Firstgear Hypertex Mesh Women's Motorcycle Pants
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It doesn't make any sense, at least to me, to have a
nice hot weather motorcycle riding jacket like the
FirstGear Hypertex Meshtex mesh
jacket, without having a matching set of
hot weather motorcycle riding pants.
I don't like to wear jeans when riding,
first because I don't think that jeans offer even a
minimum amount of protection, and also because jeans
just aren't really designed for riding a motorcycle.
They bunch up and flap around in the wind, making them
uncomfortable for motorcycle riding.
women's mesh motorcycle pants are cut like jeans, but
they are flexible in all of the right spots, which makes them very
The mesh pants zip into
the FirstGear mesh jacket with a 25cm (10") zipper, which gives better protection
by preventing the jacket from separating from the pants
if the rider falls. Take it from me -- I've been a
Registered Nurse for years, and I've seen firsthand the
results of motorcycle, bicycle and skateboard accidents.
"Road rash" is a very serious and extremely painful
malady, and it will leave very nasty scars. I've
helped doctors pick stones and trash out of victims'
wounds, and I've seen cases of road rash from something
as simple as falling off a motorcycle at a stop light!
So my advice is to always wear protective riding gear
and to use all of the safety features that it offers,
like zipping together the pants and jacket when
Anyway, back to the
pants! I also like the fact that when the jacket
and pants are zipped together, I don't have to
worry about the jacket riding up my back when I'm leaned
over the handlebars of my BMW R65 "S".
The FirstGear women's
mesh pants are available in women's sizes from 6 to 16.
I ordered a size 12, and based on this example,
I'd say that they run true to size, with a couple of exceptions.
It would be nice if the waist was adjustable. The
pants have some elastic on either side, but there
are no waist tabs or
any way to tighten the waist if desired.
have different proportions than
men, and if you have a small waist with a larger than normal backside, the non-adjustability of the
waist will leave the top of the pants feeling like
they're a bit loose. This isn't really a problem,
especially if the jacket is attached, but without the
jacket, the pants can look like they don't quite fit.
The other problem is with
the length of the legs. It seems as if the pants are about 25-50mm (1-2")
short, at least for my 5'8" (172.75cm) height. Perhaps
I'm taller than normal, but the other motorcycle riding
pants that I own all have an extra few inches of
material at the end of the leg.
extra length is necessary in motorcycle pants because
the pants will ride up when the legs are bent. I wear motorcycle riding boots and
I insert the cuff inside the boot, so a shorter leg
length isn't really
noticeable, but the pants could stand to be a bit
longer, at least for my height and size.
than that, they fit very nicely in the hips and thighs,
and they are very comfortable. The pants don't
have the same open mesh fabric as the jacket, and
there are sections of the pants that don't let as
much air through, but they are cool enough in all
conditions except maybe when riding behind a full
fairing or when riding as a passenger.
The knees have a flexible
bunched material that gives them added flexibility and
probably a little bit of extra protection. There is some
very thin padding in each knee, but I
guess it's better than nothing. There's virtually no
padding in the hips other than three little raised
Nevertheless, I think
these pants would still protect against road rash better
than a pair of jeans. They use 500 denier nylon,
which is about the average thickness or weight for textile motorcycle apparel.
And just like in the men's version, adding any armor
would probably ruin the ability for the pants to
The waist closes with a
combination of a metal hook and a metal snap. This
is a nice arrangement that offers the best of both
worlds by providing a secure fastening capability.
The elastic panels in the waist help to keep the pants
comfortable -- I wish all manufacturers would add some
elastic in the waist.
There are two horizontal
pockets up high on the front of the waist that close with zippers.
Each pocket is about 100mm (4") wide by 16cm (6-1/4")
deep. There's also a small pocket over the right
thigh, it has a 90mm opening and it's 12cm deep. I
guess this one could be used for toll booth change, but
you'd have to take your gloves off to get into it.
gave me a tip once to carry my toll booth change in a
small change purse. If you hand the entire purse
to the tool booth attendant, most of them will gladly
take the correct toll amount and hand you back the
This solves the problem of fumbling around
for the correct change and taking the chance of dropping
it or your glove, Dropping a glove probably means
you'll have to dismount, which is not advised while in a
The pants also have some
flexible fabric in back of the knee, which also helps to
make them more comfortable. And the leg zippers
are located on the back side of the leg, which is a great idea, because this
prevents the zipper from getting squeezed by the boot
and chafing my ankle like other brands of pants that I
The alternative to riding in very hot weather is wearing
unsafe clothing, like a T-shirt or lightweight jacket
and jeans, or not riding at all. These garments
provide a minimum amount of protection for those very
hot days, but they're so comfortable, I wish I could
wear them all year long.
It would be nice if they
offered a bit more protection by having thicker panels
or CE-approved armor, but that would probably compromise
their ability to keep the rider cool in hot weather.
The combination of the FirstGear mesh pants and jacket
make for a very comfortable riding outfit. The
price is very reasonable, and I offer my congratulations
to FirstGear in providing a better choice for women
FirstGear Women's Hypertex Meshtex Jacket Review
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Women's Mesh Motorcycle Pants
From: New Enough
Suggested Retail Price: Jacket $139.95; Pants $139.95
Sizes: 6 - 16
in: Jacket - Viet Nam. Pants -
Comments: It doesn't get much cooler than
this. Excellent air flow in jacket, pants aren't quite
as cool if riding behind a fairing. Both the jacket
and pants are very comfortable. Jacket runs true to
size; pants seem a touch short. Jacket zips to pants.
zippers on rear of leg for more comfort when tucked into
is thin and is not CE-approved. No zipper pulls on
pockets. FirstGear has added a windproof liner that
adds to versatility.
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