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Offline k9doc

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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #30 on: 30 November, 2016, 09:10:13 PM
BMW Streetguard. Had mine years, truly all weather gear, winter in UK to summer in Spain. Just a cold wash in the washing machine now and again with a mild liquid soap. Still 'as dry as a keck' as we say locally. Keck is actually Cow Parsley so don't know what that's all about. Not cheap but does the job.


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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #31 on: 01 December, 2016, 10:35:01 AM
Heine Gerrick Gortex, 7 years, occasional wash, still waterproof, even the trousers, Hi Viz jacket now grubby and no amount of washing will restore it to full glory, so I've just bought a knock down price Triumph 'Expedition' Hi-Viz jacket. I've only ridden with it for a day and to my surprise the 'magic' inner lining (Outlast that apparently keeps cold out or releases excess heat depending on the temperature) works as I was 'toastie' warm after a day's riding in temperatures around 5-6C.  :087:

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If you are tempted, get a larger size than normal as the sizing is very 'neat'. Then of course you have to put up with a large 'Triumph' logo, but I suppose Gaffer tape is one solution. Still I'm entitled to wear it as I was riding a Triumph only 53 years ago...... :015:

I'll let you know how it functions in heavy rain the next time I have that exciting experience.  :016:
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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #32 on: 01 December, 2016, 11:32:59 AM
 I think my Rayven pants and Frank Thomas jacket are about 8 or 9 years old ,they get an annual clean and reproof with fabsil .
 I have thought about changing them but cant really see the point they still do the job and to me look reasonable.


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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #33 on: 02 December, 2016, 05:00:22 PM
Earlier this year I retired my old Spada Podium jacket and Circuit trousers: the former was getting tatty and the latter leaked. However the suit was nearly ten years old and all the zips and fasteners still worked like new and all the seams were intact. Overall an excellent suit and terrific VFM.

I have replaced it with an RST Paragon IV jacket and Paragon V trousers.These have not been tested in really wet weather yet but so far seem very good. I have found them a better fit than my old Spada gear as it is possible to obtain short leg trousers.

I have had one problem though,which is that I find that I get some discomfort at the back of the knees after a while when riding. I thought at first that this was caused by the knee armour, but this is not the case as it still happens when the armour is removed.
Iím pretty sure that itís down to the large panels over the knee on the outside of the leg. These are quite stiff, especially in colder weather and donít bend easily around the knee, but want to flatten out. This has the effect of pulling the fabric at the back of the knee inwards like a bow stretching a bowstring, rather than letting it fit loosely round the back of the knee.
I was thinking of warming these panels with a hair dryer and bending them into shape: would this damage the fabric or internal membranes?  :187: Does anyone have any other suggestions? I had also thought of trying to put a U-shaped bit of plastic inside to keep the panel curved but I'm a bit wary that it might cause injury in an off. :465:
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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #34 on: 02 December, 2016, 05:36:17 PM
Chubbley, I don't know your location but there is a bike clothing shop par excellence called Hide-Out close by Saffron Walden SSE of Cambridge who do Repairs and alterations to bike clothing, anything leather and also, if asked nicely, to textile gear as well.

You will find them here:   There must be other top notch biking gear specialists around who turn their hand to this sort of alteration but I can say with confidence, having been there, seen their set up and chatted to the said ladies that they are very good at what they do.  In fact they don't like doing distance selling such is their passion for making sure what they sell actually fits properly.

I have written about them before when I started buying Halvarrsons gear but they also sell other manufacturers although mainly the upper end of the price range.  They are run by two extremely pleasant ladies (whose names I have now forgotton - but are mentioned in a previous thread on halvarrsons kit) and both Hide-out and the ladies are given the thumbs up by Sixtieslad as well - so they must be good :188:.  I am sure there are others on here who recommend them as well.

They may be able to help you out or at least give you a couple of DIY ideas but their forte really is making riding gear fit the person.   It does sound as if you are a bit stuffed as something needs to be done.


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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #35 on: 02 December, 2016, 07:03:39 PM
My Rev'it Cayenne Pro set have been watertight and warm throughout the ~5 years I've had them.


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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #36 on: 03 December, 2016, 05:52:57 PM
Thanks Andy for the link to hideout.  :028: Unfortunately I live rather a long way away from them, so first I'll try RST's suggestion from their Technical Department, as follows....

Our Product Development Team have advised that it should soften over time.

They would not recommend warming with the hairdryer as this could damage the waterproof lining and cause the garment to leak.

They did suggest you could try hanging with the legs straight and placing some sort of cardboard tube down the leg to the knee area then strapping around the outside of the garment forming the knee area around the tube and leave them stored like this as long as possible. Hopefully this will result in a gentle radius over the knee area, but obviously this would have to be carried out at your own risk

It might work  :084:
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Re: Textile suits recomendations
Reply #37 on: 04 December, 2016, 11:38:29 AM
*Originally Posted by Biker Mike [+]
I find Auto Glym tar remover works well Ken, or maybe a little petrol.
(not necessarily the cheapest price - readily available in most car accessory shops)
Wouldn't want to use the power washer though. From the many posts here, they do more harm than good.

A follow over from detailing cars I use this as it's in a spray and helps get in to tight areas.

you just spray on, let it do its thing then wash off, it wipe off with a cloth.

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