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    Advice on Hot Weather Pants

    I am looking to replace a pair of Firstgear HT Air Overpants. I seek three key features in riding pants:

    1. Mesh...or as breathable as possible. The HTs are entirely mesh and breathe well. I want to stay cool in the hot weather.
    2. I do some commuting so an overpant is essential. Overpants typically have a looser fit which enables me to wear street clothes inside the pants.
    3. A full length or long zipper. I find it more difficult to get in and out of pants with knee length zippers. Pants with long zipper make entrance/exit so much easier.

    I tried the Firstgear Air Rover Pant, but found it difficult to wear with my street clothes.

    Can anyone recommend pants with these features?
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    I wear Aerostich Darien Light all summer over a pair of shorts and am fine. I commute daily with my Navy uniform underneath. I am in Virginia Beach and have worn them all over the southeast in summer. This was also on a HOT air cooled ElectraGlide as I just bought my GT a few weeks ago. Mesh isn't "king" when over 90 degrees.

    https://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/..._62-66_Hot.pdf


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    Thank you for the suggestion. I will go to Aerostich's site and check them out.
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    Motoport

    The Motoport pants are great. Kevlar mesh. They even custom make them in short fat sizes

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    I love my First Gear overpants air mesh. I was sad they still don't make them. I found another pair on ADV rider forum for sale, snapped them up. I too have tried other pants and the fit is not as good, roomy.

    Let us know what you arrive at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scout6 View Post
    The Motoport pants are great. Kevlar mesh. They even custom make them in short fat sizes
    +1

    Motoport riding gear is custom made for a perfect fit. My Motoport mesh pants are fourteen years old, with the pants beginning to show their age, but still fully functional. The jacket still looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    +1

    Motoport riding gear is custom made for a perfect fit. My Motoport mesh pants are fourteen years old, with the pants beginning to show their age, but still fully functional. The jacket still looks good.
    Another brand I want to try!

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    Another vote for Motoport
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    I picked up a mesh set from Olympia that I really like.

    You will notice that the pants have a horizontal zipper in the back waist. Jackets will have a similar zipper in the lower back. If you get a jacket and pants from the same manufacturer, the zippers should match. If you zip them together, they function more like a one-piece. If you go down, the jacket should not ride up as you slide along.

    I have bought jackets and pants from five different manufacturers, and no piece ever matched up to a different brand.
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    Just as I was getting ready to order from Aerostich I see these post for Motoport. I will check them out.

    orforester, the HT Overpant is not particularly fancy, but is does the job and holds up well. Good bang for the buck. Perhaps Firstgear will bring something similar out in the future.

    detbmw, I have and like Olympia gear. However, they seem to be having a problem importing to the US. When I last checked (several weeks ago) most outlets for their products have very little or no stock.
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    I have had both Aerostich Darien and Aerostich AD-1 and definitely prefer the AD-1. They fit much nicer than the Darien. I commute year around in South Florida heat and these pants are great. I'm not a fan of mesh.

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    I checked out Motoport. Nice stuff, but pretty expensive.

    I am currently looking at the Aerostich Darianlight Pant vs the Aerostich AD-1 Pant.
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    KLIM may have what you're looking for.

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    I wear a Klim Latitude and Aerostich AD-1 pants and strongly agree with the article about cooling. I, like most everyone probably, thought mesh was the way to go in the Memphis heat (commonly 100F+ and high humidity). I commute every day I can and with that combo, dehydration is not an issue. With the mesh gear I used to run, I'd be dying of thirst by the time I got home in the afternoon after a 40 minute commute.

    Though it seems contra intuitive, non-mesh gear is the way to go in extreme high temperature conditions.
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    Another prop for Motoport.
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