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Old 01-23-2013, 02:36 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by _cy_ View Post
starting to think it's not possible for a suit with waterproof outside layers to be comfortable under extremely hot conditions.

that takes a mesh suit like Motoport mech kevlar. my favorite combo is Aerostich one piece Roadcrafter for nasty wet/cold conditions with heated suit and temps up to about 75-80f. some claim to ride one piece RC up to 95F if you keep moving... that's too hot for me.

so two suits to cover all conditions ...
Thats actually an interesting mention. This past summer during some extreme temps, I happened to have a discussion with another rider who turned out to be a rider himself. Granted, at the time he was wearing a pair of shorts as he was local to the location we were in, but he was asking about my Roadcrafter Light I was wearing. Anyway, he mentioned how he had recently read a paper by another doctor about cooling and it related to riding. The point is during slow speed riding mesh is nice because it allows some airflow. However, during higher speed long distance riding mesh was actually bad as the additional airflow evaporated your bodies sweat in turn making it harder for your body to stay cool and of course leading to dehydration that much faster as your body would try to sweat more.

At the time, I just purchased the Roadcrafter and was actually on my way home from Duluth where it was purchased. I purchased the suit for colder weather / wet weather riding only and planned to stick with my mesh gear for hot weather. After this discussion though I wore the Roadcrafter on some hot long distance riding and I did feel better while riding. Sure I was hot when going slow in traffic or towns, but on the open road I felt better especially after a long day so there must be some merit.

To the OP, I love my Roadcrafter light. Much lighter wearing and more comfortable than a standard Roadcrafter. Super waterproof, and not near as hot as a standard one either. Also with some layering has been great in temps down to around 20 degrees.
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