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Old 01-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question Riding gear recommendations

I'll be headed up to Alaska (BC, Yukon, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez) end of June and most of July. Not doing Dempster or the Artic Circle.) Can't decide on which gear to take:
Option 1: Olympia Airglides (with the wp liners) and Gerbings for cold spells, and bring rain gear, or
Option 2: FirstGear Kilimanjaro Jacket and Pants and bring rain gear for the extreme weather.

I'm leaning to the Olympia for greater comfort range if it gets warm. Any suggestions (other than buying new gear).
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I'll be headed up to Alaska (BC, Yukon, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez) end of June and most of July. Not doing Dempster or the Artic Circle.) Can't decide on which gear to take:
Option 1: Olympia Airglides (with the wp liners) and Gerbings for cold spells, and bring rain gear, or
Option 2: FirstGear Kilimanjaro Jacket and Pants and bring rain gear for the extreme weather.

I'm leaning to the Olympia for greater comfort range if it gets warm. Any suggestions (other than buying new gear).
I went the other way last July and ended up bringing two sets of riding gear. Option 2 from Fairbanks to Prince George and something close to option 1 from southern BC to Calif. It was kind of a hassle to have all the gear though I left the option 1 gear with friends in OR to be picked up on the way back. After the trip, I decided that, in the future I would just bring the mesh gear and if it's cold, use the Gerbings and/or the one piece rain suit.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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#1 I personally like liners and Gerbings
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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Option 1: Olympia Airglides (with the wp liners) and Gerbings for cold spells, and bring rain gear, or

I'm leaning to the Olympia for greater comfort range if it gets warm. Any suggestions (other than buying new gear).
Except for the trip from TX to FL in July/August I have yet to take a trip in the lower 48 where the Gerbings and good rain gear did NOT get used.

When I went to AK in '10, July/August I work Joe Rocket ballistic pants and jacket. The pants got warm in many places, and opened the zippers at the top for ventilation. The jacket, with the big air system worked well for the upper body. But several places, including in the lower 48 I had the Gerbing on full, and long johns on.

My preferred LD gear is a full perf leather jacket and semi-perf leather pants, with Gerbing and Triumph 1 piece rain suit (with a cord added in the pocket for the Gerbing). When I last fit into the pants I saw 40F -> 118F -> 35F in a 48 hour time span, all the time comfortable, all in the summer, between CO, AZ and CA !

Not to step on the toes of anyone with more experience riding in AK, but I would be prepared for 40F and rain.

IIRC first week of August, I had my Gerbing liner in when I rode into Valdez.

Have a great trip. If the stars align, I will be back up there this summer.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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Aerostich Transit

Completely waterproof leathers and a Gerbings liner. Merino wool 2 piece underware

Typical Alaska summer 35deg-70deg t-shirt and transit suit. If its cold and wet I use the wool and Gerbings

I'm in my third year with the Transit suit. Pretty simple nothing extra
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #6
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there might be better options out there.... but for the last five years, I wear firstgear kilamanjaro, gerbings vest and heated gloves if it works and is comfy there is no reason to change.
PS sometimes my toes get cold when it's snowing.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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I'd go with #1 also, especially where you ae starting and returning from. I was up there in the first week of August 2 summers ago and we had temps in the mid to high 40's at night and in the mid to high 60's during the days. Maybe even more important than the Gerbings ( I did not take mine, with no regrets ) is good rain gear. Not sure if the W/P Olympic liners can stand up to some of the potential rain you might see. We had rain in the Turnagain Arm area, and especially from Girdwood to Whittier, like I have never seen before. Hell, we had rain everyday somewhere...some worse than others, but still rain
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #8
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Snow?

Even with the Olympia "waterproof liners" I'd still be packing our serious rain gear for over the top, if nothing else to keep the riding suit dry. Great suggestion all around.

Is snow a likelyhood in July?
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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I doubt it, but.........



depending on where you ride, and how you get there, you might see this





or this



or this



Second best part of the trip, next to the Denali Hwy. We flew out of Talkeetna and landed on Denali at 7,000 feet. Simply spectacular, and well worth the $ 265 it cost. This was on our first full day in Alaska.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:28 PM   #10
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Most 'waterproof' gear leaks, and liners suck. I'd personally lean towards option 2 with a rain suit and gerbings. Actually, I'd wear my Klim Traverse and Aerostich AD1 pants, but option 2 is closest to that.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:35 AM   #11
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It's all about layers

The weather here in Alaska changes quickly. Elevation changes, weather changes etc. so bring it all.

Try this:

Base Layer: poly pro or similar
Good pants and Jacket: First Gear, Olympia, Klim......all good.
Electric Jacket (vest maybe) I have found that windstopper stuff works well. (I use a heated windstopper fleese jacket from aerostitch and love it.)

You can remove the liners as needed, plug in the heated liner when needed. Open the zippers if you need air flow.

I hate rain suits. If its plasstic your gonna sweat until it rips and leaks. Plus your gonna be taking it on and off 3 or 4 times a day on some days.

Gloves.....When the fingers aint happy nobodys happy. Oh and have a few pair. (my olympic rain gloves, $$$$$, but the best I have used.)

Boots: Good quality, treated with Sno-Seal or something similar. For extra rain protection buy a pair of Seal Skin waterproff socks or something similar.

Get some sort of fog free attachment for your face shield if your using a full face unit. (the pinlock anti fog on my Arai XD works great...Another $$$$$ suggestion.) I have tried all sorts of wipe on, spray on liquids. None work for very long.
If you wear glasses you may want to try some sort of anti fog solution on them-----good luck, and let me know if you find something that works.

Its just a matter of buy it, bring it, use it.
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I brought my First Gear Ranier jacket with its' liner and that kept me warm and dry. I can't say that about my Darien pants, which, on the 2 days we had heavy rain, going to Valdez and in the Turnagain Arm area, my ass was damp. My goal was to bring just enough clothes to keep my load light, that's why over pants stuff works nice. My BMW Goretex gloves worked great, but remember to put the gauntlet part under your jacket sleeve, not over it. DAMHIK. Oh, when are you going to start the skeeter thread ?
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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A flight up to the Glacier is definitely part of the plan!
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