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I'm curious about what the thoughts are on the best riding pants/jacket for hot weather. Preferrable something with protection, padding and ventilation.

What have you found that is comfortable and fits this description.
 

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Depends on how hot you're talking about and your specific riding conditions. If it's 100+, you're better off with no ventilation, as the air doesn't cool you off and just dehydrates you faster.

If you're commuting and ending up stopped frequently, fully perforated leather (front perfed at least) is great. It seems to keep the heat of the sun off pretty well and has decent airflow.

If you want the best jacket in terms of protection and ventilation, the Vason VentMax jackets are the way to go. Very popular here in Dallas. 1000 Denier Cordura for the mesh shell, leather underlays in the elbows and shoulders for extra abrasion resistance, CE armor in all spots including back. Wind goes right through it as if not wearing a jacket. If stopped at a light, though, the sun will start to cook ya. At least in the black one I wear.
 

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It's Vanson by the way and this jacket looks a lot like the one I use for my dirtbike. I have a no name Chinese knock off I guess.
 

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Yeah, that's the VentMax 3, which I have. I think the current version is 4.

Great jacket. Most of the mesh jackets out there settle for generic materials for protection. I talked to a rider at my shop who went down at triple digit speeds and the jacket was still usable. Pretty great.

I think most anything will do for pants. I have Olympia Airglide mesh overpants that I simply don't wear anymore because they're loose enough that I don't trust 'em. I've worn leather pants, jeans, and a Roadcrafter suit. My legs don't seem to care much, personally.
 
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