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I might be asking for the impossible here but I would love some upper body (chest, back, elbows, shoulders) protection that can be worn in hot weather under a long sleeve t-shirt. I'll probably need to size up the shirt which is okay. This is the closest that I've found. Doesn't need to be CE rated but that would be a plus!

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https://www.amazon.com/Leatt-Airflex-Stealth-Protector-172-178cm/dp/B07XVPMXJC/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2P46YA5AEM9F8&keywords=motocross+body+protector&qid=1683490463&sprefix=motorcross+body+protector%2Caps%2C90&sr=8-4

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14 minutes ago, I_Must_Bust said:

I might be asking for the impossible here but I would love some upper body (chest, back, elbows, shoulders) protection that can be worn in hot weather under a long sleeve t-shirt. I'll probably need to size up the shirt which is okay. This is the closest that I've found.

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https://www.amazon.com/Leatt-Airflex-Stealth-Protector-172-178cm/dp/B07XVPMXJC/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2P46YA5AEM9F8&keywords=motocross+body+protector&qid=1683490463&sprefix=motorcross+body+protector%2Caps%2C90&sr=8-4

I wear a motorcycle jacket in colder weather. But as the weather heats up I just wear elbow pads and knee/shin guards with metal on them because I feel like metal will protect me better than plastic. Oh and I also have an armored back pack.

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20 minutes ago, onewheelkoregro said:

I wear a motorcycle jacket in colder weather. But as the weather heats up I just wear elbow pads and knee/shin guards with metal on them because I feel like metal will protect me better than plastic. Oh and I also have an armored back pack.

Yeah, this is the same thing that I do. Kevlar moto hoodie with elbows, shoulders and back pro plus kevlar-lined jeans with hip and knee protection when it's under 70F and only elbow, knee, and wrist protection in hot weather. Worried about my back and shoulders in the hot weather gear a bit though.

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Maybe these are good alternatives? They seem to have a larger profile though. Essentially what I'm looking for is a "stealth" protector. I don't want to look like a stormtrooper and freak out people that I pass when I'm riding at walking pace on sidewalks, but I also want to be protected in crashes at around 30mph.

https://www.amazon.com/Alpinestars-Bionic-Protection-Jacket-Medium/dp/B07GZWDB3N/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2595OXVK49A54&keywords=Alpinestars%2BBionic%2BPro%2BJacket&qid=1683492804&sprefix=alpinestars%2Bbionic%2Bpro%2Bjacket%2Caps%2C161&sr=8-4&th=1&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Racing-Titan-Sport-Jacket/dp/B07VJKCSGL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SMYP4QVUR0KC&keywords=Fox+Racing+Titan+Sport+Jacket&qid=1683492844&sprefix=fox+racing+titan+sport+jacket%2Caps%2C93&sr=8-1

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Personally I’d get one of the vests you can toss over a sweater/t-shirt/jacket then an actual armoured shirt. 

I’ve always bought gear for whatever sport I’m doing based on if I’d actually wear it and how difficult it is to put on. Those body suit shirts I’m sure are amazing but not a chance I’d put that on go for a rip it would get old fast. maybe a spirited trail ride where I’m looking for maximum protection.  

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I wear Alpinestars A-6 underneath a jacket, it's well ventilated and best of all comes in a size that fits someone with a beer gut. Only took off the shoulderpads as the velcro is annoying to fasten. A-10 is more expensive and perhaps more protective, and has better fastening for its shoulder pads.

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Necro’ing this thread but I used to use the shirt you’ve listed in the OP until it got torn up recently in a cut-out. It certainly works and having shoulder pads is nice, but is going to be inferior to a motorcycle jacket in terms of abrasion resistance and impact protection. It’s CE level 1 which is already great over no rating, the integrated back protector has a rated pad and an extra velcro piece that extends up to get almost full back coverage. Downside is these pads aren’t a super standard form factor and may not be upgradable.

What happened in my crash was I ended up doing a protracted somersault where after bouncing off my knees and arms I ground along the tarmac with the back of my helmet and a shoulder. The shirt definitely saved me from much more severe road rash over my shoulder, but the neck seam tore a bit and the retaining cloth over the pad tore up to the point where I’d no longer be as confident in it holding up. It certainly did its job and I’m satisfied in that I couldn’t have really expected better, but because the shirt isn’t rigid by design the pad slipped enough to give me road rash.

It certainly was a big plus for 35C+ weather and all, just wanted to share my experiences and some caveats.

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i called the shirt a jacket lol
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a simple tactical vest with EVA inserts front and back.  very light and covers only the back and front.  add a pair of full coverage elbow pads and perhaps a pair of leather braces to protect your forearms from a massive scrape (which i have experienced) and you have enuf protection but there is exposed areas for adequate ventilation.

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Hockey elbow pads have great coverage for the forearm and are at least as durable as ones designed for skaters.

On 8/12/2023 at 10:26 AM, bpong said:

a simple tactical vest with EVA inserts front and back.  very light and covers only the back and front.  add a pair of full coverage elbow pads and perhaps a pair of leather braces to protect your forearms from a massive scrape (which i have experienced) and you have enuf protection but there is exposed areas for adequate ventilation.

 

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Tips for hot weather.

If you wear motorcycle jacket, wear sweat wicking long sleeve shirt underneath. You may sweat but as soon as you start moving, with jacket that has good ventilation, sweat evaporates and you cool down so much.

I always wear leather motorcycle jacket on my motorcycle even in blazing hot summer. The underlayer is so nice with that combo.

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14 minutes ago, moarmoto said:

Tips for hot weather.

If you don't wear an MC jacket, and just have a thin underlayer with armour over the top, dampen the underlayer before you put it on. That makes riding in 29 degree heat vastly more tolerable as long as you keep moving ! Also, if you have the helmet options, ride with main visor up for excellent airflow, but sun visor down to keep insects out of your eyes...

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On 1/12/2024 at 7:30 PM, novazeus said:

i wonderif this would work down here in summer. legs are nbd. up top is where cooling underneath armor is needed.

https://www.scheels.com/p/adult-alphacool-7v-circulatory-cooling-system-vest/675595-AC-CCV-7V.html

haha, probably try this first.

https://a.co/d/cYlqD7f

Ha, I have it easier than you in the summer and I'm still overheating on hot and humid days in CT. Winters are a different story. I have some fleece lined boots and wool socks and the wind still ends up freezing my toes after riding at 25-30mph for a little while! And that's to say nothing of the worried of damage and corrosion caused by road salts.
  
I might give that cheap one a go. Does the expensive one come with a radiator and fan or something or is it just relying on the thermal mass of the water to keep you cool? Maybe the water in the pack can stay cool for long enough that you don't need to worry too much on a normal-length ride.

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On 9/7/2023 at 3:18 PM, moarmoto said:

Tips for hot weather.

If you wear motorcycle jacket, wear sweat wicking long sleeve shirt underneath. You may sweat but as soon as you start moving, with jacket that has good ventilation, sweat evaporates and you cool down so much.

I always wear leather motorcycle jacket on my motorcycle even in blazing hot summer. The underlayer is so nice with that combo.

Nice, this should work even better with my mesh jacket. Not sure how I've never thought of that!

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