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Old 08-27-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Aerostich Utility Pants

http://www.aerostich.com/jackets-pants/utility-pants
Anybody try these? I'm wondering how they compare with Darien's or AD1's for fit and touring capabilities.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:31 AM   #2
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nice looking pants. i wonder if they have the full side length leg zippers like the ad1 pants? if i'm going to replace my riding pants i'm definately looking at aerostitch. i have 2 pairs of the older tourmaster pants that have full leg zippers that also have the schoeller stitching for added strength. they are waterproof, but getting a little worn and tired.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:37 AM   #3
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i wonder if they have the full side length leg zippers like the ad1 pants?.
From the link that Buck760 provided:
The new Utility Pants fit like the AD1's, and have all the function, protection and styling of those, but without the full-length side-zips, belt, or reflective on the leg adjustment tabs.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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What I can't figure out is why the sizing on Aerostich stuff is so far off. I'm 5'11", and wear a 32x33 for pants. Not exactly a freak of nature. I contacted Aerostich about the Utility pants and a one piece Roadcrafter. The response was that I would need custom sizing for both pieces. I'm willing to put up with the frumpy looks and high price for quality american made stuff, but I just don't think their stuff will fit me. Most companies that make long sizes have a 33-34" inseam on a size 32" waist pants.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:54 AM   #5
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On the plus side, I just saw that the new Utility pants are made in Duluth, and of 500 d Cordura, vs the AD1 which is 600 d nylon and imported. Additionally, the pants have a double layer of cordura in the seat and knees. I may bight the bullet and order a pair for trial fit so that I can get a custom length made.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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On the plus side, I just saw that the new Utility pants are made in Duluth, and of 500 d Cordura, vs the AD1 which is 600 d nylon and imported. Additionally, the pants have a double layer of cordura in the seat and knees. I may bight the bullet and order a pair for trial fit so that I can get a custom length made.
Please post a review with pics.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #7
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On the plus side, I just saw that the new Utility pants are made in Duluth, and of 500 d Cordura, vs the AD1 which is 600 d nylon and imported. Additionally, the pants have a double layer of cordura in the seat and knees. I may bight the bullet and order a pair for trial fit so that I can get a custom length made.
As they don't have the outside leg full-length zippers, I wonder if you can just get the hem trimmed at a local seamstress?
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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Everyone seems to like the 'stich stuff. What I'm wondering is it seems none of them have zipped vents so what do you do when they get too warm?
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #9
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2low2go, I'd post a review, but I don't own these pants. I'm still undecided on ordering them. As far as hemming a pair, I have the opposite problem. Aerostich stuff has too short of an inseam for me.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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$247 for Gore-Tex pants? That's a good price for those.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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What I can't figure out is why the sizing on Aerostich stuff is so far off. I'm 5'11", and wear a 32x33 for pants. Not exactly a freak of nature. I contacted Aerostich about the Utility pants and a one piece Roadcrafter. The response was that I would need custom sizing for both pieces. I'm willing to put up with the frumpy looks and high price for quality american made stuff, but I just don't think their stuff will fit me. Most companies that make long sizes have a 33-34" inseam on a size 32" waist pants.

Funny, I wear the same (street) size as you. Bought a pair of Darien Lites in 34 L, and they work brilliantly (the Dariens ARE cut a bit slim in the hips)
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Funny, I wear the same (street) size as you. Bought a pair of Darien Lites in 34 L, and they work brilliantly (the Dariens ARE cut a bit slim in the hips)
I wouldn't be using the Utility pants as an over pant, as they don't have any side zippers. I've tried a size 32 long transit pants and the waist measured 34" but the inseam was more like a 32". When I say I'm a 32-33, that is my actual measurement, not jean size.
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On the plus side, I just saw that the new Utility pants are made in Duluth, and of 500 d Cordura, vs the AD1 which is 600 d nylon and imported. Additionally, the pants have a double layer of cordura in the seat and knees. I may bight the bullet and order a pair for trial fit so that I can get a custom length made.
I own a pair of AD-1 Lights. Bought them when they first came out. I ordered them around January and they were shipped in March. They are made in the US (the regular AD-1 is imported).

They have become my go to pants. Wore them on my trip to Alaska this past June. Temps varied from 40 to 105 on the trip and I had days where it rained ALL DAY (10-12 hours of riding in the rain). They were extremely comfortable regardless of temperature and never leaked. My 4 year old Darien pants have never leaked either but in temps above 85 they get uncomfortable.

The AD-1s fit a little lower around the waist than the Dariens and the legs are a little trimmer and have a "bend" at the knees. The Darien pants are straight cut and a little baggier.

Now if I could just get the Dalton mud off my pant legs

Man, I miss Alaska.

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I own a pair of AD-1 Lights. Bought them when they first came out. I ordered them around January and they were shipped in March. They are made in the US (the regular AD-1 is imported).

They have become my go to pants. Wore them on my trip to Alaska this past June. Temps varied from 40 to 105 on the trip and I had days where it rained ALL DAY (10-12 hours of riding in the rain). They were extremely comfortable regardless of temperature and never leaked. My 4 year old Darien pants have never leaked either but in temps above 85 they get uncomfortable.

The AD-1s fit a little lower around the waist than the Dariens and the legs are a little trimmer and have a "bend" at the knees. The Darien pants are straight cut and a little baggier.

Now if I could just get the Dalton mud off my pant legs

Man, I miss Alaska.

What is it about the AD1 pants that made them more tolerable in heat? Is there any way to get some ventilation with the AD1's?
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What is it about the AD1 pants that made them more tolerable in heat? Is there any way to get some ventilation with the AD1's?
No vents, just a lighter fabric. The legs have two way zippers so I assume you could leave the zipper open near the top a little to get some air in. The lighther fabric also moves a little in the wind so it doesn't stick to your leg and sweat.

You do give up some abrasion resistance when you move to the lighter fabric.

I remember an inmate who was trying to install some waterproof zippers/thigh vents on a pair of Darien pants. I will have to search for his posts.
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