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Old 03-09-12, 06:22 PM
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Favorite Khaki Pants for Commuting

Does anyone have a favorite Khaki for Commuting?

Just curious what kind of casual clothes people ride in.

I'd love to find a nice gusset crotch khaki.
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I have made REI Adventures pants my virtual uniform. They are made of a "peached" nylon, so they look like normal khaki pants rather than the shiny, swishy fabric that is often used for "technical" clothing. There are two very discreet cargo pockets. I love having the extra room of cargo pockets, but I couldn't get by with normal cargo pockets because they just don't look professional enough. The crotch is gusseted, and I've worn them for long rides without ever noticing any hotspots from the seams. And the nylon doesn't retain moisture they way cotton does, so I don't come back to work after lunch with a sweaty butt.

I'm a lawyer, and these look professional enough that I can pair them with a button-down shirt and sports coat and wear them to court for many of my hearings. But they are still competent to ride around in or go for a hike after work. At $50, they are also a lot less expensive than the wool slacks that I would otherwise be wearing.

http://www.rei.com/product/784060/re...mens-32-inseam
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Take a look at Sierra Trading Post's website. I especially like the Columbia Sportswear convertible pants which you can easily turn into shorts. They are light, wicking, provide sun protection, dry very quickly, and have well placed and fastened pockets. The separation zippers are unnoticeable, and well above the knee, where they won't rub when pedaling.
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I don't know, but my wife pronounces khaki as cocky, me, I'm straight up kacky. You?
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I don't know, but my wife pronounces khaki as cocky, me, I'm straight up kacky. You?
From a southern boy's perspective, ya'll all speak funny in Boston.
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Old 03-09-12, 07:35 PM
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Don't have em but:
http://www.betabrand.com/bike-to-wor...ork-pants.html
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...cargo shorts...



...with Performance Polo (wicks away perspiration)...


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Old 03-10-12, 07:38 AM
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Any loose and soft cargo pants work for me as long as I wear unpadded or lightly padded biking shorts underneath to keep my stuff in place and to shield my butt from the seam in the middle of the pants. I also started using suspenders instead of a belt to keep the pants in place while on a bike, they work great off bike too.

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Old 03-10-12, 08:49 AM
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I just posted this in another thread, and it seems just as applicable here. And no, I don't work for Outlier.

http://shop.outlier.cc/shop/retail/4season-og-pant.html

I know these are expensive, but much less so when you consider:

1. They're so comfortable on and off the bike (temperature, stretch)
2. They're virtually waterproof.
3. They're virtually stain proof.
4. They're stink proof (rarely need washing; one pair will be enough unless you want to mix it up).
5. They look decent.
6. They show no apparent signs of cycling-related damage such as crotch erosion.

Btw Rapha has an equivalent line (though even more expensive) with a more khaki-like color:

http://www.rapha.cc/city-trousers/
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I'm a Cheap skate and destroy clothes at work. I spent the real money on a Good saddle (Brooks) and have not had any real complaints about what ever semi decent looking pants I can find on sale. I just make sure that the seams in the crotch are not overly thick. Good luck with Dockers on sale for $30. Old Navy Clearance sales for $20 for Cargo's. Summer I can wear shorts at work if I'm not going to be dealing with visitors (not common).
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North face Tekware are rugged.. but for Touring I got the Black ones ,

never had a Yacht club dress code job.. you wear the blue blazer on the bike too?

they, NF, sold Khaki ones too ..

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Originally Posted by profjmb View Post
I just posted this in another thread, and it seems just as applicable here. And no, I don't work for Outlier.

http://shop.outlier.cc/shop/retail/4season-og-pant.html

I know these are expensive, but much less so when you consider:

1. They're so comfortable on and off the bike (temperature, stretch)
2. They're virtually waterproof.
3. They're virtually stain proof.
4. They're stink proof (rarely need washing; one pair will be enough unless you want to mix it up).
5. They look decent.
6. They show no apparent signs of cycling-related damage such as crotch erosion.

Btw Rapha has an equivalent line (though even more expensive) with a more khaki-like color:

http://www.rapha.cc/city-trousers/
Those do indeed look good, but it's annoying that they don't offer any options for the inseam. I guess I'm too short for my waist. Damn size-ists.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
never had a Yacht club dress code job.. you wear the blue blazer on the bike too?
Actually, yes. Yes, I do. Though it is more likely to be a brown tweed.

Some of us have to wear big boy clothes to work. At least we're not trapped in a BMW.
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Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
Those do indeed look good, but it's annoying that they don't offer any options for the inseam. I guess I'm too short for my waist. Damn size-ists.
I have to get them shortened at my tailor/dry cleaner. No big deal.
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I love my Kuhl Crag Kanvas pants. Great look, lots of pockets, articulated knees, and a gusseted crotch. Wide thighs to fit cyclist legs. They wear very well, but run a tad small. So purchase a size larger.
http://www.zappos.com/kuhl-crag-kanvas-khaki



If you can do with one less pocket, the Kuhl Jeans are absolutely awesome. Unbelievably tough, but very light and breathable. They wick very well, and have the awesome Kuhl articulated knees and gusseted crotch. Wide thighs to fit cyclist legs. I could wear these pants in 95 degree weather, and not crave shorts. Like all Kuhl pants, they run small, so purchase a size larger.
http://www.zappos.com/kuhl-kuhl-jean-khaki~1

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Not exactly what OP wanted, but I find that khaki trekking shorts work great over underwear style bicycle shorts. They extend to the mid thigh, are fast drying, well ventilated but not baggy, and have small cargo pockets on the upper thigh. With an athletic t-shirt they look very casual for those times when you don't want to be instantly identified as a cyclist, like when you bike to a restaurant or the movies and don't want to go in spandex and a jersey.
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Old 03-11-12, 02:19 AM
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I'm gonna give these a shot. Seems like they would fit the bill nicely. Thanks for the suggestion and keep them coming

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I love my Kuhl Crag Kanvas pants. Great look, lots of pockets, articulated knees, and a gusseted crotch. Wide thighs to fit cyclist legs. They wear very well, but run a tad small. So purchase a size larger.
http://www.zappos.com/kuhl-crag-kanvas-khaki



If you can do with one less pocket, the Kuhl Jeans are absolutely awesome. Unbelievably tough, but very light and breathable. They wick very well, and have the awesome Kuhl articulated knees and gusseted crotch. Wide thighs to fit cyclist legs. I could wear these pants in 95 degree weather, and not crave shorts. Like all Kuhl pants, they run small, so purchase a size larger.
http://www.zappos.com/kuhl-kuhl-jean-khaki~1

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Check out Duluth Trading company website they have several styles of pant all with a gusseted crotch.
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Dickies 874. Cheap. No nonsense.Tough as hell. The poly/cotton blend doesn't hold moisture the way 100% cotton does. The Dickies logo is tacky though, so I remove that.
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Check out Duluth Trading company website they have several styles of pant all with a gusseted crotch.
I've got one pair of the firehose pants. They are very well made, nearly-bulletproof pants. Mine are the insulated model, intended for working outside in winter, so they are way too heavy for cycling. The cut on mine is fairly wide at the cuff, so you would have a lot of material to fold away and keep out of your chain. But otherwise, they are comfortable and offer good freedom of movement. I would give Duluth a thumbs up.
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Whatever poly/cotton Dickie type work pants I find at Salvation Army for $3.......
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Not exactly khaki pants but a co-worker swears by Diamond Gusset jeans.
They make a twill looking khaki and olive greeen "jean".
http://www.gussetclothing.com/dme.html
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I just wear dockers as long as it's less than 60 Degrees out. Above that I wear shorts & change at the office.
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I try not to wear khaki's on the bike because they will get a chain stain eventually. In any case the only khaki's I wear are the Rold Gold one's through Target. I never pay more than $10 for mine but that was a couple of years ago. I've got like six pairs and a couple of them are black khaki but I never seem to be wearing the black ones when I'm on the bike. Go figure.

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levi's commuters. they have jeans and trousers at this point. gusseted crotch, reflective, special odor/water resistant proofing, etc. they don't have a khaki in the trousers (yet), though.

http://us.levi.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=11844101
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