Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
I've been really happy with overpants - my pants are out of production (speed + strength hell and back pant), but they do have the features you are looking for. A bit of armor in the knee and hip area, zippered panels that remove to uncover mesh panels for hot weather, and a high back so you don't get plumber's crack....
I've been eyeballing those kevlar panel reinforced riding jeans (some with the knee armor), but have yet to find anyone who can actually say they're NOT like riding in a plastic sack when the temps blast over 90 degrees. They DO look great, like wearing real jeans, but they certainly don't breath like a wonderfully fragile traditional denim jean would - I'm convinced a good set of protective overpants paired with some shorts underneath are more comfortable when the temps really heat up. Anyone experience otherwise?
Many overpants that have removable section to uncover mesh panels, also usually come with rain liners which work fantastically in cold weather too, keeping the cold wind out as well. I've ridden with my overpants in 95 degree, high-humidity outings, with only lycra bicycle shorts underneath and have been very comfortable considering the limitations of actually wearing pants in such weather! Sure, your kneecaps may get a bit clammy from contacting the knee panel, but it's a small issue really. I normally ride with my typical summertime shorts underneath, so when I arrive at my destination, the overpants go in the topcase, and I can lounge around in my summer kit - for that kind of luxury and convenience, overpants really rock (no sense looking like a robot all the time!).
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Last edited by jokermtb; 12-27-2013 at 01:42 PM.