Riding In The Wind, Rain And Cold

armyfieldcoatarmyfieldjacketWho said that must wear black when you ride in difficult weather conditions and that you must buy your gear from a powersports clothing manufacturer?

Some good rugged, rain repellent and wind and tear resistant clothing is available at cheaper prices.

What about a Field Coat (Model M-65 featured) as used by our military during the past 3 decades and that many of you may have worn in Vietnam. It’s 50% cotton, 50% nylon with a nylon outer shell, concealed hood with a zippered front closure and snap cover. It costs only $100. Or this iconic army flight jacket called “The 45/P Nomex” constructed with a special fire-retardant NOMEX fabric that protects military pilots and air-crew members from intense heat…or fire. By the way, if you ride a vintage/old school motorcycle, you could dress this way to make your bike look even better. Shop Alpha Industries.

5 Responses to “Riding In The Wind, Rain And Cold”

  1. 1 36 Special @ Open Road Biker Jan 16th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I use my Army rain gear in the wind and rain. Does a great job. Since this little cold snap hit Tennessee I dug up some old army trigger finger mittens that slip on over my winter gloves and they help keep my fingers from freezing on those 17 degree mornings riding to work.

  2. 2 Rogue Jan 17th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    There are many items that can be used to keep you warm and dry that do not come from the powersport industry.
    Get a pair of surgical gloves (also available at most auto parts stores) and put them on under your regular gloves. They are thin and seal in your body heat.
    Check hunting supply stores for cold weather gear.
    LL Bean has ski and other cold weather gear including breathable face masks that is very inexpensive.
    It might not be a fashion statement But if you are caught out in the cold go get a newspaper and wrap sheets of it around your body between layers of clothing. It is a tempory great insulation.

  3. 3 Asa Jan 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    36special @ Openroadbiker, Where in Tennessee are you from ? I am in Nashville .You are right those 17 degree mornings have put me in the old GMC. I am getting older and seems older I get harder the cold is to handle .Keep it in the wind . Asa

  4. 4 PBR Jan 18th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Wife went to Dick’s sporting goods and bought me a pair of ski bib overalls for $20. Warm as hell. I’ve now retired my old brown Carhartt’s.

  5. 5 Howard Jan 25th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    “Parajumpers” produces a flight jacket worn by Airforce Pararescue personel in Alaska. It is pricey but is the warmest jacket I have ever worn. For about the price of a “designer Harley jacket” you can have the last word in extreme clothing.

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