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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-20-2018, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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What motorcycle jeans/pants have you tried and recommend?

  • Sliders Kevlar Jeans - fit VERY strangely with huge legs that have similar diameter to waist, do not stand up well in wash
  • Klim Outrider Pants - current favorite, perfect fit, basically Carhartt work pants with a more trim cut and made of heavy but soft abrasion resistant Cordura canvas with D3O armor in knees and hips, they seem very protective with double knees, reasonable price for what you get, look good
  • Brosh Cargo Pants - cheapest of the bunch if you have thin to normal legs and not too much of a gut. Lightweight cargo pants with Kevlar liner sewn in, cheap online but knee armor is extra, no hip armor, very comfortable to wear in hot weather. These should protect your legs from rash better than jeans but do not have the other protection of the Klim's or Olympia X Moto.
  • Olympia X Moto Pants - true textile motorcycle pants, my cold weather and touring standby, very heavy cordura which makes them too heavy IMO as over pants but excellent as stand alone motorcycle pants, vents on front of leg flow air in heat, with rain liner and appropriate base layer are warm down to 0C. Have had these for several years and ridden probably ~15,000km in them. They are still going strong and have stood up very well with little sign of wear.

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Hey, Two Wheels, I see that you live at 24 Sussex Drive ( 45.444348 N -75.693934 W.) And all this time we have been unaware that our PM rides a Versys and has a forum presence here. Wow!
But I thought you moved and the dump was being renovated? Or is that where you garage the bike?
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I've been riding primarily in Aerostich Darien and the similar AD-1 pants since mid-1990s. Great all-weather, waterproof Gore-Tex lined pants that can be worn from 0F to 100+F. Expandable for layering in the cold. Expensive but a great investment.

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I use to live in NC down the street from Draggin jeans .Also have a couple pair of coretech cpx cargo pants that I like.
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I have been wearing a pair of Aerostich AD-1 pants for approx 15 years and am completely satisfied with them. They are a great 3 season waterproof pant.
For hot weather riding I wear a Alpinestars mesh pant.
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Hey, Two Wheels, I see that you live at 24 Sussex Drive ( 45.444348 N -75.693934 W.) And all this time we have been unaware that our PM rides a Versys and has a forum presence here. Wow!
But I thought you moved and the dump was being renovated? Or is that where you garage the bike?
Just call me Steve, they've been trying to get me to move out since the election of October 2015. Andrew Scheer won't let me sleep on his couch at Stornoway .

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In cold weather I wear the Scaldare mesh pants by Slider with the rain liner in, and I wear my Dianese armor equipped tights underneath. Slightly warmer the tights under my Slider cargo pants - love having all that pocket space! Then warmer the tights go away and out come my Forcefield knee tubes under the Slider cargo pants. Hot weather, the Scaldare mesh pants with knee tubes and hip protection in the mesh pants. Except for the hottest of hot weather, my Forcefield armor shirt is on top with some jacket combo. ATGATT is my motto.

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I have and use several pair of Tourmaster VENTURE pants, mesh and not-mesh, as well as Frank Thomas - ALL armored of course. Plus leather BiLT pants from Cycle Gear.

I RECOMMEND any of them!
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Just recently switched to Dainese Delta C2 Pro perforated pants. Absolutely loving the protection, look, and fit. I probably look a tidge odd cruising around on the V in track-focused pants, but they're sure comfy.

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Only ever used the Draggin Jeans. Main reason I bought them was that they had lots of measurements on their website about how they fit. Most others just had waist and inseam and I wasn't going to trust that they'd fit. I have bigger legs compared to my waist so couldn't take the chance.

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Klim Latitude pants (& jacket) - which replaced an earlier set that didn't survive a tumble at 110 kph - but protected me well (they were cut off me in ED!).
I'd switched to Klim from Draggin' jeans (no armour) after a 'coming together' with a Ute in suburbia, and while the Draggins were good for skidding/rolling on the tarmac, no armour worried me - and there was MCL damage to my knee.
The Klim Goretex, and good design, means they're great in hot weather (40 deg C thus far), and easy to fit base layers in cooler weather (down to -2 deg C thus far).

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Rev'it Tornado mesh most of the year, super comfortable and well armored. One complaint is the rain liner is also the warm liner, so too hot for warm weather use.

Winter commute, I recently bought a pair of Tourmaster overpants with full side zips - actually a pretty awesome buy at $150, really warm, tested waterproof (steady rain, 45 minute commute), no regrets. They have foam hip protection, but CE knee and lots of Cordura. A bit baggy, but they're overpants. On and off in about 2 minutes.
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I have a pair of Drayko Drift riding jeans. They run big and have a long inseam. I usually wear a 36-38 waist. I wear a 34 waist in these.



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Mostly use Carhartt double front and put in D30 kneepads in them. Warm enough for Vegas winters.

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Winter commute, I recently bought a pair of Tourmaster overpants with full side zips - actually a pretty awesome buy at $150, really warm, tested waterproof (steady rain, 45 minute commute), no regrets. They have foam hip protection, but CE knee and lots of Cordura. A bit baggy, but they're overpants. On and off in about 2 minutes.
I've had a pair of tourmaster pants for 6 years. they can be a little warm on a summer day in Denver, but work well and keep me dry. A lot of my day trips are up into the high country, and they have enough vents to make it a pleasant ride. I wish they looked a little less like snowmobile pants, though.

I also have a pair of 'sliders' brand khaki riding pants with kevlar inserts. They fit me pretty well, but trying to get the knee protection to line up is almost impossible. I wear them mainly for commuting to work in the summer.

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Dainese Bonneville... fit great (I'm fairly tall and skinny), look like regular jeans, but have Kevlar everywhere and optional pads which are pretty comfortable. Very happy with my pair.
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For the past 15 years +/-, during cooler weather rides (autumn and spring), I wear Cycloak pants (very comfortable, lots of protection, waterproof, etc.). These were manufactured by Reima who now concentrates on making snowmobile suits.

For warmer weather rides, I wear Revits mesh riding pants.

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I have a pair of Tourmaster Overpants for cool to cold weather riding. They're very warm and waterproof as hell. I've never felt a drop through them. I even wore them for some muddy dual sport trail riding a month or so ago and I stayed warm and dry all day, even after a couple impromptu dismounts.

Last summer I was lucky enough to pick up a pair of Tourmaster Venture Air Mesh Pants at a swap meet in my size for 20 bucks! They're my go-to summer pant now.


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I picked up a pair of these at Harbor Freight...I mean Cycle Gear about 6 years ago. They are super comfortable in a wide range of temps.

Got them on sale for a buck 20.

If and when they wear out I will grab another pair.

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I'm trying to find some pants that won't break the bank. I'm looking a the dogs of war pants. But I really don't want to drop $150. I've been looking at some Bilt options that are $70-80, but I haven't been impressed by Bilt's quality in the past. (I have a leather jacket that's majorly got structural issues.)

Any thoughts on a sub-$150, save pant. My requirements are armor and kevlar - I don't particularly care what they look like. Thoughts?


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