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    In or out : pants and jacket cuffs

    Just curious. Two questions. Hope I posted in the right spot.

    1: Is there any particular reason why one would ride with their pants over the boots instead of tucked inside?
    2: Same question for gloves and jacket cuffs.
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    I always have my pants outside the boots. i also wear Bohn body armour, so that goes inside.

    With gloves, if it's raining, they go inside the sleeves, not raining, outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    With gloves, if it's raining, they go inside the sleeves, not raining, outside.
    Hmmm thought that would be the other way around.

    Yes Klim Traverse pants over gortex boots, mesh gloves under to allow airflow up the arm if it is not raining and leather gauntlet style over if it is raining.

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    Leave airflow to the arms and body to the jacket (mesh, or vent-zippers on sleeves) and wear gloves over sleeves all the time. Prevents anything from flying into the sleeves. Like a bee, for example.
    Pants over boots, except for leather suit with tight pantlegs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    I always have my pants outside the boots. i also wear Bohn body armour, so that goes inside.

    With gloves, if it's raining, they go inside the sleeves, not raining, outside.
    Ditto. In the rain it doesn't take much for water to run down your arm and into your glove if the glove is outside the sleeve. I don't care what kind of glove you have, your hand gets wet!
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    My mesh pants are always over my boots. As far as gloves in the rain it depends on the height of your handle bars. If your arms are level it doesn't make much difference. If your arms are raised up you would want the cuff on the outside. If your arms are lower than level you might want to tuck the glove cuff inside of your jacket sleeve. I never get any part of me wet when I'm riding in the rain.
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    For me, leather pants inside Sidi boots always and sleeves inside. On a related note, I often wonder how those fellas with the stretched out cruise pegs with jeans flapping around shoes/boots can keep winged critters from quickly exploring one's legs...... and beyond - Bob
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    How can gloves reach my T-shirt? How do shorts and flip-flops ever meet? Do I gather that some of you ride in the rain? (Sorry. Guess I need to limit my exposure to Adventure Rider.)

    Seriously, since water tends to run downhill, I think it is a good idea to have the pant cuffs over the boots. Just be sure the cuffs are secured tight to the boots to minimize the danger of one catching something when you need to put a foot down. With gloves and sleeves, the correct answer depends upon your arm position (as previously noted) and whether bees or rain are your main concern.
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    I don't know how old you are

    But remember, underwear on the inside of your pants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
    But remember, underwear on the inside of your pants.
    Start it at 3:30
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterK75 View Post
    Just curious. Two questions. Hope I posted in the right spot.

    1: Is there any particular reason why one would ride with their pants over the boots instead of tucked inside?
    2: Same question for gloves and jacket cuffs.
    Don't know about the rest of ya'll, but get one bee or wasp up your sleeve or your pants leg and you will never again wear the clothing on the outside. Never.
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    Pants over boots allow for some airflow up the leg when legs are extended to auxillary riding pegs/positions. Also, in heavy rain, feet stay much dryer than if pants were tucked in - water will weep its way down into the boot in a hurry if tucked in.

    Gloves outside of sleeves always - allows greater motility of hands on controls, easier removal and keeps stinging insects (which usually cruise at handlebar level - not been an issue for the legs) out. If hot weather, jacket cuffs usually open up enough to allow liberal air flow. If colder or raining, gloves over sleeves seal out both the frigid air and the water.

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    I keep sleeves / pants tucked in, until it starts to rain. With the sleeves, I can get away with some light rain before water starts trickling into the gloves.
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    Always just wore pants outside boots, gloves over jacket sleeves...
    Could rethink that glove/sleeve thing for rain tho... at least on my K1200 which offers absolutely zero arm/hand protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RINTY View Post
    I keep sleeves / pants tucked in, until it starts to rain. With the sleeves, I can get away with some light rain before water starts trickling into the gloves.
    What he said
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