So, it's summer. I live in Buffalo, NY where it's hot and humid in the summer. People wear shorts and light clothing here because you'll sweat to death if you don't.
I have a mesh jacket that I'm happy with, breathes fine (and is a light color, which is cooler as well as more visible). I want pants to match. Hence my rant-
I like riding my bike to my buddy's houses, out and about, here and there, just wherever, whenever - why not? I want to wear shorts at my destination and not require a change of clothes when I get there.
The obvious solution:
Mesh overpants. Just pull them on when I get on the bike, pull them off when I get there.
So why aren't there any that make sense?
There's lots of rain pants - that's not what I want.
Basically, I want a exactly what would be intuitive - so it's frustrating that it doesn't exist:
I want a pair of pants that:
- holds a pair of CE-rated knee armor at the knees
- has abrasion-resistant material at the knees
- has abrasion-resistant material at the seat
- has abrasion-resistant material down both sides of the pants (1/4 of the way around the leg)
- has mesh the entire length of the back of the pants below the seat
- has mesh the entire length of the front of the pants except the knees
- has mesh the entire inside of the legs
- zippers extending up from the ankles to mid-thigh or hip for easy pull-on
- normal cut and aesthetic - no swooshes, patches, arbitrary extra panels, and shouldn't be tight at the ankles and giant-assed at the top.
- That being said - some thin hip protection might be appreciated.
This seems like common sense for providing protection during hot weather when people wear shorts.
So - why don't these exist?
It seems like what I'm describing is more basic than what's out there, more functional than what's out there for a non-rain overpant, and yet doesn't exist.
I'd think that nearly ALL overpants that weren't rain pants would fit this bill to solve this need, but apparently not...