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post #1 of 51 Old 07-25-2007, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question What brand of riding pants do you wear?

I am looking for advice on riding pants. I have been looking at the different brands and styles available and I just do not know what ones to purchase. I am curious what you are wearing and why you like or don't like them.

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I've been wearing plain old jeans or my rain pants but just ordered some Tourmaster Venture overpants from newenough.com. They should arrive tomorrow. I was looking for flexibility (over or solo wear) and price, plus Tourmaster stuff seams to fit me well... http://www.newenough.com/protective_...overpants.html
They also had a pair of "cargo" style pants that I was close to getting for the pocket space...

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Fieldsheer Four Seasons

I have a pair of these that I bought primarily for summertime, as they seemed to have both a large amount of mesh and were available in a color besides black - both important for coolness (of the temperature variety, anyway. I think I'm past the hip variety!)

http://www.fieldsheer.com/2007web/we...ourseasonM.htm

They're very comfy in the heat; when combined with wicking shorts and underwear I've been able to tolerate low 90s and high humidity for a 200 mile ride.

I haven't ridden with the liner yet, so I can't tell you about their cold-weather performance. But the liner fits well, even over jeans.

It took me awhile to figure out how to adjust the knee/shin guards, which still seem a bit small in width for my knobby knees. But there is a height adjustment in the pocket that allowed me to get the guards into the right position when I'm riding.

The sizing seems spot-on for me. I wear a men's 34 pant with a 31" inseam, and the 34 Fieldsheer fits snugly in the waist (with almost no cinching of the waist adjustments), with plenty of room in the hips and thighs.

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I've been wearing plain old jeans or my rain pants but just ordered some Tourmaster Venture overpants from newenough.com. They should arrive tomorrow. I was looking for flexibility (over or solo wear) and price, plus Tourmaster stuff seams to fit me well... http://www.newenough.com/protective_...overpants.html
They also had a pair of "cargo" style pants that I was close to getting for the pocket space...
I just did the same thing. Mine came yesterday. They're a little snug with the liner as overpants...for me.
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I just got a pair of FirstGear HT 2.0 overpants. They work really well over jeans. Plenty of ventilation and they come with a liner for the rainy days.
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I have a pair of these that I bought primarily for summertime, as they seemed to have both a large amount of mesh and were available in a color besides black - both important for coolness (of the temperature variety, anyway. I think I'm past the hip variety!)

http://www.fieldsheer.com/2007web/we...ourseasonM.htm

They're very comfy in the heat; when combined with wicking shorts and underwear I've been able to tolerate low 90s and high humidity for a 200 mile ride.

I haven't ridden with the liner yet, so I can't tell you about their cold-weather performance. But the liner fits well, even over jeans.

It took me awhile to figure out how to adjust the knee/shin guards, which still seem a bit small in width for my knobby knees. But there is a height adjustment in the pocket that allowed me to get the guards into the right position when I'm riding.

The sizing seems spot-on for me. I wear a men's 34 pant with a 31" inseam, and the 34 Fieldsheer fits snugly in the waist (with almost no cinching of the waist adjustments), with plenty of room in the hips and thighs.
I have Fieldsheer mesh pants as well and have worn them in mid 90's to low 50's (with the liner) along the coast. I like that I can throw the mesh pants on over shorts or jeans and take them off very easily and stow them in my top case when I get to my destination. The quality of both the Fieldsheer pants and the Hi-Temp mesh jacket is outstanding and I would buy them again without hesitation.

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I started with Tourmaster Venture overpants. I went down in them at 30mph and the have a slight rub mark on the knee. They held up great and I'm keeping them a backup pants.
I changed over to motoport air mesh Kevlar being I commute. The motoport are cooler, easier to get in/out of and should be safer.

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Motoport kevlar air mesh pants. Without the liners they are good from 50ish-100F, and with liners they are good down till 30f (assuming heated gear on the rest of the body). Very durable, totally waterproof, and the protective qualities are very good compared to lower end pants. They also have a 7 year warranty, and can be repaired in the event of any incidents. A little funny looking, but built like a tank, and very practical for everything except stuffing them into small places

Before that I had a pair of Joe rocket alter ego pants, which were nice, and also totally waterproof. Pretty cool with the vents zipped open too. However after seeing a guy burn through the butt in a 30mph slide I knew I had to get something better. For the year I had them though they were nice pants, I just wasn't confident in their ability to protect me at highway speeds.

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Olympia Airglide - another mesh-with-removable-waterproof-liner option. they work great and are well made. Very similar to the Fieldsheer four seasons. Seems like a lot of BMW dealerships carry the Olympia line, so that might be a place to try some on.

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I have Fieldsheer mesh pants as well and have worn them in mid 90's to low 50's (with the liner) along the coast. I like that I can throw the mesh pants on over shorts or jeans and take them off very easily and stow them in my top case when I get to my destination. The quality of both the Fieldsheer pants and the Hi-Temp mesh jacket is outstanding and I would buy them again without hesitation.
+1 +1 +1!!!

I have two sets of Fieldsheer - both the Street 2.0 and the Air.Mesh pants that go with my mesh jacket.

With the mesh suit, I can wear shorts and a T shirt in 90*+ temps, strip it off in about 2 min when I get there, and I'm not hot - either on or off the bike. The Street pants are lined (non-removeable) and too hot for summer, but with a pair of long johns or thin sweats perfect for cold weather riding.

It's really hot down south. I see you are in Arizona, so you know hot, too. Lots easier to layer up and get warm in the (short) winter than it is to sweat your $#*! off all summer long. I looooove that mesh setup. I'm also a 34" waist with a 31" inseam - the 34's fit like a glove when I'm on the bike. There is even enough room to put them on over a pair of jeans if I wanted to. I'm going to see how cold I can take it with the mesh pants, I might be selling the Street pants if I can get down to the mid-low 40's with the mesh as an overpant.

Really, it doesn't matter which ones you buy. Just the fact that you will be wearing riding pants at all gets a giant +1 from the old Monkey... I've watched 3 friends go down in gravel/parking lots at less than 10 mph and what happened to their knees wasn't pretty at all. So I take the extra 5 minutes and slide on the gear.

You are wise to do the same...

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