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I am looking for a pair of riding pants that will provide some road rash protection, but are not too warm and will fit over shorts. I like to ride my bike to play disc golf. I wear shorts to play disc golf but do not want to ride my bike in shorts.

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I am looking for a pair of riding pants that will provide some road rash protection, but are not too warm and will fit over shorts. I like to ride my bike to play disc golf. I wear shorts to play disc golf but do not want to ride my bike in shorts.

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My advice is buy good gear and you will be a lot more satisfied and comfortable and as a result you'll wear it a lot more, plus it will usually last a lot longer.

Motorcycle jeans are more of a supplement to motorcycle pants than a replacement for them. They are nice to have in warm weather but do not work in cool weather or over shorts.

Revit Sand 2 is excellent for money vs features and quality as is Olympia MotoQuest, what I have. Also anything Dainese makes is usually excellent. Avoid pants that are really baggy as they won't be as abrasion proof as armor won't stay in place. Textile pants with insulation underneath are really nice in cold weather too. In my experience zippers up the outside of the leg never get used. I put them on like any other pants.

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I'm very happy with Draggin' Jeans. They have kevlar reinforcement and you can add armor in the knees and hips. I think they run about $180. You could buy one size up from what you'd normally wear and they would fit over your shorts. Or you could get correct sized jeans and then quickly change at your destination into shorts.
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the sliders brand has some decent stuff at a reasonable price competition accessories carries them -
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I wear Tourmaster Venture Air overpants, and they are extremely convenient. Side zips go up higher than your knee, can have them off in about a minute without removing your shoes. They have knee and hip pads, heavier cordora in knees and butt, and come with an insulated liner and a rain liner also. I've had them for years, and they've help up very well. Just starting to get some pilling on the mesh, but no complaints considering their price point and how many times I've taken them on and off. I commute all summer in them.

That said, I've never felt comfortable wearing shorts under a polyester based mesh pant, for fear of it melting into my skin in a slide. I wear some type of cotton layer underneath, and hope for the best. Plenty of other people wear shorts under them, so I suppose it depends on your risk tolerance. I think they make a version that isn't mesh too, so if you don't mind being a little warm, thats an option. In my opinion the key with overpants is that they are easy to take on and off without needing to take your boots/shoes off.....these are great in that regard.

If money is no object, Motoport kevlar mesh overpants would be my choice. I would feel comfortable wearing those over shorts.

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I wear Tourmaster Venture Air overpants, and they are extremely convenient. Side zips go up higher than your knee, can have them off in about a minute without removing your shoes. They have knee and hip pads, heavier cordora in knees and butt, and come with an insulated liner and a rain liner also. I've had them for years, and they've help up very well. Just starting to get some pilling on the mesh, but no complaints considering their price point and how many times I've taken them on and off. I commute all summer in them....
EXACTLY what I was about to suggest. I wear cotton shorts under mine, and I would buy another pair for AZ....

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I wear Tourmaster Venture Air overpants, and they are extremely convenient. Side zips go up higher than your knee, can have them off in about a minute without removing your shoes. They have knee and hip pads, heavier cordora in knees and butt, and come with an insulated liner and a rain liner also. I've had them for years, and they've help up very well. Just starting to get some pilling on the mesh, but no complaints considering their price point and how many times I've taken them on and off. I commute all summer in them.

That said, I've never felt comfortable wearing shorts under a polyester based mesh pant, for fear of it melting into my skin in a slide. I wear some type of cotton layer underneath, and hope for the best. Plenty of other people wear shorts under them, so I suppose it depends on your risk tolerance. I think they make a version that isn't mesh too, so if you don't mind being a little warm, thats an option. In my opinion the key with overpants is that they are easy to take on and off without needing to take your boots/shoes off.....these are great in that regard.

If money is no object, Motoport kevlar mesh overpants would be my choice. I would feel comfortable wearing those over shorts.
Yes, the motosport look really nice, but a bit pricey.
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Just got an e-mail on these.......FirstGear TPG Escape Pants - 2014 :: MotorcycleGear.com

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I just ordered a pair! Let's hope they live up to the hype. You can't beat the price.


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I've never had First Gear pants but the jackets and luggage i've bought were top notch...

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I wear Tourmaster Venture Air overpants ... I commute all summer in them.
So they breathe well in hot weather?
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I've been wearing the Firstgear TPG pants for a couple of years...They're great in the fall..winter and spring...summer not so much...They have vents..but I got to tell you..next summer I'm getting something else to wear in the pants department...that MotorcycleGear deal is a good deal..I'm almost tempted to get a new pair...
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So they breathe well in hot weather?
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My advice is buy good gear and you will be a lot more satisfied and comfortable and as a result you'll wear it a lot more, plus it will usually last a lot longer.
I think that's good advice. I was a long-distance bicyclist for many years, and I learned that having the right clothing, shoes, gloves, etc really made a big difference in my enjoyment of riding. You could be on the most beautiful road in the world, but if you're cold, wet, and getting chafed in the nether regions, you're not having a fun ride. I'd usually recommend new bicyclists downgrade the bike they want to buy to leave more money available for gear.

I'm still pretty new to motorcycles, but I imagine the same applies.
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The usefulness of over pants is a bit of a myth in my opinion. Motorcycle pants over jeans feels uncomfortable and restrictive and is too hot to wear in moderate to hot temperatures. They also need to be ridiculously baggy and large to fit over bulky jeans. Instead I prefer tighter fitting motorcycle pants, that have a more tailored fit, that better hold the armor in place and I can wear either over briefs, shorts or - stretchy fleece pants in cooler weather. Also wearing jeans under motorcycle pants defeats the benefit of vents as it prevents cool air from reaching you.

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