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    I wear BMW Street Guard suit - suitable all weather, rain or shine; can be a little warm when it is hot, but I also wear LD comfort clothes, and wet them down when it get's hot. As long as I have wind flow, I get air conditioning (not in humid climes

    Lighter and GREAT protection is my Motoport Stretch Kevlar gear - but it is NOT waterproof, you need to put on a waterproof liner, or over suit rain protection.
    Very comfortable, on and off, over jeans or other pants and shirt. Especially nice in summer.

    I always wear ATGATT; full face helmet, gloves, boots and BMW or Motoport jacket and pants; whether around the block or 1,000's of km.
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    I usually commute in a Roadcrafter one piece, and an Olympia Airglide set when it's over 90 degrees. Easy on and off, and they fit in my RT top case.

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    I've been wearing Alpinestars gear and like it quite a bit but I'm thinking of changing over to a one piece suit for easy full protection. On the suggestions in this thread I looked up the First Gear TPG Expedition and found it at a crazy price over at motorcyclegear. I've never worn First Gear stuff and was wondering if anyone had something more to say about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grendellion View Post
    I've been wearing Alpinestars gear and like it quite a bit but I'm thinking of changing over to a one piece suit for easy full protection. On the suggestions in this thread I looked up the First Gear TPG Expedition and found it at a crazy price over at motorcyclegear. I've never worn First Gear stuff and was wondering if anyone had something more to say about it?
    I think everything to say had bee. Said about it in this thread. A good quality suit with nice features at a great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultracyclist View Post
    I know that Aerostich has made a name a name for itself with "Transit" gear, but that is above my price point.
    There is another "step-in" one piece suit similar to the Aerostich for the fraction of the price. I can't remember who makes it and I have no experience with it. An option though. Look up Olympia Odyessy.

    As for the Aerostich, it is convenient but it has its disadvantages. I am on my second but last Roadcrafter II since first using one since 1992.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viking59 View Post
    Commuting every day. Using Darien Jacket & Pants.....for years.
    Me too

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    To the OP

    I'm an ATGATT guy that commutes to work where I have to don nomex flight gear 5 days a week. To make the ATGATT commitment the brand is not as important as the desire to not compromise your commitment to protection. If you are looking for high quality motorcycle protection that you can do yoga in... boss it does not exist.

    The bottom line is... Wait for it... Strategy! Yeah, strategy! You have got to learn how to doff and don that gear with the precision of an Olympic athlete. I've been able to do it for years despite the severe limitations of my job.

    I've learned to work out in some of my riding gear. I've learned to wear work out gear under my skid gear for quick change. I bought as much skid gear... boots in particular, with zippers to facilitate quick change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    I'm an ATGATT guy that commutes to work where I have to don nomex flight gear 5 days a week. To make the ATGATT commitment the brand is not as important as the desire to not compromise your commitment to protection. If you are looking for high quality motorcycle protection that you can do yoga in... boss it does not exist.

    The bottom line is... Wait for it... Strategy! Yeah, strategy! You have got to learn how to doff and don that gear with the precision of an Olympic athlete. I've been able to do it for years despite the severe limitations of my job.

    I've learned to work out in some of my riding gear. I've learned to wear work out gear under my skid gear for quick change. I bought as much skid gear... boots in particular, with zippers to facilitate quick change.

    Clark Kent ain't got nothing on me.
    Post of the week! Can't tell you how many stupid looks I get at the gym when. I pop my gear off with ready to left gym others on underneath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMARC153920 View Post
    Post of the week! Can't tell you how many stupid looms I get at the gym when. I pop my gear off with ready to left gym others on underneath.
    Yep been there done that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    There is another "step-in" one piece suit similar to the Aerostich for the fraction of the price. I can't remember who makes it and I have no experience with it. An option though. Look up Olympia Odyessy.

    As for the Aerostich, it is convenient but it has its disadvantages. I am on my second but last Roadcrafter II since first using one since 1992.
    Sounds like you're disenchanted with the Roadcrafter? Could you explain why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    Sounds like you're disenchanted with the Roadcrafter? Could you explain why?
    I wouldn't say that considering I have used two of them continuously since 1992 (23 years now). But that was then when a lot less options were available and this is now.

    They are a practical do-it-all suit...in their time. They are not waterproof (Aerostich never said that they were) and I accepted having to use a rain suit which I'd like to get away from using. And they do not vent well enough.

    The suit I plan to replace it with isn't carried by any local shop and I won't mail order it...gotta visit the factory in Germany one of these days.

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    got Olympia (great at the price point), Klim Aerostich and other gear for various uses. The all weather commuter pick was always the 1 piece Roadcrafter. Plenty OK for short 20 min rain runs on my usual RT commuter and newer suits are better still. The "in/out in 10 seconds" is literally true once mastered. I wore mine over everything from suit and tie to casual workday clothes and hung it on the back of my office door. Now retired I use it less- multi piece is better for touring days

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    I used to just wear a jacket and gloves with jeans. Depending on weather I would sometimes skip the gloves and even the jacket and ride with a just t-shirt and jeans. However, my brother in-law who works at a hospital regaled me with a tale about a friend of his who had to have multiple surgeries due to going down in jeans. Within a couple weeks I picked up a complete Klim Overland suit. I made sure the pants fit over jeans as well as tightening up so I can just wear them as pants. I am lucky enough that I can just change in my office, however. YMMV. Given the construction and comfort I have started referring to them as Thor's pajamas. I love them and couldn't imagine riding without them now and that is what is the key. If you're not comfortable you won't wear it.

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    As a wise man once said, "you dress for the fall, not for the ride."

    If you commute all year long, get the best protective gear you can afford. There isn't a set that does well in all conditions, so you will probably end up with more than one set in your closet. Like many of us...

    FYI
    Gear is rated based on the number of seconds it can withstand before it shreds to threads.

    Jean are good for about half a second...no good.
    The highest rated is around 7-8 seconds.

    The other aspect to consider is impact protection.
    I believe D30 is among the best available.

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    The Aerostich Roadcrafter Light works very well for me. They are waterproof now, but it's easier to get air flowing in the Alabama heat. But the real reason I use it for commuting (versus all of the other gear that I have -- mesh, Darien, leather, etc. etc.) is that it is so easy to deal with. Putting it on and taking it off is much easier than with a jacket and pants combo. On top of all that it's waterproof, so when the inevitable rain hits I stay dry. I understand older Aerostich products leaked, but the new zippers or new coating or something works well for me.

    The downside is that it took over a thousand miles to truly break in and it is still hot to wear at a stoplight in Alabama summers. But for the morning/evening commute, I keep going back to it, even with other options.

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