After my ‘curling’ experience on the ice in Japan I return to tropics of north east Australia and it is hot and steamy. Packing away my winter gear that served me well overseas I take a moment to examine my summer riding equipment which I use here for most of the year. Is it up to the task should something unexpected happen again?
From the bottom up then. My riding shoes are not really the best solution. I have shorty Alpinestar shoes and Rivers brand leather hiking type boots that I like for summer. Ok I guess but could do better.
Pants. I am going to retire my Alpinestars Jeans. They have knox hard knee armor and inner lining to some areas but they are baggy stunt rider style pants so I feel the armor for knees may move in a tumble. The rest of the pants being jeans I no longer feel is enough. I also have my BMW City pants which have substantial hip and knee padded armor and are fully lined as well as constructed from a blend of material nylon reinforced. I am feeling confident with these still so while not as cool in summer I am going to make theses my only riding pants outside of winter.
I have two summer jackets, an older lightweight Dryrider mesh item and a newer Cortech hybrid mesh/textile/leather jacket. The Dryrider I had already decided to retire after last summer and this check reconfirmed that decision as it is not substantial enough. The Cortech is not nearly as cool in summer but it is fully armored and very sturdy made so I shall see how this goes and if too hot then have to look further.
My gloves are the mesh/synthetic leather summer light weight type that has become common of late. Almost identical to good spec moto-x gloves, which I also have used here for summer. These I feel are a weak point if I compare to my Held gloves that saved my hands in Japan. In comparison they are a bit light weight for the task being mostly a single layer and lacking armor whereas the Held are multi material and multi layer armored items. I am shopping for a new pair already.
Summer helmet is my Nolan and it is ok except the visor so I am ordering a replacement visor in light smoke tint as do not wish to replace either of my helmets just yet being the most expensive things. I will retire the Shark for now. The visor got scratched on one side as well as the front chin air vent was broken in the Japan slide so while it didn’t cop a big knock I will shelve it all the same. Wish there was some upgrade in safety I could achieve with helmets alas they all rely on that little bit of white foam liner to cushion and slow any impact, the technology involved has not advanced in decades.
If the rain stops I will try for a ride Sunday.