Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I have a pair of Olympia Airglide 2 pants. I bought 'em the next larger size (42 instead of 40), so that they would fit over regular jeans. They have decent size mesh panels for airflow.
I don't use the removable waterproof liners. With jeans, I don't need them for the 40 degree winter mornings here in Southern California. I don't generally ride in the rain.
The Olympia pants are bulky. Obviously they are warmer than when I wore jeans without the protection, but I feel much safer. The tradeoff seems pretty good. I haven't tried them in the heat of the summer yet, however.
Suggestions and thoughts:
1. If you decide to buy, try them on in the store and sit on a demo bike that's similar to yours for a while (30 minutes or more). Make sure they fit and are very comfortable.
2. If you wear them as overpants, you will need a belt, suspenders, or a connection to your jacket. Otherwise, they will tend to slip off, possibly when you need them most.
3. Think about: (a) Whether you plan to remove them when you're off the bike. Do you want to remove them with your boots still on? Long side zippers help. ...AND (b) Where you will put them when you're off the bike?
4. Inevitably, the item you want (think: wallet) will be in your jeans pocket, not the overpants pocket. You will have to unbuckle the overpants enough to slip your hand between them to get into the pocket.
I hope this helps.