Riding pants comfort?

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Looking for some feedback.

I've been thinking of dropping some dollars on some riding pants, but I'm wondering how they compare in comfort versus jeans, specifically for hot weather (i.e., SW Florida summer)? Before I spend the money, I want to make sure I'm not going to wear them once and then stuff them in the dresser because they're too uncomfortable or miserable hot. Down here, the summer heat is a very real threat, especially if you're moving slowly in traffic or sitting at red lights.

And please refrain from the ATGATT posts. I understand the risks involved in wearing jeans.

Thanks!
 
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I've had three pairs of riding pants over the years and they were all to hot for summer in TN wear. Probably some new stuff out there that might change my mind, Klim Voyager Air Pants may be worth a look.
I use an Aerostitch in cooler weather and Wrangler cowboy cut jeans which seen to be heavier denim than Levis, a size or two longer in summer only because they are comfortable.

A while back I was considering a pair from Motoport, they will take a pair of jeans you like and make a pair with numerous options as far as padding goes. Aerostitch also has a lightweight padded pair kinda like kakis.
 
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Thanks - that's my concern. I don't want to spend money to just have them sit in my dresser. I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback based on new models and materials.
 

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I've ridden with Draggin Jeans and regular Goretex stuff, , I do find if I take the liners out of my Halvarssons leave the zippers wide open I stay cool, the main thing is the venting really works, whereas the Dragging Jeans would just hold heat and sweat to my skin and not breath. Yes, I too lived in FL for nearly a decade, so I do know heat, damp sticky heat! Keep skin covered and allowing to vent is key.
 

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I used to ride in Jeans or Leather but after buying the Ténéré I thought I could move to something more functional.
Bought a pair of Klim (my only Klim!) Mojave pants that have mesh panels, mostly because Klim was the only place with real long sizes off the shelf.
I love those pants and just wore them on a 4500 mile trip to CO and back. Very comfortable, ok ventilated, only slightly sticky when really hot.
Only downside is when it really pours at low speed, the rain goes into the mesh and down into your boots.


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Looking for some feedback.

I've been thinking of dropping some dollars on some riding pants, but I'm wondering how they compare in comfort versus jeans, specifically for hot weather (i.e., SW Florida summer)? Before I spend the money, I want to make sure I'm not going to wear them once and then stuff them in the dresser because they're too uncomfortable or miserable hot. Down here, the summer heat is a very real threat, especially if you're moving slowly in traffic or sitting at red lights.

And please refrain from the ATGATT posts. I understand the risks involved in wearing jeans.

Thanks!
Check out these jeans...
https://www.gusset.com/defender/mens
 
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I ride with heavy duty work type jeans. Like Dickeys or Carhartt. They saved my skin when I went down and slid on the road. Having said this.....I spend some time in traffic in temps. over 95F. I've though about this and looked at the riding jeans and they seems to have the protection around the knee area. I would think knee pads or other type of pads might be more effective less hot and even more comfortable.
 
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I have been wearing the diamond gusset jeans for the last two weeks on vacation and can say they work very well and are great jeans but I also have the light weight Aerostitch AD1 pants combined with a pair of shorts underneath have been great. When stopped, open the leg zippers up cool off has been nice.
 
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Looking for some feedback.

I've been thinking of dropping some dollars on some riding pants, but I'm wondering how they compare in comfort versus jeans, specifically for hot weather (i.e., SW Florida summer)? Before I spend the money, I want to make sure I'm not going to wear them once and then stuff them in the dresser because they're too uncomfortable or miserable hot. Down here, the summer heat is a very real threat, especially if you're moving slowly in traffic or sitting at red lights.

And please refrain from the ATGATT posts. I understand the risks involved in wearing jeans.

Thanks!
Perforated leather pants with armor are the way to go. Very cool when moving, more than jeans yet they offer good protection. Mesh pants will shred like confetti, don't ask me how I know...
 
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I have mesh pants and they are not terrible to ride with on warm days. They vent pretty well while moving and offer more protection than jeans. I will sometimes wear shorts under the mesh pants and that works pretty well too, depending on how far and fast I may be going. But, I would rather just wear jeans. Anything over 90 just feels hot to me no matter what except shorts and a T. Won't do that though, so I get good deodorant:)
 
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I have two pairs of riding pants. One is a set of Tourmaster mesh pants. I can’t remember the model, but they zip off into shorts. The second pair is the Scorpion Yosemite pants. They have a couple mesh panels in them. I ride in Texas, so I understand heat. Both are more comfortable to ride in than jeans. For pure comfort in extreme heat, I’d have to give the Edge to the Tourmaster pants. I think the Scorpions are better protection, but you do sacrifice some airflow for that.
 

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I've gone through many pair and to me, the thing to watch with the riding pants is how the knee pocket holds the armor. My current go-to are the original version of the Klim Badlands, which I bought used. The work great and vent well.

I have a pair of AlpineStar Drystar pants and the armor will push past the velcro which closes the pockets. They are really light pants and vent pretty well, but I just don't trust them.

I'm sitting in a pair of Draggin Jeans right now and they are comfortable but don't breath really well.

If going to a meeting in office pants, I'll strap a pair of knee protectors under or over them and leave the pads on the bike.
 
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I highly recommend the Klim Badlands. I have worn all kinds of pants over the years and this is the very most comfortable outfit I have slipped into. I just got off a ride a month ago in over 100 degree temps and the venting worked perfectly. Still waiting to test it in the winter. When I'm riding I don't even think about the gear.

Read my review here: https://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?threads/klim-badlands-pro-review.24718/
 
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I love my Motoport mesh with shorts underneath for summer. Jeans under in fall and spring. Base layer jeans and liners for winter and rain.

Same here. Love my Motoport pants. Hard to find pants that fits right, so custom with Motoport was the fix. For rain, I use Nelson-Rigg rain pants. If cold, pair of long johns works under my jeans.
 
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