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Old 12-13-2006, 04:33 AM   #1
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Im looking for "waterproof" pants

Im due for a new pair of riding pants, Which ones are the Best?? Or your favorites. I want weather proof, thinking the Darion Pants, but im looking for other opions too.
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:40 AM   #2
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The Dariens are my favorites. Tourmaster Cortech are good too, if you seek a less expensive option. They are harder to get in and out of, though, and don't stay waterproof forever, like the Dariens do (at least so far...).
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:02 AM   #3
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seems most pants leak after awhile, im tired of the wet crotch and butt syndrome if you know what I mean...

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Old 12-13-2006, 05:35 AM   #4
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You have many more choices than those of us who do not want waterproof gear. Check out the Olympia line for starters:

www.olympiamotorsports.com

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Old 12-13-2006, 05:44 AM   #5
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I've been pretty happy with my FirstGear HT pants (and Kili jacket) in all conditions so far. Can't speak on riding in a deluge though.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:07 AM   #6
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I have had joe rocket ballistic pants and olympia ranger II pants. Both are over-pant designs and both eventually leak at the zippers along the side of the knees. The Olympia's leak slighly more than the JR's. The JR's are also easier to get in and out of and have a higher-cut waist. Both are much sturdier than the HT's (tried a pair on, didn't care for the lack of armor and super-thin material). Neither leaks at the crotch or though the material itself, just along the zippers where they bend at the knee (I'm on a sport bike with high rear sets, might not leak at all on a standard bike). Overall, I liked the JR's better than the more expensive olympia's but they didn't last real well. The zippers are the really fine water-resistant type and they gave out after a year and a half (30k miles) of all weather commuting. Not bad and would probably last some folks a lifetime, but for me that's not great life.

The olympia's use a big sturdy zipper that looks as though it will last much better, but it also lets more water in. I guess that's the trade-off. Olympia uses velcro along the full lenght of the overlap which helps a bit I guess, but also makes them a bit more of a pita to take on and off. The JR's have an over-flap without velcro except at the ankle making them easier to get on and off and with the different zipper they are still a bit more waterproof. Both have very similar materials/fabric and armor. I'd call it a tie in that regard.

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:31 AM   #7
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so far, I've had:

Roadcrafter one piece (leaked from sternum to knee)

Belstaff Atlas (didn't leak)

Firstgear HT (major crotch leak)

Joe Rocket Ballistic 5.0 (minor crotch leak).


Oh, and Tourmaster rain pants over leathers, no leaks.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:17 AM   #8
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Hah! I was just looking at going a different direction.

I was thinking about getting a pair of heavier hiking waterproof pants to quickly pull over the gear I already have on.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

As an example.

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:58 AM   #9
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Why not get a pair of pants that you can wear a lot [as many months as possible], then throw some rainpants on top of them? Rainpants are cheaper, and might even last a year or 2...

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Old 12-13-2006, 10:00 AM   #10
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Inner liner design will not get your crotch wet ... unless you submerge yourself
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:11 PM   #11
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You have many more choices than those of us who do not want waterproof gear. Check out the Olympia line for starters:

www.olympiamotorsports.com

Sarah
my olympia pants leak in the crotch and butt.............................not sure from where but i can tell ya they leak.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:08 PM   #12
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+1 on Olympia Ranger II pants. No leaks for me... yet.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:50 PM   #13
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+1 on Olympia Ranger II pants. No leaks for me... yet.
Same here. Been through some very long and heavy rain with my Ranger Pants and AST jacket with no leaks. Olympia makes good gear.

I'd been wearing Aerostich for over 10yrs, but I'm converted now.
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:29 PM   #14
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I'm looking for a pair of winter riding pants too. I have the Stich Dariens and have found a few things I don't care for. 1) The full length leg zipper leaks. Not just water, but even when it's not raining, they let cold air flow in. 2) They're cut too tight in the lower leg so they fit too tightly over boot tops. 3) They have no insulation, so don't wear very warm in general. 4) They have no hip armor. What I like best about them is the quality of materials and craftsmanship.

So, I'm looking for something waterproof and windproof, somewhat warm (but not snowmobile suit warm), fully armored, fits over boot tops, and is well made. Am I living in La La Land, or does something like this exist?

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Old 12-13-2006, 04:54 PM   #15
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Im due for a new pair of riding pants, Which ones are the Best?? Or your favorites. I want weather proof, thinking the Darion Pants, but im looking for other opions too.
My Firstgear HT overpants have proven dry in numerous all day rain rides. They have been completely waterproof for me. I upgraded the armor to the Firstgear heavy stuff for added protection.
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