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Old 06-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
Blaise W
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What I used, and still think is the best, is a ballistic jersey (armor for arms, back, chest, on a venting fabric) over an Underarmour pull over. Then you can add a regular jersey, and additional layers, including an insulated jacket liner, and finally a riding jacket without armour. I used Klim gear (Traverse) which is waterproof but vents very well, and when it was too hot, rolled the jacket up and secured it to the back of my top duffel. When you are in the hot and dry areas, you just use the ballistic jersey and underlayer. You may find the armour comes in very handy in places. I had only a couple of falls going across, but the two good ones were into rock gardens and by the time I reached Oregon, the ballistic jersey was toast. I circular filed it there as some of the connecting straps had come loose and it didn't look like there was any way to reconnect them.
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