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The ride started with a nip in the air. Thirty miles later it is sunny and warm. Like a chameleon, the Dakar Pant, with its controlled ventilation chassis, changes to meet the demands of any condition with little adjustment. The Dakar can adapt with the help of 20 inch mesh-lined zippered thigh vents and a mesh-lined rear leg vent. Adaptation does not come at the cost of performance and durability. The Dakar Pant is built with TNP heat and abrasion- resistant leather panels on the inner legs, Cordura fabric for strength and highly reinforced knees and seat. Be ready to take the lead no matter the condition with the Dakar Pant. Features Controlled ventilation chassis Designed to be worn over the boot 2 dual adjustable 20 thigh mesh-lined vents with dual zipper heads Ballistic panels in high-wear areas Removable hip knee pads 840 denier Cordura fabric 1,682 denier nylon in seat knees Polyester ribbed stretch crotch gusset above knee seat area to allow pant to move with rider Adjustable velcro cuff closure Adjustable pant cuff opening design allows rider to access adjust knee brace, sock and boot velcro waist adjusters Auto-lock high durability YKK zippers Storm flap on front fly Mesh-lined rear leg vent Two large volume side leg velcro cargo pockets Wicking polyester mesh lining with lycra stretch panels knee brace reinforced cordura inner knee panels Liner stretch panels match stretch panels on shell of pant so liner moves with shell of pant High-back self adjusting elastic yoke to help prevent plumber crack dirt scoop High quality embroidered graphics Reflective industrial-grade 3m piping accents Improved high-tenacity stitching thread with double-stitching bar-tacks DWR coated to shed water D-ring FABRICS 1,682 denier ballistic, nylon in seat and knees, 840 denier, Cordura in shell, TNP heat and abrasion, resistant leather, mini rib knit fabric LINER lycra
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great product, can be perfect with a few upgrades from KLIM, but overall great pant
PostedFebruary 19, 2013
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smnort
From Buffalo
State:NY
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Let’s start at the BAD first. Knee & Hip protection. These do not offer any substantial protection. Upgrade these to the Klim padding sold separately, once this “upgrade” has been done, you will have a fantastic pant. Although the replacement hip pads fit perfect, the knee pads needed some trimming to get into the pocket holder for the pads. I trimmed approx. 3-4” from each pad so they can fit in the pocket. Knee pad placement is a bit low, even when seated on the bike, so they provide me with great shin protection. Take note of this – very minimal knee overage, even with upgrade to thicker knee pad due to placement of pockets sewn in pants.
I am a big man, 285Lbs, size 42 pant, 6’1” and yes, the guy you see on the bikes with the “Muffin top”.
Pant fit is true to size. I am a 42 in jeans, the Dakar pant 42 is an exact match. I went with the regular fit, not the tall size – resulted in perfect fit.
I do love the features of this pant, with the padding upgrades – I get a durable, well-made product that has all the features that I love. Ventilation is fantastic, I was able to test on a very cold day (Buffalo snow!), so yes, make sure you have a warm under layer on, in the hot summer, these will be fantastic! Overall construction & material are top notch – good stuff!
One improvement I would make from the Klim factory – a more durable enclosure for the front & Improved padding (Pant is more for motocross than dual sport I am guessing in the design) & addition of belt loops.
Rides: 2002 BMW R1150GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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