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Track Days in the Cold Weather.

This is my first year doing track days at the beginning of the season when its kind of cold out.

My leathers are the perferated kind.(sp?)

Do you wear really big jackets over your leathers or something or just deal with it ?

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I got one of these on clearance. They usually run about $100 but I got mine for about half of that. They are made from gore-tex windstopper fabric and they kick ass! This one is made by TaiChi

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I bought a cheap XXL bicycleing windbreaker to throw over my leathers on colder days. It works really good. Bicycling gear is cut similar to motorcycle gear. The back of the jacket is longer than the front with good eleastic waitband and it's typically designed ot fit fairly snug so it doesn't flap in the wind.

DON'T wear pants at the track.... it may cause you to slide backwards on the seat when you accelerate = big wheelie + headshake

Pro racers use a very tight fitting clear vinyl suit that's probably custom made for the rider.
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I use body armour gear under my suit or any running compression pants and top will work.

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Hmmmm......you only have one set of leathers And like Ken said, you will be pumped at the track. Check the close out specials here for unperforated leathers.

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If you don't want to cough up the $ for underarmor, a pair of tights and sweatpants work well. You really don't feel the cold below the waist much. On top... a long-sleeved turtleneck, T-shirt and a big sweatshirt work just fine. A set of silk longjohns is a great basis. And don't forget those exam gloves!

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What about pantyhose? I used to wear those during cold days on the football field. I was a fan of Joe Namath.

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Pantyhose do make a difference

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Longjohns, you can't go wrong
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Kimmy's tip on latex exam gloves is a life saver. I've actually had my hands sweat in 40 degree weather with those things on!


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Thanks for the tips,

Where'd you get the suit bmoney ?

For now 1 set of leathers is going to do it.
I just don't have the $$$$

Was thinking of getting an XXL light nylon jacket if its really cold.. good to know about the bicycling wear being cut the same.
Kim, Doc, I've got those kinds gloves,good to know, they are handy when you are working on your bike as well.. shortens the cleanup time afterwards.

I'm really looking for Over the suit stuff and probably just on top.
LJ's might not be a bad idea to bring along though.

Joe Namath or no Joe Namath, I'm just not going to go that route.


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Do a search for RS Taichi suit liners on any web search. They make a cool max liner for summer and a gore tex windstopper liner for cold weather. I got mine from Calsportbike.com. They just happened to have my size on their clearance rack and I grabbed them. I think I saw them at Motoliberty.com as well.
I used the cold weather liner at Gratten and was comfortable all day. They are cut like a typical road race suit liner so they fit in your leathers perfectly, with no bunching of material. One of the more expensive routes mentioned above, but cheaper than a buying a second, non-perforated suit.
I have to agree with the latex glove advice as well. I buy a box of 100 and keep them with my tools. Keep your hands clean and when the temp drops, you have cheap liners that work well.

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I put my snowboarding pants on over everything. Upper body is difficult because of the arm padding...
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I emulate my friends the walruses and grow a layer of insulating fat

... and wear my non-perfed jacket!
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I emulate my friends the walruses and grow a layer of insulating fat

... and wear my non-perfed jacket!
Well I'm half way there then


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Oh...and another suggestion for when you get cold on the track -- Two words: Dumb and Dumber!

Of course, you need to wear extra padded pants due to the need to limit traction-reducing liquid on the track.
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I just saw some undergarments made by Russell Athletic in the Sunday paper. The stuff was on sale at MC Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dunhams, etc. at year end pricing. It's compression style stuff so it fits tight but it's made to retain body heat. You can get turtle neck style or mock turtleneck style, short or long sleeves, and pants in full length or knee length. But, pantyhose is a lot cheaper.

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Oh...and another suggestion for when you get cold on the track -- Two words: Dumb and Dumber!

Of course, you need to wear extra padded pants due to the need to limit traction-reducing liquid on the track.

OK redhotr6chick... (took me a minute to remember the scene in the movie) .. What a wonderful smell that would be when it got hot out.. no thanks.. that suggestion goes on the same list as the panty hose.. nope just don't wanna.

I've got a set of those bicycling shorts and a shirt of close to the same stuff..

Think I'm going to that suit that bmoney mentioned .. or maybe just tough it out.

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