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Old 10-18-2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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Pants that fit or am I only dreaming?

What I'd love to have is a pair of riding pants that are:
comfortable
long enough (36" inseam)
not overpants
water resistant/proof
the color of dirt and grime ;)
look cool but not like I'm some bad ass rider, because I'm not
venting enough for summer with possible extended riding in spring/fall
don't break the bank

Is that impossible?
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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What I'd love to have is a pair of riding pants that are:
comfortable
long enough (36" inseam)
not overpants
water resistant/proof
the color of dirt and grime ;)
look cool but not like I'm some bad ass rider, because I'm not
venting enough for summer with possible extended riding in spring/fall
don't break the bank

Is that impossible?
Mostly impossible, unless you nix the last requirement
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #3
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Mostly impossible, unless you nix the last requirement
Waterproof AND cool/vented seem to be the tough part. Jeez, 36" inseam?! You a basketball player or something or do you just like the cuffed look?
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Waterproof AND cool/vented seem to be the tough part. Jeez, 36" inseam?! You a basketball player or something or do you just like the cuffed look?

LOL, I am long of leg, that's for sure!
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
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Waterproof AND cool/vented seem to be the tough part.
Yeah that's gonna hang you up for sure. I had a pair of Vanson perorated leather pants that were great for summer riding, in the rain not so much. But nothing a light weight easy to pack pair of First Gear rain overpants couldn't cure when needed.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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How big is the bank?

Sounds like the Klim Traverse might fit the bill, while still being in (IMO) the 'reasonable' price range:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-traverse-pants

(Keep in mind - If you were looking for gloves with the same features, you're probably looking at a $200 pair of gloves.)

Personally, I'm partial to overpants, and the FirstGear HT Air might be enough for you if you're willing to deal with the liner. I'll wear them in light rain during the summer with shorts underneath and without the liners sometimes. I'll get a little wet, but not bad. If it looks like a steady rain, I'll stop and put the liners in. I'll wear them down to 40 or so with just jeans underneath. They come in a 36 in the Tall sizes. If you're planning much lower than that, maybe the HT (non-air). You'll trade the venting for a warmer pant that is waterproof on the outer layer.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #8
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How big is the bank?

Sounds like the Klim Traverse might fit the bill, while still being in (IMO) the 'reasonable' price range:
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-traverse-pants

(Keep in mind - If you were looking for gloves with the same features, you're probably looking at a $200 pair of gloves.)

Personally, I'm partial to overpants, and the FirstGear HT Air might be enough for you if you're willing to deal with the liner. I'll wear them in light rain during the summer with shorts underneath and without the liners sometimes. I'll get a little wet, but not bad. If it looks like a steady rain, I'll wear them down to 40 or so with just jeans underneath. I'll stop and put the liners in. They come in a 36 in the Tall sizes. If you're planning much lower than that, maybe the HT (non-air). You'll trade the venting for a warmer pant that is waterproof on the outer layer.
if the traverse fit anything like the latitude then they won't come anywhere near his inseam requirement. I tried a "long" latitude and it was shorter than a "regular pair of revit pants I have.

BMW pants come in long sizes that are actually long. Maybe not 36 inches but they might be worth a shot. They also fit pretty slim so you might be able to go up a size or two (thus gaining some extra length). I don't know if there are any bmw pants that satisfy your venting requirement though. And they will break the bank.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #9
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+1 on first gear ht overpants, I'm a 36" inseam and love mine, though I haven't used them in the rain yet.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #10
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What I'd love to have is a pair of riding pants that are:
comfortable
long enough (36" inseam)
not overpants
water resistant/proof
the color of dirt and grime ;)
look cool but not like I'm some bad ass rider, because I'm not
venting enough for summer with possible extended riding in spring/fall
don't break the bank

Is that impossible?
If you skip the "long enough" it gets a lot easier and cheaper. Then you just add to the bottom of the legs. Ripstop cordura, whatever. For outside the boot wear I would actually cut the leg off a bit and go with a completely waterproof nylon down low. Wet road gets the lower leg pretty wet even tho' you stay dry above the knee. Add a velcro patch set so you can snug the hem down against off-bike camping critters (ticks anyone?). You aren't going for a overpant so likely no zipper to fool with. But you can certainly add one. Maybe toss in a small interior pocket on the outside of the calf for emergency essentials. Many dry cleaners have some doing alterations. Any fabric or sewing store will know all sorts of people that can help for not a whole lot. And you end up with a well fitted pant that's better than something 5 times the price off the shelf.

A truly comfortable riding pant with some protection might not look "cool". Baggy and roomy in the right places, some armor---they are made for sitting for long periods. Walking around you look---like a rider. You can dress them up with some patch or cargo pockets (over-wrap flaps or zippers), maybe a thigh map or mesh pocket, jacket attachment, etc.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:42 AM   #11
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Rukka has tall sizes, but they're not cheap.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:49 PM   #12
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If you're "normal sized" and not "american sized", and you don't want custom tailored, yes. It's just about impossible.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #13
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Great replies, thank you! I looked at the Klim pants and they might be the ticket, IF they have enough abrasion resistance. I read somewhere on here about a guy who had a 40mph get off and his Klim pants wore right through. That's not good...

I have Olympia mesh pants and for winter days I have FirstGear HT overpants, they are incredibly warm. The mesh pants are nice, but I wonder if a pair of non overpants would be just as cool as mesh + jeans. My bike puts out too much heat to wear shorts and mesh.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #14
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I bought the Motoport Police Mesh and I love them. Not inexpensive or cheap. Got the liner also. Not recommended for the sport bike position. Only have the two side zippered pocks.

http://www.motoport.com/index.php?op...d=29&Itemid=15
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:25 PM   #15
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I don't know if anything could fit all of your requirements, especially since "waterproof" and "vented" seem mutually exclusive.

But having a 36" inseam myself, the only pants I've ever found that fit were from Olympia. Which is kind of odd, considering how short their jackets and one-pieces are.
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