I am going on a two week ride through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas in July and want to be comfortable in the summer heat. I am looking for some mesh pant recommendations. I am currently leaning toward the Johnny Rocket Phoenix 3.0. I plan to use rain pants and (if necessary) silk thermals if the weather is too cool in the higher elevations. I would like to stay under $150.
Most pants in the $150 price range are usually made of polyester which offers negligible abrasion resistance. You can have abrasion resistance or low price but not both with textile gear. This is what I ended up with but it may be more than you want to spend (http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=19590
). If you want to be comfortable for long periods in the saddle don't wear jeans under them. Mesh pants are really cool but you can't adjust the venting as the temp falls. Zipper vents are more versatile for say when you start out on a cold morning and then it warms up. Look for decent hip padding, a lot of manufacturers skimp on this. Also elastic expansion panels are important for comfort when you are seated on the bike with your legs and hips bent, otherwise the pants need to be extra baggy to allow for movement, which is not so good for holding the armor in place.
Product / Material | Pounds of force until fabric tears | Abrasion cycles until fabric fails
CottonJeans 4.5 pounds to tear 50 cycles to failure
70 Denier Standard Nylon 4.5 pounds to tear 165 cycles to failure
500 Denier Polyester 8 pounds to tear 180 cycles to failure
200 Denier Standard Nylon 7.5 pounds to tear 275 cycles to failure
500 Denier Cordura 22 pounds to tear 710 cycles to failure
620 Denier Cordura 35 pounds to tear 1200 cycles to failure
NEW Competition Grade Leather 80-110 pounds to tear 1200-1700 cycles to failure
1000 Denier Cordura 110 pounds to tear 1780 cycles to failure