It is really hard to bee prepared for all kinds of weather and all kinds of temperature. I’m having a hard time riding for just a couple of hours if it is around freeze or below and for me there is a certain limit for how much clothes that I can put on and still bee able to move around on the motorcycle. I don’t have clothing that can keep me warm, if I have to ride a hole day around freeze or below. I think the only solution would be a heating west underneath my jacket, but it is not on the top of my list of most important motorcycle clothes on this trip.
Traveling on the White Rim Trail in 2011, Canyonlands, Utah
So for you – I stripped down and added clothes – like the opposite of “Strip Poker”.
Wearing a set of WoolNet underwear from ACLIMA, the pants is the 3/4 Long Pants model. Underneath I wear a sport bra from ACLIMA in wool and underpants. On top of that a wool t-shirt from SMARTWOOL. If it gets really warm I take of the WoolNet underwear and take on a pair of lightWool Long shorts from ACLIMA. The thin socks are made of wool and I have them in three different thickness depending on the weather/temperature. I use wool socks because they are good for hiking.
Adding protection: the body armor is the woman’s model from ALPINESTAR “Stella Bionic” (first edition) and a pair of cheap knee pads (comfortable to wear). I love that the Stella Bionic has room for my boobs . I bought it in 2009 and I have only changed the velcro on the kidney belt. ALPINESTAR have made a new model “STELLA BIONIC JACKET”. According to the size chart from ALPINESTAR a size XS-S would fit me. My body armor is a size M, and I can just fit a t-shirt with long sleeves underneath.
In warm weather I wear my motocross over the boot pants and a jersey from FLY RACING. On top of that a camel back with can hold 3 liter/101 oz of water.
I have been riding with motorcycle pants and Jacket from RUKKA since 2009 – riding more than 30.000 miles in it. The Gore-Tex pants are still waterproof and all the seams are still holding up. The jacket has a water and windproof inner liner, which doesn’t fit on top of my body armor, so I don’t wear it.
I have three pair of gloves with my – each of them presented on the upper pictures. The pink ones are motocross gloves with extra protection. Then I have protective gloves for the road. The one to the left is waterproof.
I could not get Esben to strip down for you – SORRY GIRLS . He has been working on the bikes. He almost have the same underwear from ACKLIMA, but in the men’s edition. Here is his protective gear including the helmet. Two pair of gloves. The gloves to the left is waterproof and from SEALSKINZ. We wear the same boots the ADVENTURE GORE 2 from SIDI, which is waterproof. Normally I use a size 7 (woman’s size/European size 37,5), but in the SIDI boots I fit a size 6 (men’s size/European size 39) with a medium thick pair of wool sock from SMARTWOOL.
Normally Esben uses a European size 42/43, but in the SIDI boot he uses a European size 44 (US size 10). So you probably need one size bigger, compared to the size you usually wear.
Esben has three layers: from the left KLIM motocross pants and jersey, Gore-Tex pants and jacket from IXS (which is not waterproof anymore) and a rain jacket and pants from ICON bought in Anchorage (Alaska) in 2010 at ALASKA LEATHER.
We can’t recommend that you buy Gore-Tex clothes from IXS. Esben has had two sets, which could not keep him dry, when it was raining. We tried to return one set, which was still within warranty. IXS reported that the clothes had been used too much (the look of it), even though Esben had only used it less than one year. Neither the store or IXS would pay the shipment, so they have never returned the IXS clothes back to us.