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post #1 of 9 Old 12-27-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Help me find my pants

Long time cruiser rider with nifty leather chaps that really flatter my
butt (not) but that really don't look good or work well on a Vee.

So, time to find some riding pants ... I have a Joe Rocket jacket but I'm
not firm on keeping it ... not the most comfortable nor functional.

But let's stay focussed on riding pants:

1. I'm tall and long in the thigh so pants tend to ride up when sitting
2. Big calves
3. Tend to get overheated easily but want some protection anyway.
4. Cost conscious Canadian so that limits just dropping by or ordering
easily

I do not ride in the rain or snow or sleet or hail etc ... I am your basic
fair-weather rider for safety and comfort reasons. I have rain pants I
could put on under riding pants if I needed to get to shelter.

I would like something that maybe allows cooling during the hot days and
has the option to layer if it gets cooler?

Comfort a big thing here.

Any ideas, options are appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-27-2013, 11:12 AM
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good gear is hot

The best option might be a pair of DragginJeans. A bit thicker than regular jeans but do offer some protection.

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I would dis-agree about the Draggin Jeans, I had some for years, and although probably good if you 'slid' down the road and prevent a little road-rash, overall, you tend to 'bump, slide, roll, bump, and then hit something hard' when you come off. Not all of those at the same time (hopefully) but at least one or two. Get the full textile riding gear with protection, with liners that you can remove, with zipped vents. Take out the liners when it gets warm. Just my opinion.
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You need to try on whatever anyone recommends, buying sight unseen is a recipe for "sending them back". I recommend the Firstgear HT overpants, they would more than likely serve you very well.

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You need to try on whatever anyone recommends, buying sight unseen is a recipe for "sending them back". I recommend the Firstgear HT overpants, they would more than likely serve you very well.
Thanks ... will see what the local shops have in stock.
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I really like my Olympia Airglide 3 overpants. Wind/water proof liner (I use FrogToggs over the top when raining), hip pads and adjustable height knee pads. Very good value/quality pant for the money. Been warm enough for me in freezing temps with jeans underneath.

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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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let's stay focused on riding pants:
1. I'm tall and long in the thigh so pants tend to ride up when sitting
2. Big calves
3. Tend to get overheated easily but want some protection anyway.
4. Cost conscious Canadian so that limits just dropping by or ordering
easily
1. Me too.
2. Not me too.
3. Me too, sorta.
4. Noted.

I use and recommend the Firstgear brand, as they sell textiles in tall sizing. I have two pair of their overpants: HT, and HT Air. Both have an approximate inseam of 33.5" / 85 cm. Removable liners allow the rider to control his comfort level; the armor remains attached to the pants.

The Aerostitch equivalent of the aforementioned HT overpants are the "AD1" motorcycle pants. An admittedly pricier option, they are available in Regular and Long.

I'd quote prices here, but for the fact that I can't confirm in-country availability for you, or what customs fees might be levied if your purchase is shipped to you from the USA. Best of luck!
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You need to try on whatever anyone recommends, buying sight unseen is a recipe for "sending them back". I recommend the Firstgear HT overpants, they would more than likely serve you very well.
+1 for the Firstgear HT overpants. I have'em and use'em for my winter commutes in the DC Metro area. Very well made, waterproof and well-insulated.

Whatever you buy, try them on first if possible. I'd recommend you buy your pants 2" longer than your inseam (to allow for your riding position) and 2" bigger in the waist to ensure they fit over your clothing. I also use suspenders to hold up my overpants.

If you only ride in warm weather, Firstgear also makes great mesh overpants with armor, as well. Again, add 2" to your inseam and 2" to your waist to allow for clothing.

The above works for me. As always, your mileage may vary . . .

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