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Old 10-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a riding jacket and pants. Had my heart set on the Tourmaster Transitions 2 jacket and TM pants. When I was in the local Cycle Gear store this afternoon looking for a helmet I noticed that they were selling the BILT jackets for $179 and the pants for $89. They looked well made and very similar to the TM stuff. Have any of you guys tried these and if so how do they hold up?
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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I'm wondering about this stuff as well... Is this gear just cheap made in china crap or what???
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I recently spent a couple hours in the local Cycle Gear looking at their "Bilt" stuff. The stuff is inexpensive and adequate if you don't expect too much. Most of the jackets, pants, and gloves were made in Pakistan. The helmets were Chinese. Overall the clothing looked OK, but had some sloppy seams and the size designations were pulled out of a hat. Somehow my hands, which were L-XL walking in, were now 2XL.

On my own personal list of build quality vs. country of manufacture, anything made in one of the 'stans is dead last.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:57 PM   #4
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ok so i own both the built stuff ( i have the first version of the jacket with the full Velcro instead of buttons down the middle) and there good for the price i got it at ($99) issues are you need a bungee cord to keep the 3/4 part down around your waist otherwise it will blow up your back ...... they are extremely waterproof how water proof well i rode in a down poor that had 1/2 inch of water covering I-5 doing 80mph here in Portland Oregon and i got home dry after 30 miles of that non stop. also i own tourmaster gear and that has become my summer gear ( although i just got a heated liner and pants from (warmnsafe.com) so i will be waterproofing my tourmaster gear * i say waterproofing my tourmaster gear because that advertised it as water proof and well i got soaked*) if you don't have the funds to get olympia or areostitch gear then get the built stuff and then save up for the good gear ......

p.s. warmnsafe.com makes all of areostitches / firstgear/ and tourmasters heated gear I.E. its warmnsafes gear just re-branded how do i know well there shop is in portland and i saw all the stickers of those brands that they stick on and then send out on there behalf lol and omg the gear is sooooo nice


p.s.s. if you want good gear get something 3/4 length with a full wrap around zipper that connects the top and bottom or just get a one piece


as far as boots i would get alpinestars web gore-tex there the best boot for the $$$$ stay away from the built boots ( i went through a pair in 6 months) and then my ( for now) water proof gloves are alpienstar gry-star a good glove with a little insulation gloves or for heated and water proof gloves try warmnsafe gloves

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:57 PM   #5
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I'm in the market for a riding jacket and pants. Had my heart set on the Tourmaster Transitions 2 jacket and TM pants. When I was in the local Cycle Gear store this afternoon looking for a helmet I noticed that they were selling the BILT jackets for $179 and the pants for $89. They looked well made and very similar to the TM stuff. Have any of you guys tried these and if so how do they hold up?
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I have a BILT jacket and pants and so far I really like them. Like a previous poster, I too can verify that they are definitly WATERPROOF. I rode in a pretty good rainstorm right after I got them for a good 30-40min straight and I too was dry and warm when I got home.
Right now I ride to work at 2:30am and it's been getting in the low 40's and even dipping into the high 30's once or twice and I can ride with just a T-shirt on underneath the jacket and bluejeans under the pants and stay plenty warm.
As for the quality, I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for", However...they come with a 5yr warranty. I paid less than $200 for both pants and jacket, granted the quality will NEVER compare to Cortech or any other big name brand but I think they work and work good.
The only downside I have seen with the pants I have is the legs don't have side zippers for easy removal with boots on, you have to take you boots off to take your pants off.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:10 PM   #6
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The jackets are currently 50% off or $99 at cycle gear right now and they still have most sizes in stock.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:34 PM   #7
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Went out today and got a red one - looks well built will give it a try in next couple of weeks with weather as it is in AZ currently.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:40 PM   #8
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I just bought the coat last weekend I like it so far
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:08 AM   #9
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I bought a grey and black jacket yesterday. It was in the low 30's this morning on my ride to work and I stayed nice and warm. No complaints so far.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:14 PM   #10
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very warm with liner in place - sweating at 60's
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:04 PM   #11
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very warm with liner in place - sweating at 60's
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I have the $99 Typhoon Bilt jacket. Looks good, seems well made. Definitely on the warm side with the liner in. I thought it would be a hot weather alternative to my regular leather jacket, but looks like it will be good cold and wet weather alternative instead. The elbow pads flop around a bit not enough to annoy. Nice jacket for the price.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:26 PM   #12
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Well, used my BILT jacket/pants as a ski suit - first time down hill ski-ing quite a bit different than cross country especially when the snow was mainly ice. padding worked well for the most part. Even put on my helmet to help cushion the melon. Worked hard enough to raise a sweat in 49 deg F weather - and next day used without the insulated liner and still sweated but not near as much.

Got to love multi use garments.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:37 PM   #13
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Well, i am gearing up right now. I am getting ready to buy my first bike (klr) and I just bought a Bilt jacket last week. Not sure which one it is, but the tag says "BILT STORM 3/4 H2O JET". It was originally $249.99. They had them on sale for $149.99. And my company gave me $100 in visa gift cards so I couldn't pass it up. Paid $60.10 after tax. Havent rode with it yet cause I don't have a bike, but i am working on that....I hope I didn't buy some piece of crap jacket...lol. Im a total noob if you can't tell. The jacket fits me well and I am 6 foot 5 inches tall, but slender. has a fleece liner you can remove, and has more zipable vents than I care to count. i believe they had a cheaper jacket but this one seemed a little better built.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:44 PM   #14
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"On my own personal list of build quality vs. country of manufacture, anything made in one of the 'stans is dead last."

+1 to that!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #15
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The Bilt brand of stuff seems to work OK for the money spent. I've been using their tail and saddle bags on my '09 and they faded fast in the AZ sun but have held up without broken zippers etc. I've been looking at the jackets and pants, after reading this post, I think I'll give em a shot.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:08 AM   #16
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The Bilt brand of stuff seems to work OK for the money spent. I've been using their tail and saddle bags on my '09 and they faded fast in the AZ sun but have held up without broken zippers etc. I've been looking at the jackets and pants, after reading this post, I think I'll give em a shot.
Well I can tell you after riding in 20 degree weather that my Bilt jacket does the job with a hoodie on underneath. I don't use the fleece liner because it is cumbersome to install and remove. I just throw on my favorite hoodie, then the jacket and ride. Keeps my body warm. Im going to try some pants too if I can find some to fit my long ass legs (im 6' 5").
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:24 AM   #17
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My BILT pants are actually a little long on my 33" inseam, go to a store and try them on.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #18
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My BILT pants are actually a little long on my 33" inseam, go to a store and try them on.

https://www.cyclegear.com/eng/storeSe...oreLocator.cfm

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Yeah I know where Cycle gear is. I bought my jacket, gloves and helmet there. They are also right across the street from where I work, about .25 miles from me. I have a 36" inseam and 36" waist. I doubt they have anything for me, but its worth a shot.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:34 AM   #19
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I bought the Bilt 3/4 jacket, pants, and boots during the Christmas sales. I believe you need to try the stuff on because the posted sizes are random at best. I'm an XL guy with a 42 inch waist and 10.5 shoe. Needed a 2XL, a 40 inch waist fits over my jeans, and a size 13 boot. Also, the zipper slider is on the left instead of the right. No big deal. Overall I'm pleased with the price, performance. A heated vest would make it perfect
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:52 PM   #20
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veru cool to hear the postives on the BILT clothing. I would not even think of buying bags or anything of that nature, it just looks so cheap and feels cheap. I thought Cycle Gear blew it when they changed their line to BILT as they had a really good product before. They went cheaper and were charging the same. I was in Cycle Gear yesterday looking at the jackets and it looks like I am headed back.
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