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Teknic Supervent mesh motorcycle riding pants

Riding a motorcycle in hot weather fully geared up can sometimes be a little taxing.

In addition, unless I’m riding in cooler weather, I generally tend to feel a little hot in regular motorcycle riding pants.

And so, enter my search for a pair of ventilated hot weather motorcycle riding pants that would also offer a reasonable minimum level of protection.

The Teknic Supervent mesh motorcycle riding pants fit this requirement quite well. In fact they offer more of a hybrid construction, using mesh and Cordura.

Description: Hot weather mesh riding pants

Front:

  • Waist area including pockets: Cordura
  • Front of thigh and lower leg: Heavy duty nylon mesh
  • Knees: Cordura overlays and CE approved Knox KFP1 armor

Back:

  • Seat area and back of thigh to knee: Cordura
  • Lower leg: Heavy duty nylon mesh

Hips: thin, high density padding

Other features:

  • Anatomical pre-curved sport cut
  • Spandex panel from crotch down leg for improved comfort and mobility
  • Silver airmesh lining that is non-allergenic, and comfortable
  • Genuine YKK silver Nylon zippers
  • 8" zipper connector for jacket

What I found:

The Teknic Supervent mesh riding pants have been quite versatile and have worn well over time. Not only do I wear them in hot weather (a given), but I find motorcycle riding to be more comfortable when wearing them even in cooler weather. They have become my main riding pants for much of the summer riding season.

And so, I’ve been quite happy with them.

But there are 2 slight niggles that I wish to see done differently.

The Teknic Supervent mesh pants use CE approved Knox KFP1 armor for the knees. Though this armor is of high quality, I’m not convinced that it’s the best given the application. The Knox KFP1 protective armor is the flat, pancake-style of armor. As such, it tends to lay flat against the knee and resists bending around the top and sides to envelope the knee.

I’d expect its usefulnees to be much diminished during a get-off as it would be likely to easily shift. Also by essentially floating over the knee, it provides no lateral protection whatsoever.

One of the first things that I did was remove the Knox KFP1 armor and replace it with armor from my other riding pants that wraps around the knee. Not only is wrap-style armor more likely to protect the sides of the knee, but it is less likely to shift.

The other point, and one that puzzles me given the good quality level of these riding pants, is the miniscule 1.5 inch cinching strap on the waist. There is nothing else to ensure that the pants are snuggly fitted on the waist and hence, hold in place. Folded over on itself using Velcro, it allows approximately 1.5 inches of mating contact. Compared to the overall level of the pants, it just seems inadequate.

In fact, the first thing I did before wearing these pants was have a local seamstress install front snaps and a rear loop to allow me to use suspenders from my other pants.

Other than that, construction is solid and they have stood the test of mileage.







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