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Coat and Pants

 

In January of 2008 I ordered a coat from Sport Tour,

http://www.sporttour.com/index.htm

The coat that I ordered was a Cortech GX Air. I have been very pleased with the coat. It is of the perforated mesh, armored textile/leather type and came with two liners. This coat has since been superseded by the GX Air, Series II and has increased slightly in price. I can only speak for the one that I have but can say that I am happy that I bought it.

I have never had actual riding gear. Always, it was a matter of using gear that was originally designed for some other purpose and adapted, pulling additional duty as riding gear. Work gloves for example, a Levi jacket, work boots, etc.

The new gear is so technically advanced that it amazes me. I have to admit, it is pretty expensive, but, now that I have reached a point in my life that I can afford some of the extras, I must say that I am enjoying this stuff.

 

The GX Air offers protection that greatly exceeds the stuff that I used to wear and it adapts to the changing weather conditions far better. I found that, as the summer came on, I was able to wear it far longer into the heat of the season than I have ever been able to wear any kind of work jacket.

 

 

The coat has armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back.

And lots of pockets on the inside.

 

Then, as the temperature dropped, the first liner that I added was the wind/moisture barrier.

 

 

 

 This liner is actually comfortable to wear as a light jacket over street cloths so once you remove the armored, outer jacket, you have something light to spend your day in while not riding. It is also quite compact so can be stored in a back pack without taking up much space.

 

 

The second liner is insulated and has lots of pockets as well.

 

Both liners are designed to be zipped in, however I found that a bit too tedious. I just wear them as layered under garments, putting them on one at a time. I have worn both liners in forty degree weather for extended periods and found the combination to be serviceable. I'm sure that in colder climates the insulation will not be sufficient so I guess a heated vest would be the next step. I hope I never need that. The system has lots of pockets, both inside and out, including the liners. These are good for most of the stuff you carry such as keys, money, glasses, phone, etc.

I can happily recommend this jacket.

 

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In September of 2008 I ordered a pair of overpants from New Enough,

http://www.newenough.com/

The folks at New Enough are very helpful and their website has a generous amount of additional information about their products. If shopping, I would recommend that you at least check their website, if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with something that interests you. Shipping time was excellent and they were at my door in a couple of days. I also got some guidance from sales about sizing.

I ordered overpants instead of standard riding pants because I wanted to be able to easily take them off when stopped. I will admit that they are not very fashionable and so, if vanity is an issue, they might not be quite right for you. For me, however, they are working out well.

The pants that I bought are Tour Master Flex Textile/Mesh Overpants. They have armor and padding at the knees and the other contact points. The knee pads are adjustable so can be made to align even for my short legs.

  They came with the same two types of liners that my coat has, one for wind/moisture and one additional for thermal. There are also panels on the front of the legs that can be removed to expose the mesh below, thereby allowing plenty of air to pass through. I have not worn the pants in the summer but feel sure they will be tolerable much later into the heat with these panels removed. With the panels in place you get a little shielding from a light rain, even with out the moisture liner in.

 

 

These are the thermal lining.

 

 

Here with the zipper open on the left leg for ease of entry over your boots.

 

 

These are the wind/moisture lining. I find it a little strange that they do not have zippers on the legs but they are extra full in the legs and so you can still get them over your boots. 

 

 

These are the outer pants.

It's a little hard to see here because of the way the black absorbs the light but the right (top) leg has the shield removed revealing the mesh underneath. The little wad of material at the top is the shield and compresses into a very small space. With it removed you should get a lot of air through the pants and be able to use these in much higher temperatures than otherwise. You could also use them during the morning part of your ride and remove them for the trip back if need be.

   

I do find that in order to use the liners they must be zipped in place, unlike my coat liners. Otherwise they will tend to slide down until they are bunched up at the crotch. 

They have full length zippers down the outside of each leg so that they can be donned and doffed over street pants and boots.

 I have worn these over levies in the upper forties for extended periods with out either of the liners but with the front panels in place and found them to be sufficient. However, the wind liner would have been nice to have had on.

I recommend these pants. 

 

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