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Old 04-19-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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Riding Pants

I've got a Joe Rocket Mesh jacket, it has both external padding as well as removable and thicker padding on the interior of the jacket.

I'll typically ride in jeans, or slacks if I'm going to church. In a fall, these won't help much at all.

Has any body here found a set of jeans/pants that 1) looks decently cool, 2) fits correctly, and had a decent amount of adjustable or reinforcable padding.

when I go out for a 40 minute ride, it's not like I have a destination, I dion't need to have my work outfit on underneath.

Anyway, if any of you have had luck with finding a more protective jean/pant, I'd appreciate any feedback you could send my way.

W:40 to 42 L:30

I'm looking for a larger jacket than we one I have too.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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I just bought a new pair of Perforated Leather Pants. I was debating between kevlar jeans or leather pants. If you are wanting kevlar jeans, check out Rhok Jeans. Comes with CE hip and knee armor. They currently out of stock right now; should be getting some more within a few weeks. I bought some AGV Sport Willow leather pants. CE knee armor and hip padding. Both with run you about the same about of money ~$180. I figured the leather would give me more protection than the kevlar jeans so I went with the leather pants.

AGV:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...FUVp7Aodzj0AwQ

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http://www.rhokmotocrew.com/RHOK_Mot...1_2273045.aspx
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Bilt Jeans

I got a pair of these Bilt jeans at CycleGear a couple months back, and they've been great so far. Like you, I don't wear them everyday, only when I'm going on a long ride, and don't want to wear or don't need to wear leathers. Comfortable, good padding, feel heavy-duty, as far as Bilt stuff goes, anyway. Only issue I had was the fit- seemed like I spent forever finding a pair that fit just right in the store. Every color, every style seemed to fit differently. Not something I would order online; you'd have to try em on.

http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/S...1393_200503_73
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I just bought a new pair of Perforated Leather Pants. I was debating between kevlar jeans or leather pants. If you are wanting kevlar jeans, check out Rhok Jeans. Comes with CE hip and knee armor. They currently out of stock right now; should be getting some more within a few weeks. I bought some AGV Sport Willow leather pants. CE knee armor and hip padding. Both with run you about the same about of money ~$180. I figured the leather would give me more protection than the kevlar jeans so I went with the leather pants.

AGV:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...FUVp7Aodzj0AwQ

Rhok
http://www.rhokmotocrew.com/RHOK_Mot...1_2273045.aspx
I bought some of the Rhok pants a few months ago because I needed something that looked low-key, wasn't horribly expensive, and could hold up better than a pair of Levis.
You can probably do better, you can probably do alot worse.

I should mention that they're probably way better in the smaller sizes because the legs won't be as baggy and the knee armor should fit in better. The OP and I are the same size, and with how baggy the legs are in a size 40 the knee armor has plenty of room to roam around and come out of place (my single largest complaint about these pants). If what I'm thinking about the knee armor/pants sizing is true, then I'd probably grab another pair when I'm back down to around a size 32-34.


All that said, here's a little breakdown on the things you can expect if you buy them~

* They're comfortable. Way more so than I expected, but that might be because I'm used to wearing heavy FR jeans at work. They're a touch hot if you're not on the bike, but that's because of all the kevlar.

* They pass as regular jeans when you take the armor out, which is easy. So you're not -that- guy walking around kroger in his awesome power ranger pants, but you're also not walking around in plain denim.

* With how the hip pads fit I'm considering replacing them with these. The pads that come with the pants remind me of shoulder pads, not something for the hips. Also they make my look fat(ter).

* The stitching seems good, but in the first few minutes of owning them the handle of one of the leg zippers fell off. I just superglued it back together no problem, but then 2 months later the button broke into 2 pieces when I was picking the jeans up to put them on. The pants fit me loosely, so it's not that my fat broke it. No problem, I just put on a normal threaded button and it works even better.

* My biggest #1 problem with these pants. The knee pads are difficult to keep in place.
They'll migrate on you if you get up and walk around, so before you get back on the bike you need to fiddle with them again. They stay put in any sort of riding position, but I don't know how much they'll stay put in a crash. Part of the problem is the knee armor pocket sliding around due to the bagginess of the legs. Any fatman sized pants are going to be baggy though, so that's probably less of a rhok problem and more of a "me" problem.
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OH yeah, the down fall with Rhok is they all come in 33L so, if you need them shorter, you'll need to get them hemmed. If you need them longer, you're SOL. I don't mind wearing leather out and about in public.
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Thanks everybody for the feedback, and thanks Marxalot for the detailed response, it was really helpful!
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anybody use the duluth trading firehose pants? I have their regular jeans and the are pretty durable.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...-logger-pants/
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anybody use the duluth trading firehose pants? I have their regular jeans and the are pretty durable.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...-logger-pants/
I have a couple pairs of these. They're obviously not as good as something purpose-built, but they're far more durable than regular denim.
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anybody use the duluth trading firehose pants? I have their regular jeans and the are pretty durable.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...-logger-pants/

Yep, I've got a pair in black and khaki. I love wearing them as casual pants, but don't know just how much more abrasion resistant they'd be then regular denim (in terms of seconds against concrete) or kevlar reinforced denim.
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