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    Kevlar Jeans

    Rather than hijack the mesh gear thread I'll start another.

    Anyone wear kevlar jeans or cargo pants? I'm considering a pair of Sliders with knee armor.
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    I got a pair of Draggin Jeans a couple of months ago. Kevlar only, no hard armour.

    They have a very comfortable cut and flow air well. I am very pleased with them as an alternative to regular jeans or full armour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32232 View Post
    I got a pair of Draggin Jeans a couple of months ago. Kevlar only, no hard armour.

    They have a very comfortable cut and flow air well. I am very pleased with them as an alternative to regular jeans or full armour.
    +1 what he said. Only drawback is they get HOT if you hike in them in really warm weather.

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    So what pair of jeans don't get hot when hiking in anything other than winter?

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    I have them

    I have an old pair of "Dragin Jeans' and a newer pair of Gusset Jeans.

    I prefer the Gusset jeans. They have more room in the crotch.

    http://www.gussetclothing.com/
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    I have Deaggin & Diamond Gusset kevlar lined jeans. The Diamond Gusset jeans are more comfortable and have velcro straps at the ankle allowing you to adjust for airflow. Both jeans are very well made. Ride Safe
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    I wear some Draggin jeans with a mesh jacket. They do breathe but not as much as I thought they would. The large Kevlar patch on the knees must stop some of the air and the denim is seriously thick fabric. And I have found the Kevlar knee patches a bit scratchy and uncomfortable on my delicate skin

    I tried the knee armor sold by the Draggin company but could never get it to stay put using the Velcro they provided. By opening the upper seam on the knee patches about halfway across, I am able to insert some knee pads from an old Aerostich Roadcrafter. The pads fit perfectly between the demim and Kevlar layers and offer some real protection. To keep the stitching from unraveling where I snipped it, I just dabbed a little glue on it (I'm no tailor!)

    That said, I think I'd try the gusset-crotch jeans next time for the extra freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmftoy1 View Post
    +1 what he said. Only drawback is they get HOT if you hike in them in really warm weather.
    DITTO on the heat.
    I went to Bloomfield last year from work so I had kevlar pants on.
    I was roasting, amazing how much wind the fairing blocks even with the windshield down and 100+ degrees out.

    They are on the heavy side too so tighten the belt a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrugg View Post
    DITTO on the heat.
    I went to Bloomfield last year from work so I had kevlar pants on.
    I was roasting, amazing how much wind the fairing blocks even with the windshield down and 100+ degrees out.

    They are on the heavy side too so tighten the belt a bit more.
    after reading this, you will understand why you cannot cool at that temperature even in the wind.

    http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/I..._62-66_Hot.pdf

    p.s. I found this in another thread in this forum.

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    I've worn a pair of Slider Cargo pants for about 4 years now. The ones I have just have the Kevlar, no additional armor or padding. They are very well made and durable. The cargo pockets are very handy for holding glasses, cameras, etc.

    A couple of observaions. The seat rise is short, I always need a long tail shirt to tuck in. The thread holding the buttons can tend to unravel. I found tying the thread resolved the issue. They are definitely hot above 90 (partially depends on your bike and it's cooling method). They will not be very comfortable to hike around in above 90.

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    Denim Sliders 4.0 - wore them to and from the Sedalia Rally - very nice.
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    I wear crotchless kevlar jeans so not only do they protect but they are sexy at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    Denim Sliders 4.0 - wore them to and from the Sedalia Rally - very nice.
    As I mentioned, no problems with wearing the Sliders in triple digits, both there and back.

    Just ordered a second set - a pair of tan-colored cargo pants. The fact that they do not line every single square inch with Kevlar makes them more comfortable and managable than the Draggin' Jeans, IMHO.

    Like I tell all my BRC students - "Wear the skin you willing to lose."
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    +1 on the Sliders. My sons and I all wear them-- both the jeans and the khaki cargo pants. None of us use the armor, but it's easy to add. These are the only riding pants I can get my 'armor looks stupid, Dad'- college-age kids to wear--they just look like jeans.

    Very comfortable for riding AND walking around, and do OK in hot weather; they're great in cold. They run very large so beware the sizing. Wore a pair on a 2500-mile loop a few weeks ago in everything from 45 to 100 degree weather, rain and shine, and never got tired of them.
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    Is there a website for the Slider 4.0 ?

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