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    Question How old is too old for riding gear?

    I have a BMW Rally Pro 2 suit that has 100K miles on it and is 10 years old. It's been in the closet for the past 7 years as I stopped riding and just got back into it.
    Besides a bit of fading it is still in excellent shape. Seams are good, armor is flexible and not ripped etc... Even the Gore-tex is waterproof. How long is the life expectancy of good gear???

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    If the UV has gotten to it and the integrity of the materials including armour are still intact, then I'd say it comes down to a style and fit choice.
    Having said that, the technology and detailing of modern gear makes some older (even the premium stuff) function well below what is now available.

    I look at my old leather jacket that I keep mostly for nostalgic purposes and although it still fits, it looks like a 30 year old bike jacket. A bit faded and a little out of style - a lot like me actually.
    But I can't bring myself to take my 2015 R1200GS out dressed in it. It would be like turning up on a date with a younger woman wearing your old flared jeans and paisley shirt.
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    I don't have any way to test the integrity of my riding gear. If I were to put it on and did not feel perfectly comfortable with it, just a feeling you know, than I would start considering new gear.

    Choosing new gear - a head scratcher for sure. This year I decided to go with Motoport. Should hear from them any day now that they are ready to ship ...
    Ed
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    Thanks guys! So far it fits right and I'm comfy in it as well. I lost some weight and it fits better...
    I also think it is about fit, style however..... I don't care about fashion statements so that part is out. I was just wondering when anyone would say enough is enough with a garment that is designed to protect us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark H View Post
    It would be like turning up on a date with a younger woman wearing your old flared jeans and paisley shirt.
    Damn! Are you telling me I'm out of style?!
    Bob Weis
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