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Old 04-06-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Question Bohn Armor Suits - Anyone tried them?

OK - I went through the armor thread, and only found light references to these. Has anyone invested in them - and how do they do in hot temperatures? They claim they are no problem in hot weather, and I've considred strap-on gear. But I'm too small for most "strap-on" 'stuff.

I'd be interested in some real experience in them before making the invesment. These aren't something one can resell, since they are essentially "underwear."

http://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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I have a friend who swears by Bohn. He puts at least 50K a year on bikes and wear the armor under his street clothes. I've seen him wear it to meetings and no one noticed.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
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Wow. If I bought me and my spouse the pants - with their $45.00 off for the second pair, it would still cost us about $145.00 each after shipping. That isn't more than a new pair of mesh pants, but still something to think over. Those would be the "priciest" underwear I've ever owned.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:10 PM   #4
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I just have the Bohn air mesh "pants" to wear under jeans. I have never been down wearing them, so I can't attest to their protection levels. My views:
Plusses:
-they are (fairly) comfortable, especially if you are moving (see below)
-you can go out in public and wear them all day without looking "different"
-encourages me to wear something protective when I'm on my Bonneville
Minuses:
- you have to be gentle while putting on the summer weight mesh pants
- they even come with a "If you tear these while putting them on it is NOT
covered by warranty" disclaimer.
- if it is over 90 degrees they get a little warm if you are not moving
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:32 PM   #5
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something protective when I'm on my Bonneville
Minuses:
- you have to be gentle while putting on the summer weight mesh pants
- they even come with a "If you tear these while putting them on it is NOT
covered by warranty" disclaimer.
- if it is over 90 degrees they get a little warm if you are not moving
Wearing them over 90F was my concern. I've actually worn other mesh overpants, and found those hot also when not moving at over 90F. But they are easier to take off than underwear.

So they are easy to tear while putting them on?
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:41 PM   #6
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Okay, you've got impact protection, what about abrasion resistance?

Denim evaporates on asphalt.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:53 PM   #7
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Okay, you've got impact protection, what about abrasion resistance?

Denim evaporates on asphalt.
...unless Kevlar lined. I suppose one could wear both - but then that is nearly the same as wearing mesh overpants.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:04 PM   #8
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buy the strap-on.








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Old 04-06-2010, 02:52 PM   #9
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buy the strap-on.
I thought I'd mentioned this already. I'm too small - unless I get "youth" strap-on armor. All of the youth stuff I've seen is too dinky. I'd be willing to consider it if I could find decent quality. But then Xeraux brings up a good point about protection from road rash. I don't know how mesh pants do with that either, however.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:39 AM   #10
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:45 AM   #11
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More on Bohn...No perfect solution

I have not yet torn my Bohn "underpants", but I am careful because of the warning. They aren't real fragile, but they are't made from cast iron either. Due to the concerns listed above (especially abrasion resistance) what I normally wear in over 90F weather (when I am not on the Bonneville) is my "normal" overpants with shorts underneath. For me the only real application for the Bohn "underpants" is when I want to wear jeans and a leather jacket, and I only do that on the Triumph. (I know it seems wierd, but Hi-Viz Yellow looks awful on a blue and orange bike.) For 90% of my riding I wear either my First Gear (in cool weather) or Joe Rocket Alter Ego (warm weather) riding pants. I guess that means that the Bohn pants have a fairly limited application for my riding, but they are better than nothing IF you aren't going to wear riding gear.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:58 PM   #12
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I've got the bohn air shirt. The construction of the mesh shirt is pretty nice. However I really feel like the pads I got in mine are not up with the times. There are thinner, more flexible and more protective pads on the market these days. Since I couldn't return the jacket I ditched the pads and replaced them with sas tech armor.

In this confguration I think it works well. I'd recommend tpro or sas tech over bohn armor.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:56 AM   #13
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I have the Bohn underwear and while they are more than likely not leather grade protection, they are certainly better than jeans alone. On my bike (Tiger) the cocyx pad kind of agrivates you while riding but after a few miles, I get to where I can ignore it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:50 PM   #14
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I've got the bohn air shirt. The construction of the mesh shirt is pretty nice. However I really feel like the pads I got in mine are not up with the times. There are thinner, more flexible and more protective pads on the market these days. Since I couldn't return the jacket I ditched the pads and replaced them with sas tech armor.

In this confguration I think it works well. I'd recommend tpro or sas tech over bohn armor.
I was unaware tpro or sas tech even existed. I'll look into them also. Thanks!
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:21 PM   #15
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I have these and I like the fact that they put the pads in the right place, yea they won't last long in a super long powerslide unless you have something stronger than denim on over them I wear them with some kevlar jeans and under my other riding pants. If your on the smaller side I think these would be the ticket.
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