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Question Black Air-Mesh Pants..TOO HOT!

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Wifey just purchased me a, black in color, pair of Firstgear mesh-tex summer riding pants.

I just returned from a 900 mile trip with temps in the Atlanta area of 96 degrees. Wearing these pants, MY THIGHS AND KNEES ALMOST FRIED IN THE HEAT!

Riding about 3pm, under direct sunlight, the pants became very hot. It seems that no air would pass around the knees or thigh area.

I wear the Firstgear matching air mesh jacket and it is just fine. Am I the only one that find these pants too hot to wear in the sun belt?
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My experience with these exact same pants in 97F here in the west was just the opposite - they were much cooler than jeans - which I normally would have been wearing. I also wore Under Armor briefs and used liberal amounts of Zeasorb medical grade super absorbent powder down under. I swear by this stuff... even if it does cost about 10X more than regular talc or starch powder.

Must be the humidity...


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I've found that in my mesh gear I am actually cooler than without...
We took a little ride a week ago Sunday and had the chance to go without the gear for a few miles and both of us noticed that we were hotter without the mesh..
Plus with the mesh gear and cotton or polypropylene under that you can pour some water on yourself and have instant evap aircon...

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What cha wearing under the mesh pants?

When temps get warm, in the 90s, I can only ware shorts and a T-shirt under mesh.

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I gotta agree with Ron. Road in the Bonzai Ralley this weekend. 500 miles in 93 degree heat and the First Gear mesh pants were a lot cooler than jeans or my Aerostitch pants.

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Hey Allen, try some silver mesh. I've wore the black, the silver is cooler. Seems to reflect the sun instead of absorb.

Yo, Ron, infrared thermo time!



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What cha wearing under the mesh pants?

When temps get warm, in the 90s, I can only ware shorts and a T-shirt under mesh.

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I juss had on some tightey-whiteys beneath. Wifey had on full set of blue jeans beneath hers. She (for once) wasn't bitchen 'bout the heat like me!

Does Firstgear make grey or silver mesh pants?
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I wear the HT air overpants with REI quickdry long slacks underneath. Keeps me quiet cool. I found that wearing short under the mesh pants lets in too much road heat.

Rode thru death valley when it was 103 and had no issue with overheating.

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I find them cooler than jeans, but you do feel more of the heat coming from the bike that the jeans normally block. I do wish they came in lighter colors.
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Rode thru death valley when it was 103 and had no issue with overheating.
Isn't that near five points, downtown Atlanta?
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Hey Allen, try some silver mesh. I've wore the black, the silver is cooler. Seems to reflect the sun instead of absorb.

Yo, Ron, infrared thermo time!
Yeah, what he said. Got me them silver too and it seems much cooler than the black.

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Silver pants, WHITE jacket and beaded seat. It's all COOL!
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I wear the HT air overpants with REI quickdry long slacks underneath. Keeps me quiet cool. I found that wearing short under the mesh pants lets in too much road heat.

Rode thru death valley when it was 103 and had no issue with overheating.
I second the REI pants under.
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What cha wearing under the mesh pants?

When temps get warm, in the 90s, I can only ware shorts and a T-shirt under mesh.

Bob
Make sure they don't have any polyurethane in them, it can melt to your skin in a get off.

I'm sold on Cycle Port Air Mesh Kevlar. They are strong, cool and the kevlar don't conduct heat.

http://www.motoport.com/detail.asp?I...ategory=Kevlar

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Silver pants, WHITE jacket and beaded seat. It's all COOL!
White makes me look too fat.

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White makes me look too fat.
Me too!
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I wore Under Armour brand poly pants and long sleeve shirt under the Joe Rocket mesh gear, was cooler than just shorts and tee shirt. The key is something like Polypropylene "wicking" gear, NOT cotton. The REI stuff sounds like much the same thing.

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Hey Allen, try some silver mesh. I've wore the black, the silver is cooler. Seems to reflect the sun instead of absorb.

Yo, Ron, infrared thermo time!
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I've only checked the difference on our seat fabric in direct sunlight. 5 degrees cooler for grey, no matter the ambient temps.

I think alot of it has to do with the density and texture of the base fabric - no question lighter colors are better.

I did however, read an interesting article a while back about a nomadic tribe that has been roaming the Kalahari (I think...) for the last several thousand years - and they cover up completely in a very specfific of kind of medium blue. There MUST be a reason these guys have liked it since the beginning of time...
Maybe I need to change the color of my roof from white to blue!


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Question Thanks, but......

Thanks Guys and Gals;

But where can I find some grey air-mesh pants? It appears the Marsee doesn't make the grey ones any more.
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We got them at A&S. Brand is Olympia.

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