This is a quick rundown of all the gear that I have or had so far.
I believe in ATGATT (more on that). So, if you are thinking in buying gear, save up to buy the best one. Once you start compromising, you ended buying a lot of stuff along the way.
Now, the best protection is the one you always wear. Which is another way to say better some protection than none at all.
So, here we go...
- Classic Biker jacket. No padding. Extremely thick leather. Outgrew it around the waist. (trying to sell).
- Joe Rocket Mesh. it's a joke. (trying to sell)
- Joe Rocket textile. same as above. (trying to sell)
- First Gear Tech-Mesh. Good. (sold).
- First Gear Kenya. This was supposed to be waterproof. Not only
it's not. It's beyond hot, and it inflates with the vents open. a
complete joke. There were some parts inside made of paper (around the
cuffs). Only wore it for two long trips. I think I threw away in anger.
- Harley Davidson Alternator Leather/Mesh jacket. it was ok. Ended up using the mesh more. (sold).
- BMW RR Kushitani Perforated Leather Jacket. This thing offers
awesome protection. Extremely tough, very heavy because of it. Put the
back protector. On the K12R it's ok as long as you are moving. On the
K12LT it's tougher since there's no airflow. Can't beat the protection
though. It's a tank. Very hot, but bearable.
Did I mention this thing is awesome?
- FieldSheer Titanium Air 4.0 Mesh Pants: a complete piece of
rubbish. The velcro doesn't sitck. The fabric started to rip after only
one month. It's hot anyway. I don't see how this piece of garbage can
offer any abrasion protection. Rubbish. (trying to sell).
- Dainese Wave Pro Armor Jacket: though it looks good, and it's
just the armor. The elastic mesh would not hold a chance against any
surface. This thing is meant to be worn underneath a cheap jacket.
- Xelement Mesh Jacket: this is a winner because it's cheap, and I
never use it for protection alone. It goes with the Dainese Wave Pro
Armor underneath. No logos. It looks stealthy. Did I mention it was
- Dainese Alien Estivo Jacket: my pride and joy. I think I bought
it a size too large (54 instead of 52, I lost weight). This thing is so
awesome, sometimes I like just to look at it. I can almost assure you I
look handsomer in this thing (albeit handsome with a beer belly). The
leather is so supple but very thick. The level of protection is
outstanding. I put the G2 back protector. It's a tank.
- Dainese Delta Evo Pro Estivo Pants: Oh my! I bought these just before my K12R had to be decomissioned temporarily. So, the sliders are new ().
The fit, the protection. Just freaking awesome. If you need to go to
the toilet, you have to take your boots off. Otherwise they won't go
down. Same as the Alien Pants. This leather, it's Dainese. People gawk
at it. It's breathtaking.
- Dainese Alien Leather Pants: They are awesome. Same fit as
above. The quality is superb. If you are riding under the sun. Your legs
will get unbearably hot. Gets better if you get airflow. I feel very
protected in this thing. It's hot. No perforations.
- BMW Pro Sport Gloves: they're all beat up now. My left thumb
develop a hole. I repaired them tearing apart some stupid HD half gloves
(no finger protection), and I'm wearing them again. They're all soft
now. Love them.
- Icon Pursuit Gloves: These gloves rocket for a while. They started to
get too large, and I had the stupid idea to microwave them. They did
shrink, but now the thumbs are too tight. Still rideable... They're
still good though.
- Dainese Carbon Cover ST Gloves: incredible level of protection. There
were others with more "stuff", but these have the palm slider. Think
about it, the first thing you extend in a crash is your hands. If the
leather sticks (and it will) to the surface, you'll break your hand. The
sliders prevent that, as well as pinky sliders. Super comfy. I love
them. They are my every day gloves. I've had them for over two years
now, and they still look brand new. I would buy again in a heartbeat.
Dainese is awesome. I got the ones in gray.
- Thor 50/50 boots: At first glance they look and fit and feel
awesome. Then the straps start breaking. A quick search reveals is a
know problem and Thor sends me straps. I decided to fix them once and
for all and make leather straps. Problem fix right? well, now the boots
soles unglued. Junk. Still have them. (looking to sell).
- Harley Davidson boots: Hey I was riding a Sportster, had to have them, right? (looking to sell).
- BMW All Around Boots: These boots have no peer. Not only they
are downright comfortable. They are waterproof. I have stepped into a
foot of water, and no problem. I've been rocking them for three years
DAILY. No signs of overt wear. A bit of shoe polish and they look new.
They look awesome and are not yelling anything. Very classy.
- Dainese Giro ST Boots: I bought these to complete the look of the
Delta Evo Pro pants. Haven't been able to rock them properly. They are
stylish. They are thin though. If you have wide feet, these are not for
you. Specially at the heel. Did I mention these are made by Dainese? You
get the point. Cool.