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Me again, still looking/thinking/debating about a major upgrade to my cheapie $50 Fieldsheer overpants and basic (but totally adequate) Cortech 3/4-length jacket. The pants are not armored, the jacket is. The pants are like wrapping Saran Wrap around your crotch -- they don't breathe one bit. :eek: I need some mesh gear, or gear that ventilates. But I digress...

Like most offices, mine has a "business casual" policy. With that in mind, I'm wondering if any of the choices out there would "fit in" at the office. If so, I wouldn't have to do the usual routine of removing gear after I get to the office.

I saw several guys wearing Darien or Darien Light pants at STC II; those would work, I think. Of course, the folks at the office would think it odd that I wore the same pants every day, but I gave up caring about what they thought was fashionable years ago.

What do you think?

FWIW, I still think the ultimate in commuting-to-the-office convenience has to be a one-piece suit like the Aerostich Roadcrafter. Off in 10 seconds, on in 20. I've seen it demonstrated; very nice. My gear-changing mambo routine in the cubicle takes a lot longer than that.

I was told last year, when I began riding and subsequently looking for gear, that I'd end up with 2 or 3 combinations of riding apparel. All of you who told me that were right.
 

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hschisler said:
FWIW, I still think the ultimate in commuting-to-the-office convenience has to be a one-piece suit like the Aerostich Roadcrafter. Off in 10 seconds, on in 20. I've seen it demonstrated; very nice. My gear-changing mambo routine in the cubicle takes a lot longer than that.

I was told last year, when I began riding and subsequently looking for gear, that I'd end up with 2 or 3 combinations of riding apparel. All of you who told me that were right.
I look down the line of stuff, I have to choose from, Shotz, Tour Master, Hillside, Joe Rocket, Next-Gen, Carhart. I didn't pay for this stuff, the companies gave it to me to test except the Carharts.
Time and again I grab the Tour master, I have rode with them in most conditions over 100k miles, below 20 degrees you'll want a good vest, with them. People sware by electric stuff, I haven't moved to that camp yet, I'm still wearing wool and goose down, first question I asked about the electric gear was "How long is the cord" I'm not one of those riders that runs into a motel every night. However the heated airvest has some promise. If it is snowing real heavy, I'll grab the Carharts coveralls and put them in the tourpack, just because.
The Aerostitch will pay for itself in saved time over the years, if you fit within their money making demographic size range, excuse me
:HEY RIDER WEARHOUSE; For all us big and tall guys everywhere, kiss our collective butts. You don't care about the rider's, only the money. "It is not cost effective for us to make it in your size"
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I look down the line of stuff, I have to choose from, Shotz, Tour Master, Hillside, Joe Rocket, Next-Gen, Carhart. I didn't pay for this stuff, the companies gave it to me to test except the Carharts.
Time and again I grab the Tour master, I have rode with them in most conditions over 100k miles, below 20 degrees you'll want a good vest, with them. People sware by electric stuff, I haven't moved to that camp yet, I'm still wearing wool and goose down, first question I asked about the electric gear was "How long is the cord" I'm not one of those riders that runs into a motel every night. However the heated airvest has some promise. If it is snowing real heavy, I'll grab the Carharts coveralls and put them in the tourpack, just because.
The Aerostitch will pay for itself in saved time over the years, if you fit within their money making demographic size range, excuse me...
Thanks Rock. Appreciate the input, and it must be nice to be given stuff to try out. Nice work if you can get it! :D

To clarify: my question is more about appearance and convenience -- something that is marginally acceptable in a typical office environment. I'm not looking for poseur fashion m/c gear, but I'm curious what's out there that (a) does the job it's supposed to do (protect us), and (b) looks decent enough to wear in a business casual environment. Jeans are not allowed, where I work.

I have all the electric gear I need (jacket liner, gloves, and socks), and my TourMaster 3/4 jacket is fine for winter use, with the liner. I'm thinking that during the winter I'll use the full Aerostich suit or the TourMaster jacket; in the summer, that's where I'm looking for pants I can wear on the bike and all day at the office.

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... that's where I'm looking for pants I can wear on the bike and all day at the office.
I don't see how it's possible to wear riding pants TO the office, and then all day AT the office, and then home again...FIVE days a week. I think your fellow office workers will get tired of you wearing the same pants EVERY day.

I think over-pants are your only solution. Or...we're back to the one-piece. I have a FieldSheer Highland One-Piece that has served me well in this capacity. I've actually gone to church in my suit underneath. Get to church, and I take the one-piece off in 20 seconds, and I'm good to go.
 

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I don't see how it's possible to wear riding pants TO the office, and then all day AT the office, and then home again...FIVE days a week. I think your fellow office workers will get tired of you wearing the same pants EVERY day.

I think over-pants are your only solution. Or...we're back to the one-piece. I have a FieldSheer Highland One-Piece that has served me well in this capacity. I've actually gone to church in my suit underneath. Get to church, and I take the one-piece off in 20 seconds, and I'm good to go.
Any pants with knee and hip pads are not going to be good office wear.
I'm with Joe on this one, Look at the Cortech lite over pants by Tour Master, they will match your jacket and on off in 20 seconds. As water tight as a frogs backside.
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Commuting Clothing to the Office

I have ridden BMW's and other bikes for many years. I have accumulated a lot of riding apparel over those years. For commuting to the office you can't beat overpants. In winter I use my Aerostitch. In the summer I use a mesh (with zip out rainproof liner) overpant from First Gear. I also use the same branded jackets as the pants. With a little practice, I'm out of the pants in a few seconds, then pack the helmet, gloves, pants and jacket into the saddle bags unless I am really lazy and just wear them into the office and take them off there. At any rate, work clothing can be worn under the clothing designed for such purpose easily. I live in the sunny south and the mesh jacket and pants are a must in the heat or the work clothing will be a mess before I arrive. Hope this helps.

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Howard,

If you can get away with denim at work, Icon makes jeans w/ reinforced knees, vented crotch, and stretch panels. They are comfortable enough to wear to work. I would still get a couple pairs to avoid the same pants every day scenario. I cannot say for sure, but they used to offer some with fleece or thinsulate for the cooler days. They will shed water in a light rain but if it's pouring, they get wet and heavy! They are very popular with the "crotch rocket" crowd around here. I have seen them withstand a couple pretty serious low side crashes with only minor damage.

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Why not a pair of coveralls over office cloths? Slip them off at the bike & go to work.
 

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Why not a pair of coveralls over office cloths? Slip them off at the bike & go to work.
Because "coveralls" offer ZERO protection. If it isn't CE RATED, I don't wear it...nor do I ride without it. I guess maybe I'm just funny that way.
 

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lenny said:
why cant ya just change at work?
I can, I just don't wanna. It's a pain, especially if I have to go to the men's room to change pants. I've only commuted on the bike about 40 times to work in the past few months and I'm already tired of taking the time when I get there and before I leave. Taking the bike to work will happen more and more frequently now that spring is here.
 

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Howard,

If you can get away with denim at work, Icon makes jeans w/ reinforced knees, vented crotch, and stretch panels. They are comfortable enough to wear to work. I would still get a couple pairs to avoid the same pants every day scenario. I cannot say for sure, but they used to offer some with fleece or thinsulate for the cooler days. They will shed water in a light rain but if it's pouring, they get wet and heavy! They are very popular with the "crotch rocket" crowd around here. I have seen them withstand a couple pretty serious low side crashes with only minor damage.

Tim
Thanks Tim. Nice product, and as you and others mention there are several brands of jeans-styled products out there, but the denim look is not allowed by my Dilbertesque employer, even though I never see a customer. I'm "pushing the envelope" already, by wearing Rockport-style shoes (softer leather, not the traditional men's dress shoes that require a shoe shine). :rolleyes:
 

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Because "coveralls" offer ZERO protection. If it isn't CE RATED, I don't wear it...nor do I ride without it. I guess maybe I'm just funny that way.
Concur with that, Joe. I've already got a nice pair of Carhartt coveralls -- very tough canvas-type material and it would be relatively easy to put on/off at the office, but when you need it in a bad way after a get-off....
 

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messenger13 said:
I don't see how it's possible to wear riding pants TO the office, and then all day AT the office, and then home again...FIVE days a week. I think your fellow office workers will get tired of you wearing the same pants EVERY day.

I think over-pants are your only solution. Or...we're back to the one-piece. I have a FieldSheer Highland One-Piece that has served me well in this capacity. I've actually gone to church in my suit underneath. Get to church, and I take the one-piece off in 20 seconds, and I'm good to go.
So... I'm back to where I was previously: a one-piece suit by Aerostich or similar (Fieldsheer). Darn, I'll have to plan that trip to Duluth.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
 

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what I do...

I wear BMW Ralleye 2 pants and jacket, now without inserts (springtime) except the kneepads and a 661 armor under the jacket. The sleeves zip off and the pants have ventilation that doesn't seem to work.
I do have to stop in the men's room or the back store room and change into business casual. And I do of course endure the envious comments about how I look like a spaceman.
I think that everyone universally appreciates the cool factor of motorcycle gear.
I've been wanting to pick up a pair of those "Draggin Jeans". They are only about $99 and have Kevlar seat and knees. But that only covers Friday when it's jeans day at work.
So other than that, unless you can afford a decent assortment of khaki riding pants that appear regular, you are stuck with overpants or changing out.
I just allow myself 5 minutes before/after work to allow for changing.
Oh, and it's cheaper to replace Dockers that you can buy at Costco then replacing worn out cycle gear.
 
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