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Posted: 3/12/2006 5:33:54 AM EDT
I am in need of some new riding pants. They will be used for sport/sport touring. Prefer Black. NO loud obnoxious colors and patterns.

Problem is that dealers only carry 1, maybe 2 pairs of pants due to the variety and then being stuck with them. I can't order anything online if I can't see how they fit first. So I am stuck.

I would prefer perforated leather w/armor or something along those lines. NO Joe Rocket as I just think they are garbage. NO overpants as I don't care for them.

The pants MUST fit a normal human being and not make said normal human look as if he has a load in his pants.

NO tight leather like the old days of disco. Just normal fitting quality pants.

Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:28:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JH225:
NO Joe Rocket as I just think they are garbage.



+1 to that

if you havent checked out new enough, its a great website for bike gear.

also ive read that if you call them up and talk to Paul, the guy that owns it, he could help you out with the sizes and they have an awesome return policy in case something doesnt fit right
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:25:48 AM EDT
I like Vanson leathers..
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:33:11 AM EDT
My wife rides in First Gear Flightline? pants (can't remember the model, the one with the zip-off pouch). They are nice and actually are mens pants.

I wear First Gear HT Overpants, but you've ruled those out. I like them, but they are very hot in the summer.


Yes...Joe Rocket sucks. I had the old Sonic jacket by them. That is the last product of theirs I will buy.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:49:33 PM EDT
Icon TiMax pants are great. They have the vent slots you can open in the summer and they stay pretty cool.

They fit like a pair of jeans but allow plenty of movement.

Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:01:00 PM EDT
Levis
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:26:47 PM EDT
Assless chaps.

Oh, you mean for actually riding?

lol
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:30:00 PM EDT
Vansons are top dog but expensive.

I also have found the Triumph leather to be reasonably priced and very well built. I survived a crash in Triumphs with no injuries (plenty of damage to leathers).
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:33:09 PM EDT
If your not using a high quality racing type leather the only other answer is AEROSTITCH
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:35:43 PM EDT
After rereading you post it seams the only option you have is the Dragin (sp) jeans. You are trading off quite a bit of safety to fit your criteria IMO though.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:50:12 PM EDT
Adding to the above, all my leathers are perf leathers. They can be hot in peak summer but most of the time they are tolerable. And you must get CE armor on the knees, hips, elbows and shoulders. They do a lot to prevent injury. A back plate is very uncomfortable and there's a tradeoff to be had of comfort vs. crashworthiness.

Also, don't overlook good gloves, preferably with some hard carbon fiber armor in them.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:44:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By m-dc:
If your not using a high quality racing type leather the only other answer is AEROSTITCH



OK, Aerostich are for the cruiser type crowd. Baggy, boring, but functional. Yes, they are high quality, but not my cup of tea.


After rereading you post it seams the only option you have is the Dragin (sp) jeans. You are trading off quite a bit of safety to fit your criteria IMO though


Draggin jeans? I think not! If I wanted to get an ugly pair of jeans, I would get some kevlar and sew it onto my Lee jeans, just like Draggin jeands does...


Also, don't overlook good gloves, preferably with some hard carbon fiber armor in them.


Thanks for the well meant advise, but I am not a newbie, I am just looking for some new riding pants after I decided that I wasn't willing to take the chance wearing jeans anymore. I guess getting older does come with a bit of brains after all
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:52:40 PM EDT
JH225, there is one other option in pants -- BMW makes a fairly impressive set of Kevlar jeans (much better than the rather sh***y draggin' jeans -- for about $300. Not as good as leather, and not as much padding, but more comfortable.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:54:45 PM EDT
Jeans. They stood up to a 100mph crash in 1968, better than I did.



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Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:12:07 AM EDT
www.riderwearhouse.com (Aerostich)
They are the best pants out there.
Almost all the ironbutt guys run Aerostich gear
Serious riders wear it, I think that says a lot.
And yes, I had both.
once you get an Aerostich, you won't go back.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:40:53 AM EDT
I think ICON is making some "armored" jeans. I saw them once and my initial impression was, these look nicer than draggins, that's for sure. They've got Kevlar in them like Draggin, but they look better, they also have some ventilation. MJD
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 7:02:46 AM EDT
Levis
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 7:18:29 AM EDT
Okay. nobody bit on my assless chaps joke.

I actually had nice BMW leathers - just the pants.

For the next setup, def. Aerostitch.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 11:41:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By afplayboy18:

if you havent checked out new enough, its a great website for bike gear.

also ive read that if you call them up and talk to Paul, the guy that owns it, he could help you out with the sizes and they have an awesome return policy in case something doesnt fit right



+1 on New Enough. They're really good. They're very helpful with describing the fit of things and if you get something that isn't right, they'll take it back and/or trade it for the correct size. Great people.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 2:23:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/13/2006 2:24:52 PM EDT by GaryM]

Originally Posted By OODA_Loop:
Okay. nobody bit on my assless chaps.



Gee, I can't imagine why not....
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:24:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 8:40:18 PM EDT by GarethB]
For around town I wear jeans. No special reinforcement, just plain everyday jeans. If it's cold/wet I wear a pair of pull on Spidi pants over the top of the jeans. For days when I go for a ride through the nearby hills I wear these www.tigerangel.com/toursp_mens.html (I don't know if they're available in the US, it's an Australian company). Their main office is not too far from where I live so when I bought the pants I had them alter the Dainese leather jacket I already owned to zip together with their pants and they did it at no extra charge. I had to come back a couple of days later to pick up they jacket, it wasn't a same day alteration. I bought the pants 5 or 6 years ago and I've never had a problem with them. I wouldn't hesitate to buy their stuff again if I needed to.

I always wear decent boots, jacket, helmet and gloves. I never ride in shorts, sneakers, just a t-shirt or without gloves. I don't care how hot the weather is or how short the ride is, if I'm on a public road with other traffic I always have full skin coverage. A little bit of discomfort is vastly preferred over surgical skin grafts. I realise ordinary jeans don't offer a lot of protection, but it's better than no protection at all.

Edit: Tiger Angel will ship internationally, but I don't know what the shipping price will be and you won't be able to try their stuff on first.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 3:57:05 AM EDT
The icon jeans are pretty comfortable. They run weird in size though so if you go that route make sure to try on a pair before buying.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 5:36:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GarethB:
For around town I wear jeans. No special reinforcement, just plain everyday jeans. If it's cold/wet I wear a pair of pull on Spidi pants over the top of the jeans. For days when I go for a ride through the nearby hills I wear these www.tigerangel.com/toursp_mens.html (I don't know if they're available in the US, it's an Australian company). Their main office is not too far from where I live so when I bought the pants I had them alter the Dainese leather jacket I already owned to zip together with their pants and they did it at no extra charge. I had to come back a couple of days later to pick up they jacket, it wasn't a same day alteration. I bought the pants 5 or 6 years ago and I've never had a problem with them. I wouldn't hesitate to buy their stuff again if I needed to.

I always wear decent boots, jacket, helmet and gloves. I never ride in shorts, sneakers, just a t-shirt or without gloves. I don't care how hot the weather is or how short the ride is, if I'm on a public road with other traffic I always have full skin coverage. A little bit of discomfort is vastly preferred over surgical skin grafts. I realise ordinary jeans don't offer a lot of protection, but it's better than no protection at all.

Edit: Tiger Angel will ship internationally, but I don't know what the shipping price will be and you won't be able to try their stuff on first.



Jeans offer utterly no protection.
Want proof?
Ever been walking down the sidewalk and trip and fall?
and what happens?
you skin up your knee and your jeans have a big hole in them.
Now, try going 60mph and fall
Road rash central
Get some real riding pants. The aerostich are the best, but even Joe Rocket makes some stuff that is better than jeans.
Might as well ride naked (don't, I already have the visual. )
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 5:59:36 AM EDT
If I was you, I'd ask Fast_Jimmy .

He's the resident motorcycle authority.


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Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:18:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sully026:
The icon jeans are pretty comfortable. They run weird in size though so if you go that route make sure to try on a pair before buying.

+1 Try them on before you buy! I love mine
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:21:48 PM EDT
Synthetic Alpinestars
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:37:01 PM EDT
Langlitz. The last word in leathers.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:58:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BiggyD:
Levis



+1

At my size (tall not fat) I would have to have something custom made $$$$
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