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post #1 of 18 Old Sep 10th, 2014, 3:11 pm Thread Starter
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Riding pants advice

I have been researching for days now and have narrowed the search down to 4. I really like the BMW, KLIM, and other high end pants but my price point is $300. I know there is no perfect 4 season pant. But I want the best I can do for under 300 bucks. important features will be waterproof, safety, and comfort. the 4 I like in order so far are

1. Scorpion Seattle
2. Olympia Ranger 3
3. firstgear Kathmandu
4. tourmaster caliber
I have no experience with the Scorpion Seattle or that brand for that matter.

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post #2 of 18 Old Sep 10th, 2014, 4:33 pm
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I have Firstgear and they have served me well for over 5 years or more

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I had Fristgear also for about 2 years, then went to Motoport for the last 5 years. Great gear but you won't get it for 300!!

First class pants, but if your budget is 300, I would consider Firstgear for sure. The pants are very good in the rain and cold, but because the liner does not come out, very hot when it warm out.
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I've used Olympia pants for the last 8 years. First set lasted 6 plus years & over 70k miles of abuse. Now I have the Air glide 4 for better venting in the hot weather that we get in Texas. Add in the quilted liners for winter & I've rode in temps down to 17 degrees just fine.

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Aerostich AD1 work great for me. Waterproof, full length side zippers for quick removal.

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BMW ComfortShell Pants, 350.00 at MAXs BMW. Or look for a used pair with little a mileage on them. Bought a used pair last year for 225.00
Check out Advrider.com in the gear section lots of used great gear.


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I have 5 pairs of riding pants right now. they all leak in the crotch. One pair is vented so I knew they would. two pairs of junk I bought at cycle gear. And two pair of first gear HT overpants. They do have over 100k between the two. I wanted to up grade a little from the HT pants. The newer HT pants do not seem as high in quality as my old ones either. Right now Im leaning towards the Olympia pants, I like what I have read about the Scorpion Seattle pants but I do not know the brand or know anyone who has them. I have a few more days to decide. Thanks for all the input so far. I do know I would be happier with the 500 dollar pants, But I have been spending way to much lately!

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BMW Summer 2 pants are a good alternative, and meet your price point. I have a couple of pair now, and they are useable throughout the year for me.

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I have been researching for days now and have narrowed the search down to 4. I really like the BMW, KLIM, and other high end pants but my price point is $300. I know there is no perfect 4 season pant. But I want the best I can do for under 300 bucks. important features will be waterproof, safety, and comfort. the 4 I like in order so far are

1. Scorpion Seattle
2. Olympia Ranger 3
3. firstgear Kathmandu
4. tourmaster caliber
I have no experience with the Scorpion Seattle or that brand for that matter.
Here are a few more to consider that meet your requirements:
http://www.dainese.com/us_en/sherman-pro-d-dry.html
http://www.dainese.com/us_en/amsterdam.html
http://www.dainese.com/us_en/p-stock...dry-18948.html

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BMW ComfortShell Pants, 350.00 at MAXs BMW. Or look for a used pair with little a mileage on them. Bought a used pair last year for 225.00
Check out Advrider.com in the gear section lots of used great gear.
+1 on the Comfort Shell pants. I've ridden in torrential downpours with those pants and nary a drop of leakage. If you can go the extra $50, you would not be disappointed.

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Firstgear HT overpants
1 pair 4 years riding summer thru fall and still holding up. Lots of zipper vents for comfort and a complete pull out lining. Way less than 3 bills when I got mine.
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Aerostich Darien are slightly over your price point at $327 (no sales tax though). I wore a pair of the older style for 10 years in all types of weather, and crash tested 'em. They are unlined, but I never felt the need for any. I have the newer style now (velcro flaps on the front pockets). Worth a look.

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Hello all and thanks for the input. I am currently on vacation in the southwest and wanted to order something so it would arrive shortly after my return to the NW. So today I went to some local shops to put my hands on some of the gear. One of the shops had the Firstgear Kathmandu for 60 bucks cheaper than I could find anywhere online. It was not my first pick, But the price and being able to buy at a brick and mortar shop was enough to make the decision for me. I'll let you all know this coming rainy season if I made the right choice. Thanks for the advice.

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Darien jacket and pants since '02.
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Aerostich AD1s,, same as the darien version with couple slight mods.
had the dariens for over 200k miles, never a drop.
Had these for about 100k, never a drop, easy to in and out of. Dont even notice the knee pads. I live in in FL. and even in the torrential downpours, never a drop.

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Firstgear HT overpants
1 pair 4 years riding summer thru fall and still holding up. Lots of zipper vents for comfort and a complete pull out lining. Way less than 3 bills when I got mine.
ride safe
First gear over pants.. With zip out rain liner. Comfortable..


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Went through the same process in the spring... ended up with REV'IT Enterprise purchased from Revzilla. Very happy with them.

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