Warm Weather Riding Pants

Stay protected, not swampy

Riding pants are something I had struggled with for years until somewhat recently. It seems like companies have started to get what we're saying and deliver truly all-day wearable pieces that still offer good amounts of protection. As we head into the summer months, we want to stay cool but also make sure we're covered if things go random.

My personal favorite pair of warm weather riding pants are the Ugly Bros Motorpools. They have a lot of stretch to them, making them incredibly comfortable. They have well layed out pockets that are easily accessible on the bike. Accordion paneling on the knees and butt make it easy to stay seated for hours at a time on the bike, and the impact armor if easily removed from the outside, without having to take the pants off. Also they look damn good. They're not cheap, but I have been wearing mine for well over a year now and they've held up excellently.

When it comes to appearances, it's hard to beat the crisp clean look of dark wash denim. Alpinestars nailed it with the Charlie jeans; they look classic, fit great and have reinforcement where you need it in the butt and knees. Fit is a little on the slimmer side, but not tight by any means and they're made in the traditional 5-pocket style.

The Alpha Chinos from Rev'it! class things up a little bit. They look like a traditional canvas work pant, but are packed with the features we've come to love from Rev'it!. The outer shell is a 10.5 ounce Cordura which has been treated with CoolMax to help wick moisture and keep things cool. These pants are a traditional fit with a straight leg and SEEsmart impact protection in the knees.

The Soul Shakers from Speed and Strength are your more Dickies/ workwear style but decked out to the nines with all the moto-centric accoutrement. The outer shell is made of a 10.5 ounce cotton canvas that's reinforced with Kevlar and impact protective pads in the knees and the butt. Best of all (well not losing your skin when you crash is pretty good, too)