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    Moto pants? True to size shorts for a beer and chicken wing guy?

    I need some new pants and shorts for that matter. Thinking of getting some moto pants, but I never bought any before and I don't want to look or feel like some wanna be pro dork boy, hacking down the trail. I've been wearing lycra short under regular shorts and jeans for a couple of years now. Needless to say I've trashed a few pair of shorts and jeans, so I think it's time to buy a proper set of pants and shorts that will last as well as protect. Most likely I will be buying online so I'm trying to find what short and Moto pant manufactures sizes are true to fit. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

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    Fox is a good bet.
    They have their fit blocks pretty dialed.
    Fox has a bit more room for the given size and a more consistent fit across several garments in the same size than many other vendors.
    TLD makes some great stuff, but their sizes/fit are different across several garments.
    I can wear the TLD moto stuff, but buy the same size in bike and it's often tight.

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    My friend has a pair of Fox Demo shorts and he says they run a bit smaller and have a slimmer fit. I have a couple pair of Nema Podium shorts in 36 and 38 and they run a bit on the bigger side and are roomy. I recently went with a pair of Royal Racing Turbulence shorts and they are nice and roomy, although not as tough as say a Moto or Nema short. Alot will have to do on what size you need but most of the shorts will have a bit of leeway (sp?) either way.

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    Fox makes great riding apperal. Moto pants are good but get really hot and can be way more expensive. I rock cutoff jeans.
    2013 Specialized P 26 AM green/purple. Nuff said

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    They don't have to be that expensive:

    Dirt Bike Pants, Jersey, Glove Combos | Motosport

    I bought the Fly Kinetic jersey-pants-glove combo for $70. My buddy initially teased me about being a pajama boy the first time, and then said he had a similar one he wears for races. I bought a size up (pants) and wished I didn't because they were a tad loose. Surprisingly, they'r not a hot to wear as I'd thought.

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    Go to a moto shop near you and try them on. They all fit different, even within the brand.
    I wear a 36 in Levi's, 38 in Fox trail shorts, 38 in TLD GP line, 36 in TLD Sprint and SE lines, and in Royal stuff I'm a 36.
    Best to try em on before you buy.
    And FWIW, I like TLD stuff best, they make an all black short/pant if you don't wanna look like a clown, an plenty of options if you do.
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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