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Riding pants.....

Hey guys, since I moved from cruiser to the V, riding position has changed, what type of riding pants do you guys like.

Different kinds for different occasions, but what is your all around ?

I am looking at the scorpion Deuce and the Tour master Venture Air.

The seem pretty reasonable and have good reviews, but I wanted to see if anybody here has them. (or something similar)

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I use Olympia Aiegluide 2 and like them. Insulation for cool days is nice. Like any pair of pants the can be warm on a 90 degree day if you are not moving but one you are going the are cool as can be. I wear them with shorts or just underwear on really hot days.
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Any padded pants that have Air in their name would work. Mine are Alpinestar, no complaints. Capn Kirk if you read this, thanks
for the Faarkle boot/pants clips tip. Hate it when the pants ride up on bare leg!

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On my must buy list and very partical for tour riding-link below:

http://www.topgearsuperstore.com/-mo...et-p-3199.html

Presently using Dragon Rider-China Made.:

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Most of what we can buy in Canada & USA is Made in China.

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I've got BMW summer riding pants. Armor in knees and hips, zip off lower legs. Most comfortable, best fitting riding pants I've ever had. Bit spendy, but I've probably got 20k miles or more on them, so amortizes out well!


I got the lighter ones, thought they might stay a bit cooler.

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Phoenix 2.0 Pants
$125.99 - $143.99 at http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...2-0-Pants.aspx

very comfy, and keeps me really cool. Also has lenght sizes wich was very important to me.


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"I am looking at the scorpion Deuce and the Tour master Venture Air."

I use the Scorpion pants daily and love them. Comfortable when moving and wind and waterproof when you use the liner. Have had them for almost two years wearing year round and feel they are a very good value.

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Chaps are the way to go, plus those Faarken stirrups!

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Motoport Kevlar. Get the mesh version if you want flow through ventilation. This gear is American Made. Great folks to deal with, excellent quality and the abrasion resistance is incredible.
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I have the Scorpion Deuce riding pants and I really like them, too. Currently, I am riding in about 60 degrees in the AM and the 90's in the afternoon. I don't use the liner in the morning and just put them over my pants. In the afternoon, I bring a pair of gym shorts with and change into them and wear the riding pants over that. it works. Once we hit the upper 90's + around here, it really starts to become a challenge to wear them. Went home yesterday in 99 degrees. Wow- not looking forward to 100+ heat.

Other then that, they are very comfortable and durable.
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Gear for summer riding

Here's a little more than you asked for: For summer riding...AlpineStars A-10 Air Flo mesh pants with racetrack level protection but still vent well. About $220 and worth it IMHO. To go along with them The Cortech GX Air Series 2 Jacket is around $200 and also has racetrack level protection with a mix of leather and mesh with good armor. Add to that a pair of my favorite boots, Gaerne Explorer dual sport boots at $180 from Dual Star, (about half the weight of MX boots and much more flexible and all you need is a good helmet and gloves.
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The jacket comes in other colors too.
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Depends on the day. I'll often ride to work in Sliders cargo pants or khaki's. When I am out for a day ride, I have a couple of pairs of Hood Jeans (which have kevlar linings all the way around the pelvis and down to my boot tops, plus available space for armor in both hips and knees), or one pair of their old cargo pants, which are really textile riding pants and very protective. Rather a bit warmer than down with very little protection on, but YMMV...

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+1 on Hood jeans

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Thanks so much to everybody....

I really appreciate your opinions/suggestions.

I want to be comfortable but honestly, don't want to compromise protection.

I was also looking into the Olympia gear (that phantom one suit looks great and could be an all around) also the AST jacket.....very nice....

Thanks guys....

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I love in southern california, so most of the year it is not too cold...when it is, I can wear thermal underwear.

Can any recommend warm to hot weather pants that are reasonably priced?
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I have Venture Air pants. The pants are cut big which makes them better as overpants, but means the armor might move out of position in a crash. Also, the knee armor sits too high.
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Another option is kevlar jeans. My Shift Lowdown jeans have been crash tested at 20 mph, and they held up great. If you do get kevlar jeans, I'd suggest wearing off-road knee/shin guards as well.
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I wear a pair of Tourmaster Deckers (~$220). They are overpants which makes them nice for a business casual work environment. They work great on cool mornings, but do get warm on the afternoon commute in 80 degree weather, I don't know what they'll be like in 90+ later this summer, guess I'll be find out. I love the protection with CE approved hip and knee pads provide. I'll deal with the heat in exchange for the peace of mind the thick leather and pads give. Most of my commute is on the highway, so at those speeds airflow helps a lot.

Anyway, there are a lot of good choices out there depending on your priorities and what you want.
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