View Full Version : In or Out?

02-05-2013, 11:58 AM
I've been getting by with my double-knee Carhartts for the past couple of seasons. But they're done and gone and it's time to buy actual moto pants.

For trail only I was thinking outside the boot pants, which is also the only thing I can find that has pockets (and I'd like to have pockets).

Other opinions? Thought I'd make it a poll of what everyone's wearing for trail use. If you wear motocross/inside the boot pants, you just don't have cameras and maps and stuff in your pockets?

02-05-2013, 12:05 PM
I've got both but prefer outside the boot. Pockets & less debris down the boots. A couple pairs have the zip-off legs. Done it a few times but generally just leave them on.

02-05-2013, 01:35 PM
Every time I ride I wish I had pockets, so if you find a pair you like then I'd vote for pockets. I don't know of any advantages for inside vs. outside the boot, although maybe for woods riding you might snag/rip a pant leg if it was outside.

02-05-2013, 01:44 PM
I've noticed some wear on my boots from rubbing against the crankcase etc., so I was thinking that maybe the pants wouldn't last very long if they were outside the boot. That was one of my concerns I was hoping someone could answer.

J Kimmel
02-05-2013, 01:59 PM
I ride in the boot, all of them. Not really any preference that's just what I got :shrug: I really don't ever carry a camera except the one on my phone and it along with maps and bars and tools and stuff goes in my pack :)

Uncle Ben
02-05-2013, 02:01 PM

02-05-2013, 02:18 PM
My setup uses inside the boot pants that fit over my jumbo knee protectors. Keeping mud and dirt out of the knee protectors keeps them moving freely, and I don't have to clean them. A pocket or two would be nice but I keep all of my pocket stuff in an Ogio vest which also carries a water bladder.

Over the boot pants seem to be more common for on road riding where keeping rain water out of your boots would be important. I haven't flood my boots yet crossing a river but at that point, over-boot or in-boot pants probably don't matter much.

02-05-2013, 02:24 PM
I vote for over the boot and then get some gators :hill:

Keeps your boots from getting worn, keeps the pants from getting worn, you'd get pockets, and maybe your boots wouldn't flood.

Disclaimer: I haven't owed a bike, pants, boots, etc. in 15+ years

02-05-2013, 02:55 PM

You're so helpful UB :rolleyes: :D

02-05-2013, 03:51 PM
Do the over the boot pants also have the velcro for the hip pads? Would be nice to have a pocket, but not at the expense of getting a leg caught up in the kick starter or something. I dunno, I only have one pants and it's in the boot.

02-05-2013, 04:10 PM
Thanks UB for breaking the ice.:hill:

I ride like Ponch and Jon.

Uncle Ben
02-05-2013, 04:23 PM
How about one in and one out?

Uncle Ben
02-05-2013, 04:29 PM

02-05-2013, 04:55 PM
Looks like Ponch and Jon go for in the boot.

Kevin..... I don't know what to say.

02-05-2013, 07:02 PM
Left side over the boot. Right side in the boot. Stops the exhaust from melting the pants until I get around to making a heat shield. I LOVE my Klim Dakar pant. Over the boot is way better in wet or stream crossings. Pockets for phone and food while riding.


02-05-2013, 08:04 PM
Just got motopants that are outies. Much better.

02-05-2013, 08:16 PM
Thanks Far, I was looking at those

02-06-2013, 09:42 AM
Ugh... I ordered a pair of outies last night. Thanks, Subzali! :rant:

02-06-2013, 09:57 AM
the in ones fit tight against my knee/shin guards but don't melt on exhaust. they don't have pockets.

the outies seem nice but will probably melt on exhaust... but they have pockets. they also work a bit better at keeping water out in splashing situations like Farnham said.

02-06-2013, 09:59 AM
Maybe we just need someone with a heavy duty sewing machine to add a couple of cargo pockets to our in-boot mx pants.

02-06-2013, 10:30 AM
or burn proof the outies.

02-06-2013, 07:01 PM
As was mentioned above, check out the Klim pants, they have inside the boot, which I prefer, but also include pockets, which I also wanted. They are the only brand I found that had pockets on inside boot style pants. I just picked up a pair a few weeks ago. Haven't even had a chance to try them out yet.

05-22-2013, 09:57 AM
Any further opinions on this? I like the Klim Mojave (outtie with pockets) and Dakar, looking at others too...

05-22-2013, 10:32 AM
I got the Dakars on a bunch of recommendations and love them.

05-22-2013, 01:16 PM
I've got the Dakars as well and have used them both inside and outside the boot. They are designed for outside the boot but fit inside ok.

05-22-2013, 02:28 PM
rockymountainatvmc doesn't have the Dakar in my size, and only a blue Mojave in a size that I think might fit me. I'm going to try it.

06-17-2013, 02:14 PM
Tried my Mojave pants yesterday, they worked pretty well. I liked the pockets low on my thigh, it was handy for accessing the maps and camera(s). However there was a problem. There is leather on the inner part of the pant, but apparently not enough. I burned through the nylon within an inch of the edge of the leather. I was worried about that because my boots have quite a bit of wear on them from rubbing against the bike/exhaust on the right side. So I'll either need to reinforce the pants with extra leather or try to nurse them until I can figure out a better pant.

Dang. Was worried about that.

06-17-2013, 04:02 PM
Would an exhaust heat shield solve your problem?

06-17-2013, 04:56 PM
Hm, maybe. I'll have to look into that.

EDIT: I'm actually liking this one a lot. Hopefully he still makes this style, this pic is from last year and he's updated the look since then:


06-20-2013, 11:29 PM
Who is the "he" that makes that heat shield? That looks like the same bike as mine (07 450EXC) and I hadn't really noticed an issue with the exhaust burning anything, but after you posted that pic I looked at mine and it does show some signs of things being burned onto it. That's a cool looking part, I may consider getting one.

06-21-2013, 07:09 AM
Trailjammer Designs on Facebook and adv rider

06-21-2013, 07:12 AM
FWIW, I noticed that the 2009 250s have a different frame protector than mine that includes an extension to cover that portion of the exhaust. I picked it up at fay Myers for $30 the other day and put it on last night. Still not 100% sure I like it (kinda flimsy plastic and doesn't mount that securely) but I haven't heard back from trailjammer yet. Forgot to take photos

06-21-2013, 06:30 PM
animal style including fries...