Jacket: Ladies’ Medium FirstGear Kilimanjaro
- Waterproof! Even in hail and rainstorms, it kept me 100% dry without needing any furtherÂ rain jacket
- Reflective! It doesn’t look flashy, but there areÂ reflective pieces in the piping that help you stand out at night/in theÂ rain
- Comfy! In the cold, I could layer a T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt,Â and electric vest under it without feeling smooshed or cramped
- Easy toÂ wash! When I got home, I unzipped the liner, removed the armor (easy!),
and shoved it in the washing machine. Looks like new now.
- FleeceÂ removable liner! Not only comfy; it doubled as a sweatshirt/jacket atÂ night and when I was off the bike walking around towns.
- Looks good!Â It’s actually a women’s jacket, so it fits correctly and looks prettyÂ good. You can almost tell I’m a girl.
- A little toasty in 100FÂ central CA on the return trip, but that’s wasn’t its intended purposeÂ anyway
Pants: Helimot custom leather pants
- Fit perfectlyÂ since it’s custom
- Bugs wipe off
- Leather is less comfy thanÂ textile on a long trip
*Why leather pants? I’m 5’1″ and have a hellÂ of a time finding textile pants that fit. Since I already had theÂ leather pants from my 2-piece leather suit, I decided to wear themÂ instead of spending more money on textiles and the subsequentÂ alterations.
Boots: Daytona Ladystar
- Extra 2″ of rise! While wearing my boots,Â I’m a towering 5’3″! Booooooya!
- Waterproof! Really!
- Comfy to walkÂ around in, even after riding all day
- They get really hot inÂ warm/dry weather
Gloves: Helimot Buffalo 365
- Really comfy: no seams to bite intoÂ your hands
- Kept a lot of rain out — they’re not waterproof, but myÂ hands weren’t cold and miserable in the hail/rainstorms
- Broke in reallyÂ well and now feel like I’ve had them for years (in a good way)
- The palms are light beige (deerskin) and thus get dirty quickly –Â though this is sort of cool because you can really see which part ofÂ your hand you use to grip the handlebars
Base layer: Underarmor T-shirts
- They’re made for hot weather, soÂ they wick sweat away easily
- They pack up *really* thin
- Easy to wash inÂ the sink, and they dry overnight
- Don’t work so well in coldÂ weather; the air flows through and makes you chilly until you pull overÂ for a sweatshirt
Under layer: REI camping underwear
- Easy to wash in theÂ sink, and they dry really quickly (less than overnight) — no sense inÂ hauling around 5 million pairs of undies
- Look sort of like grannyÂ underwear, so don’t meet any cute non-riding boys
- You will get veryÂ sick of wearing the same 3 pair of underwear, despite washing themÂ nightly
I also wore “normal” socks (whatever was on sale at TJ Max before IÂ left), and an RF800 Shoei helmet. Nothing much to say about either ofÂ those.