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Aug. 11, 2020, 3:49 p.m. -  Andrew Major

I’m starting to feel like a weirdo when people keep asking “do you really...” It’s been happening a lot lately as I’m all in on riding in Camelbak’s Chase bike vest (the new MTB model with a back protector) and my full-in-fanny-pack-friends can’t wrap it. Yes, it’s hotter than a hip pack. Knee pads - any knee pads - hotter than no knee pads. No doubt. That’s why I ~ never used to wear them before this year. But if I’m comfortable it doesn’t bother me. Same as I’m hotter in Leatt DBX 4.0 shorts than summer-weight shorts but I still reach for them every time. I think, like the DBX, the P.I. pads manage moisture well enough that I’m comfortable and therefore not thinking about them. Worst ride this summer was in a pair of super light shorts that felt AWFUL once they were sweaty (I don’t wear a chamois). Contrast that with rain jackets where even the best ones usually take a backseat to my GoreTex vest - getting wet be damned - because they’re too hot and maybe I’m just different.

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