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post #1 of 8 Old 06-01-2018, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Pants, lower protection

I've been looking at riding pants and under armor and even some shorts that would look sexy on me if I were a supermodel with a nice bust but I'm not sure what to get. Stuff is expensive of course so I can't buy several pairs of stuff. Which pants to you wear, do they have pads? I want knee an hip protection as I'm older. I could probably kill most of you with my bare hands still, of course, cause we walked to school in the snow back in the day but I'm no spring chicken. We ate spring chickens raw as I recall.

I saw these on Amazon which looked ok but not sure if they would fit under my dickie jeans I wear to work. Also would have to remove said dickies when I got there so while I do like the idea, not sure about the practice. Do regular dual sport pants have pads?




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Those look like they'd work for impact protection but I wonder about abrasion resistance using these under normal jeans. A couple thoughts;

- Jeans last about .5 seconds upon impact at highway speeds. While I profess to be ATGATT, I will admit that I have worn normal denim jeans on my bike occasionally. Kinda stupid though.

- I wear either: Kevlar motorcyle denim (around town, short commute, etc.), my BMW armored textile riding pants (any longer rides) or my full offroad gear which includes knee pads, MX boots and riding pants with hip pads.

Just like all things dual sport, gear is a compromise; the offroad protective armor works best offroad (no surprise, right!) but doesn't offer as much abrasion protection on the asphalt as my armored dual sport pants....conversly, the dual sport pants aren't as good protecting me offroad. I make my choice depending on the ride but the dual sport pants get the nod most of the time.

I'd get riding pants with built in armor or something like what you linked and use kevlar reinforced motorcycle jeans over top.

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For commuting, find some overpants. I like my First Gear HT Air pants with a pair of jeans underneath for going back and forth to work. they have some sort of foam hip and knee armor that probably doesn't do much in a real get off. I put the D3O armor from my Klim pants usually instead.

On day rides or longer, I'll wear my Klim Latitude pants. Textile with D3O hip and knee armor.

I also have some MX style textile pants that have no armor (old Klim Dakar). For those I wear separate knee armor when I wear these. no place for hip armor

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Good stuff. This may be in the mix. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...tex-over-pants

Klim Torrent Gore-Tex Over Pants



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Armored, airglide overpants, with insulated liner!

Wear 'em over your work clothes when you commute. Wear 'em over shorts in hot weather. Wear 'em with liner in cold weather. Get where you're going, then take 'em off, leave 'em with bike.

I have Olympia, like them a lot. First pair gave me good protection when I had a 75 mph high side on the interstate, so I bought another. Lots of good brands, tho.

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[quote=patroy75;663322]I've been looking at riding pants and under armor and even some shorts that would look sexy on me if I were a supermodel with a nice bust but I'm not sure what to get. Stuff is expensive of course so I can't buy several pairs of stuff. Which pants to you wear, do they have pads? I want knee an hip protection as I'm older. I could probably kill most of you with my bare hands still, of course, cause we walked to school in the snow back in the day but I'm no spring chicken. We ate spring chickens raw as I recall.

I saw these on Amazon which looked ok but not sure if they would fit under my dickie jeans I wear to work. Also would have to remove said dickies when I got there so while I do like the idea, not sure about the practice. Do regular dual sport pants have pads?



I just bought some of these as the wife insisted I get some lower protection for when I go down on something hard. I am older as well (53) and built like it. If you don't wear your pants tight, they go right over these with n o problem. I am personally thinking some double layered Carhartt jeans as a top layer (12 oz. cotton duck is pretty tough). Your Dickies are probably similar. I figure the combo should work well together.
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[quote=patroy75;663322]I've been looking at riding pants and under armor and even some shorts that would look sexy on me if I were a supermodel with a nice bust but I'm not sure what to get. Stuff is expensive of course so I can't buy several pairs of stuff. Which pants to you wear, do they have pads? I want knee an hip protection as I'm older. I could probably kill most of you with my bare hands still, of course, cause we walked to school in the snow back in the day but I'm no spring chicken. We ate spring chickens raw as I recall.

I saw these on Amazon which looked ok but not sure if they would fit under my dickie jeans I wear to work. Also would have to remove said dickies when I got there so while I do like the idea, not sure about the practice. Do regular dual sport pants have pads?



I just bought some of these as the wife insisted I get some lower protection for when I go down on something hard. I am older as well (53) and built like it. If you don't wear your pants tight, they go right over these with no problem. I am personally thinking some double layered Carhartt jeans as a top layer (12 oz. cotton duck is pretty tough). Your Dickies are probably similar. I figure the combo should work well together.
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Last year I picked up Pilot Motorsport's Omni Air Over Pants V2. I can wear them over my jeans, or a base layer and/or insulation layer, or my work slacks for commuting days. They have a rain liner too.

One system, slide worthy protection. I already owned the Pilot Trans Urban V2 jacket when I bought them, and the quality of the jacket was the reason I got these. Together I can't imagine finding a set that fits or functions better, they've been great for me, I recommend them to anyone who asks. I'm 5-11 210# 36 waist 32 inseam, they fit great. And you can get an integrated zipper suspenders for it too, they are pretty comfy.

I used to just ride with jeans, that was pretty dumb of me, then got older, had to learn how to be scared of "serious injury or death". So I wear these now.

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