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    Good riding pants?

    As the title says, anyone have a pair of riding pants that they love and would recommend? Back in my sport bike days I used to sport a full competition weight leather suit with back protector (and it saved my skin more than once on some track days). But now I am all street and I have a nice textile riding jacket and motorcycle boots, but have been wanting to get a pair of riding pants. I am not really looking for leather just a nice pair of purpose built jeans or textile pants with padding in the appropriate areas. I have searched a bit on different sales sites and never seem to find a pair that has really good reviews. So I am turning to my fellow FZ09ers to point me in the right direction. I appreciate the help.
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    I have a pair of Spidi riding jeans, they're CE armoured and have flex panels in the crotch area. Some of us need extra flex there.

    Great pants for summer riding.
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    I wear Knox's Buxton jeans. Removable CE-rated armour in the knees and hips so when you get to work you don't have to walk around bent-legged all day. The jeans themselves are made of a combination of spectra and cordura for friction reduction. I've unintentionally crash tested these and while my pelvis was unavoidably destroyed, my legs otherwise didn't suffer so much as a scratch.

    They are on the heavier side, great for cooler days, but not uncomfortable in the summer either. Knox makes other versions of it too, one may have better airflow. I think the particular item I wear was replaced with either the Richmond or Dalton line but both look to be nicely appointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouG View Post
    Some of us need extra flex there.
    By that he means Kiwis.

    I originally rode (in the city) with regular jeans...one little brush with a concrete barrier and resulting jean explosion caused me to transition to ATGATT and nothing but leathers.

    Now I'm starting to think about armoured riding jeans for light and easy duty. If I ever have to consider whether I'd want to ride somewhere on the basis of having to put up with leather pants (which don't have much flex!) then it might be worth reconsidering whether exclusively-leather is the way to go.
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    If you go w/ jeans make sure they're Kevlar lined in all the impact areas and slide areas. I ride in them most of the time. If I'm going on longer runs I'll put on my Klim gear for extra protection. The Klim doesn't look right but flows air well and much better protection than jeans. I'f I'm riding an area hard I still have a pair of leathers I'll use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubris2 View Post
    By that he means Kiwis.

    I originally rode (in the city) with regular jeans...one little brush with a concrete barrier and resulting jean explosion caused me to transition to ATGATT and nothing but leathers.

    Now I'm starting to think about armoured riding jeans for light and easy duty. If I ever have to consider whether I'd want to ride somewhere on the basis of having to put up with leather pants (which don't have much flex!) then it might be worth reconsidering whether exclusively-leather is the way to go.
    I used to be ATTGAT, but as I get older I can't take overheating too well, so the jeans are a good compromise. Excellent when matched with a vented summer jacket.
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    I have a couple of pair off Cycle Gear Ironworks jeans. Sometimes the store does not have what you want but can get them online so Check online for them and if you order and find they don't fit right you can take them directly to the a store if one is in your area. Even if you do not order just looking can be educational to see what brands are available and features of each. Spend the time so you make a good choice.

    Example; I wanted a Joe Rocket jacket. Never saw one in their local store. I ordered it online. It fit well. If I had gotten the wrong size I would not have to mess with shipping it back and simply could have taken it to the store for a refund, then went back online and ordered the correct size. I figured no risk or hassle.
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    I just bought Oxford Men's SP-J3 Kevlar Jeans and they seem pretty decent, and they come with removable knee pads.
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    I use hornee jeans. Ride most days. Lasted about 8 years or so.
    Quite thread bare now but can’t bring myself to chuck em
    Kevlar and nice relaxed fit.
    Some jeans here in Oz look like they should be warn by the nursing home clientele (over 70’s)
    Zero fashion sense.
    I also have a two piece leather set and a one piece race suit.

    Best race suit I ever owned was a dianese Scott Russel Replica suit.
    You USA lads should know him.
    Green yellow black pink leathers. Awesome.....

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    i just got a pair of klim outrider pants, pretty good for on and off the bike... they kind of look like carharts, but i can still wear them to the office. i also wear a pair of joe rocket jeans that i like a lot, but the jean and the liner make them a very warm pant so not really great for those hot summer days

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