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Old 04-08-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Mesh Overpants

From what I've seen quite a few people wear mesh overpants for their commute, but no one ever mentions any specifics like make or model. I'm probably a little overly paranoid, but I like my skin so if anyone could make suggestions for good overpants let me know. I bought a pair of silver tour master venture air pants, but they are ugly as sin and returned them. I want something thats going to be cool in the summer, but also not be -ugly.

So in short the question is what mesh overpants do you wear and would you recommend them?
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Mesh itself isn't gonna do much. It will get chewed up pretty quick when sliding. I personally don't wear leg protection other than denim, but a lot of people here wear knee & shin guards under their jeans. You can pick up a pair of those for about $30, and they will be much less likely to come off than the armor in a pair of flimsy mesh pants that will get ripped to shreds if you go sliding.
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I wear these:
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They're not perfect, but I like em.
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Mesh itself isn't gonna do much. It will get chewed up pretty quick when sliding. I personally don't wear leg protection other than denim, but a lot of people here wear knee & shin guards under their jeans. You can pick up a pair of those for about $30, and they will be much less likely to come off than the armor in a pair of flimsy mesh pants that will get ripped to shreds if you go sliding.
those mesh pants will probably hold their own in a slide A LOT better than a pair of plain ol jeans..

dont know much about the kevlar jeans. but hey, ANY protection is a good start.
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I have a pair of Tourmaster Flex i wear they can be converted to mesh in real hot weather. Most of the time for trip to and from work i wear a pair of icon knee/shen gaurds.
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So I ended up getting a pair of Tour Master venture air pants. They have two zip out liners (water proof and insulated) and an outermesh with reinforced knees and as well as knee pads and hip pads. I took out the knee pads because I was afraid they would slide around in a crash and not actually cover my knee so I wear some A* knee and shin guards under my jeans. I like them a lot so far and seem like they really add a bit of abrasion resistance compared to just jeans. They are also extremely cool as long as your moving a little. They're kinda ugly, but hey so are skin grafts. I also tried on the A* air flow pants which look really really nice, but they just didn't feel as sturdy as these. Would definitely recommend the tour master venture airs to anyone looking for some mesh overpants.
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Do the Tour Master pants have a full-length zipper? I'll most likely be wear these over shorts and boots and I don't want to take off my boots just to get out of my overpants.

Also, has anyone tried these Firstgear HT Air Overpants?
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You're gonna wear your boots with shorts?

That's one reason I quit looking into overpants or zip off pants... I'd have to carry regular shoes too (maybe flip flops under the seat).
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You're gonna wear your boots with shorts?

That's one reason I quit looking into overpants or zip off pants... I'd have to carry regular shoes too (maybe flip flops under the seat).
No, I can keep my tennis shoes at a locker at school/work.

If not overpants, what's your other solution?
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Mesh itself isn't gonna do much. It will get chewed up pretty quick when sliding. I personally don't wear leg protection other than denim, but a lot of people here wear knee & shin guards under their jeans. You can pick up a pair of those for about $30, and they will be much less likely to come off than the armor in a pair of flimsy mesh pants that will get ripped to shreds if you go sliding.

I beg to differ...... I have a good friend who was going home on 225 @ 4am in the morning with mesh gear on. Hit a dog @ 70mph. Yeah he had some rash but it saved allot of his skin. So it WILL help in a slide, does it get chewed up? YES,, Does it help, straight it does. I saw his gear and his rashes when visiting him in the hospital.
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No, I can keep my tennis shoes at a locker at school/work.

If not overpants, what's your other solution?
Ah... when you wanted to not take off your boots It sounded like you'd ride somewhere, zip off the pants and wear your shorts with your boots.

And my solution would be knee/shin gaurds... but I see where you are going now.
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Ah... when you wanted to not take off your boots It sounded like you'd ride somewhere, zip off the pants and wear your shorts with your boots.

And my solution would be knee/shin gaurds... but I see where you are going now.
Yeah, I'll probably wear jeans and knee/shin guards + boots when I'm going for a ride, but when I'm at school, I'd like to wear overpants with shorts and boots and change out when I get to my locker.

Thinking about stopping by CycleGear to see if there are any I can try on.
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Do the Tour Master pants have a full-length zipper? I'll most likely be wear these over shorts and boots and I don't want to take off my boots just to get out of my overpants.

Also, has anyone tried these Firstgear HT Air Overpants?
Yeah they zip all the way up in the mesh layer. I wear my boots to work with jeans and just slip the overpants right off. They're really comfortable and I really think in a crash they would hold up a lot better than jeans.

Knee/Shin guards are good for protecting your knee/shins, but thats it. Any crash of significant speed in jeans even with knee/shin guards leaves your , thighs, hips, and calves very vulnerable to abrasions, IMO.
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Yeah they zip all the way up in the mesh layer. I wear my boots to work with jeans and just slip the overpants right off. They're really comfortable and I really think in a crash they would hold up a lot better than jeans.

Knee/Shin guards are good for protecting your knee/shins, but thats it. Any crash of significant speed in jeans even with knee/shin guards leaves your , thighs, hips, and calves very vulnerable to abrasions, IMO.
Good info. So you've tried those specific overpants (Firstgear HT air)? So you would absolutely think they are worth the money at $229? Cause that's quite a bit of money for some pants...
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Do the Tour Master pants have a full-length zipper? I'll most likely be wear these over shorts and boots and I don't want to take off my boots just to get out of my overpants.

Also, has anyone tried these Firstgear HT Air Overpants?
i have these http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch
older model and cheaper. i bought em about a month or two ago. the leg zips all the way down and the waist has some adjustment available via velcro straps. i can take the pants off over my bates boots
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edit: i've never worn any other motorcycle pants (leather or textile). the nylon seems more abrasion resistant than jeans or skin though
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I wear olympia moto sports airglide pants. Pretty cool, zips fully up the sides, has hip padding, heavier nylon in typical impact locations, and I got them for under $200, but I don't remember how much. The draw back for me is my abnormally long legs put the knee protection above my knees (even with the adjustments), so I took them out and wear knee/shin guards.

Motorcycles unlimited can order them and Gulf Coast BMW carries them in stock.

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I was wearing my standard issue boots when I washed out the front tire braking in a turn (stupid I know). once I stopped I saw my foot was backwards under the bike (little to no ankle support). After hobbling around for a few months I bought some moto specific boots. Still those boots are waaaayy better than tennis shoes or flip flops.
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just to clarify, i never served. i just found factory 2nd bates boots for sale a few years ago and used them for motorcycle duty when i started riding

i thought i'll be screwed during any ankle twisting wreck, but they should definitely be better than tennis shoes
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