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    Pants recommendations?

    Sorry if this has been asked a lot before but I am interested in knowing what others wear if they commute to work each day.

    I have to wear trousers, shirt tie etc. for work and ideally would like to find a paid of pants that I can just wear over the top of my trousers.

    The shops always try and sell me jeans which would requite me taking another pair of pants and changing at work. My commute is only 10-15 minutes so don't really want to wear stuff that takes longer to put on and take off than it does for me to get to work.

    I can find plenty of overpants from sellers overseas but the range in Australia seems to be REALLY limited. Half the stuff I can find on websites like Alpinestars etc. don't seem to be available in Australia and the shipping costs from overseas are just exorbitant. I'm also worried that if I order something it won't fit anyway (I tried on a paid of Dririder pants a few weeks back and they were just WAY too big, even in a small) and by the time I return it overseas I will be out over $100+. Is this a general problem with motorcycle stuff that a heap of gear is just not sold in Australia?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Yeah layering up sucks in Perth's climate. I wear chinos to work and I just ride in them. It's a compromise on safety but my commute is about the same and I'm good with it. Boots, gloves, and a leather jacket though, always. Or ride in jeans and get changed at work. Easy to bring a backpack in daily or just on Monday with shirts and trousers for the week and hang them up on the back of your door. Any good employer in the city will have decent end of trip facilities. I'm over pressed trousers now. I won't work anywhere that expects more than chinos and a nice shirt unless I'm giving a presentation or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticEnd View Post
    Yeah layering up sucks in Perth's climate. I wear chinos to work and I just ride in them. It's a compromise on safety but my commute is about the same and I'm good with it. Boots, gloves, and a leather jacket though, always. Or ride in jeans and get changed at work. Easy to bring a backpack in daily or just on Monday with shirts and trousers for the week and hang them up on the back of your door. Any good employer in the city will have decent end of trip facilities. I'm over pressed trousers now. I won't work anywhere that expects more than chinos and a nice shirt unless I'm giving a presentation or something.
    same here - if I had longer than 10 mins commute I would change at work but I wear boots, jacket and gloves every time.
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    I wear kevlar jeans over work pants in the morning (keeps the jewels extra warm too) + leather jacket (over business shirt).
    After work when it warms up, just the kevlar.

    I also wear boots and work shoes in bag, but could easily leave a pair at work.
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    I wear kevlar over dress pants with the rest of my normal gear, and my smock is fine under my jacket. A bit of sweat doesn't phase me as much as squidding does
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    Pro tip, roll your pants instead of folding them.

    No creases, quick change at work and you are good to go. No other way around the heat, layers suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticEnd View Post
    Yeah layering up sucks in Perth's climate.
    This is true in summer obviously but most of the year it's not that hot so I don't see why a pair of mesh pants over the top wouldn't work well, especially on a a short 10 or 15 minute commute. In the heat of the summer it sucks of course, but I am off work for half the summer anyway (teacher) so it would only really be a concern for maybe the first month of the year.

    It would be nice if I could just wear chinos but the dress code is pretty strict at private schools still.

    I am going to Japan at the end of this year so perhaps I will need to have a look over there and see if they have a better range than here in Aussie.
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    I've been using the Shark Leathers Chinos for the last couple of months. Been really good but might not be "corporate" enough if you normally wear dress pants
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    I'd rock some leather chinos

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    Quote Originally Posted by crispymk2 View Post
    I've been using the Shark Leathers Chinos for the last couple of months. Been really good but might not be "corporate" enough if you normally wear dress pants
    Just bought a couple of pairs of these myself. They haven't arrived as yet though. The quality any good on them? They seemed pretty reasonable for the price anyways. They will match up alright for the dress code on my next project so figured i'd give them a go...

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    these chinos sound like they're worth a look but I couldn't find them - but there are these!

    http://www.sharkleathers.com.au/unis...arr-fibre.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwillia View Post
    these chinos sound like they're worth a look but I couldn't find them - but there are these!

    http://www.sharkleathers.com.au/unis...arr-fibre.html
    edit: I found them - how do the sizes compare to other brands?

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    i wear no pants. just lube up with baby oil so if i go down i slide easy with no damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tron View Post
    I wear kevlar jeans over work pants in the morning (keeps the jewels extra warm too) + leather jacket (over business shirt).
    After work when it warms up, just the kevlar.

    I also wear boots and work shoes in bag, but could easily leave a pair at work.
    +1 I have a pair of oversize Draggin jeans I slip over the top of my trousers and it works well, does get a little warm in summer in the arvo but not too bad, I'm more worried about sweating under my jacket

    Speaking of my jacket I run a Joe Rocket Alter Ego which allows me to remove the outer textile and leave a mostly mesh jacket with armour still on the shoulders/outer arms if really hot
    In fact in summer I leave the textile off in the cool mornings but put the vinyl liner on under and then ride home without the liner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlinblade View Post
    Just bought a couple of pairs of these myself. They haven't arrived as yet though. The quality any good on them? They seemed pretty reasonable for the price anyways. They will match up alright for the dress code on my next project so figured i'd give them a go...
    Been pretty impressed! Not sure they would hold up as well as Kevlar jeans but the build quality is pretty good.

    Id happily get another pair and/or try their jeans

    Quote Originally Posted by dwillia View Post

    edit: I found them - how do the sizes compare to other brands?
    I also found them pretty true to size, maybe slightly on the tight side
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    Yes, I recommend pants while riding. Please wear them

    I always wore kevlar cargos or kevlar jeans over work pants. It seems we have been able to collectively lower the dress standard at work so now I just wear normal jeans which I'm ok with on the bike - i definitely wasn't with thin work pants hence wearing something over the top *shudder at the thought of sliding down the road in work pants*

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    Kevlar jeans every day of the year, waterproof top layer when needed. You'll get used to changing at work in no time, and what does it take, 60 seconds if that? I guess it depends if you need to walk for a while to find a private place to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    Yes, I recommend pants while riding. Please wear them

    I always wore kevlar cargos or kevlar jeans over work pants. It seems we have been able to collectively lower the dress standard at work so now I just wear normal jeans which I'm ok with on the bike - i definitely wasn't with thin work pants hence wearing something over the top *shudder at the thought of sliding down the road in work pants*
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    Quote Originally Posted by crispymk2 View Post
    Been pretty impressed! Not sure they would hold up as well as Kevlar jeans but the build quality is pretty good.

    Id happily get another pair and/or try their jeans



    I also found them pretty true to size, maybe slightly on the tight side
    Crossing over from the textile pants thread - beware when buying "kevlar" lined trousers/chinos/jeans from lesser known brands.

    it would appear that not all kevlars aint kevlars - the quality of some of the so called kevlar linings out there has had me requesting the seller check with their supplier as to the authenticity of their so called kevlar.

    Kevlar is of course a specialist material, seems like some dodgy chinese stuff is out there being sold as kevlar. No way would I trust this stuff to protect me in an upset

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