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Old 04-09-2007, 10:22 AM   #21
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Okay, thanks for all the great input. I work in a "corporate-ish" environment, and if I want to ride into work everyday, I'm looking at overpants. My wife thinks I should just spend the money and get the kevlar mesh ones from Motoport.

Right now I wear jeans or cargo pants but with my snowboarding shin/knee pads under them.

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Get the fieldsheer pants from Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited (if they have any left). I wear them over my slacks and easily take them off when I get to work.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:47 AM   #22
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I wear some Dickie work pants that have a double layer from the ankle to above the knees. Last time down I slid against the edge of the asphalt, and it tore thru the top layer but the main denim hung in pretty good. No damage to the leg. Leather jacket got scuffed pretty good but also no damage to the body.

Denim used to be called a poor mans leather. Not going to hold up sliding down asphalt, but actually does better than you would think for protection.

You also want to be careful with loose fitting overpants and pads; they give a false sense of protection. When you hit, the pads tend to move around, and can actually cause more damage than no pads.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:49 AM   #23
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i have used the Icon jeans during some of my stunt shows they will not protect you much more than regular jeans will.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:59 AM   #24
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You also want to be careful with loose fitting overpants and pads; they give a false sense of protection. When you hit, the pads tend to move around, and can actually cause more damage than no pads.
Interesting and good point. They have to be better than simply wearing slacks though. I can't lug my one piece leathers into the office unfortunately.
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Interesting and good point. They have to be better than simply wearing slacks though. I can't lug my one piece leathers into the office unfortunately.
If you are going to wear something that can move around, choose one with the soft pads, not the hard CE armor.
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There are something called Draggin Jeans.
They are (supposedly) design for motorcycle riding.
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I've gone down in jeans twice, both times under 40 MPH and both times they were torn up badly.

That said, I still wear jeans far more often than anything else.
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I've gone down in jeans twice, both times under 40 MPH and both times they were torn up badly.

That said, I still wear jeans far more often than anything else.
They got torn up, how did you do?
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"There are something called Draggin Jeans.
They are (supposedly) design for motorcycle riding.
You can check their products from here.
http://www.dragginjeans.com.au/index.htm"

http://www.dragginjeans.com works

Kind of interesting, 1st link is Aussie
second is US...
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They got torn up, how did you do?

I have one pair (from the slower crash) that had a couple of holes burned in them, the other pair has some BIG holes and tears. I had some rash, but nothing TOO bad.
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I hit the ground at 30-35mph from about 6 feet in the air a few months ago wearing normal jeans. Mine held up great, and only had a light nickel sized abrasion on my hip. Jeans look new still. I doubt they would do me any good at anything faster at all though.
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Okay, thanks for all the great input. I work in a "corporate-ish" environment, and if I want to ride into work everyday, I'm looking at overpants. My wife thinks I should just spend the money and get the kevlar mesh ones from Motoport.

Right now I wear jeans or cargo pants but with my snowboarding shin/knee pads under them.

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I wear the Motoport Air Mesh Kevlar every day. IMHO, they are worth the money. Their 2-piece riding suit has been all I've needed for Summer and Winter, rain or shine. It goes on and off quickly, and breathes enough that I can wear my work clothes underneath and not have to change.

I have Draggin Jeans, too, but I rarely wear them since I got the armored over-pants.

I've seen the Fieldsheer gear. It's not bad either.
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Even a 'small' slide along asphalt at 30mph will tear you up if your just wearing jeans. It takes under six seconds to wear thru the material. Although leather won't attenuate the impact of an accident, it will save your skin from road rash.
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How comfortable are the mesh kevlars? I heard they are pretty stiff.
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I've been commuting for two years. I wear overpants all time. Even if it's short ride. They're not a hassle at all.

For leathers I wear Teknic overpants (cruiser style). For mesh I wear the First Gear Air overpants. Both are well made and I have armor in each of them. My general rule is wear as much protection as the temperature will allow, but I will never be caught without any less than my mesh gear.
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How comfortable are the mesh kevlars? I heard they are pretty stiff.
Stiff for the first couple months, but not uncomfortable. Movement is pretty restricted when wearing the insulated + rain liners.

I put up a detailed review of the air mesh kevlar gear here.
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There are something called Draggin Jeans.
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You can check their products from here.

http://www.dragginjeans.com.au/index.htm
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