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    How many MC pairs of pants for 15 days?

    This year son and I are headed south end of May and early June, NY- Mississippi< NOLA, Texas, Arkansas. I'm alternately dreading and excited about packing. As we're camping and I'm on the 2016 R1200RT (solo- he on his HD)Space becomes an issue I HAD considered the Aerostich Roadcrafter Jacket and ADV pants non-negotiable, as well as two pair of armoured pants (BMW Summer 3 and Spirit Kevlar) Now I'm thinking more minimal. My Olympia jacket and pants and just the summer 3's. I really want to take both my Daytona Boots (for long superslab and wet days) and the BMW summer riding sneakers (comfy as heck and walkable). After toiletries, sandals, shirts, cooling vest, light casual pants, bathing suit, gloves etc etc I see a full bike.

    So I'm wondering- Does one pair of riding pants work for you on an extended trip? Am I foolish leaving aerostich at home for a HOT climate ride (The olympia is good, but after Aero everything seems almost wimpy!) Are two pair of riding footwear overdoing it? Just the riding sneakers (it's hot) Just the Daytona (It's motorcycling) I know i"m courting overthinking, but at 72 I don't think I want to gut-out a consequence of poor planning. General "paring down" comments welcomed as well.

    Coming from NY coolth, some hot weather packing experience could help here.
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    We have never taken extra riding jackets, pants or boots.
    Done a lot of 3 week trips and our longest trip was 5.5 weeks.
    We've had trips with temps below 20F and over 100F in the same trip.
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    Back in late May to mid June 2011, I travelled south from Ontario due south then through MO, AR, TX, OK, NM, CO, AR, CA then N to San Francisco and from there westward home to Ontario. Wore my mesh gear and left my electric gloves and liner at home (because of the time of year and traveling through the southern states). We were gone about 23 days. There were 3, I repeat 3 days when I was not cold. California and Colorado still had a lot of snow in the mountains.

    My advice is pack for cooler weather rather than anticipating a lot of warm weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    Back in late May to mid June 2011, I travelled south from Ontario due south then through MO, AR, TX, OK, NM, CO, AR, CA then N to San Francisco and from there westward home to Ontario. Wore my mesh gear and left my electric gloves and liner at home (because of the time of year and traveling through the southern states). We were gone about 23 days. There were 3, I repeat 3 days when I was not cold. California and Colorado still a lot of snow in the mountains.

    My advice is pack for cooler weather rather than anticipating a lot of warm weather.
    interesting...the olympia is indeed three pieces- Mesh, insulate and rain, Pants two- mesh and rain. OTOH The aero accomplishes it all in one but packs a lot bigget

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    Rick, IMO you are packing way too much. My Aerostich Darian is mandatory for a year-round road trip. Never ride any distance w/o it. But underneath, one pair of regular jeans in the winter or one pair of lightweight "fishing" pants (synthetic material that dries quickly) in the cooler months. Shirts, socks and underwear are from my "riding pile" at home. These are old clothing items that I have worn holes in throughout the year and they get washed, folded and saved until the next m/c trip. They can be wadded up in a dry bag. As I wear them, I throw them away at the motel. If I run short there is always a Walmart along the route. Bottom line: my bags are mostly empty when I get home after a two-week trip, and I immediately start accumulating throwaway clothing for the next trip.
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    These days I pull a small one wheel trailer on longer trips and would still take just one riding jacket, the matching riding pants and only one pair of boots.

    My Motoport riding gear for the last twelve years is mesh. It works in cooler weather with an electric jacket underneath and in the high 20s with not only the electrics, but with rain gear over top of it with thin long John's protecting my legs.

    The only time it was inadequate was when I neglected to pack electrics on the above mentioned California trip.

    You are really going to burdened with way too much gear, at least in my opinion.
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    I wear a Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket. Take the top off and it’s a mesh jacket, put the top on and it’s really warm and waterproof (but a bit heavy). No screwing around getting soaked trying to put liners in when it rains, no roasting because you don’t have a mesh jacket. It has a ton of pockets, too.
    On the other hand I have Rev’it sand pants, which have warmth and waterproof liners. You have to guess what you need for the day before you start, unless you’re prepared to strip to your underwear on the roadside every time the weather changes.
    For that reason I also take a pair of leather pants with over pants. I could manage with just these but they’re hot in the sun and too cool in the cold.
    For my long trip I’m planning to take a pair of walking shoes, too. It’s all bulky stuff.
    And then there’s the electric jacket.
    It’s not easy...

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    One set of pants.
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    Aerostich Darian Jacket

    and Aerostich Roadcrafter pants
    or
    Kevlar lined jeans with knee pad inserts
    Light weight rain pants

    Boots
    Keen sandals

    Helmet

    Vented gloves
    Gauntlet gloves
    Deerskin gloves
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    One set of pants.
    Thank-you! I’ve smelt worse. Lol A part of me knew there would be as many opinions as responders but often with these types of questions, aside from the detours, a theme emerges. One pair indeed. It also sounds like one pair of riding boots with accessible sandals for walking and campsite. I’m still back and forth with roadcrafter and adv pants (or whatever the lighter than roadcrafter were) or the Olympia set. Though I did get the aero for trips. And I survived the Utah desert with them last year. I think I must enjoy this agonizing, or I’m crazy. That’s not a question guys!

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    I travel with the Olympia AirGlide 3 jacket and heated jacket packed in case of cold weather. I wear Motoport mesh pants year around. If it get cold, I wear long underwear and my rain pants over the riding pants to add a layer of insulation. I never wear jeans under the riding pants and usually will pack 1 pair of jeans for when I am off the bike and a couple pairs of shorts. We will travel for 9 - 10 days and come home with clean clothes using the trunk and one saddlebag. I wear the same shirt riding for a few days and it is the kind I can wash in the motel sink and it will be dry in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Aerostich Darian Jacket

    and Aerostich Roadcrafter pants
    or
    Kevlar lined jeans with knee pad inserts
    Light weight rain pants

    Boots
    Keen sandals

    Helmet

    Vented gloves
    Gauntlet gloves
    Deerskin gloves
    There ya go. Works for me, maybe with one fewer pair of gloves. ..maybe. I hadnít thought of just the roadcrafter jacket and armored pants with rain cover. Iím gonna check temps for the intended route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Keen sandals
    The ones with a enclosed toe are a good compromise between a shoe and sandal.
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    3 pairs of riding pants? Pick the one you can not live without. I would wear the lightest pair you have for warm weather. Chances are you will see more heat than cold.

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    I did a recent trip, 16 straight days in the saddle. I was up in Glacier Park and down to Palm Springs. First have of the trip I wore my heated gear. Second have temps went into the 90's and 100's. I have Klim Badlands jacket and pants. I wore wicking gear in the hot and soaked them. The kilm was a great outerwear. Hot in the heat but with the correct venting and wet base layer it was ok. The first half of the trip was really rainy. Some monsoonal rains. I stayed dry. Point of all of this is you only need one set of outer gear. Less packing if it is waterproof. I take at least two long trips a year and this "system" always works well.
    Don't over pack! Just one pair of boots and some comfortable light shoes when done riding.
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