Best summer motorcycle trousers

Ride comfortably – and safely – in summer with mesh or lightweight motorcycle trousers.

Motorcycle rider wearing summer trousers in the evening

by Jim Blackstock |

While here in weather-blighted Britain we’re more usually concerned about finding the right warm biking gear to keep us snug in cold temperatures and in winter, getting the right gear to help us keep cool in the heat of summer is also important.

And while multi-season textile jackets, with various detachable linings and waterproof membranes are now commonplace, finding a pair of trousers with plenty of ventilation options isn’t always as easy.

Yes, you can go the whole hog and opt for some all-season trousers but if you only want something for summer use you’ll likely be paying over the odds for features you don’t need.

So if you want summer-specific textile motorcycle pants there are basically two ways you can go – for lightweight designs with plenty of ventilation or for those with easily breathable mesh liners – or both!

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A more limited choice doesn't mean you’re restricted in style. You can get lightweight summer pants in a traditional touring style, more fitted sports style, ‘adventure’ style or more leisure-looking traditional jean or cargo-pant style - there are also ones in both men’s and women’s cuts.

With all, you should check out the ventilation and type of design carefully, suss out the level of protection offered – being cool and stylish shouldn’t mean skimping on safety – work out how practical they are for the type of riding you do (some are more multi-season by offering detachable thermal liners) as well as assessing their style and value. Here’s our pick of the best. The rest, if you want to stay cool – is up to you!

Frank Thomas Desert Mesh Mens Summer Motorcycle Jeans

Best summer touring trousers
Frank Thomas Desert Mesh Mens Summer Motorcycle Jeans
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Frank Thomas is one of the longest established and most reputable of British motorcycle clothing brands and these Desert Mesh textile motorcycle pants are an extremely lightweight, touring style trouser making them ideal for summer use. Thereu2019s multiple mesh panels to ensure the maximum airflow to keep you cool on even the hottest days.

While protective peace of mind is provided by CE approved armour at the knees with additional protection at the hips. They also have Frank Thomas branding, reflective piping for added night-time visibility and a short zip to attach to the matching Frank Thomas Desert Mesh waterproof motorcycle jacket.

Armour rating: CE

A-Pro Oxigenblac30

Best summer sports trousers
A-Pro Oxigenblac30
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If you fancy your lightweight, vented summer riding trousers a little more sporty and snug-fitting, these A-Pro pants are highly rated. Theyu2019re made from highly resistant textile material with reinforced seams and perforated inserts for enhanced ventilation.

For protection, there’s removable CE approved protectors at the knees along with padded hips. For a snug fit, there’s an adjustable waist combined with stretch inserts along with zipper and Velcro ankle adjustment.

There’s an antiseptic mesh lining along with a waterproof membrane and removable and washable thermal lining, for those chillier days. And although black, there’s also a reflective insert to heighten visibility. There are also two front pockets with securing zipper and a zipper attachment to a matching jacket.

Armour rating: CE

MBSmoto MP-51 Roader

Best all-rounder
MBSmoto MP-51 Roader
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These MP-51 Roader pants are a more all-season trouser, being both waterproof and windproof but with their detachable lining and multiple air vents on both sides for better air flow they remain cool in summer or in hotter climates as well.

The outer is in 600D water-resistant nylon with a PVC coating for maximum waterproofing – ideal for a British summer. There’s a detachable quilted lining for warmth, CE approved protectors at the knees and enhanced fit via stretch panels in the crotch and an adjustable waist.

Armour rating: CE

Bikers Gear New Cargo Pants

Best custom summer trousers
Bikers Gear New Cargo Pants
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If you ride a custom or roadster and like your biking trousers more in the cargo pants style these from Bikers Gear are more than worth a look. They feature a mesh lining and zippered vents for optimal summer ventilation but also come with a removable quilted thermal lining so you can wear them in all temperatures, too.

The outer is heavy-duty Cordura with double stitching, the discrete knee pads are CE-approved, there’s two front, two rear and of course two side ‘cargo pockets.

Armour rating: CE L1

Alpinestars Stella Wake Air Womenu2019s Textile Pants

Best women's summer trousers
Alpinestars Stella Wake Air Womenu2019s Textile Pants

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Premium Italian clothing brand Alpinestars is one of the leaders in womenu2019s motorcycle gear with its Stella brand and these Wake Air pants are its lightweight, mesh, summer textile trouser for women.

They feature a multi-fabric construction, mesh panels for maximum airflow, stretch inserts throughout for optimum fit and comfort, an extended rear waist to prevent draughts, CE-certified knee protectors and pockets for hip armour. They’re also currently discounted at the Sports Bike Shop making this desirable brand more affordable than ever.

Armour rating: CE L1

Rev'it Cayenne Pro Textile Jeans

Best rated summer trousers
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Textile Jeans

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The Revu2019It Cayenne Pro jeans are one of the most top-rated summer motorcycling trousers available u2013 hence the price. Designed to be completely breathable and lightweight they match the Cayenne Pro jacket in having a strong, abrasion-resistant outer complete with protective leather panels and CE protectors at both the knees and hips.

You also get special ‘Schoeller-dynatec’ mesh panels, aero cool 3D mesh panels and ventilation panels to ensure you remain comfortable however hot it gets. They come in eight sizes and four different colour options with three leg lengths.

Armour rating: CE L1 & L2

Dainese New Drake Air Womenu2019s Textile Pants

Best summer women's jeans
Dainese New Drake Air Womenu2019s Textile Pants

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Anything premium Italian brand Alpinestars can do is usually matched by its great Italian rival Dainese and the same is true of womenu2019s ventilated summer trousers. Daineseu2019s offering are these more conventionally u2018jeanu2019 styled u2018Drake Airu2019 pants which are designed specifically for summer use.

They're made from elasticated Cordura comfort fabric for the perfect fit, have a zip jacket attachment, side adjusters, calf zips and, crucially, closable air inlets on the thighs to offer optimum summer ventilation even in the hottest weather. There are also CE-approved knee and shin protectors and soft hip inserts plus two front and one rear pocket.

Armour rating: CE

Difi San Diego Pants

Best men's summer jeans
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These menu2019s summer textile riding jeans with an air-permeable mesh offers a great blend of features, style and price. They feature a lightweight polyester outer shell with extensive use of air-permeable mesh in the lining.

There are stretch panels above the knee for comfort, adjustable CE knee protectors for added safety, hip protector pockets, a lower back stretch panel insert, two outside pockets and an adjustable hem and leg. They also come in eight sizes and two different colour options.

Armour rating: CE L1

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