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post #1 of 17 Old 05-01-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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riding pants? suggestions please

okay so i'm finally getting my gear all nailed down. the only major piece i need is a good set of pants...currently i wear some double kneed carharts and then put some frogg toggs over them when it gets wet.

what i'm looking for is a good pair of pants that has a zip out liner to help with the temperature range i can wear them in, zippered vents would be nice as well for the same reason. want/need waterproof and obviously windproof when vents are closed. I recently bought a tour master transition series 3.0 jacket and have been loving it, and thought it would be nice to have a pair of riding pants that was equivalent for me.

any suggestions out there? also trying to keep my budget in mind....

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Personally I wear firstgear pants zipped with a matching firstgear 3/4 jacket in the winter, and BMW airflow plants zipped to matching jacket in the summer. Most gear makers have similar pant/jacket combinations, the advantage being they zip together and stay together if you crash.


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Firstgear Kathmandu overpants

I used to wear Fieldsheer Mercury pants, and put 30,000 miles on them in every kind of weather. I've recently switched to the Firstgear Kathmandu overpants and absolutely love them. I consider them to be a 4-season pant, which is mandatory for my riding style ... I can experience all four seasons' worth of weather in a single trip ... sometimes in a single day!

They have a removable insulated liner for cold riding, big vents and a light color for when it's hot, D30 armor which is light and flexible, and even an inner gaitor that goes over your boots for adventure riding.

They aren't cheap, but they aren't overly expensive, either, especially considering the value you get for your dollar.

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Get the zippered vents for sure. My Scorpions are great pants except for the lack of vents.

I also like Rev'it. One advantage of this brand is that they are frequently changing the models, so there are closeouts available at reduced prices. Note that Rev'it, Scorpion, and a few others use European sizing that fits slender bodies.

Try telephoning Revzilla and see what they recommend.

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Summer pants - Mesh?

I've been riding in jeans a LONG time. Keep looking for a pair of vented/mesh pants that will not drive me nuts in the 90 degree and 90% humidity we experience for so much of the year down here. I don't mean to hijack the thread, but if some have comments they can direct to very warm and humid condition pants, I'd like to hear what you have to say.

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I'm looking to replace my Darien pants with a similar set up. I looked at some Tourmaster pants with a zip out lining. Protective Pads and water resistant shell for about $139. Seems like a good deal.
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I used to wear Fieldsheer Mercury pants, and put 30,000 miles on them in every kind of weather. I've recently switched to the Firstgear Kathmandu overpants and absolutely love them. I consider them to be a 4-season pant, which is mandatory for my riding style ... I can experience all four seasons' worth of weather in a single trip ... sometimes in a single day!

They have a removable insulated liner for cold riding, big vents and a light color for when it's hot, D30 armor which is light and flexible, and even an inner gaitor that goes over your boots for adventure riding.

They aren't cheap, but they aren't overly expensive, either, especially considering the value you get for your dollar.
my current pants are FG HT's but they have about 200,000 miles on them, plan is to get a pair of Kathmandu's at Whitehorse Gear open house in a few weeks



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Pretty pleased with the durability of Olympia's Ranger pant. The cargo pockets are especially useful.

From a pure style perspective, I'm thinking there is a lot to be said for Steve's Kathmandu pants.


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From a pure style perspective, I'm thinking there is a lot to be said for Steve's Kathmandu pants.

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I have been looking for basically the same thing in pants. I am currently leaning toward these Joe Rocket Alter Ego 2.0 pants

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