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Old 10th March 2018, 10:05 PM
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Been off the bike for the last couple of years due to kids and having a company work cage - changed jobs in the last few weeks so planning on going back to a bike to commute ,have an old dull-vill belong to the father that is idle for a few year that I plan to hack. I have been full time on bikes a good few time over the year but I haven’t invested in gear bar helmets (currently gt air shoei) and gloves (too fecken many) so looking at richa gore Tex jockssand pants, just wonder is the gore Tex worth the money ? Or does anyone have any recommendations? Have had the same Richa textile 2 piece the last 10 years and been great but as said it’s idle 2 years and I d like to start back with out the shitty getting to work wet days

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Old 10th March 2018, 10:20 PM
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https://www.ghostbikes.com/1647-spad...-oversuit.html

Tá sé seo iontach (this translates into Bearla as the Bogs Dollox)
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Old 11th March 2018, 11:05 AM
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I have Alpinestars Newland jocks and trousers which are gore tex. Use them all year round as they have removable linings. They’re still waterproof after 4 years of daily use. They’re not the cheapest but I definitely think I got my money worth
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Old 11th March 2018, 12:36 PM
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I use a one piece race suit very day cause it's all I have that fits me now I wear it all year round with alpinestars two piece rain gear for the bad weather. Folds into nothing!
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Old 11th March 2018, 01:34 PM
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I commute on Deauville all year round and i dont have any gore tex gear.
Yes goretex is worth it but to be honest i dont have a money to buy expensive jocks or jeans.
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Old 11th March 2018, 03:17 PM
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no point in getting gore tex for commuting as you would go through gear quickly. I use cheap leather pants and put on rain gear over it in the rain and this set up serves me well all year round. In winter I put a layer underneath the pants. Life saver for me was heated gloves and I would recommend it for commuting
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Old 11th March 2018, 07:07 PM
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Have gore tex gear 10 years never let a drop thru. If ur're back on the bikes take it easy for a while, maybe take some training to ease yourself into it. lot of fucking idiots out there, take it handy
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Old 12th March 2018, 10:30 AM
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Anything wrong with your old gear? It wont go bad because it was doing nothing in a closet... so if it was fine before, it probably be grand now.

Can't go wrong with GoreTex if you can afford it, if not... just rain over-pants will do the job.
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:03 AM
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Commute with Dainese Gore-Tex trousers daily - along with gore-tex gloves .. worth every penny - simple as

If you pay 200 for a pair of gore-tex pants, it works out at about a quid a day over the first year, and free after that :)

For commuter gear, I've found cheap stuff lasts no time, while slightly more expensive good stuff lasts many years with no noticeable wear!
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by proinnsias
Commute with Dainese Gore-Tex trousers daily - along with gore-tex gloves .. worth every penny - simple as

If you pay 200 for a pair of gore-tex pants, it works out at about a quid a day over the first year, and free after that :)

For commuter gear, I've found cheap stuff lasts no time, while slightly more expensive good stuff lasts many years with no noticeable wear!
Sorry for the noob question, but if you buy expensive Dainese Gore-Tex gear, can you just get into work in heavy rain and sit down at your desk (if you work in an office) without changing into other clothes? ..or how does this work in practice?
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by SandR
Sorry for the noob question, but if you buy expensive Dainese Gore-Tex gear, can you just get into work in heavy rain and sit down at your desk (if you work in an office) without changing into other clothes? ..or how does this work in practice?
I commute to work on the bike rain or shine and I have my Richa jocks and roadskin pants, which look like regular cargo pants but with all the protection you need... again, if it's pooring, I'll put some over-pants to get me 100% waterproof and then my TCX boots X-Blend which also look like regular boots (for the most parts).

I have no issues weather the pants and boots all day long, do have an extra pair of pants and shoes at work just in case but never had to used them thus far (for the past 3 years commuting).

Depends a lot on your dress code as well I guess... but it's 100% possible
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Old 12th March 2018, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by RTV
I commute to work on the bike rain or shine and I have my Richa jocks and roadskin pants, which look like regular cargo pants but with all the protection you need... again, if it's pooring, I'll put some over-pants to get me 100% waterproof and then my TCX boots X-Blend which also look like regular boots (for the most parts).

I have no issues weather the pants and boots all day long, do have an extra pair of pants and shoes at work just in case but never had to used them thus far (for the past 3 years commuting).

Depends a lot on your dress code as well I guess... but it's 100% possible
Thanks. There's no dress code where I work fortunately, so I could even retain my biker looks for the day. I was more wondering if your chair gets wet if you just sit down in Gore-Tex gear that was exposed to heavy rain for say 40 minutes. I'm trying to avoid having to judge if it's rainy or not before riding. That's why I like the idea of Gore-Tex, but I'm open to the way you're doing it. Maybe I'd just put the over-pants on no matter what.
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Old 12th March 2018, 12:47 PM
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Yeah, your gear will be wet on the outside, but dry inside.

Don't think you can sit straight away with wet gear (any)
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Old 12th March 2018, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by VJMC
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He/it is this wonderful? I think you mean "go hiontach"

My favourite commuting combo is these pants over draggin jeans or regular leathers and a decent textile jocks.

Those flexothane pants can take some serious abuse, completely water and windproof, they easily fit in the tail of most bikes and as a bonus you don't sound like your walking around in a packet of crisps.
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Old 12th March 2018, 01:34 PM
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Alpinestars Drystars is mighty good kit, too. I'm on my second set & I couldn't fault it after four years of use (my first set came to an untimely end after less than one year but that's another story )
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Old 12th March 2018, 01:47 PM
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He/it is this wonderful? I think you mean "go hiontach"

My favourite commuting combo is these pants over draggin jeans or regular leathers and a decent textile jocks.

Those flexothane pants can take some serious abuse, completely water and windproof, they easily fit in the tail of most bikes and as a bonus you don't sound like your walking around in a packet of crisps.
Would it be too much to put on the over-pants over textile pants every day? (sometimes for no reason)
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Old 12th March 2018, 01:51 PM
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Would it be too much to put on the over-pants over textile pants every day? (sometimes for no reason)
That should have been textile jocks not jocks. My bad.
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Old 12th March 2018, 01:52 PM
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That should have been textile jocks not jocks. My bad.
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Old 12th March 2018, 02:24 PM
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Yeah, I Google'd the "jocks" bit, thanks :)
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Old 12th March 2018, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by SandR
Sorry for the noob question, but if you buy expensive Dainese Gore-Tex gear, can you just get into work in heavy rain and sit down at your desk (if you work in an office) without changing into other clothes? ..or how does this work in practice?
In my case - I bought the Gore-Tex trousers a half size bigger than required and wear them over my slacks (shirt & slacks dress-code here). Works for Jeans too on Jeans days ..
That way I'm dry, and wearing dry slacks during the day ... simple to slip off the boots / gore-tex trousers and slide on a pair of formal shoes leaving the trousers to dry as required before the spin home :)

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