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Icon Operator Gear Review

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Informative, concise review. The Operator stuff looks neat - but I still don't like the idea of camo as moto-gear. Bad enough me wearin' black and yellow with reflectives.
 

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Not just Camo. Pixilated Camo.
That's the new stuff.

Is it just me? I find it a bit disrespectful to wear clothing that looks like military uniform garb, when one is actually not in the military. I must be getting old. Time to go stamp out that bag of flaming dog poop on my front step. [email protected] kids!
 

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That's the new stuff.

Is it just me? I find it a bit disrespectful to wear clothing that looks like military uniform garb, when one is actually not in the military. I must be getting old. Time to go stamp out that bag of flaming dog poop on my front step. [email protected] kids!
I have no issue with Camo on others. Duck hunters come to mind.
 

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That's the new stuff.

Is it just me? I find it a bit disrespectful to wear clothing that looks like military uniform garb, when one is actually not in the military. I must be getting old. Time to go stamp out that bag of flaming dog poop on my front step. [email protected] kids!
I've got a few old Desert Camo light-jackets that I wear at work in the Winter and as welding shirts - given to me by a friend who DID serve in the Desert (Iraq). He didn't seem to mind me havin 'em, so I wear 'em. They're durable, lightweight, fairly spark-resistant, and were Free.

HOWEVER, they've been "debadged" and have no external identifying marks, and I don't go-around acting as if I was in the Military or some-such shyte.

I don't see any Disrespect, so long as your intent is Respectful.
 

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That's the new stuff.

Is it just me? I find it a bit disrespectful to wear clothing that looks like military uniform garb, when one is actually not in the military. I must be getting old. Time to go stamp out that bag of flaming dog poop on my front step. [email protected] kids!
Well, then get the US Govt to stop selling the stuff!
 

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Well, then get the US Govt to stop selling the stuff!
I don't have a problem with anyone wearing surplus military gear. Wear your BDU jacket, or your winter boots. Just don't wear the helmet, jacket and gloves all at the same time in a vain attempt at looking "stylish" or militaristic. It's like Janet Jackson in that video where all the guys were wearing military-like uniforms. Not good.
 

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I see this being popular with the veterans that return from the current war. Since they're so many riding sport bikes without gear, giving them something that instantly reflects gear they wore overseas may invoke a purchase or two.
 

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The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines I see riding around here mostly wear the Icon "flame" gear with a "Mil-Spec" vest. Cruisers or sportbikes, the look seems to be the same.
 

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Early in my riding years I used to wear the black combat pants cause I could wear therals & sweats under them, but was never big on camo. Between finally getting a pair of chaps and being able to fill the big pants without the layers, I don't anymore.
 

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My Icon jackets are yellow. I want to be seen when I'm on the bike, so camo would defeat that purpose. I'm all for army surplus gear, though. Those army surplus jackets are perfect to wear when going fishing! :)
 

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"My Icon jackets are yellow. I want to be seen when I'm on the bike, ...."

That will be tough when the guy that will run your ass over was texting his girlfriend as he was using you for traction. The biggest problem with drivers today is not paying attention. No color you will wear will ever help that.
 

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Perfect! Because, really, who wants to be seen by traffic when you're riding your motorcycle? This gives car drivers additional fuel to the "I didn't see him" argument. "I mean, look at him, he was wearing camo!"
 
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