye 3 is too new to know if it is going to be an outstanding piece of gear.

    When I bought my R2P I thought it was going to be an outstanding piece of gear. It failed the longevity test. The pants are literally falling apart after about 40,000 ~ 50,000 miles of wear and I've also had to replace things like zippers on the jacket. That keeps me away from the newest version from BMW.
    Funny, but many reports on the Rallye, Rallye 2, Rally 2 Pro are to the exact opposite: very resistant on the long run. And the zippers on the R3 are YKKs. So, I guess the prospect for the R3 in future everyday use is more good than bad. Anyway, did you really expect MORE that 50,000 miles of wear on PANTS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammam View Post
    Anyway, did you really expect MORE that 50,000 miles of wear on PANTS?
    Yep, although minor repairs are expected. That has been the case with Darien pants and with my Roadcrafter suit. The shipping typically cost more than any repairs those items needed.

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    RP2 to 3

    A couple of years ago I grabbed the RP2 jacket. It's been very good and cleans up like brand new. I'.m 6'3 at 205 and got the 48/58 size and I've found that it's a little roomier than I like. Not so bad in the winter when I'm bundled up but any other temp when things get peeled off it's not snug enough. The armor is great but not if the jacket is so loose that it spins off the point of contact.

    I did try the internal bladder for hydration but frankly it's a PITA to refill with the internal access pocket etc. The fanny pack is something I've never used and never would. Having a pocket in the back is one thing but that huge cordura belt and snap lock buckle is another thing entirely.

    I like the jacket but.....

    I tried on an RP3 in both my current size and a 46/56 one size down. Go figure, the smaller one fits very nicely.

    The sleeves have those cinch straps that other manufacturers have to take up the slack to ensure the armor stays where it should.

    The hydration pocket is accessible from the back exterior for ease of refilling.

    Pocket on the back rear but just that....a pocket. No removable fanny pack etc.

    Two waterproof pockets.

    Apparently the new waterproof liner (European not Gore tex) is built in a way to allow more breathability for those areas that need more ventilaton (under arms etc)

    In short, I'm happy enough to take the plunge on one. I know....a lot of dough but I'll sell my RP2 which is still in excellent condition so the hit will be gentle.

    I will buy the jacket in the US as they're a little more expensive up here.
    Pants? Don't like any of the RP pants......but I really like the Santiagos.
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