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Mesh Pants recommendation Needed

I live in HOT sunny Florida. I still ride in full gear for safety. I find that my BLACK mesh pants still make me hot even though they breathe. Does anyone have a recommendation for some comfortable well ventilated mesh pants that are a lighter color. Black just absorbs way too much sunshine.

Yeah, I know it's winter. I'm enjoying the cooler weather, but it won't last long.
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Sweat or no sweat I recommend leather. It's the best protection. Sweat or blood...you choose.



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Leathers isn't the answer for everything. When you ride in 90+ weather, especially when it's humid, you have high risk of dehydration. That would be worse than the probability of crashing.

There are mesh and then there are mesh. If one can swing 350-greenbacks, I recommend the BMW Venting Machine mesh pants. The mesh material is made out of serious heavy duty cordura and not the cheap, light stuff that one sees from First Gear or Joe Rocket. Naturally, you pay for what you get. Alas, the Venting Machine comes only in black.

Black isn't all that bad when it comes to pants. I wear my mesh pants in Phoenix during the summer and it doesn't get much hotter than that.

Actually the First Gear HT mesh pants isn't too bad. My last crash, I slid on my chest for probably 15-yards and the pants didn't have any tears at the knees at all. But the knee is reinforced with solid nylon though. I don't know how the mesh sides would have faired.

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what if you just wore some of that under armour hot weather gear under the mesh to wick away moisture? would that help?

when you turn your bike on, does it return the favor?



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I have the Fieldsheer Titanium mesh pants in black with armor knees and hips. The problem with mesh pants is that most of the mesh that keeps you cool is on the thighs. But my thighs are horizontal when on the bike so there is little air flow through the mesh. And I don't wear expensive Under Armor, but my bicycle shorts which wicks-away sweat.
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With a blue jacket, those would be smurfy!

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Sweat or no sweat I recommend leather. It's the best protection. Sweat or blood...you choose.
If you rode in Arkansas summers, you'd probably change your mind about that.

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what if you just wore some of that under armour hot weather gear under the mesh to wick away moisture? would that help?
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what if you just wore some of that under armour hot weather gear under the mesh to wick away moisture? would that help?
The UA stuff helps a lot even when you're in full leathers and with the vents unzipped. With mesh gear, I don't think that you need UA stuff, the wind zips right through and keep everything fairly dry. Of course when you're in a very humid area, it doesn't work as well as in a dry air area, but it still helps quite a bit. Some of the mesh pants have solid nylon or cordura at the knees and at the hips, so you don't get a lot of air flow at that area, but the rest are pretty well ventilated.

I usually break out the mesh stuff when the temp gets higher than 90-F. Interestingly enough, many a long distance riders don't suggest mesh gears when riding through extremely hot desert areas like Phoenix, Tucson, California's Mojave desert, etc. Their notion is that mesh gear allows too much ventilation and blows away all your sweat and make you sweat more than you would if you're trenched in sweat but with a trickle of vented air to keep you cool. I don't know about that theory, but I wear mesh when I ride to Phoenix in the summer. I just drink a whole bunch of water at every gas stop, which is every hour and a half anyway.

I haven't worn mesh in 90+ humid air, so I don't know.

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Interestingly enough, many a long distance riders don't suggest mesh gears when riding through extremely hot desert areas like Phoenix, Tucson, California's Mojave desert, etc. Their notion is that mesh gear allows too much ventilation and blows away all your sweat and make you sweat more than you would if you're trenched in sweat but with a trickle of vented air to keep you cool. I don't know about that theory, but I wear mesh when I ride to Phoenix in the summer.
Yup. When the air temp exceeds your normal body temp, the breeze through mesh gear will heat you up instead of cool you down. At that point, you are better off in non-ventilated gear and keeping yourself doused with water underneath. Just like sweat, the evaporation of the water will keep you cool. You can buy water bottles with sprayers and neckerchiefs that soak up lots of water from places like Aerostich.

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The UA stuff helps a lot even when you're in full leathers and with the vents unzipped. With mesh gear, I don't think that you need UA stuff, the wind zips right through and keep everything fairly dry. Of course when you're in a very humid area, it doesn't work as well as in a dry air area, but it still helps quite a bit. Some of the mesh pants have solid nylon or cordura at the knees and at the hips, so you don't get a lot of air flow at that area, but the rest are pretty well ventilated.

I usually break out the mesh stuff when the temp gets higher than 90-F. Interestingly enough, many a long distance riders don't suggest mesh gears when riding through extremely hot desert areas like Phoenix, Tucson, California's Mojave desert, etc. Their notion is that mesh gear allows too much ventilation and blows away all your sweat and make you sweat more than you would if you're trenched in sweat but with a trickle of vented air to keep you cool. I don't know about that theory, but I wear mesh when I ride to Phoenix in the summer. I just drink a whole bunch of water at every gas stop, which is every hour and a half anyway.

I haven't worn mesh in 90+ humid air, so I don't know.
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Yup. When the air temp exceeds your normal body temp, the breeze through mesh gear will heat you up instead of cool you down. At that point, you are better off in non-ventilated gear and keeping yourself doused with water underneath. Just like sweat, the evaporation of the water will keep you cool. You can buy water bottles with sprayers and neckerchiefs that soak up lots of water from places like Aerostich.
I read somewhere (maybe an Iron Butt website???) about a guy who put handfuls of icecubes in all his pockets before he left when riding in 110+ degree weather in Texas... Ice keeps you cool, melts, then the watter keeps you cool...
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Thanks for all the replies!

The ice cubes sounds like fun. It might even draw some attention when people see me fill 'er up with fresh ice...

Well, maybe I'll stick with the mesh pants and leave it at that. Actually, I have thought about wetting (and re-wetting) down my shirt for summer riding.

The thought of leathers makes me want to give up riding altogether. I would probably not be able to retain control of the bike with that level of overheating and discomfort. So, for me it would be more dangerous than riding naked.

I already wear a mesh jacket and pants year round. It really helps. Temps here are generally low nineties during the summer. Of course, it gets hotter over the asphalt. Humidity is very high. Still, I find that the air flow through the mesh helps. For me, it's also part of the fun.

I already have black mesh pants. My issue is that I can feel my legs cooking in the sun. When I'm not riding, I've learned to wear light colors in the sun because I can really feel the difference in heat absorbtion.

So, I might check out the Fieldsheer pants unless someone else has another suggestion for light colored mesh pants.

Thanks again all for all the ideas.
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Thanks for all the replies!

The ice cubes sounds like fun. It might even draw some attention when people see me fill 'er up with fresh ice...

Well, maybe I'll stick with the mesh pants and leave it at that. Actually, I have thought about wetting (and re-wetting) down my shirt for summer riding.

The thought of leathers makes me want to give up riding altogether. I would probably not be able to retain control of the bike with that level of overheating and discomfort. So, for me it would be more dangerous than riding naked.

I already wear a mesh jacket and pants year round. It really helps. Temps here are generally low nineties during the summer. Of course, it gets hotter over the asphalt. Humidity is very high. Still, I find that the air flow through the mesh helps. For me, it's also part of the fun.

I already have black mesh pants. My issue is that I can feel my legs cooking in the sun. When I'm not riding, I've learned to wear light colors in the sun because I can really feel the difference in heat absorbtion.

So, I might check out the Fieldsheer pants unless someone else has another suggestion for light colored mesh pants.

Thanks again all for all the ideas.
I've heard of the wetting the Tshirt method. I've never done it, myselft...but I hear it works pretty well.



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I think that it sounds better than wetting my pants.

I guess that it all depends...
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I wear a mesh jacket when I ride in the summers. On long rides a wet t shirt really helps, I just have to remember a dark colored one! haha. I wouldn't like mesh pants..it seems like something between leather and mesh would be ideal. I'd think my legs would bake in the sun. I'm another Phoenix resident though so I don't know about the humidity.

When I ride motocross I wear under armour type shorts which helps but I've never tried the ice thing. Maybe that'd be good for the jacket too..I've got those little pockets on the inside..
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I wear a mesh jacket when I ride in the summers. On long rides a wet t shirt really helps, I just have to remember a dark colored one! haha. I wouldn't like mesh pants..it seems like something between leather and mesh would be ideal. I'd think my legs would bake in the sun. I'm another Phoenix resident though so I don't know about the humidity.

When I ride motocross I wear under armour type shorts which helps but I've never tried the ice thing. Maybe that'd be good for the jacket too..I've got those little pockets on the inside..
wet t-shirt, huh...


ah forget it.
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wet t-shirt, huh...


ah forget it.
More huh?

Well, I actually don't wear t-shirts, I usually wear a tank top. For women, pouring water down the front works really well
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Well, I actually don't wear t-shirts, I usually wear a tank top. For women, pouring water down the front works really well
nah i leave the to the other guys. I've got no problem's in that department.
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nah i leave the to the other guys. I've got no problem's in that department.
Right then

Anyways, back to the original post. What about something like the Joe Rocket Ballistic pants but in a different color? I kinda think something like that but a little more ventilated would be best..mesh isn't all that durable sometimes.
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I wear the Fieldsheer mesh jacket and pantses when it's really hot. I just bought a new "cool vest" that you soak in water, wring out and wear under your jacket. Haven't tried it yet but the reviews I have read said it's good for about 5 hours. I'll post back up once I've tried it out.

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