Mountain Equipment Firelite Pants

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Ambler
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Mountain Equipment Firelite Pants

Postby Ambler » 8 Jun 2012, 8:52pm

I'm looking to buy some waterproof trousers and these are made from Goretex Active shell which has good reviews. The Gore Bike Wear prices for Active Shell pants are nearly double and I wondered if anyone has used M E trousers for cycling?

sarahinaberdeen
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Re: Mountain Equipment Firelite Pants

Postby sarahinaberdeen » 9 Jun 2012, 11:55am

Mountain Equipment would probably advise that you don't. At least not regularly.

When the rep came in to give us our product training he made quite a big deal of being careful who Active Shell is sold to. Their Active Shell clothing is aimed at 'fast and light' use, i.e. hill runners. They have not built in any abrasion/pressure protection to the face fabric of the Firelite pants or Firefox jacket. The Active Shell membrane is quite delicate so if you use the pants for regular cycling you will wear through the backside. Likewise if you regularly carry a rucksack you will wear out the shoulders on the jacket.

I'd have a careful look at the Gore ones to see if they have stronger face fabric on the seat (to protect the Active Shell membrane) if they're bike specific.

in4time
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Re: Mountain Equipment Firelite Pants

Postby in4time » 9 Jun 2012, 8:24pm

Paramo's Quito trousers might be worth a look. Venting all over the place and wearable on an off the bike.
Here's a link http://www.actionoutdoors.co.uk/outdoor ... googlebase

Ambler
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Re: Mountain Equipment Firelite Pants

Postby Ambler » 9 Jun 2012, 10:55pm

Thanks for that. Will have a rethink.