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No Armor 232 31.56%
Elbow & Shoulder 115 15.65%
Elbow, Shoulder, & Back 372 50.61%
Elbow Only 6 0.82%
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I don't use armor, I ride pretty conservatively, I do a lot of back road two laners where the speed varies, and I usually ride 5 mph less than the posted speed...reason, there are usually a lot of blind driveways where one has to pull out a lot in the lane to see traffic...I suppose if I hauled ass through these back roads, armor would be a good idea.

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I don't use armor, I ride pretty conservatively, I do a lot of back road two laners where the speed varies, and I usually ride 5 mph less than the posted speed...reason, there are usually a lot of blind driveways where one has to pull out a lot in the lane to see traffic...I suppose if I hauled ass through these back roads, armor would be a good idea.

One thing I learned years ago: don't use ArmorAll on your seat!!
Or tires! Certain interfaces (butt/seat, tire/road) need to be secure. Too-squishy, or too-slippery seats are not good for confidence. (Duh?)
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Nice jacket! Which Klim model? Armor?
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Nice jacket! Which Klim model? Armor?
It's a Badlands. I also tried on a Carlsbad, but preferred the Badlands. It's a bit roomier, and has more and better pockets. It has D3O elbow and shoulder armour, a back protector, and mesh armour on the chest.
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I've got a jacket from BikerGear, mainly because it cost £100 on line including zip-in liner and wrap-round winter collar. Integral armour in shoulders and elbows, only type 1 though. It has a back protector pocket, I've bought a D3O back protector for it.

I didn't expect great things but I've found it to be a great coat, warm and waterproof. A bit bulky, but so am I..
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It's a Badlands. I also tried on a Carlsbad, but preferred the Badlands. It's a bit roomier, and has more and better pockets. It has D3O elbow and shoulder armour, a back protector, and mesh armour on the chest.
Nice choice. That is what I was wearing when I went down at 70 mph and I got up and rode away

I know I posted photos before, but these show the damage to the jacket a little better

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Right elbow. I shudder to think what my elbow would have looked like if I wasn't wearing the jacket.

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I have a heavier leather Fox Creek jacket that I wear in cooler weather and a lighter weight Fox Creek I wear in the hotter months. I was wearing the heavier one when the deer hit me. The jacket has some scuffing but I was road rash free except on my wrist where my glove road up. I did suffer a lot of other damage, but no road rash.
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In winter i wear a 16 years old Goretex and Cordura Dainese jacket with armor on shoulders, back, elbows...

Have also Dainese trousers with armor on shins and knees that i wear also in summer (made of Goretex and Cordura as well)

and winter Gloves of the same material

they seem brand new even today... (life warranty on the Goretex)

i had fallen only once in the last 30 years...
was on late october 2002... a lot of fog... slippery roads... mist...
a cat ran through the road when i was at high speed... naive panic brake... rear tyre stuck... down... (sadly no ABS then)
hit many seconds later a guard rail... and soon the bike "gently" hit me... (883 Hugger)
the lucky cat made it... no evidences of him around...

a guy in a car stopped and helped me to pull up the bike... then in some way i get to my home... i was at few kms from my home... and i was not yet fully aware of my injuries...

the report of the damage was "only" a wrist (right) broken... and the feeling (lasted three days) to have taken a beat by some thugs... i was young then... less than six months to recover... then on the bike again... (her suffered 2k Euros of damage)...

that day i was wearing the Dainese suit, the Cordura gloves and a pair of old heavy military paratrooper launch boots... if not for them... i would had suffered a much more severe injury

every time i see a less lucky soul in a wheelchair... my mind return on that day...
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In January I hit a patch of black ice going slowly over Belmont. The bike spat me off, I landed heavily on my left hip & elbow. I walked away unhurt as I had an armoured leather jacket & pants on. I bent the selector shaft jamming the bike in gear & was back on the road 2 days later. Also a Dainese fan, have their Gortex boots, jacket, trousers & gloves
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