The Wind in My Crotch

vegan, motorcycle - - Posted on June, 9 at 4:37 pm

It has been hotter than hell this week and feels like summer already. Temps in mid 90’s and humid and I have been sweating while riding. It was bad enough I drove my car a few times which sucks to do. So yesterday I decided to go buy some vented rising pants. I did some research and decided I wanted to buy a a pair of Olympia Airglide 2 Overpants so I headed over to a local shop to try them on, it was sort of annoying since I was between sizes, with the liners in and a pair of jeans they were tight with no liners they seemed OK, but a bit loose. I decided to buy them and hope it works out.

I wore them the next day to go to the AMA Supermoto race at Englishtown,NJ and there were so cool, I wore shorts under them and it was so breezy, like wearing almost no pants, but with the piece of mind of protection. never having owned vented non-leather riding gear I was truly impressed. As a bonus when I got to the track I slipped off the pants, easily due to their full length leg zippers and popped off my boots and socks and threw on a pair of Chaco’s and walked around the pits in the comfort of shorts, sandals and a t-shirt. During the day it started to rain and I rode home with my rain pants on over them, which brings me to the review of these pants.

Obviously being vented they are not water-proof, though they do come with an insulted water-proof liner. The problem is that in the summer when I will be wearing them I’d rather be wet then sweating, so I still have to carry a rain suit with me. The legs are very long for me and need to be hemmed, luckily the design of these pants make them very easy to hem, so they will fit me better soon enough. The one thing that frustrates me is the lack of any kind of integrated adjustable waist/belt. If a pair of pants are designed to be worn over jeans, with a insulated liner and then worn over thin bicycle shorts why would they not come with some kind of adjustable waist sizing system? I own a pair of First Gear HT Overpants and they have a near perfect adjustable waist and fit me no matter what i wear under them. the problem is they do not breath or offer the armor the Airglide’s come with. Speaking of armor, there is some cheap soft foam for the hips, I think these will offer almost zero protection if i decide to do an asphalt hardness test with my body. the knees though are another story, they offer some excellent CE approved pads which are made up of some thin hard foam (similar to a helmet liner), with some thin memory foam type stuff behind them. I think these would do an excellent job of protecting my knees in a fall, but for me they are uncomfortable. I have some pretty beat up knees with a minimum of cartridge left in them and the pad grinds against my knees and hurts. The cure was simple I took the soft knee padding from my First Gear pants and put them behind the Olympia armor.

Overall I really like these pants, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up selling them one day and buying a pair of First Gear HT Air 2.0 Overpants to replace them, I like the fit and the adjustability of the First Gear pants better. As a side note Beanie (my cat) was very interested in these pants, he must have smelled the cat I blogged about earlier who stowed away in a container going to Olympia. OK, I am sure this was not the case, but he did obsess over these pants more than he usually obsesses over things.

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2 Responses to “The Wind in My Crotch”

  1. Deb Says:

    Cool pics!

    I can’t imagine how much gear you need to have to ride your bike. It seems like whether it is a motorcycle or a bicycle you end up becoming a gear head!

  2. rich Says:

    Hmmm….usually in my closet (attic or garage) three pairs of pants, one solid, one winter, one off-road, two jackets, summer and rest of year, rain suit, two pairs of boots, one off-road, one on-road, two helmets, one off-road, one one road, four or five pairs of gloves, goggles, a full racesuit, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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