This is a discussion on Riding pants within the Riding Gear forums, part of the General Forums category; Just wonder if folks had any thoughts about riding pants. I'm thinking of buying a pair of pants to wear on longer rides (I usually ...
Just wonder if folks had any thoughts about riding pants. I'm thinking of buying a pair of pants to wear on longer rides (I usually just wear jeans). Is there anything out there to help eliminate "monkey butt"? Something that's comfortable to wear just walking around too--with pockets.
04-23-05 12:15 PM
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I wear HT Over Pants. They are pretty comfy but nothing you'd want to walk around in for any length of time unless you're wearing just a pair of shorts underneath, which is something I do quite a bit in the warmer months. They don't have much for pockets, but if you're looking for something more along the lines of jeans then "Draggin' Jeans" may be what you're looking for. There are many styles and colors to choose from and they look pretty much just like jeans or pants.
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I wear the Draggin' Jeans in summer and fleece lined Draggin' Jeans in winter.
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Just visited the local BMW dealer, who had beige "BMW summer pants" that looked like a pretty good pair of safari pants. They zip down into shorts.
Also some Teknic nylon pants with a bit of armor where needed, but ventilated mesh in the thighs - and a good price ($139 Cdn, about $100 US)
I haven't decided yet. The Kevlar jeans are an option too.
I wear Joe Rocket Ballistic pants.
A pair of bicycle shorts under them for warm weather and you can ride all day long in comfort.
For cooler weather, you can wear a pair of jeans under them for added warmth.
Lots of strategically placed armor, made well and affordable. No reason not to wear them.
Just my 2¢ worth.
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I wear a pair of Joe Rocket Balistic Pants as well in the cooler months and have a pair of Icon Ti-Max mesh pants for the summer.
I bought a couple pairs a moisture wicking underwear to reduce swamp arse and chaffing and i have to promote the mesh pants and underwear in hot weather. No more suffocating for the boys
I try not to wear jeans except on quick runs
I have the Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants. I am very happy with them, except for one thing. They are only a 31.5" inseam, so they look kinda funny on me. I am thinking about selling them so I can get one of the Joe Rocket pants that come in Tall sizes. They have a zip off panel for the hot days, and they included a rain liner!
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Most normal riding days I wear nylon/Goretex lined Aerostich Darien pants w/ Aerostich's bicycle-type shorts underneath as a first layer. Dariens have fleece liners for cold, and I wear silk long-johns under the fleece when it's really cold. Hot days I wear my nylon mesh Gericke (same as First Gear) pants w/ the bike shorts.
For commuting, I'll substitute "Wickers" briefs for the bike shorts with either the Dariens or the mesh. (Never wear cotton if you can avoid it if you're going to be sweating or getting rained on).
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For commuting, I wear Firstgear Sport Tour leather overpants. They're basically leather jeans that zip from ankle to waist. Easy on and off, have knee armor, and provide good protection. Plus, they look cool.
Thanks for the ideas everyone. I think the biggest mistake I've been making is just wearing my cotton underwear under my jeans. The cycling shorts or wicking shorts make sense. I'll have to see if I can find some of the pants you guys mentioned in a store and see how they fit/feel before I buy one.
P.S. On advice of some people on this forum I bought Widder's lectric vest and I've been wearing them on these chili mornings.
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Thanks for the tips gentlemen. I just recieved my pair of Fieldsheer sonic air summer riding pants. Leather, combo with mesh, CE armor in knees, hips, shins, tailbone, all removable. Two pockets, zip legs, reflective strips, very nice. Bought from broctoncycle.com 109.00.
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Originally posted by jazzer
Fieldsheer sonic air summer riding pants. Leather, combo with mesh, CE armor in knees, hips, shins, tailbone, all removable. Two pockets, zip legs, reflective strips, very nice. Bought from broctoncycle.com 109.00.
NewEnough says,"The GPX suits are one of the few off-the-rack suits that are cut for a more "American" build rather than for Europeans. Those more stocky/muscular riders with like the fit." The same sizing seems to apply to the Alter Ego pants.
Originally posted by groovyone
I have the Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants. I am very happy with them, except for one thing. They are only a 31.5" inseam, so they look kinda funny on me.
Being 5'5" tall and tipping the scales around 185, with a 28" inseam, nothing else I've found fits me as well.
I agree on the Alter Ego pants, although I haven't had to take the panel out yet. On cold rainy days, and on mild days with the liner removed, they've been great.
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Has anyone tried the MotoGP brand? Interesting pants and jackets.
My local accessory shop is ordering in a pair of the 'Grid' pants for me. Leather/Cordura combo with a nice road race fit(not balloon man). Way cool logo.
I'm hoping for the best...
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I just bought a new pair of Riccha 'Air Vent' pants which I am very happy with. They can be worn on their own or the inne 'rain liner' can be removed and they can be worn as overpants with mesh panels for ventilation but with protection in all the right places.