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I plan on purchasing my riding boots and pants soon. I have alread picked out my boots (Alpinestar Ridge here, but I need some suggestions for pants. Here is what I am looking for..
1. I need them to be able to go OVER my regular pants for work/school/ etc.
2. I would prefer them to have some kinda of armor protection, or leather if possible.
3. It would be better if they were perforated for summer time use as I could still use them in the fall and winter.

PLease give any suggestions you may have and also let me know about the boots i chose.

Thanks
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You're asking for quite a bit out of one pair of pants. I don't think I've ever seen any leather pants with armor that can be used as an overpant. In fact, the only leather overpants that I've ever seen look like chaps (no armor).

As far as textile, FirstGear offers the HT Air Overpants. They have a removeable liner that makes them "waterproof" and windproof. They armor that comes with them are just foam and only in the knees. You have to purchase additional armor if you want CE armor in the knees and hips.

http://www.newenough.com/firstgear_ht_air_overpants_page.htm

Gericke offers the Cargo Overpants, which is simply an upgraded version of the FirstGear HT Air Overpants. These pants offer CE armor in the knees, but the hip armor has to be purchased separately.

http://www.newenough.com/hein_gericke_cargo_overpants_page.htm

Joe Rocket offers a set of overpants (Ballistic), but they get very warm in the summer and only have foam-type armor.

http://www.newenough.com/joe_rocket_ballistic_4point0_pants_page.htm

As far as boots, your best bet is to shop around and try some on. Different brands come sized differently and if you have wide feet (like myself), your options might be limited.

Good luck.
 

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thanks man... thats acutally a good start. I know I should go in and try some boots on, but i feel bad when I don't buy b/c I can get a better deal online. Not to mention tthe bike shops around here seem to have this tendance to price gouge.
 

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thanks man... thats acutally a good start. I know I should go in and try some boots on, but i feel bad when I don't buy b/c I can get a better deal online. Not to mention tthe bike shops around here seem to have this tendance to price gouge.
You shouldn't feel bad. If they are jacking up their prices, then you have no obligation to buy from them. I'd buy from a local place if the price was a little higher as long as they had good customer service. Otherwise, I don't have a problem getting the right size, then ordering it online.
 
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