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Old February 24th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Gear protection

How do you protect your new gear? Do you put any type of waterproofing, or stain guard on the shell?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:30 AM   #2
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I try not to crash in it.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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I try not to crash in it.
I'll second that. I don't do any active applications of anything. I just try to store it all well. Especially with my helmet; I don't hang it on things or let it sit on the shell. I get home, it goes in the bag and in my closet or somewhere where it won't be knocked down. Clean it if ever I get bugs on it as soon as I get home.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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I'd be hesitant to put any chemicals on any of my gear. Most manufactures recommend you just use water to clean their helmets (the outside of them, anyway). And chemistry? that s**t is crazy; who knows how a chemical could react to textiles. It could make it less abrasion resistant.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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I use black boot polish on my leather jacket, it just conditions the leather and keeps it supple, leather being a fibre that needs to remain somewhat "moisturised" else it dries and cracks and breaks when flexed, keep it conditioned and it'll remain supple and good.

My helmet I don't bother with, I just clean my visor with a dilute dish soap spray.

Boots, I use boot polish.

Gloves need washing weekly being waterproof and well lined that pen and ink after a while.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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How do you protect your new gear?
Isn't the gear supposed to protect you?...........or is the other way around?

Head to toe?

Leather, textile or mesh?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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I use mink oil on leather, and I wax my entire helmet with carnuba wax after cleaning it after each ride. Makes the bugs come off much easier. I keep my suits in garment bags, but make sure you let the insides dry out before putting them in the bag.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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Isn't the gear supposed to protect you?...........or is the other way around?
Take care of your gear, and it will take care of you.

Thanks everyone. This is very good info.
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Oh, right. I currently don't own leather accept for my boots, so id totally buy the polishing/conditioning,
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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:24 PM   #10
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My go-to items:
Make the gear clean:
http://www.revzilla.com/product/dain...n-cleaning-kit
Make the gear stop smelling:
http://www.febreze.com/en-US/Product...odor=131&type=
Make the gear not smell in the first place:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/r...s-violet-pants
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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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My go-to items:
Make the gear clean:
http://www.revzilla.com/product/dain...n-cleaning-kit
Make the gear stop smelling:
http://www.febreze.com/en-US/Product...odor=131&type=
Make the gear not smell in the first place:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/r...s-violet-pants
Hay, big thanks for that info.
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Hay, big thanks for that info.
Make sure you get the ladies' pants. The men's just don't work as well.
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Make sure you get the ladies' pants. The men's just don't work as well.
Well, girls are better than boys so clearly girls gear is better too; duh.
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Take care of your gear, and it will take care of you.
Any product that contains lanolin is excellent for gloves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanolin

"Baseball players often use it to soften and break in their baseball gloves (shaving cream with lanolin is popularly used for this)."
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I use mink oil to keep other leather products supple. Anyone tried it on their leathers?
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Other than the cooties, of course!
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Other than the cooties, of course!
Well, you can get a shot for that.
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