I started my pants search with Tourmaster and Fieldsheer but looked at some other stuff. Checked the VFR forum, the big catalog houses, etc... I get the Aerostitch catalog every year. I love it. If you ride a motorcycle, you need one. Even if you never buy anything it's a fantastic catalog. You really should buy something however, printing catalogs ain't free. So I took a look at the Aerostitch pants. They have a few options; the top of the line stuff is made in the U.S. I checked eBay for used stuff and there were a few that were close in size. DING, DING, red flag! Close in size, dumbass. Oh, yeah. Stop buying stuff that doesn't fit just 'cause it's cheap. O.K. maybe that's a bit harsh but you get the idea. So I took a step back and decided to take a close look at the good stuff and ask myself a few questions. Why do I want pants? Too keep my balls warm and dry mostly. Hmmm....well I guess chaps are out of the question. So I dug out the Aerostitch catalog and started looking. I gotta say, I've always thought I'd like to own one of their one-piece Roadcrafter suits. I figured I'd either bite the bullet and spend the money or just assume they are for the wealthy BMW guys. In the catalog I read "This is the original, classic design for everyday, any-distance commuting and touring." Well, that's pretty much what I just described my riding is. But, "I'll look like a goddamned Power Ranger", I thought. Then I remembered the guys I saw gearing up when I was leaving work on Saturday. Three guys, three Harley's. Two bandannas and a pair of chaps. That's not all they were wearing, thank God. I'm not going to go off on a diatribe about fashion versus practicality in this post. I've made it clear how I feel about chaps. So I'm thinking these guys are going to judge me? No offence but, fuck 'em. Maybe I will look ridiculous but that's subjective. This thing will protect me. It's got reflective bits so the dumb fuck in the cage who's sending a text might be a little distracted by the flash of light and decide to watch where he/she is going. It's got padding for the crash. It's got abrasion resistance for the crash. It's warm and waterproof to keep my balls warm and dry. It's bright-ass red so I'll look like a Power Ranger.
Oh, and it was on sale. I hope it fits.