Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Lower Queensbury, N.B., Canada
I do not miss the point. The point is "you" don't get to define "full gear" when we "all" agree there is no such thing as "being fully protected" while riding. I prefer a term which identifies the style of dress "Gored Out" for example, or "Leathered Up" rather than "full gear" -- you are implying other riders are not so fully geared as you and that is not the case, as we all know there is no such thing as fully geared. No gear would be enough. Sorry if I was unclear.
I am operating a chain saw as I often do at this time of year, I have gloves, sneakers, ear and eye protection, and I keep my wits up, and my saws etc. in prime working order. At the first sign of fatigue, I shut down for a break, perhaps until tomorrow. I don't wear a face shield, cutting pants, slip- proof (spiked) boots, because I never bought the stuff. I don't feel less safe because of how I am dressed. I practice intelligent cutting techniques and keep others away while felling trees and splitting wood. I have been running saws and splitters and chippers and REALLY dangerous equipment since I was about 14, and the closest I have come to injury, I got my hand pinned in a wood splitter a few years ago, wife was operating the piston, she was a little ambitious on the control. No harm done, although while at the hospital for an x-ray I contracted blood poisoning and came somewhat close to losing my hand. True story.
Safety and survival have very little to do with how you are dressed. It's like that guy said, "begins between the ears" *wink*.
The most boring motorcyclist alive.