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    BMW gear.....

    The way she described it, you'd think that the jacket would do everything including drive your bike for you. Materials developed by NASA for use in space suits she said. Never need to buy another jacket. Can go from hot hot to cold cold. Has customers in Florida that say they won't ride without it.
    I used to sell First Gear. It's an inferior product to this she said. With other products you need cold weather gear and warm weather gear. With this, you don't she said.

    All to justify the $550+ cost of the item.

    Worth it? Anyone wearing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post

    Worth it? Anyone wearing it?
    Which BMW gear? Of all the gear I've had I find the best for me bas been my Roadcrafter suit, my Darien, and my BMW R2P. The Rally 2 Pro replaced the Darien as it is better for me when it is hot.

    None of those are cheap. All have held up well in minor get-offs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Which BMW gear? Of all the gear I've had I find the best for me bas been my Roadcrafter suit, my Darien, and my BMW R2P. The Rally 2 Pro replaced the Darien as it is better for me when it is hot.

    None of those are cheap. All have held up well in minor get-offs.
    Off the top of my head I recall it was the Santiago jacket.
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    Both my wife and I have Santiago suits and we like them.
    We use them year round. In the winter we keep the Gore-tex liners in and have Gerbings heated liners under the jacket.
    In the summer we take the liners out and open the vents and if its going over the mid 90's we use a cool vest soaked with water, thats in the western states.
    In the eastern states cool vests don't work.

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    My brother has the Santiago and likes it a lot. He will wear it over his HD leather vest (rare: only the buttons have the HD logo) covering his Triumph T-shirt while cruising down the road on his Honda ST1300.

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    I don't think it is the Santiago jacket. This is brand new and it is receiving rav reviews. Great in hot and equally great in cold. The jacket I looked at was pushing $700.00 dollars. It is BMW gear. The one I looked at was two color red. Really cool jacket but $700.00 is lots. Worth checking out if you have more money today than what you need. The jacket just is a little lower than your waist and it is form fitting.

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    I looked the jacket up and it is the new line of BMW gear called Comfort Shell Jackets. They are really beautiful and top quality but at $749.00 for the jacket, style and function" costs lots". Beautiful stuff, though.

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    The BMW stuff has BMW prices. Fact of life. But it is well made and thought out. I had a Savannah II jacket for several years. The venting was good, it was waterproof with the liner in, it came in suit sizes so it was the best fitting jacket I've owned.
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    Santiago here

    I have the Jacket and Pants. Best stuff I've ever owner. Very comfortable up to the mid-80s for me but I am behind an RT barn door so I suspect anything would be pretty warm. I was a lot hotter when I rode with my AST.

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    I paid a bunch for my jacket and pant (Motoport). I am happy with the purchase. It works great in cold weather and when it is 90 I melt at the stop light but once I get rolling I'm good.

    Of the higher end brands of outer wear I think it is the same argument as dino vs synth oil. (I think they're all good) if it fits you body.

    I only wish the Beemer or Ruka stuff fit my wallet because they sure look nice!!

    But, the cost of this stuff even for what I bought? I'll bet there is less than $70 of material, less than $50 in labor and $50 in overhead for my $800 jacket and pant. Is it worth the price??? errrr uhhhh hmmm..... sort of

    And my Icon gloves at $55.00?? = material $2.00, Chinese labor and shipping per pair $2.00, marketing $10 per pair. Is it worth the price??? errrr uhhhh hmmm..... sort of


    I highly doubt that any brand of clothing uses only US or European labor so I think you would be hard pressed to convince me that the price is really justified.

    But, stlye costs money too.

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    Tina has a Comfort Shell jacket. It wasn't cheap, but it's probably the best piece of gear she's ever owned. It wasn't cheap, but it fit her well (when she was larger), worked in temps from the 40s to the low 100s, was waterproof and it actually let her look like a girl. It's got a full complement of armor, including the widest and most comprehensive back protector I've seen outside of race leathers.

    I've got a Savannah II and it's an amazing piece of gear. Waterproof (with the liners), fits well, has pockets that work for riding. The venting was terrific and it held up well. Full armor, tons of reflective area and style that wasn't hideous, but still noticeable in traffic.

    The biggest issue with BMW gear? It seems like the zipper pull on the big zipper always gives it up at some point. My Savannah has a zip tie on the main zipper.

    It's great gear and worth the money.

    I'm trying to sell some of my old gear to buy a red Comfort Shell set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    The way she described it, you'd think that the jacket would do everything including drive your bike for you. Materials developed by NASA for use in space suits she said. Never need to buy another jacket. Can go from hot hot to cold cold. Has customers in Florida that say they won't ride without it.
    I used to sell First Gear. It's an inferior product to this she said. With other products you need cold weather gear and warm weather gear. With this, you don't she said.

    All to justify the $550+ cost of the item.

    Worth it? Anyone wearing it?
    Sounds like you got mugged by Rose

    I had a Marrakesh suit a number of years ago and it saved my hyde in a get off.

    I have a four year old Rally 2 that is very nice but getting a little long in the tooth.

    BMW boots are the only truly dry boots I've ever owned.

    Aerostich makes great stuff but it is hot n heavy.

    I would say that both Aerostich and the BMW gear are worth what you pay. If I am spending the entire day on the bike I'd rather wear the BMW gear. If I'm going 1k on the slab I'd rather wear the Aerostich.

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    You have asked a very simple question to which you have been given some answers.
    The simplest answer to your question "Is it worth it."

    IMHO NO! It is not worth it. Unless you like to spend money to look pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shire2000 View Post
    You have asked a very simple question to which you have been given some answers.
    The simplest answer to your question "Is it worth it."

    IMHO NO! It is not worth it. Unless you like to spend money to look pretty.
    What BMW Gear have you owned and why do you feel it wasn't worth the price?

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    Comfort Shell

    In summer I wear it with a T shirt. In winter with a Gerbing. I've stayed warm in winter, cool, or at least as cool as anything else I've had, in Eastern and Western heat, and most of all I've stayed drier than anything else I've ever owned. On an 800 mile day at 40* and an all day rain I like that a whole lot. I have about 40k on the suit. Oh yea, I broke off the main zipper pull, a dealer replaced it for free in about 5 minutes. I had put a split ring on it which a salesman noticed and offered to repair it.

    I had a minor get off and abraded the left knee a bit, didn't feel a thing at the scene or later. Fits great and the flexibility feels like I'm wearing a mesh suit. At the same time it feels like and is very well armored. Price? Much less than I spend on tires in a year.The jacket zipps together with the pants, is shorter in front and longer in the back and doesn't bunch up in front like a rally length does. By the way, it does all this stuff with no liners. No stopping when it turns very, very gray.

    past suits: Darien top and bottom
    First Gear Air mesh top and bottom.
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