Commuting trousers

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Commuting trousers

Postby el_presidente » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:09 pm

I've recently switched my commute from a full-on 12-mile thrashfest on my roadbike, full lycra etc etc to a 4-mile pootle::train::4-mile pootle at the other end, using a cheapo folder. Lycra is massive overkill, in the summer I can wear baggies but what about now? I have been doing it in my suit trousers with some o/trousers for when it rains, which is OK but it's getting a bit chilly and also I fear for the lifespan of my suits.

So to summarise I've got my eye on these http://www.rapha.cc/softshell-trousers - any experience of these at all, and any others I should be looking at?

thanks

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby dhope » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:21 pm

Swrve stuff?
http://swrve.co.uk/softshell%20trouser.html

Bit cheaper and think it's decent kit.
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby t4tomo » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:22 pm

I do similar commute, except expensive folder rather than a cheap one :D

it will wear the ars* out of your suit trousers - leave your suit in work and get changed there.

I vary between a pair of ron hill running tracky bottoms or a cheap pair of chino's (much better than jeans if its wet or cold)
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:27 pm

Whatever they are, make sure they're red.

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby el_presidente » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:28 pm

dhope wrote:Swrve stuff?
http://swrve.co.uk/softshell%20trouser.html

Bit cheaper and think it's decent kit.


Their softshell trousers are the same price (£110). But also on the list, thanks.

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Re: Commuting trousers

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby owenlars » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:31 pm

These from Groundeffect in NZ are good. Delivery to UK takes about three to four days.

http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-d ... AN-LON.htm

$1 NZ is about 50 pence uk
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby pangolin » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:32 pm

Surface liquistretch, but no one seems to sell the trousers any more :(
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby The Fuggler » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:34 pm

owenlars wrote:These from Groundeffect in NZ are good. Delivery to UK takes about three to four days.

http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-d ... AN-LON.htm


Their stuff is bombproof. Have a pair of baggies that are 7 years old and still going strong.
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby Il Principe » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:35 pm

dhope wrote:Swrve stuff?
http://swrve.co.uk/softshell%20trouser.html

Bit cheaper and think it's decent kit.


I have Swrve and Rapha 3/4 shorts and jeans. The Swrve ones haven't lasted as well and the reflective strip on the Swrve jeans is just a bit of tape stuck on - it didn't last long. On balance I'd go Rapha. I thin IT Boffin has the softshell trousers.

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby dhope » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:37 pm

pangolin wrote:Surface liquistretch, but no one seems to sell the trousers any more :(

The shorts are great, didn't think the trousers got such a good writeup.
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby Phil_D » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:38 pm

Leave your work trousers at work and commute in something else. There are loads of things on the market that don't cost anything near as much as the Rapha stuff and for 2 lots of 4 miles it's not like you need much protection. Get yourself down to sports direct and spend a tenner on some trackie bottoms.

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby SimonAH » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:45 pm

Phil_D wrote:Leave your work trousers at work and commute in something else. There are loads of things on the market that don't cost anything near as much as the Rapha stuff and for 2 lots of 4 miles it's not like you need much protection. Get yourself down to sports direct and spend a tenner on some trackie bottoms.



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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby meanredspider » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:49 pm

Since these guys were mentioned the other day

http://www.vulpine.cc/Shop/Shorts-Trous ... TS/ITM1031
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby WGWarburton » Thu Nov 08, 2012 15:26 pm

el_presidente wrote:I've recently switched my commute from a full-on 12-mile thrashfest on my roadbike, full lycra etc etc to a 4-mile pootle::train::4-mile pootle at the other end, using a cheapo folder. Lycra is massive overkill, in the summer I can wear baggies but what about now? I have been doing it in my suit trousers with some o/trousers for when it rains, which is OK but it's getting a bit chilly and also I fear for the lifespan of my suits.

So to summarise I've got my eye on these http://www.rapha.cc/softshell-trousers - any experience of these at all, and any others I should be looking at?


£110? Awa' wi' ye!

Try Humvees: Under £45.

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Endura-Hummvee- ... tAodYSoAYw

I use them year round: light, windproof, quick drying, comfortable.. They even look quite like Real Clothes.

Cheers,
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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby iPete » Thu Nov 08, 2012 16:10 pm

Have the rapha offering for brompton days, smart enough for the office & cut for riding, got them at a sample sale for £45 mind.

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Re: Commuting trousers

Postby bobinski » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:58 pm

I have the Rapha Softshell for out of office visits but use the Swrve jeans at all other times. Bought 2 pairs about 2 years ago and they have been worn for commuting etc a lot of the time. Reflective strip has come away on one but strangely not the other. They are really comfortable and its nice to keep pace with a fair number of lycra'd roadies on the commute whilst wearing jeans :wink:


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