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?
I guess that's better than nothing. The double layer might save your skin but won't do much for impact protection.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.
+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.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.
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.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.