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The best laminated motorcycle trousers
The best laminated motorcycle trousers
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As with textile motorcycle jackets, the features and materials of laminated motorcycle trousers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with the latest laminated versions being the most recent example.

Most all-weather textiles use a combination of multiple layers, some of which are detachable, to provide different functions; typically, a tough, water-resistant outer shell, a waterproof inner layer (drop liner) and a thermal liner for warmth.

These can be very effective and have the extra advantage of being adaptable and versatile – their modular design lets you detach unnecessary layers depending on weather conditions. On the downside, repeatedly detaching/replacing layers can be inconvenient and, with all layers fitted, can be bulky.

Modern laminated motorcycle trousers simplify this by bonding the waterproof membrane to the outer shell providing a waterproof garment with fewer, less bulky layers and shedding water more effectively from the outer layer, so it absorbs less and hence, doesn’t become so cumbersome in wet weather and dries quickly, too. However, the downside is this process can make the garment more expensive.

So, what laminated motorcycle trousers are out there? What do you get for your money, and which should you go for? Here’s our pick of some of the current best to help you decide.

The best laminated motorcycle trousers

These laminated motorcycle trousers are from respected British brand Oxford and are the matching trousers to its affordable but advanced Mondial laminate textile jacket.

Like the jacket, they feature a hard-wearing nylon outer shell with a waterproof and breathable laminated ‘Dry2Dry’ membrane. There’s also a removable and washable ‘WarmDry’ thermal lining, zip-openable ventilation panels, water-resistant YKK zips, CE Level-1 knee armour with additional pockets for optional hip protectors and a 360° zip to join to the matching Mondial Advanced jacket.

Pros

  • Decent value
  • Highly rated
  • British brand

Cons

  • Functional rather than fashionable

Yes, these have a pretty hefty price tag, but they're also from leading French brand Bering, have a high specification and have been reduced by Sportsbikeshop from the usual RRP of £464.99, making them something of a bargain, too.

Like the equally-premium Rukkas, they’re made with Gore-Tex’s laminated waterproof and breathable membrane, have a removable thermal lining, adjustable bottom leg length, CE-approved knee protectors, have 3M reflective details to aid visibility, and attaching zip and two external pockets.

Pros

  • Gore-Tex laminated shell
  • Respected brand
  • Quality features

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
Price: £716.49

As with the Rukka laminated textile jacket, the Kallavesi jeans are anything but cheap. But then famed Finnish brand Rukka is also one of the most highly regarded textiles manufacturers around and its Kallavesi trousers are one of its premium products.

Despite the price, they’re very highly rated by buyers, feature a Gore-Tex Pro 3 laminated construction, are windproof, waterproof yet breathable, have Armacor strengthening on the knees and elsewhere and D3O knee, shin and hip armour. There’s even Rukka’s ‘AirCushion’ system in the seating area for optimum comfort while riding.

Pros

  • Top quality specification
  • Gore-Tex Pro lamination
  • Fabulous comfort and quality

Cons

  • The price

These are quality, tough and versatile textile jeans designed for year-round use. They're also packed with the latest technological advances and features: a durable textile construction with stretch Cordura panels; a waterproof 'Aquashell' laminated shell, a detachable thermal liner; fully waterproof zipped ventilation panels; stretch panels at the upper knee and back for optimum comfort; D3O knee armour; pockets for optional hip armour; two external pockets and a connecting zip to join to Richa's matching jacket.

Pros

  • Packed with the latest features
  • Rugged, durable construction
  • Mid-range price

Cons

  • Braces not an option

Another pair of quality, all-season, laminated motorcycle trousers but this time at an affordable mid-point price. Made by respected brand Weise, the Outlast is the matching trouser to their Outlast jacket and similarly features a polyester outer shell, laminated waterproof and breathable lining, removable 'Outlast' quilted thermal lining, CE-approved knee and hip armour, two zippable thigh vents and a connecting zip to the matching jacket.

It’s good quality, decently priced and highly rated, too.

Pros

  • Quality – at a mid-point price
  • Plenty of features
  • Matching jacket

Cons

  • Not the most exciting design

Another quality, mid-range set of laminated motorcycle jeans, this time from Italian brand Spidi. The Traveller 3 is designed for year-round use and features a high-strength Polyester 1000 shell with a two-layer waterproof, windproof yet breathable laminated membrane, a removable 100g thermal lining and Warrior armour on the hips and knees.

There are zippable vents in both thighs for optimum temperature control, three external pockets, 3M Scotchlite reflective areas to aid visibility and a full-length zip for connecting to a matching jacket

Pros

  • Year-round suitability
  • Durable construction
  • Triple pockets

Cons

  • Only black at this price

Another pair of laminated motorcycle trousers designed to go with a matching jacket' but this time from Italian brand Dainese. These stylish, slimline pants are made from Dainese's in-house abrasion-resistant 'D-Stone' fabric with its 'D-Dry' waterproof and breathable laminated membrane.

There’s also a removable thermal lining, numerous stretch panels for optimum fit and comfort, two outer pockets, CE-approved armour in the knees, an adjustable waist and an attachment system for joining to the equally stylish matching Tonale jacket.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Respected brand
  • Slimline fit

Cons

  • Fairly pricey

iXS is renowned for its solid quality and provision for women riders, as these laminated, women's cut textile jeans proves. They're slim-cut and stylish, have a hard-wearing polyamide outer construction with a waterproof and breathable two-layer laminate and there's a removable quilted lining for cold days.

For comfort, there are stretch panels on the crotch and back of knees, an integrated waist belt, an anti-slip seat pad, adjustable CE Level-2 knee armour, two pockets and a connecting zip to attach to a matching jacket.

Pros

  • Bespoke ladies fit
  • Quality construction
  • Stretch panels and adjustability

Cons

  • Less well known than some

Another set of laminated textile jeans designed specifically for women riders, but this time at an even more affordable price. They feature a polyester and polyamide shell with a 500D fabric two-layer laminate membrane that is claimed to be waterproof, windproof and breathable; there are CE-certified knee protectors, zippable vents in the thighs, two zipped external pockets and an adjustable waistband and belt.

There’s also a short connecting zip for attachment to a matching FLM jacket.

Pros

  • Decent value
  • Bespoke women’s fit
  • Adequate features

Cons

  • Not the most stylish or well-known

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