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help finding riding pants for wife with beautiful curves

I just want to be as safe as possible and I cannot find adventure riding pants to fit my wife that aren't black. We ride in the heat a lot and black has been a killer. I am sure I cannot be the first to have trouble. Oddly enough the Fly Racing Street Butane Women's Overpants in xtra large fit her( but they are only in black). but the 2x in Sedici Alexi 2 Mesh Women's Pant will not. any advice on where to look? I am about to give up.
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Generally I would look at Rukka - known and highly rated providers of adventure touring gear, come in men and women's cut, and in large sizes.

FC-Moto.de has a great filtering system, start here: https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf...proof+Membrane

Specifically the Modeka Belastar women's pants come in light grey or white, and seem to have big sizes available. I've used Modeka gear and it's good stuff, high value for money, if not on the same level as Dainese or such.

On the US market side: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ku_id=10022939
I own a pair of Revit Philly riding jeans and they've been great.
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MODEKA you will find here:
https://modeka.de/en/
https://modeka.de/de/produkte/women/...touring/hosen/

Its a good value for the money and they have interesting stuff for girls too.
But I don't know if you can find this brand in the US.

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MODEKA you will find here:
https://modeka.de/en/
https://modeka.de/de/produkte/women/...touring/hosen/

Its a good value for the money and they have interesting stuff for girls too.
But I don't know if you can find this brand in the US.
looks great but no shipping to usa?
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@size: Usually i have XL and from Modeka i have XXL, because of the removable winter lining.
But they will advice you on the phone or email.
https://modeka.de/en/size-chart/
Damen = woman

@shipping

No idea, if they ship to the USA. (I don`t work at this company)


I contacted the company by e-mail a couple of years ago.
The support was verry friendly and helpful. My feeling was like running by a family driven company.


Maybe you can ask by mail?

(many companies in german are speaking english - so don't worry)

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How about going down a completely different route?

For my next long trip I am considering going back to something similar to what I was using way back when - namely riding jeans. I got the first one that was introduced in the market - shapeless pants with very hot kevlar all around, and protector inserts that were finicky to put in and take out, that were uncomfortable and never stayed in place, etc - but still pretty practical and comfortable under many conditions (and uncomfortable in others). But things have come a long way since then.

Rokkertech (rokker) riding jeans are single layer. They look and feel exactly like regular jeans, but are stronger than both leather and cordura - and every inch of the pant is made of this stuff.

Rather than using the insert protectors, I use external knee and shine protectors that go on the outside of the pant and inside the boot. Not only does this provide superior knee and leg protection compared to pads, but it also means they can be quickly removed kerb side, without having to pull down one's pants. Further, I can sit on my knees and work on my bike without getting my pants dirty. The external protectors are also far more comfortable, and they stay in place.

I opted not to go for a waterproof pant, but carry a rain pant I can easily slip on and off for those wet or cold days.

I've opted not to use the hip protector inserts. On rides where I feel I need the additional protection, I use an MX mesh short that go over my underpants. Not only does it provide a more comfortable and secure fit for the protectors, but it also provides a tail bone protection in addition to superior hip protection.

It is extremely convenient being able to stroll around in the world, and eat at restaurants - in the same gear you ride in.

If she fits into typical make or female jean models, then this might be a solution for her?
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It is extremely convenient being able to stroll around in the world, and eat at restaurants - in the same gear you ride in.
The other convenient thing is to not care about what people at the next table think of you. I've walked into nice downtown restaurants in European city centers in my riding gear and... nobody chased me away.

I own a pair of Revity Philly jeans - aramid fibers in the denim (plus a bit of kevlar where needed), very thin Ceesmart armor on the knees and hips. Yeah, they're very nice, and are my primary choice for day rides. But for long-distance touring, I would much rather have dedicated textile moto pants, and a pair of jeans or thin hiking pants to change into when I am off the bike for the day.
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Being budget minded I don't want to spend on the textile stuff that comes in colours other than black, so I use cheap-ish pale blue riding jeans in hot weather (regularly 35-40º, a few times at 45º but that's only been for a day or so) and then I throw on army surplus goretex in the wet.

Single-layer trousers, for me at least, aren't suitable for long distances - it rubs badly. Budget moto jeans with the extra kevlar just on the skicky-outy bits are the comfiest for me without being too hot. Also, I use the older style foam armour which has holes in it for better ventilation there.
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When I bought some Hood jeans my wife made it clear that she did not like the cut of them one bit. So I bought a pair of normal Wrangler jeans, which she does like the cut of, and got a lady, not my wife, who sews to transfer them across - the transfer cost about £20 and they have gone into another pair of jeans again since them. They look like normal black jeans even with the armour in.

In really hot weather I just pore water onto the jeans and the evaporation cools me down nicely and an hour later when I get home the jeans are dry again.
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Another option is to use kevlar underpants like those from Bowtex. They come with protective inserts as well. You could wear any pair of regular jeans over them and carry waterproof overpants for when it rains.
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