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post #1 of 29 Old 03-15-2019, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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New riding pants

I'm going to be in the market for riding pants suitable for V-Strom travels. I've never owned pants for this type of riding so am hoping I can get some feedback from those of you who have. I've got a good jacket so don't need a suit.

Do you prefer over pants or not? Waterproof pants or liner? How about materials, denim, cordura, kevlar, etc.? What brands have folks had good luck with? Good stores/sites to purchase from? How about put on/take off? Full length leg zippers for over pants? Pockets?

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I presently have 3 pairs, an Aerostitch roadcrafter two piece, BMW Santiago, and First Gear mesh. They are all great in their own way. I wear small shorts under them or long johns when it gets cold.

Liners are annoying but if you don't ride much in the rain and it's for emergency/occasional rain, then liners are nicer because your pants will breathe better. Full zippers are great, and if they are two way then you get big vents out of the deal. The easier the pants are to put on, the more you are likely to grab them every time, and so therefore the more protective they are. Vents are critical but I think every pant has them. Pockets are kind of misleading, I never find having anything in my pockets while riding is comfortable.

Denim won't save you in a crash, Cordura and Kevlar have been standards for years, both are great, Kevlar is better in a slide I think but breathes less.

I would recommend hip, tailbone, and knee armour.
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Also, bring your boots to make sure the pants fit with them well, and make sure you sit on a bike when trying them on. Pants need to be longer for riding than when you are standing.
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Aerostich Darien or AD1......simply the best. Full length leg zippers, Gore-Tex, and can be altered or repaired by being sent back to Aerostich. They aren't so expensive, considering how many years they will last you.
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Need more info.

What jacket do you have?
What type of riding do you do or intend to do?
In what kind of weather?
What's your budget?

Answering the above questions will help others provide more targeted feedback. For example, I can speak to my preferences for gear in general road riding, commuting, and short tours, across a range of weather from dry 0º to hot and humid 100ºF, sunny or raining...but not off-pavement or high, dry heat.
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Been riding a LONG TIME. Can honestly say that when it comes to riding gear, it's mostly true that you get what you pay for. There are cheaper options that may or may not work well, and if the gear does work well, it likely won't last for years of travel. I started with the "budget" stuff in the $75-125 per piece and it worked OK for awhile, mostly. Graduated up the price scale and it worked better, generally. Bought a used Aerostich Roadcrafter onesie and it worked very well, but I never could come to grips with the whole stripping down to whatever I was wearing underneath when I dismounted, plus it was hotter than Hades in the summer even with the vents open. I sold it for what I paid for it three years later. The last couple of years, I've ridden thousands of miles wearing some used Klim gear and it's worked in temps from mid-20s to 100*F plus, in sleet and torrential rain, without much drama or discomfort. I paid $450 for the jacket/pants combo in very good condition and I've only had to replace one snap in the last three years.

Now, I wouldn't recommend buying all new high-end gear right away unless you have unlimited funds or enjoy squandering your money. Go to the ADVR For Sale forum and hang out until you see something that will work size-wise. Doesn't have to be newish or even perfect, but live with it and ride enough miles in it to convince yourself that's the gear you want. Then, if you really need to have riding gear that only you have sweated in, sell your stuff and buy yourself shiny new clothes!

Riding in high quality, well engineered, comfortable riding gear is akin to living in your house with reliable central heat/AC--why be uncomfortable?
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Need more info.

What jacket do you have?
What type of riding do you do or intend to do?
In what kind of weather?
What's your budget?

Answering the above questions will help others provide more targeted feedback. For example, I can speak to my preferences for gear in general road riding, commuting, and short tours, across a range of weather from dry 0º to hot and humid 100ºF, sunny or raining...but not off-pavement or high, dry heat.
I have a Motoport Marathon jacket. (Am strongly considering their pants as well)
Road and off-road (Fire road, gravel road and mild two-track) touring as well as day rides and commuting.
All kinds of weather except freezing and snow/ice.
I have a Motoport jacket.
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My Airglide 3 are certainly the best $100 I've ever spent. Now that was dumb luck for price but zippers, fasteners - there is not a single flaw in them after years of hard use. Can't speak to the current version but they are cool enough in Australian heat with Motoskivvies on and with warm underlayers fine for Canada down to 5 C.

Full length Zippers, CE armor ( the knee armor I take out and wear armor attached to my knees ), double fasteners and velcro over the boots that just never quits. They wash up okay too tho I rarely bother.

I don't like pants with liners....rather have external rain gear......and yeah suspenders are your friend.
And the Airglides don't cost a fortune....I know other riders that swear by them including a couple that have been touring the world for 5+ years.


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......and yeah suspenders are your friend.
Had wondered about that. Thanks.
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I use Task brand and they've lasted well

But there are lots

https://www.amazon.com/slp/belt-and-...upn4qyoqr4d8tt

Give some thought to knee armor on your knee instead of in the pants ( moves around )

I use these as 71 any knee injury would likely end my riding. They are hinged and with the top strap very secure.



https://www.oneal.com/pumpgun-knee-guard/

I think I'm buying a pair of these next
I like the double hinge design and padding is removable



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