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Mesh pants for long ride

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.
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My overpants are way too hot in the summer. Something breathable and durable would be nice.
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Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 Pants - $135 at Revzilla and other places.
http://joerocket.com/catalog/index.c...oenix_3.0_Pant

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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.
I use the fieldsheer mesh riding over pants, they have the armor in the knees and padding in the hip area plus the leg zippers go all the way to the hip as well so they are easy on and off...I use them over jeans even in the humid georgia summer and stay comfortable plus I wear them over shorts too so on longer stops I can easily take them off...Plus they come with a liner pants too for colder mornings...

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I have the Scorpion Deuce pants that breathe really well with the rainliner out, they are fully padded and are available in tall sizes as well if you are a lanky bastard like me. The Joe Rockets are always good, so you should have lots of options...have a great trip!
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I've been very happy with my Tourmaster Venture Air pants (Venture is textile, Venture Air is textile/mesh). They come with 2 removable liners, one insulating and the other waterproof. The liners are pretty quick to switch out.
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Thats a hard call because of rain and colder weather! Then its hot again? I have First Gear over pants, Sliders under. The liners are perfect but you have to pull over and put the perfect liner in and change liners?

Colder rain gear on! Colder rain gear off!

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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.


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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

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When it was cold I have always been glad to have my sliders on with the shell on the out side nice and warm, but not when its hot! Ha! Ha!

July? Depending on what type of year it is? Sometimes it can get cold!

I think thats right though if you can get a well vented rain proof pant for $300 or $400 that would possibly be best?





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I use a pair of regular windproof running pants to put OVER my mesh pants when the temps drop a little. I find it way easier and much faster than having to find a private area to yank off the pants, zip in the liner and then put the pants back on. I found a pair of Nike pants for $20 and they aren't much more material than the liner.

Just looked at Competition Accessories http://www.compacc.com/Apparel-Motor...nts-Mesh-Pantsand they have several brands below $140. I kinda like the Fly.

I have but can't recommend the Scorpion Deuce. Zipper blew out on their 2nd ride 4 hours into an 8-day vacation. Ands it's not good to ride with safety pins anywhere around the crotch area! Hope SUREFIRE has had better luck. Also had a pair of gloves that unraveled in the their first riding season. Great helmets, tho'.

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With motorcycle gear you get what you pay for. Almost everyone I know starts motorcycling with the cheapest gear they can find and then ends up later upgrading to decent quality stuff once they discover how much better and more versatile it is. You won't regret purchasing better quality gear, it stands up better, fits better, and just works better. Usually the usable temperature range is a lot larger too. IMO you'll use it more because of this.

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joe rocket phoenix 3.0 pants - $135 at revzilla and other places.
http://joerocket.com/catalog/index.c...oenix_3.0_pant
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I have the Olympia and have never regretted them. I have a closet full of gear I've accumulated over the last couple decades and would select them for the ride you are describing. The nice thing about buying quality gear the first time around is unless you wreck wearing it, you will likely still have it to choose from 10-20 years from now.
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