MC Tested

One handy pair of pants

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Zach Bow­man

Bow­man falls in love with trousers, Wa­heed gets grippy, and Can­tle writes a book re­port

STYLISH, COM­FORT­ABLE GEAR can make the difference be­tween leav­ing your bike in the shed and gam­bling against the rain clouds for a bet­ter ride to work. Such is the case with these pants. Heavy 11.5-ounce cot­ton twill feels sturdy, and a para-aramid liner backs up the de­sign with real pro­tec­tion. We like the re­mov­able CE Level 2 Smooth Ways ar­mor in the hips and knees, as well as the dap­per quilt­ing over the thigh. Func­tional touches like strate­gic suede pan­els and the wa­ter­proof YKK zip­per are nice too—though the lat­ter may be overkill, be­cause un­sealed pock­ets don’t do much to keep wa­ter out.

A Heavy cot­ton, suede, and re­mov­able ar­mor work to make a new fa­vorite pair of pants.

$325 fu­el­mo­tor­cy­

Ac­cor­dion pan­els above the knee and be­low the rear waist give the pants ex­cel­lent ar­tic­u­la­tion too. The straight leg cut of­fers a wide-enough open­ing to cover most rid­ing boots but can eas­ily be stuffed into tall up­pers if you pre­fer. Com­bined, the re­sult is a pair of rid­ing pants that feel great on the bike and off, hand­some, well-con­structed, and featuring le­git­i­mate pro­tec­tion, all with­out look­ing like they hail from the year 3000.

Our com­plaints are mi­nor and hinge on the Vel­cro clo­sure for the knee ar­mor. More of­ten than not, it pulls open in a good tuck. The pads stay put well enough, though. Fuel sells the Sergeant pants in black or waxed cot­ton for 315 euro, but the Sa­hara color seen here is the cheap­est of the bunch, set­ting you back 275 euro— or about $325. Cheap money for a piece of kit that makes you want to ride all that much more.

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