When it comes to motorcycle gear, many of us overlook riding pants, but unless you want to literally put your ass at risk, you should wear them every time you get on the bike. I get that it's hard to get all suited up, especially when you're only going on a short ride, but a regular pair of jeans is only going to last a few seconds on the asphalt before the hard surface starts to grate your buttcheeks like a piece of cheese.
It's a lot easier to want to wear your riding pants if you get the right ones. Here are some tips for buying the right pants.
They Don't All Fit The Same
It can be easy to think that pants sizes are the same no matter the brand, especially for men, but the bottom line is they aren't. Some motorcycle pants fit differently than others. It's important that you find the right size. If you see two different brands that are the same size, don't assume they will actually fit the same.
Don't Just Go With Your Jeans' Size
Some guys like to wear their jeans a little baggy. With motorcycle pants, this isn't smart. If the pants can shift around, they aren't going to protect you the way they should in the event of an accident. At least get pants that fit you snugly in the waist. Look at sizing charts online, utilize videos photos or any other information, such as customer reviews. If you're not sure about something, go into your local motorcycle gear retailer to see if they have what you're after so you can try it on.
Think About Material
The material is important. There's textile, leather and even Kevlar-reinforced denim. While specialized denim, textile and leather options will protect you well, what you need to be more worried about is the quality. Reading product descriptions and reviews is a good way to determine if you're interested in quality products. High-quality materials in pants will help you stay comfortable and provide the very best protection for your money.
Get Something With Strong Stitching
If the stitching on your pants is crappy, it won't matter how good the materials are because the pants could literally rip into pieces in the event of an accident. Look at the stitching carefully. Usually, online products will have at least one close-up shot of the stitching on riding pants. If not, check out the customer reviews.
Think About Style
When I say style, I'm talking about more than touring pants or sport riding pants, there are all sorts of different styles out there within a certain kind of riding community. While style shouldn't be your chief concern, it can make a difference to your overall comfort level, which can, in turn, change how well you handle your bike.