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Old 04-07-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Pants or knee armor?

Okay, I'm coming to the experts for some advice. Here's my dilemma.

First, let me start by saying that I'll mainly be using the bike to commute to work and back. Locker at work to hold my work boots and whatever other clothes I want to store.

I've got a decent mesh jacket for now. Enough to get me by until I get some other gear I'm missing, then I'll work on a GOOD leather jacket.

I've got a good helmet.

No boots yet, but I plan to get some Sidi, probably vertigos again.

That said, I need something to protect the last part of my body. The knees/hips. I wear jeans to work, but I wouldn't want to wear good riding jeans as they'd get ruined (I work in a foundry, lots of grease, sand, molten metal, etc.)
So, I'm trying to decide, should I get some good overpants, or should I go with some knee guards and maybe some bionic shorts? I'm wondering if the knee armor would interfere with the boots? Also looking for good brand suggestions. I'll most likely be ordering online as there's not much up here in the boonies to shop at.

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Old 04-07-2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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get the knee/ chin guards, they are cheap and offers great protection..they will fit inside your track boots...
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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Any brand is pretty much good? I was looking at the icons, but they look to run about $100? Any good brands out there for less? Don't mind paying a bit more for something that WILL protect me though, ya know? Knowing they'll fit into the boot, I'm really liking this option better than overpants. The pain part will be changing out of some bionic shorts because I'm definitely not working in them all day every day!

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Old 04-07-2012, 01:23 AM   #4
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I have the original Icon knee/shin guards which I like. I can wear them under and over the pants. The newer ones seem a bit more bulkier.

Also another cheaper solution are the Alpinestars knee/shin protectors which Motorcycles Unlimited stocks and I think 2 Wheel Toyz.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:33 AM   #5
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That! Chin guards!
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I like First gear overpants. They are water resistant so they not only save your work clothes from getting wet/dirty they have all the needed armor as well. They also have liners for the cold months.

Also remember knee guards don't protect your from rash and your hips from impact, but full pants will.
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Yeah, that's why I was probably going to go with a pair of the A* bionic shorts... though that would be a pain to change in and out of every day at work... Hmmm...

The main thing I worry about with the overpants is whether or not the knee protection will stay in place. I had a pair of cortech jeans before, and the knee armor didn't seem like it'd end up covering my knee in an accident.

Hmmm, maybe some decent overpants AND the knee guards? That would cover most everything, eh?
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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ee-Guards.aspx

They work for me and really good bang for the buck. Just make sure you wear the Left on the Right and vice versa. It fits better. $20 at Motorcycles Unlimited or your choice of local business that keeps them in stock. It's a good temp until you find something better.
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$20 at Motorcycles Unlimited A* biojic knee and shin guards. I also have the icons and i like the A*s better.
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Whatever you go with, make sure it has soft or hard armor over your kneecap. If you fall, your knee will probably hit, and hit with your weight behind it.
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Riding pants wont protect you from anything unless they have hard armor.
Even then, it is more likely to move vs. some strapped on knee pads.
Just get a good pair of knee pads and try not to crash.
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Riding pants wont protect you from anything unless they have hard armor.
Even then, it is more likely to move vs. some strapped on knee pads.
Just get a good pair of knee pads and try not to crash.
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Thanks guys. Fixing to order a pair of knee guards here asap. Don't know if I want to mess with the bionic shorts the more I think about it. Changing in and out of them before and after shift every day would probably get old really fast. Will definitely wear knee armor though, and figure something else out for the hips/ area. Maybe some unarmored overpants?
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