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2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Pants

Friday, December 6, 2013
Has the old leather lost its sheen? Are there holes in the Kevlar denim? Maybe those 32s just don’t fit right anymore…Whatever the reason, putting a new pair of riding pants on the holiday shopping list is a win-win for gift givers and receivers alike. Check out some of Motorcycle USA’s favorite riding pants in the 2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide to Pants and for even more moto-centric gift ideas, browse all of Motorcycle USA’s holiday gift guides.

Icon 1000 Roughshod Pants    
Icon Roughshod pants
Icon 1000 Roughshod Pants.
Cut from high-grade, 1.3mm-thick Brazilian cowhide, reinforced with D3O knee armor, with double-stitched back pockets and triple-stitching in the leg seams, the Icon 1000 Roughshod Pants are built to battle the elements. These are some of the best leather riding pants out there. The leather is super supple yet durable, they’re all-day comfortable, and have the cut and look of a good pair of jeans. A damn fine looking pair of jeans at that. Our Roughshods have survived the ride out to Sturgis, an unexpected summer squall, and most recently a road trip to Galveston where we lived in them for three out of four days. Leather’s still soft and they’re taking on more character all the time. - Bryan Harley

MSRP: Sizes 28 – 40 $450 ($500 for size 40)

AGV Sport Solare Vented Textile Pants
AGV Sport Solare Pants
AGV Sport Solare Vented Textile Pants.
The AGV Sport Solare Vented Textile Pants feature 100% 600-D polyester strengthened woven textile mesh and include a full mesh lining. CE-approved knee pads offer protection as do the 10mm thick hip and lower back pads. Seams are reinforced to reduce tearing in the event of a crash and reflective piping is utilized throughout to increase visibility. Mesh panels on the front and rear of the upper leg allow for air to flow through and the lower leg portion zips open. To ensure a proper fit, Velcro cinch tabs are included and the pants are available in short or standard inseam versions.

MSRP: $109

Rev’It Campo Jeans
Rev It Campo Jeans
Rev'It Campo Jeans.
Rev’It’s Campo Jeans may look like a standard pair of Levis, but they’ve been outfitted with a host of features designed to keep riders safe while maintaining a causal appearance. The outer portion of the Campo is made of 12.05 oz Cordura denim that also incorporates a CoolMax element in to keep riders from overheating on hot days. The jeans also feature triple-needle stitching, strategically designed seams that don’t sit on vulnerable areas and adjustable pockets for hip and knee protectors. The Campo Jeans also feature 3M Scotchilite reflection for improved visibility.

MSRP: $269.99 

Fly Racing F-16 Pants
Fly Racing F-16 pants
Fly Racing F-16 Pants.
For a real bargain in off-road pants, take a look at the Fly Racing F-16 Pants. The F-16s feature 600D construction, integrated thermoplastic rubber badges, 900D knee panels and plenty of stretch ribbing where flexibility is needed, such as behind the knee. They come with an adjustable belt and ratcheting fly closure and have low-profile stretch cuffs at the bottom of the legs. The F-16s are comfortable and versatile and kept me dry during an all-day trail ride in soggy conditions. Even after crashing a few times on the trail there were no tears or wet spots soaking through the outer layer. – Byron Wilson

MSRP: $69.95-$74.95 

Klim Traverse Pants
Klim Traverse Pants
Klim Traverse Pants.
The Klim Traverse Pants are for the serious all-season rider. Heavy-duty Gore-Tex fabrics are incorporated throughout to ensure a fully waterproof pant, and they also have 840 Denier Cordura overlays in high wear areas to optimize protection in the event of a crash. Genuine leather panels are incorporated on the inner legs and hip and knee-pad pockets are built in for additional armor. The bottom cuffs are equipped with Velcro to ensure a tight fit around a boot and storm flaps cover all zippered areas including the front and rear thigh air vents. Fit can be tailored to nearly any rider via waist adjusters. The Traverse Pants come with glove-friendly zipper pulls and are designed to be worn over a polyester base layer. Klim also offers a full range of sizes, starting from a 28 inch waist up to a 42.

MSRP: $309.99-$329.99 

Icon Hooligan Denim Pants
Icon Hooligan Pant
Icon Hooligan Denim Pants.
Everyday riding jeans are ideal for commutes or leisurely rides, and I’ve enjoyed both in the Icon Hooligan Denim Pant. The heavy-duty denim construction feels sturdy enough, with the synthetic Aramid reinforcement at the knees aiding abrasion resistance. The Hooligan also offers CE-certified armor inserts at the knees, which are easily removed via zippered opening – so riders can ditch the bulky look at their destination. And the Icon threads do cut some handsome lines, but Hipsters beware – this ain’t a skinny jean by any means and feels far looser in the leg than Icon’s Strongarm 2 denim pant. The Hooligan jeans also run long, which ensures ideal comfort in a sportbike riding stance. The deep pockets complement riding ergos too, keeping wallet, keys and other knickknacks from worrying their way out on the road. My only complaint is the knee armor inserts feel awkward when walking around off the bike, but it’s a minor inconvenience for the added protection. – Bart Madson

MSRP: $120

Speed   Strength Rage with the Machine Jeans Reveiw
Speed & Strength Rage Jeans
Speed & Strength Rage with the Machine Jeans  
Speed and Strength's Rage with the Machine Jeans are denim riding pants with Kevlar reinforcement in the knee and seat panels and CE-caliber armor. Made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, the Rage with Machine Jeans are comfy thanks to a relaxed fit and boot cut. They have stretch panels above the knee so they don’t ride up when you sit down. The sharp looking jeans are stitched together solidly and beyond a little fade, look good after six months of wear and tear. - Bryan Harley

MSRP: $116.99

Cortech Adrenaline Leather Pants
Cortech Pants
Cortech Adrenaline Leather Pants.
The sport-styled Cortech Adrenaline Leather Pants are made with a combination of perforated and non-perforated drum-dyed leather that ranges from 1.2mm – 1.4mm in thickness. The Adrenaline’s come with removable CE-approved hip and knee armor and have been triple and double stitched with high strength, bonded nylon thread. Mesh lining inside helps to promote airflow and keep the pants comfortable and accordion-style expansion panels at the knees and waist improve flexibility while suited up. The Adrenaline Pants have pre-curved knees and an elastic waist to further optimize fit while in the riding position. For the truly aggressive street rider there are also knee slider attachments built into the Adrenaline Leather Pants.

MSRP: $289.99 

River Road Pueblo Cool Leather Classic Chaps
River Road Pueblo Chaps
River Road Pueblo Cool Leather Chaps.
Leather pants have a tendency to retain heat, which can make for a really uncomfortable ride on hot days. The River Road Pueblo Cool Leather Classic Chaps aim to reduce overheating with its built-in TFL Cool System technology which reflects up to 80% of solar radiation and reduces surface temperatures dramatically. The Cool Leather Classic Chaps feature snap closures around the boot and a full-length side zipper on both legs for easy on/off and the interior mesh lining helps the Chaps keep from clinging to your pants. They also tout five pocket styling, so look like any run-of-the-mill pant whether on or off the bike. The Cool Leather Classic Chaps come with a two-year manufacturer warranty.

MSRP: $229.99

Thor Core Pro Circuit Pants
Thor Motocross Pants
Thor Core Pro Circuit Pants.
Thor’s Core Pro Circuit Pants are the official gear of the Pro Circuit Team and as such, they feature graphics of some of the team’s exclusive sponsors such as Monster Energy and Vans. Designed for the pro off-roader the Core Pro Circuit Pants are constructed of high-quality materials and feature Kevlar stitching, pre-curved 900D poly oxford fabric, and accordion stretch Spandura around the full-grain cowhide leather knee panels. A perforated inner liner adds to the comfort and fitment can be adjusted with a ratchet style waist lock-down closure. Stretch material at the ankle also ensures a snug, comfortable fit. Pair with the Thor Core Pro Circuit Jersey for a complete professional-grade motocross outfit.

MSRP: $174.95 

Icon Compound Mesh Overpant
Icon Overpants
Icon Compound Mesh Overpant.
The Icon Compound Mesh Overpant fits over your standard pair of jeans and goes on with ease thanks to dual full-length zippers down each side of the pant. They combine textile and premium grade cowhide leather for optimal abrasion resistance and have pockets for CE knee impact protectors. The adjustable waist strap and ratchet waist closure system allow riders to find that perfect fit and expansion panels allow you to move easily once the Overpant is on. The Compound Mesh Overpant comes with zippered side pockets as well for additional storage.

MSRP: $350 
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