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Chaps or pants

Post by Hersh5 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:52 pm

Just passed my motorcycle course yesterday!! Now I can ride the bike hubs bought me, 1989 Honda Goldwing 1500. :)
Here's the dilemma, I get cold easily, and this is going to be my everyday vehicle for work. I want chaps, I think they make sense to keep me warm and protect my legs from the chill, and since we're in AZ, it'll be great in the heat as well. Already bought the boots & jacket. Hubby thinks I should get a snowmobile suit :roll: as it'll offer better protection and that leather would get stiff in the cold and make it harder for me to ride.
Input appreciated as to what long-time riders think. Thank you!!

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Post by deepsix777 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:20 pm

check out I bought there chaps and they seem very nice. there not leather and they are a denier type of material and insulated they are hand washable. I tried them yesterday it was mid fifty's and I was comfortable. but the choice is yours as to what u want and congrats on passing your test and ride safe.

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Post by WingAdmin » Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:33 pm

Congratulations on passing your course - now you can start learning! :) We're thrilled to have you amongst us.

I'm not sure how cold it gets where you are. I wear these in colder weather, they work fairly well up to the low-80s, I usually switch to my summer gear when it hits 75 or so.

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Post by k1w1t1m » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:35 pm

I prefer textile pants. I find them warmer, cooler and lighter with more options than chaps. They can be partially unzipped in warm weather to allow air movement. Also the lack of leather over your butt is not going to help should you end up sliding down the road on that part of your anatomy. However leather is better at keeping your skin away from the road.

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Post by tandem54 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:42 pm

Congratulations on passing your course!! Here in Arizona you get cold!? Just kidding it is colder when you are riding!
I have chaps and my wife has Leather pants and I think the pants are a better option.
I never really liked the way the chaps fit, maybe just me but I would go for the pants. JMHO
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Post by Mag » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:03 am

Leathers in the spring/summer/fall
Winter 2-piece suit with insulation, etc., etc....bundle until I can not handle anymore (by the way all, 20 degrees this a.m., UGH!!)

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Post by themainviking » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:47 am

I have chaps, leather pants, nylon wind pants and rain gear. When it is cold, it is cold and nothing helps much except what WingAdmin uses, which plug in. I lived in New Mexico, right next door to you and found the chaps were adequate most times. With chaps you wear textile clothing (jeans or other pants) under, so you can remove the chaps when you get where you need to be. With leather pants, this is not normally done. The nylon wind pants and rain gear pants both serve the same purpose, and help considerably. They are actually better for cold weather than either the chaps or the leather pants. Leather is a great wind breaker, but not a really warm surface without the cows circulation system keeping it warm. Nylon wind gear is less expensive also. Leather is an excellent protective surface.
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Post by Ghostman » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:55 am

The missus had the same issue and we got her a set of leather chaps. Her biggest complaint was the weight and lack of flexibility. So she got ambitious one night and went looking on the web for an alternative. She wound up getting a set of Coloradochaps. Hers are fleece lined with the reflective tape down the legs. I liked hers so much I dont use my leather chaps anymore and got myself a set also. Theyre comfortable to wear and easy to get in and out of.

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Post by silverado6x6 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:37 am

I wear a pair of arctic Carhart bib coveralls over my regular pants on the occasional cold morning commute. The denim is pretty tough stuff in case you do have problems. But I must admit that living in Alaska I rarely ride below 45f, I really hate being chilled to the bone on a bike.
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Post by FM-USA » Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:23 pm

If you wore CHAPS..... won't your underwear show? :P
To me, chaps are what stone guards are to trailers... damage protection.

I wear regular jeans and when it's cold enough I'll slip on jogger pants over or under said jeans.
They were a bit bulky under so I tried the Quilted jeans several years back, mm-mm-mMMmm nice.
The little higher price is OK considering how comfy they are. Definitely worth it.

And when it really gets cold, I'll slip on my ski-bibs over the Q-Jeans around +15*F and under.
That combo lets me to ride (so far) to -17*F last year 2013-14 . . ;)
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Post by Wingsconsin » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:53 pm

Wrap Chaps - Easy on & Easy Off .
Insulated - or Ballistic
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Re: Chaps or pants

Post by harvey01 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:21 pm

For commuting to and from work I have found the Roadcrafter Suit by Aerostitch to be the most convenient for fall winter and spring. It gets a little hot in summer. Today there are a number of other similar suits available.

I obviously prefer textile type outer clothing as it works in the rain, the cold, may have ventilation in heat, is easy to clean.

Chaps have one problem that most over-pants don't. They do nothing for your butt and when sliding down the asphalt as your butt may come in contact with the road--ouch!

I also have a wonderful pair of overpants by First Gear that I have used in the mid 20's as well as in the 80's. They work great with my FG Kilimanjaro Jacket. They are also waterproof. In VA you get the opportunity to ride in the rain so waterproof outer garments are great because you don't have to stop to put on some rain gear.
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Post by detdrbuzzard » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:58 pm

chaps do nothing for keeping your bottom side warm in cold weather

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