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Aerostich Light Weight Utility Pants
- Product Review (submitted on June 25, 2013):
I've been ridding in a pair of BMW Summer pants pretty much year around for the past two plus years. I've told myself they'd be the perfect riding pants if only they were waterproof and had a gusseted crotch. Well, it seems Andy and the fine folks in Duluth heard my call and introduced their AD1 lightweight utility pants.
These pants seemed to meet all my requirements; I wanted a pair of riding pants that are light enough for the hot Texas summers but still loose enough for layering in the brutal Texas winter (insert sarcastic smile here). After speaking to the folks at Riders Warehouse I ordered the same waist size as my jeans. I went with the R length, a bit long off the bike, I have a 30" inseam, but just right when riding. Please note that I'm not using these as over-pants; I bought these to wear as riding pants with just enough room for fleece pants when it gets too cool.
As luck would have it I received these the day before I left for a trip to Knoxville. Riding in temperatures ranging from 61 to 97, I put in a total of 2175 miles in 4 days of riding. As a matter of reference I was riding a R12GS, so airflow was hindered only by the stock windscreen and rain protection was pretty much nil...
The pants were comfortable and kept me dry during a 30 minute Smokey Mountain down pour. The best endorsement I can give these pants is that once on the bike I didn't give them a second thought. Plain and simple, they were comfortable.
I don't know about the claim of using them as street pants off the bike, even with the armor removed the knees are just to bulbous for my taste. But that said I bought them to ride in, not as evening wear...
Coupled with my Darien jacket I'm feel I'm set for just about anything Mother Nature can dish out. As a bonus I can use the space previously reserved for rain pants for something more, ah... stimulating.