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Old 03-03-2009, 09:40 PM   #61
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Straped on vs Sewn in armor

No doubt there are some disadvantages with sewn in armor and you pointed out one of them.

But think of the realities of long multi day and multi week rallies in that the elastic will constantly rub the skin area to a point of causing irritation. Yes - you can use powders to reduce the friction between the elastic and skin but eventually long hot sweaty multi day riding will cause friction which creates irritation.

All of my pants have sewn in with exception of my MX pants
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:57 PM   #62
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No doubt there are some disadvantages with sewn in armor and you pointed out one of them.

But think of the realities of long multi day and multi week rallies in that the elastic will constantly rub the skin area to a point of causing irritation. Yes - you can use powders to reduce the friction between the elastic and skin but eventually long hot sweaty multi day riding will cause friction which creates irritation.

All of my pants have sewn in with exception of my MX pants

do like I do...long sleeve lycra tight tops and long legg lycra bottoms
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:51 AM   #63
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I would never wear sown in armour as every fall ive had with it ended up hurting. I use a long sleeve murino (spelling) wool top and wear armour over it, but will be getting SKINs soon as some days the wool is a bit warm! These also make Leatt neckbraces even more comfortable!
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:19 AM   #64
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I wear sewn in armor pants when I am road riding. But for any trail or rally events I wear pressure suits and strap on knee braces. If they irritate you there are some good leg liners that fit under the armor.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:18 PM   #65
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Very interesting direction this thread is going.

Enjoying the comments and to ensure this thread doesn't get hijacked I created a seperate thread specifically for sewn in armor vs strap on armor
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441444

Would like to hear more details as I just can't see riders on long rides with strap on armor. Hope to see your comments on the new thread.

Sycamore - most important is to continue your research as there are obviously many methods to properly gear up.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:25 PM   #66
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I am also enjoying this thread very much, are there any other rally/long range racers out there that have a preferable set up or oppinion worth shouting out???
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:53 PM   #67
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I am also enjoying this thread very much, are there any other rally/long range racers out there that have a preferable set up or oppinion worth shouting out???
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=439428
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:44 PM   #68
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:23 PM   #69
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not to bring back and old thread but has anyone every run the koerta from acerbis under a bmw rallye pro suit? I am curious as to what all the bmw riders ride with... do they just have the suit? or suit plus underarmour as well...?
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:45 AM   #70
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Bump for an awesome thread, just discovered it now.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:14 AM   #71
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Over The Boot

Just picked up some KTM rallye gear jacket/pants and love them. They are over the boot.I would not buy anything else. I have been running over the boot since the late 90s(remeber those baggy Shift pants ) and have never had issue with them. Riding in the SE US(100deg+100%humidity swamps to snow),trail riding, dualsporting,mx and 4-5 hr enduros in all conditions. I find that they help shed snow/rain/mud/sand and water from entering the boot. Most good pants like the KTM RAlly have adjustments to snug them up. And never have I had any problem with snagging on anything in 12 or so years. Plus they keep your boots nice and shiny! Just my 2 cents
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:42 PM   #72
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I would not use sewn in armour in any race or rally! my 661 pressure suit saved my ass last year and it took a few hours and hundreds of stitches for me to repair it. Essentially the crash and subsequent pounding tried to rip the suit right off, the fact that it was held in place for the initial impacts likely saved my forearms which took the brunt of it.

I would rather deal with Chafe than broken bones....

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Old 12-31-2010, 11:03 PM   #73
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I don't like sewn in armor, for dirt or street, racing or riding. I want something solid. Sewn in might work if the garment fit very tight.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:10 PM   #74
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Bringing this old thread back to life...
I ordered myself a lightweight rallye jacket from the awesome guys at SprintDesign in Australia since I'm down here on holiday anyway and I must say that I'm VERY impressed by the jacket





As you can see, I even have my name printed on the back across shoulder height There are a total of 3 pockets, one on each side and one in the back. Theres a neat and handy zipper just below my name that lets you fill your drinking bladder without having to take of the jacket, well thought out idea!
The bottom side of your sleeves and a great part of your back area are made of mesh material, so it's very breathable, an ideal jacket for hot events like the DC

I'll post more pics when I get back home in August to show you the jacket in combination with the neck brace, pressure suit and Camelbak.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:12 AM   #75
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Well I got around to fitting my jacket with my other gear, so here are some pics





My poser shot


Back zip for easy Camelbak access, well thought-out!


Fits well with the "armless" pressure suit as well as the traditional ones with elbow protection


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