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The Best Textile Motorcycle Pants


Priced under $300.

Klim Switchback Cargo Pants


Priced $300 - $500.

Rev’It! Sand 4 H2O


Priced $500+.

REV’IT! Dominator 2 GTX
BILT Storm 2 WP

Key Specs

• Waterproof lining

• Removable insulated liner with full circumference zipper at waist

• 100% waterproof lining with taped seams

• Elasticated waist with adjustable hook and loop side belts

• 2 zippered hand warmer pockets

• 6" YKK Vislon connection zipper to connect to matching BILT Storm 2 jacket

• Full length side zipper

• YKK zippers throughout

Protection & Safety

• Reinforced 1200D Oxford material at seat, knees and hips

• CE Level 1 knee armor

• Pockets for optional hip armor (sold separately)

Scorpion EXO Seattle

Key Specs

• Full length YKK urethane coated zippers

• Internal zipper gusset for added waterproof protection

• Removable Ever-Heat liner with full length zippers

• Dual waist adjustment tabs

• Stretch rib gussets above knees

• Two external cargo pockets

• Large areas of NightViz reflective for added nighttime visibility

• Shockcord adjusters at bottom hem the help seal out elements

• 8” Jacket to Pant zipper

• Bottom hem can be raised 2”

Protection & Safety

• Durable 600D Polyester main body fabric and extra heavy duty 1680D Nylon knees

• Vertically adjustable Sas-Tec CE Level 2 armor at knees

• Pockets at hips have PE foam, but can accommodate optional Sas-Tec armor if extra protection is desired

Key Specs

• Karbonite Micromesh and nylon chassis

• DWR treatment

• D3O LP1 hip and knee armor (level 1)

• Armor can be removed while wearing pants

• Two zippered outer thigh vents

• 2 calf entry assist dual zippers

• Two front hand pockets

• Two rear pockets

• One zippered front thigh cargo pocket

• One double snap front thigh cargo pocket

• Adjustable bottom hem fastens down around ankle revealing 3M Scotchlite reflective material

Protection & Safety

• D3O LP1 armor, level 1, is located at the hip and the knee

The biggest bonus for this armor is that it can be removed while still wearing the Switchbacks, making them even more comfortable when not on your bike.


Key Specs

• Modular construction for optimal versatility

• Laminated DrystarXF membrane provides superior breathability and waterproofing

• MATRYX panel for enhanced airflow and mechanical performance

• Rideknit panel for comfort and stretch zones for an optimized fit

• Elasticated back waist accordion incorporating waist volume adjusters for an optimized fit

• Ergonomically designed zippered front pockets for ease of use.

• Lower leg stretch accordion construction for the best fit and optimized comfort, regardless of the type of boot or shoe the rider is wearing

• Designed with a tailored, ergonomic fit to accommodate all riding movements

• Can wear in or out of boots

Protection & Safety

• Nucleon Flex Pro Knee Level 2 armor and Bio-Flex Hip armor included

• Reflective detail on the lower leg

• Aramid fiber Flynet leather panels for high abrasion resistance

• CE approved to pr-EN17092 as a Class AA garmentapered PE comfort foam for superior riding comfort.

Klim Induction Pants

Key Specs

• 500D Cordura bottom hem, inner boot panel, knees and seat

• Breathable stretch material upper seat, above knee, crotch gusset for mobility

• Perforated goat leather on inner knees for grip/protection

• 3M Scotchlite carbon black reflective material

• Entire pant is highly vented

• Karbonite mesh is open for exceptional airflow

• Moisture-wicking breathable mesh liner

• Zipper/snap adjustable cuff

Protection & Safety

• Industrial grade high-strength Karbonite mesh

• CE AA rated garment certified to EN 17092-3

• D3O CE Level 1 vented hip & knee armor

Key Specs

Protection Features:

• Outer shell: polyester ripstop | PWR|shell 1000D | PWR|shell stretch

• Insulation: detachable thermal liner

• Waterproofing: detachable Hydratex®|G-liner

• Breathability: detachable Hydratex®|G-liner

• Composition: 98% Polyester, 2% Polyamide

• Lining: 100% polyester

• Thermal liner: 100% polyester (insulation 100% polyester)

• Membrane: 100% polyurethane (tricot 100% polyamide)

• Protection: Seeflex CE Level 2 protection at knees, SeeSmart CE Level 1 type B hip protection (RV33)

• Visibility: laminated reflection on the calves

Ergonomic Features:

• Fit: tour fit

• Adjustability: adjustment strap at waist, adjustment tab at ankles, 3 position adjustable knee armor

• Ventilation: VCS I zippers at upper legs

• Features: B-lock button closure | calf zippers | grip panel at seat | short and long connection zipper | stretch

• Pockets: slit pocket | waterproof stash pocket

Protection & Safety

• 1000D ripstop polyester shell allows for maximum abrasion resistance possible

• Seeflex and SeeSmart armor is flexible for comfort, yet will take an impact without transferring the shock to the rider

• Ventilation is on the top inside of the thighs, so that there are no weak points on the outside of the legs where abrasion is most likely to occur


Key Specs

• Outer Shell: PWRshell stretch, PWRshell ripstop stretch, cowhide

• Insulation: Detachable thermal liner

• Waterproofing & Breathability: Waterproof

• Composition: 45% Leather, 45% Polyester, 8% Polyamide, 2% Elastane

• Lining: Mesh

• Fit: Touring, regular

• Adjustability: Adjustment strap, adjustment tab

• Ventilation: Air outlet, VCS aquadefence, ventilation panels

• Features: Safety stitching, adjustable protector pockets, cuff zipper, detachable storm collar, short and long connection zipper, soft edge collar, stretch, v-flap at cuff

• Pockets: Internal pocket within thermal liner, inner pockets, slit pockets

Protection & Safety

• Protection:

Seeflex CE level 2 protection at knee

Seesmart CE level 1 hip protection

Safety seams

• Visibility: Laminated reflection

Klim Badlands Pro

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Laminate technology Guaranteed To Keep You Dry

Optimized 400D and 200D fabric layouts in main body and medium abrasion areas

• Custom-engineered variable-density Superfabric on knees

• 630D Karbonite ripstop on pocket and seat

• Leather on inner knees for grip and protection

• 3M Scotchlite reflective material

• Adjustable waist, knee, bottom hem

Leather on inner knees for grip and protection

• 6 vents total

• Internal moisture-wicking mesh Polygiene odor fighting for long trips

• 2 zippered cargo pockets

• External MOLLE-compatible thigh utility panel

Protection & Safety

• 3M Scotchlite reflective material on panels

• CE level 2 Klim D3O Aero Pro armor at hips, knees and tailbone

• Adjustable armor pockets

Klim Carlsbad

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex performance shell

• 630D Cordora twisted yarn overlays in abrasion zones

• FPL400 main chassis fabric

• Leather inner knees with DWR treatment, overlaid on inner leg panels for wear and heat resistance

• Black 3M Scotchlite industrial grade reflective materials for increased low-light visibility

• YKK zippers

• Glove-friendly zipper pulls

• 2 thigh intake vents

• 2 thigh exhaust vents

• Mapped mesh wicking liner with Cordura at inner knee and cuff for wear resistance

• Adjustable cuff design allows for boot and knee brace / guard access

• Jacket-to-pant zipper integration system

• 2 water-resistant storage pockets on thigh

• VELCRO® brand waist adjusters

• Articulated fit

Protection & Safety

• D3O CE Level 2 adjustable hip and knee armor included

• Klimatek™ cooling mesh liners at armor pockets

• CE AA certified to prEN 17092-3 garment certification

What are the advantages of textile motorcycle pants?

The biggest advantage of textile pants over other types is that they are very versatile and not particularly heavy. They can be used for cruiser riding to sport touring, and everything in between. They are also, depending on the material, more breathable and provide better ventilation than leather motorcycle pants.

What are some disadvantages of textile motorcycle pants?

Textile pants, due to the fact that the seat of the pants is in almost contact with your motorcycle and is rubbed around against the saddle, can wear down faster than a textile jacket. Many will last many years if well maintained, but over time they will not retain their shape as well as leather does. Textile pants are also a “modern” thing, and riders looking for a classic aesthetic might prefer riding jeans or an armored base layer instead.

How safe are textile motorcycle pants?

Textile pants are generally considered the second safest type of motorcycle pants, behind leather. This is because of modern innovations in textile materials allowing similar abrasion ratings as leather, and every pair of textile motorcycle pants comes with at least CE Level I kee armor and pockets for hip armor.

Are textile motorcycle pants the primary type of “Overpants?”

In general, yes, because mesh pants are designed to maximize airflow directly to the legs, and leather pants often fit a little snug. Overpants are motorcycle pants designed to be worn over regular pants, and because textile pants are often waterproof with a membrane, they will keep your normal clothes dry if it suddenly rains.

Are textile motorcycle pants suitable for commuting?

Very much so. Many can be worn over your regular work clothes, especially ones designed to be overpants. As well, with many ventilation options from zip-open or velcro-open vents, and often having breathable material along the inner thigh, they do not get overly hot, especially if you’re in crawling or stopped traffic.

What materials are textile motorcycle pants made of?

The three most common materials are polyester, ballistic nylon, and Cordura. These materials provide excellent abrasion resistance, often over 600D, with Cordura sometimes offering up to and over 1,000D. Stretch panels are either made from spandura or some type of polyester blend to provide abrasion resistance even in those areas.