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Three Steps to Picking Biker Leather Pants

Updated on March 12, 2010

Leather outfits are really popular amongst bikers for their protective attribrutes and there are a few different kinds that are made for different kinds of motorcycles, so picking just one is probably not the easiest thing. Reading this article will give you a better understanding of what to look for in leather pants and how to pick the pair that will serve you for a long time.

First and most important thing to check out about a pair of trousers is if they fit. This goes without saying but if all goes well, you'll spend a lot of time on your bike and even the smallest inconvenience can go a long way.

Most people wear their underpants or underwear with their leather pants, make sure you pick one that allows room to wear those too. Once you've put them on, walk around to see if they're pinching your skin anywhere. These pants are designed to be tight and to follow your silhouette, so break in will sooner or later happen, pinching however most probably won't go unfortunately.

Motorbike by bandon1 on flickr
Motorbike by bandon1 on flickr

If your jacket has a full circumference zip at the bottom, try to match the pants to achieve perfect insulation. There are pants that come with that type of zip and matching them to the jackets will prevent wind blowing in between them thus providing better protection.

Armored leather pants are better for biking for obvious reasons, but don't let cool knee sliders blind your judgment. Pick pants that protect you properly, but don't expect to be able to put your knee down for a while. You'll be able to buy stich on type protectors for your knee if you still happen to have your pants by then. Make sure protecting parts are not uncomfortible. Remember you will spend time in them and any inconvenience can wear down your patience over the long run. Walk around a little, try to sit in your usual riding position to see if there is anything to spoil your comfort.

Racer type leather pants are often cut so that they're good for the leaning position a speed bike requires, if you own an upright sitting position bike then choose accordingly.

By picking the best pants you will make sure you are properly protected, it's comfortable and there is nothing that can ruin riding the bike. It makes sense to buy jacket and pants at the same time to be able to match them together for best possible result.

Photo used is taken by bandon1 


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