Frank Thomas Senegal Trousers - avoid
I bought a pair of these online from Earnshaws (Welcome to Earnshaws Motorcycle Dealers And Dainese Clothing Suppliers
) for my trip round Europe.
They arrived with a small area of stitching needing mending - I would have sent them back but being the disorganised muppet I am there wasn't time.
I wore them for a 4-month trip round Europe, most days, but frequently with waterproofs over the top as it pissed it down for about 50% of the trip! I binned them as soon as I got back - they were basically disintegrating!
- the stitching at the zip and the waist adjustment was starting to go - bear in mind I lost weight on the trip so they were under no strain at all
- the padding on the pockets for the knee pads was making a desperate bid for freedom as the fabric frayed into nothing
- two (fairly large) holes appeared in the backside where the stitching gave way - very glad I never had to test how it would have held up in a crash
- the fit wasn't great - knee pads not at the same height in each leg, so while the left one was fine the right caught on my kneecap when I walked; also the Frank Thomas hip-pads I bought to go with them only fitted in the pocket on one side not the other
I know they were relatively cheap (£80), and I wore them every day, but bear in mind that the Richa jacket I've owned for 2 years before the trip and also wore every day is showing no signs of wear whatsoever
(well, apart from going a bit purple in the sun).
I know others have liked these (I found enough good reviews to buy them myself after all) but I will be steering clear of Frank Thomas in future!