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military surplus canvas pants seem to be alot better than jeans, their double layered in the knee caps, and you could even sew in some knee pads if you wanted. What do you guys think?
 

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ACUs have a slide in pouch that you can put pads in. However if you slide very far those pads will dissapear quick. Just pick up some "clearance" pants on any motorcycle shop online. I ended up with $450 pants for $150, Got a $250 jacket for $84, and got $250 sidi boots for $100. shop around but please get some armor.
 

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well guys, i'm comparing the pants to jeans, cause i can't afford riding pants at the moment, and i commute on my motorcycle + i already own the pants.

Everyone knows real riding pants will be better, but i think these would be a hell of alot better than jeans.
 

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Hi steveadicks, Are the pants you're looking at lined with kevlar?

I posted the knee / shin guard idea because then you have impact protection and you could wear whatever pants you want.

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i know this sounds ghetto but how about old soccer shin guards sewn between the two layers, i could even use the elastic straps.

No their not kevlar lined, but double layered, and canvas doesn't rip, + it breaths easy for warm days. (I live in florida, its either cold or hot, nothing in between, i see alot of people that give up and wear shorts, atleast ill have some protection)
 

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i know this sounds ghetto but how about old soccer shin guards sewn between the two layers, i could even use the elastic straps.

No their not kevlar lined, but double layered, and canvas doesn't rip, + it breaths easy for warm days.
I guess that's better than nothing. The double layer might save your skin but won't do much for impact protection.
 

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I'm being serious about the price of your kneecaps. Jeans are like nothing when you crash. Jeans + bike knee pads are better than army fatigues alone.
 

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Check out the dirt bike catalogs for knee guards and braces. They would look a little ghey on a street bike... personally, I spent the duckets on the real deal, leather pants with the armor and sliders. jeans or canvas, your knee will split like a tomato when it hits the pavement- I've seen it.
 

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Icon Field Armor... get a used knee brace set online. Dirt cheap and keep those knee caps protected with something meant for the street. Probably tougher than MX knee guards, I imagine MX knee guards are meant to take impact whereas the Icon's are more meant to take abrasion.

The chances of you high siding onto your knee caps are very low, the chances of your knees scrapping across the pavement are much higher. Whereas in offroad the dirt won't grind at you like a sander, but the rock your knee hits will probably do damage.
 

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Canyonchaser has a pretty long thread on here somewhere about wearing Carhart canvas pants. I would definitely consider getting some knee/shin armor. You get get some from newenough for $12 out of the off-road section. It would be better than nothing.
 

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I had been researching inexpensive pants options when someone I know crashed (getting serious road rash). A couple days later, I happened across some Olympia airglide 2 overpants in my size at my local bike shop. Tried them on and they were comfortable, so (despite not being religious) I took that as a sign that I should stop riding in only jeans and (despite being a cheap [email protected]) I shelled out $190 for them.

They're well worth it. In cold temps, the waterproof/windproof/insulated liner is plenty warm. In moderate temps, I wear the breathable/armored/mesh layer over jeans. If it's really hot, I can wear the mesh layer over shorts. They're comfortable (I've worn them all day), but are also easy to get off/on.

As far as wearing knee pads over pants goes, they might be of limited value for preventing road rash and also might pop off after a crash's initial impact (and thus wouldn't be any good if you roll around and/or bounce into something).
 

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I had been researching inexpensive pants options when someone I know crashed (getting serious road rash). A couple days later, I happened across some Olympia airglide 2 overpants in my size at my local bike shop. Tried them on and they were comfortable, so (despite not being religious) I took that as a sign that I should stop riding in only jeans and (despite being a cheap [email protected]) I shelled out $190 for them.

They're well worth it. In cold temps, the waterproof/windproof/insulated liner is plenty warm. In moderate temps, I wear the breathable/armored/mesh layer over jeans. If it's really hot, I can wear the mesh layer over shorts. They're comfortable (I've worn them all day), but are also easy to get off/on.
+1 on the Olympia Airglides. Really versatile, are not super baggy and you can hem them to a custom length unlike most riding over pants.

At the very least get some knee guards and wear them under a pair of carharts or jeans. I have the a* and they were only $25

 

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For just light street riding, yea, perhaps they are better then jeans, but that isn't saying much.

If your going to invest in anything, good gear is a definite. Check out new enough and see what pops up in their close out section.
 

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Canyonchaser has a pretty long thread on here somewhere about wearing Carhart canvas pants. I would definitely consider getting some knee/shin armor. You get get some from newenough for $12 out of the off-road section. It would be better than nothing.
I've got a pair of those carhart's coming in today. I'm going to take the elbow armor out of my phoenix jacket and put it in front pockets and it should be pretty decent protection. another option is the Cortech DSX Jeans. They have the armor in the knees and leather in the seat ( on the inside). They are also much heavier than regular jeans. My only gripe with them is they are a very relaxed fit so I would be concerned the armor might not stay in place.
 
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