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Alpinestars Women's Vika Leather Pants Fashion meets function. The Vika Part is part of a full set of jacket, pants and gloves, these body contouring, ultra-comfortable protective pants are inspired by runway trends from the top design houses and engineered to womens needs. The proprietary design pattern visually and physically thins, lengthens, and flatters the female figure. Features Constructed from buttery soft 1 mm full-grain cow leather specifically selected and treated for ultimate softness and comfort Removable CE-certified heat-and-impact-sensitive knee protection hardens on collision Armor was chosen because its so soft and thin that its easy to forget its there Generous aramid stretch panels optimize fit and articulation for any body type in any position Specifically developed to offer a feminine fit
 
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Good summer leather pants
PostedJune 13, 2013
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elle
From Berkeley, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
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Air Flow 
4 / 5
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Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I was somewhat skeptical about purchasing these, as reviewers here and elsewhere have commented on their 'lightweight-ness'. However, I was tired of having only heavy-duty leather pants for commuting and often feeling rather dumpy, so I decided to give these a whirl.
They are certainly thinner than your standard leather moto pants. This is great, though, if you would rather wear lightweight leather than mesh for warmer days. And they are super light and small to toss in a backpack and tote around as needed.
FIT, COMFORT
Initially, I purchased the 38. Way too small, I couldn't even get them past my thighs, much less the hips! But I normally wear a US size 2 or 3, with waist 25-26, hips at most 35, inseam about 28, height 5' 3". I exchanged for a size 40, and that fit much better. However, it seems like such a big difference, because they feel a bit baggy -- I can fit pants underneath them! Contrary to the default fitted image for this product, they feel and look quite loose on me. Nevertheless, heed the warnings from others to size up.
The knee pads placement is a little weird, though. I tuck the pants in the boots, and if I have the cuffs closer to the calf than the ankles for comfort and no bunching up, then the knee pads are too high. But if I pull the cuffs down closer to my ankles to get the knee pads closer to mid/low knees, the crotch area feels pulled down when I am in the sitting position.
For weather 65 degrees F or warmer, these pants work great. Anything cooler, and I wear my heavier leather pants. They zip nicely with the Vika leather jacket (which I also wear in a size 40).
I think they should have cost $100 less.
Rides: 2012 Ducati Monster 796
Yes, I recommend this product.
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