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    the Wizard of Oz 26667's Avatar
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    Question mesh/summer pants??

    Really? I've ridden for years in my blue jeans or leathers and now I have a textile (first gear i think )jacket that I like better than my leather for versatility and a pair of over pants with a liner and padding and all that stuff that seems de riguer these days. But I get a regular email from "Discount MC Gear" or whatever they're called now, and they've been advertising mesh summer pants. The wear alone kind.

    My Q is: will I really be $150 happier come August when I'm off on my trip to the west coast and back? IA, KS, NE, IL get sticky long about then.
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    Who knows? Try it and see! Nobody else is gonna know what makes ya happy! Having said that, I'm with ya, I don't see spending $150 for a pair of pants when I can get something that does the same thing for $12.99 at Costco!!!

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    Mesh are pretty nice as a pair will air everything out including the twins. Anything else you are just sweaty. Make no mistake though if it is hot it is hot so you will still be hot just not stewing in your own juices. I think I paid $175 for my Olympia mesh.

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    You are going to get hot in the summertime riding no matter what you wear.

    The key question is, when you go down and are dealing with the road rash, how valuable would those pants have been to you at the time of the incident?

    Ya dress for the worst event and try to make it as comfortable as possible.
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    Summer Mesh pants

    In my experience, Florida, summer mid-west & west, my First Gear mesh pants are a very good investment. The only problem with the First Gear mesh pants are the front zippered pockets, right and left just below the waist. I can hardly get my hands into them to retrieve anything. My First Gear overpants can be vented high and low but can still be quite cumbersome in hot weather. Hope this helps.

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    The TourMaster Flex pants treated me well with their removable panels. On a 2 month tour last Summer, they worked well when the Rockies were spitting snow and worked well with the panels removed when it heated up over 80 degrees. At 100 degrees - any textile pants or jeans are too hot. Highway pegs help with the spread eagle air conditioning effect. The pants also have front pockets, but I do not have the beer belly to make it an issue. Wallet and phone in the jacket pocket or tank bag always works best.

    http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/cata...t-p-237_4.html
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    Personally, I find even mesh pants too hot when it's over 90 so I go with kevlar riding jeans or cargo pants. I know I'm sacrificing some protection but I'm willing to accept that.

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    mesh pants

    If you are going to mesh your pants (sorry, I really couldn't pass this by) here's a good place to look. They are far and away the best online place I've ever used. Their site gives a pretty good unbiased view of all the products they sell.

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....EsOkzsUKtMU%3D

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    Olympia mesh

    Lots of opinions here, and thats good. My Olympia mesh pants took a little getting used to because so much air flows thru them that I feel naked! If you are moving at any speed, you will not be sweating. If you stop and start to sweat (traffic lights, construction etc.) you dry out immediately once you get rolling.
    There are certainly days when its "too hot" to ride .... not that I cant, just that its not much fun, and no matter what you wear, youre gonna be hot (but not sweaty)! JMO

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    I've been using the Rev it Mistral pants and I've yet to find a summer weight pant with hip and knee pads that has as high a quality. For under $200 you can get a better set, IMHO.

    They come with a rain liner as well that serves as an insulator when it's cold.

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    I've been using BMW vent machine pants, about $150.00 at summerfest weekend. I use them for most of the season and add performance under gear as a base layer when temps get near freezing. Olympia has a vented pant that has zip off legs so you can have shorts when you stop. I'd like to try them. BMW has a zip off pant (summer) but they don't breathe very well, if at all.
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    Motoport Kevlar Mesh Pants

    I had Motoport make me a set of their Kevlar panst , plus I ordered the waterproof liner. They fit as they advertised and the liner is warm and waterproof. I have worn thses pants at 42 degrees C and as cold as 0 degrees C with no problems. Colder than 0 degrees I would wear additional long undies. Warmer than 42 degrees I suggest you ride naked.

    They are well padded and are comfortable and I highly recommend this company. They alos make a pant that fits like your jeans. Just send in a pair and they wil make you a set of riding pants that fit the same.

    Good luck and wear the gear.
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    Talking I'm in!!!

    Dave, I was considering the Rocky Bow Lunatic Fringe this year, but now I'm definitely in!! Not that many people are suggesting I do anything naked anymore. See you in August. I'll be the guy on the red RT wearing a smile.
    Last edited by 26667; 04-14-2011 at 03:35 AM. Reason: sbelling
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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