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I have a Revit light colored mesh jacket trying to reflect the sun as much as possible, because I live in Austin where it is hot most of the time. I decided to get some mesh pants since I have been wearing jeans for a long time that provide no protection or ventilation. My legs are short, so I have been having trouble finding pants that are short enough with the padding in the right place. I looked for gray or light pants, but there are more black available. I have been looking at Firstgear which come close to fitting and are in my price range, but they only come in black. My question is for anyone in the hotter climates that has tried black mesh pants: are they cool enough when the temp runs 90-100f?
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I got a silver pair from Joe Rocket. They work great in the heat. I found that black gear is ok as long as you are moving, but come to a stop and you start roasting. I switched to the silver and it made a big difference. It all depends on the kind of riding you do.

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I have dark grey Tourmasters, and they do NOT feel hot at all, even under 120*F heat in Arizona...
had them now for about 15 years.
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I've worn black Olympia mesh pants for years. My mesh jacket (also Olympia) is silver, I find that makes a big difference in the sun. Not so much with the pants. Plus the pants tend to get a lot dirtier, faster than the jacket, so black doesn't show the filth as much.

The Olympia (and most decent quality pants) can be altered for length, and there are multiple pockets inside so that you can position the knee armor appropriately.

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my Tourmasters don't adjust for length :(
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Thanks for the feedback. I have found that many are out of stock now. I don't know if they are getting discontinued or being bought out for the summer.

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aperry wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:30 pm
Thanks for the feedback. I have found that many are out of stock now. I don't know if they are getting discontinued or being bought out for the summer.
I took a six hour trip to buy my Tourmaster pants. Regional selection sucked, and I was willing to try before I bought 'em.
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I bought mine from Amazon. Enter mesh motorcycle pants. Bought from wicked stock.
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A follow-up to this question...
aperry wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:53 pm
My question is for anyone in the hotter climates that has tried black mesh pants: are they cool enough when the temp runs 90-100f?
My first pair of actual riding pants were more of a lighter-weight summer overpant that was light in color. Several thousand miles of riding with those pants really made me wonder why I waited as long as I did to actually get some.

When I bought my current pair, living here in the desert southwest, a 'three-season' pant can become a good thing *and* a bad thing. Once you put the liners in the pants, but decide you want to get out of them during a ride, it means removing pants to remove liners. :roll: I know, first world problems...

About two weeks ago, I went on a nice 200+ mile, four hour ride with the pants in 'summer' mode (no liners). Temperatures were around 90°F for three of those four hours, and I have no issues.

So, when the temps exceed 105°...it's hot, no matter what you're wearing.
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I used to live and work in Phoenix, AZ where the temps hit 125*F for a week at a time.

I wore Joe Rocket Mesh riding pants in Black......
they were a whole lot cooler to wear than regular blue jeans by a lot.

when I would go home, leaving work at 3PM, I would dress up in Mesh gear, walk into the shower room and wet myself down to the t-shirt and jeans.....

it was a 30 minute ride to home, and in 125*F heat I was bone dry by the time I got home.

I much preferred the ride to work, at 95*F during "Hell Week"

at 127*F Sky Harbor Airport was shutdown until the temps dropped below 122*F before they were allowed to try a take off....
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All the pants I have ever bought allow you to adjust the position (height) of the knee pads, and the bottom of each leg has several inches where they can be shortened (altered) to fit if need be.

That said, wearing any mesh pants (regardless of color) will help with heat. It acts as a boundary layer between the wind and your leg, allows the sweat to evaporate and cool better. Not to mention it helps keep your skin in place when you go sliding down the road (jeans last about for about 10 feet of sliding before they wear through - ask me how I know).

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I should have put up a picture of my Semi merge event.

the pants did not have any damage at all, still have them.

the jacket was cut up by the EMTs so don't know if it had any damage or not



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Have you considered a set of chaps? Colorado Chaps, if she's still in business, will make you a set in different colors (silver grey is one of those colors), with the back half made in mesh. These are very comfortable, easy on and off, and can be had with shin and knee pads if you desire. The best part is they are custom made to fit per your measurements.
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I know the owner of this store, she was in business 20 years ago when I lived there


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::sigh::

Perhaps the heat has warped the memory just a bit...

https://www.12news.com/article/weather/ ... -567788474

:roll:


Anyway, when it's hot (with varying degrees of what might be _hot_ to any individual rider...), it's not gonna make a big difference.
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kwthom wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:38 am
::sigh::

Perhaps the heat has warped the memory just a bit...

https://www.12news.com/article/weather/ ... -567788474

:roll:


Anyway, when it's hot (with varying degrees of what might be _hot_ to any individual rider...), it's not gonna make a big difference.
I worked for Phoenix Fire Department and I serviced every single Fire Station in Maricopa county.
I carried an IR Temp Gun with me, and measure 157*F on the aprons at the fire houses...
Inside the apparatus bays, it was over 130*F because the fire apparatus holds a lot of Engine Heat....

I had a Heat Stroke on the day that the front drive measured 157*F and fell out of the engine while working on the communications equipment. the Engineer was talking to me while I was fixing his laptop so it would talk to the 911 dispatcher.... I rolled right out of that truck head first down, he caught me before I hit the concrete....

they gave me 3 liters of Saline inside the station house, and then took me to the Hospital, where they gave me 3 more.
One of the firefighters stayed with me in the hospital until I was released, doctor put me off duty for a week.

The ER doctor told me that is your "last heatstroke sir", you have one more and you are done.
He got my attention, I started refusing to work in 120*F plus heat until things cooled off.

contrary to that story you found, while I was working there between 1991 and 2011, I remember that Skyharbor Tower shut down the airport and no airplanes were allowed to take off until it cooled below 122*F

It is a lot hotter on the runways, than the Ambient temps, a hell of a lot hotter.... 2 miles of black asphalt by 3/4 mile miles wide..... that is an Oven....
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Dark Mesh Pants
You have no idea just how weird this sounds in England.
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brettchallenger wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:38 pm
Dark Mesh Pants
You have no idea just how weird this sounds in England.
Elaborate, if you will.

Is it accent or dialect that makes it strange? At a loss, myself...
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https://www.weather.gov/psr/ExtremeTemps

If you heat gun was calibrated & certified accurate, so be it. As I wrote "with varying degrees of what might be _hot_ to any individual rider..."

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/lo ... 827871002/


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kwthom wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:42 pm
https://www.weather.gov/psr/ExtremeTemps

If you heat gun was calibrated & certified accurate, so be it. As I wrote "with varying degrees of what might be _hot_ to any individual rider..."

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/lo ... 827871002/


Sometimes, it helps to know the whole story.
I agree, and that is why I posted up my situation.

As for how Dark Mesh Pants sounds in ye olde englund, I have no clue :roll:
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Elaborate, if you will.
"Pants" here usually refer to underwear and mostly commonly, ladies underwear.
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brettchallenger wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 2:07 am

"Pants" here usually refer to underwear and mostly commonly, ladies underwear.
Yes. Any number of typical motorcyclists wearing dark mesh pants (in proper english) would be a bad scene. Sunburn on things that should never see the light of day.

Gouging out my mind's eye right now.
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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like I should have said "Dark Mesh Britches". :)
I do have leather (buffalo) chaps and wear them in winter. With our heat and humidity they are pretty hot in summer. I have been thinking about Olympia Airglide in pewter since they can be cut in length for my short legs.



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