Cool-Air Mesh Armored Riding Pants

4.73 out of 5 based on 46 customer ratings
(46 customer reviews )


  • Removable, CE Level 1 armor offers 9-point protection (tailbone, hips, thighs, knees and shins)
  • Keeps you super COOL on the hottest rides
  • 100% breathable mesh fabric provides total air flow around legs, backside and crotch
  • Soft, stretchy and comfortable
  • Reinforced seams for added durability—lasts for years with proper care
  • Wear under your favorite jeans, pants or rain-gear

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Protection and Comfort:

The Cool-Air Mesh Armored pants can be worn as a base layer under jeans or pants in hot and humid riding conditions.


  • CE (EN1621-1 and EN1621-2) Level 1 armor offers 9 protection points: Tailbone, Hips, Thighs, Knees and Shins
  • High performance shock absorption
  • Flexible—fits the curves of the body
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Tear and break resistant
  • Repeat performance (rarely needs replacement after a fall/crash)

Fabric and Design:

  • Ultra Cool, lightweight, 100% mesh with reinforced seams
  • Comfortable 4-way stretch fabric
  • Convenient ankle zippers—easy on, easy off
  • Soft, fine mesh feels good against skin
  • Breathable comfort for hot, humid weather


  • 100% air flow throughout entire pants
  • Stretchy mesh fabric keeps armor in place while giving you great range of motion
  • Removable armor for easy laundering
  • Virtually invisible under your favorite clothing
  • Non-shrink/non-run fabric


  • Cool and comfortable
  • Freedom of movement
  • Unisex design fits both men and women from XS through XXL
  • Lasts for years with proper care
  • Easy to launder, fast drying

Pair with: Cool-Air Shirt for the ultimate motorcycle riding protection system.

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Waist: Measure around natural waist—not too loose, not too snug.
Measure from inside top of thigh to the middle of ankle bone. See diagram below for where to measure.
For women’s sizing, please scroll down

INSEAM 26-28 28-30 30-32 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-44 44-52
25-29 XXS XS              
26-30 XXS XS S S          
27-31     S M M        
28-32       M L L      
29-33         L XL XL    
30-34           XL XL XXL XXXL
31-36             XXL XXL XXXL


Your Size Bohn Pants Size
4 – 6 XXS
6 – 8 XS
8 – 10 S
10 – 12 M
12 – 14 L
14 – 16 XL
16 – 18 XXL

Care Instructions

It’s easy to wash! The fabric pockets allow you to remove armor and wash your garment like regular clothing.

Follow the steps below to ensure long lasting wear.

  1. Pull back the lip on the pockets to remove the armor. (Note: failure to remove armor may cause damage to the fabric)
  2. Wash the shells on a low temperature regular (or gentle – preferred) cycle to prevent shrinking or stretching of the fabric. Be sure not to wash garments with other garments which may have Velcro or hooks that could catch the fabric
  3. Dry shells on low temperature or hang dry
  4. When dry, re-insert the armor into their respective pockets and pull the fabric lip of the pocket over the armor. This ensures that the armor stays safely in one place during wear.

With proper care our garments have lasted our customers decades. We hope you have yours for many years to come.

If for any reason you find that you have damaged a fabric shell or need to replace a worn out fabric shell, see our fabric shells page.

Customer Questions

Below are some common questions we get from customers about our Armored Riding Pants.

Q: Are these pants abrasion resistant?
A: Our main design function is impact protection.  While the armor pieces do offer you some abrasion resistance, the pants themselves are not reinforced.  If you require additional abrasion protection, we recommend choosing an outer layer designed for that purpose.

Q: What is the difference between the Cool-Air and Adventure pants?
A: The Cool-Air Pants are made entirely from a stretchy, lightweight elastic mesh material.  The Adventure Pants are made from a stretchy, mid-weight Lycra material with a ventilated crotch panel.  Both types of pants have tailbone, hip, knee/shin and thigh armor.

Q: What temperature are these recommended for?
A: We do not have a specific temperature range for our gear but if you are at all concerned about heat and humidity then we recommend our Cool-Air Pants.

Q: Do these last as long as your regular stuff?
A: The Cool-Air mesh is all holes and is naturally not as thick and strong as a solid Lycra material.  Reasonable caution must be exercised when pulling the knees on or off—don’t just pull on the cuffs!  However, we have carried out extensive durability testing on our mesh and have found it is a very practical and durable solution, providing that a little more attention is given by the rider.

Q: But are they scratchy?
A: Many people think of mesh and instantly think of a stiff, scratchy fabric.  Our mesh is actually designed specifically for active wear so it has a lot of stretch and give and is very soft against the skin!

Q: Do I have to wear underwear with these?
A: That is a personal choice that we leave up to our customers, but most riders choose to wear undergarments with their Cool-Air Pants for cleanliness, hygiene and modesty reasons.

Q: Do these have a fly?
A: Our Cool-Air Pants are unisex style and do not come with a fly.


Customer reviews

Rated 4.73 out of 5 stars
46 reviews

46 reviews for Cool-Air Mesh Armored Riding Pants

  1. 5 out of 5

    Feels great!I have been reading Rider magazine now for years. Every month I see an ad for you guys and just keep putting off giving you a try. Well, the other day I laid my bike down and had a pretty good scare. I don't wear all the gear I should because I hate the feeling of being restricted. When I got home I went to the pile of Rider magazines, picked it up and got on your website and ordered. I could not be happier. The pants and shirt are everything you advertise. I don't feel restricted, they are comfortable and I am surprised that after just a few minutes, I don't even remember I have them on. I am so pleased.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amazingly it fits!As a larger woman I had about given up on finding any protective riding pants that fit. An up close and personal encounter with a deer only increased my desire for some type of protection. I saw an ad for Bohn and checked it out. They fit great under my so-called jeans (women's fashion has dictated an almost paper thin material to be used in "jeans") and no one has been able to tell that I was wearing armor. I now feel more protected when I ride.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Finally, real protection for your lower body, even for the vertically challenged!Wow! Hurrah! I'm very, very excited & happy to stumble across this product online. Today is the second chance for me to test fit & feel out what I really think about the Cool Mesh Pants. I've had my fair share of crashes on my Dual Sport off road, & fortunately the one crash I've had on the street was only at 35mph or so with no injury. But, I do feel lucky. Message is: be prepared! Stuff can happen. So, I've always worn a good protective coat, good protective pants, helmet, ect. My problem was, being really short @ 5 feet 2 inches, I've always had to buy the shortest pants available, & whack 'em off to fit. Then, the problem is the knee protection isn't where it does any good. Then I pull out the knee pads, & I've always worried about no protection there. I've worn another brand of protective shorts under my Olympia pants or Slider pants, but these Bohn Cool Mesh Pants are way more substantial. When I went to order, I liked the fact I had a 90 day free trial, so if the armor did'nt line up where it's supposed to be I could return them. I saw somewhere to call & talk to a Bohn sales rep to ensure the right fit. So, I call 'em up & ask, "Can you help somebody with a 36" to 37" waist & a 24.5" inseam? Usually I buy riding pants in a 38" size so I can wear a pair of gym shorts underneath, so in hot weather, I can peel off the pants & put on a pair of tennis shoes. I would have ordered the X-tra large, but the friendly rep told me, I think the medium ones will fit you, the stretchy waist will expand to fit, & put the kneepads in the correct location. Bingo! She was right. They are awesome. Superb hip, knee, shin, outer thigh & butt protection. And they are really comfortable, the pads stay in place, They are exactly what I wanted. I really feel more protected now. I don't know how much more bragging I can do on this protective pair of pants. Save you skin & lower body. Buy these & you won't be sorry. Worth every penny. Especially if you crash!

    • Glad We Could HelpWe find that our BodyGuard System often fits people who don't fall within a standard size. That's because the stretchy nature of the fabric adjusts to fit YOUR body and provides an almost custom fit.
      It's also a good idea to give us a call if you're not sure because our customer service reps are happy to help!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peace of Mind and ProtectionAfter a recent motorcycle mishap that resulted in a banged-up knee, I have vowed to never ride without armor on my lower body again. I'm enjoying riding with the Bohn mesh armored riding pants now - they fit great under my kevlar jeans and even my regular jeans. Easy on, easy off.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Football player sized thighs and calvesI thought that nothing would fit me, as im 5’9” 250# weight lifter build. But dang if the lady i spoke to on the support line didnt get me properly set up with a XL set of armored mesh pants that fit nicely. I already had a Bohn mesh shirt, and it fits nice too, but a bit tight around the biceps. Both fit nicely under my baggy Police BDUs (battle dress uniform) that I wear when riding my police bike. Highly recommended

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nice alternative to armored pantsI am 6' 4" tall and the pants were on the very limit of fitting correctly. I would give them 5 stars if they had tall sizes. They are a good alternative to riding in armored pants if you want to have street clothes on.

    • Tall SizesThank you for your feedback. We are currently working on tall sizes of our armored gear so that we are able to offer our BodyGuard System to a wider range of motorcyclists. Stay tuned!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Good option for hot weather if you want to run in street clothesHad always wanted to try the Bohn option and finally ordered the cool mesh pants. Their fitting guide helped quite a bit and they fit well and are well made. Could be made with more room around the ankle zipper - that was a bit tight for me (XXL size). Very comfortable without the thigh armour under a pair of jeans. I wore them all day long on a very hot day which included a considerable stretch of walking around. A good option I think for those who want to ride in street clothes but I think if I was going to take a day long (or more) ride in very not weather, I would use my Cordura mesh pants - they are cooler than the Bohn cool mesh pants and jeans. A matter of choice I think.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Need tall sizesIf they would have been long enough, everything was in place, just to short. When you have tall sizes I'll be the first to order. Ride on& Ride safe

    • Stay tuned!Thanks for giving us a shot! We'll actually be releasing our Big, Tall and Super Small line of products in 2019. We fit just about everyone, but we want to fit everyone! Stay tuned!

  9. 5 out of 5

    The right way to wear ArmorI have been trying to find the right combination of armor, style, and most importantly fit. All of the riding pants or dedicated clothing either fit wrong (armor ended up in the wrong place) or were compromised in other ways such as poor fit or durability. The Bohn Cool-Air Mesh solution has been great. It fits well, the armor stays put even through spirited riding sessions so I feel protected and the ability to choose outerwear that matches the weather or event is a huge plus. They fit well beneath my standard street clothes and most people never notice, the ability to show up at an event without looking like I am headed to a racetrack is a big motivator to always wear my gear. Also I rode through several weeks of hot humid weather without any overheating issues at all... Highly Recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Good pants and air flow!These pants fit well and the armor is not uncomfortable, even in the tail bone. I would recommend this to others. I'm a 38 or 40 inch waist and I decided on the large instead of the extra large. The large fit perfect.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Need tall sizesIam tall and slim( skinny) I ordered small.The waist fit good. Hip padd, tailbone pad, knee pads all in place perfectly. It's just the pants were 6 inches to short. Leave everything the same just add 6 inches and they would be perfect. If you ever offer tall sizes I'll be the first to order!!!

    • Stay TunedThanks for giving us a shot! We'll actually be releasing our Big, Tall and Super Small line of products in 2019. We fit just about everyone, but we want to fit everyone! Stay tuned!

  12. 4 out of 5

    need a slim-fit version of pantsI've used my pants for a couple of years now. My only complaint is that these were designed for someone with larger diameter legs! I have to be very careful when getting dressed to assure proper placement of knee pads.
    Procedure is as follows:
    1) Put on boots and leave unzipped
    2) Pull jeans above my knees
    3) Stand and pull Bohn pants down toward the foot to allow proper alignment of pad over knee
    4) While holding "cuff area" of Bohn pants in the boot, zip up boot and secure Velcro fasteners. Repeat for other leg
    5) Pull jeans down over boots.
    6) Hope to God that if I go down, the knee pads will maintain proper position while rolling / tumbling across the asphalt despite the loose fit of these Bohn legs!
    I'm 6'-2" / 185 lbs.... with skinny legs
    I have been tempted to take these pants in for alteration, with special attention to the "below knee" area, where the current fit is somewhat like a loose glove!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shirt pants comboReceived exchanged shirt on the hottest day of July near Kansas City. Put it on, fit like a glove. Off I went. The protection and air flow was just what was needed. The yellow color and armor is real protection. The fabric allows air flow to cool you. Its my new riding shirt. The pants under jeans were just the same. Talk about good service. I had to exchange my 1st shirt for a larger one. They were helpful and took care of my return. Thank you all..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Great choice for underarmor pantsDecided to buy them after long reviews and I'm happy I did. Arrived on time - very important point since I live in Canada (customs) - fit was excellent and was based on the chart (6'1", 37"waist - size large), excellent quality. Using them under jeans reinforced with Kevlar, and also under lighter mesh pants also reinforced with Kevlar. Took off the protection supplied with these jeans and pants. Perfect during the hot humid weather - yes, we do get temps in the 100's! - Feels really cool and you can move much easier since the underarmor fits nicely to your body and follows your movements. RIDING VTXR Nik Z

  15. 4 out of 5

    Money Well SpentTried them out today on a 200 mile ride. Temps in the 80's with high humidity, and I never noticed they were on. Fit and comfort were excellent, with no bunching or chafing. The armor pads stayed where they belonged all day, even while walking around. I'll take it on faith that they will provide adequate protection if needed, but would be happy to never find out. The only potential issue I was see is, as mentioned by others, the lack of a fly. So, plan accordingly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Great Extra ProtectionI recently went down on a curve due to an oil slick. I had Kevlar jeans on and only suffered a few scrapes and bruises. I felt I needed extra protection and order these cool air pants as I live in Florida. But even in cool or cold weather these will still provide the protection I was looking for. The XL size runs true and fit me perfectly. Although they get a little warm, particularly in the armor areas, that is a small price to pay for the security they give you. Great armor in the butt, knee and thigh area. The mesh material seems rather flimsy, but I am sure it is well made and will hold up. The only problem I had was figuring out how to put the thigh armor in the pockets, as they come outside the pants and need to be put in. It is a little tricky, but once you get it in and realize how it goes, it is easy the next time. A little pricey, but worth it for the peace of mind it gives you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cool Air mesh Armor PantsVery comfortable to say the least.
    Next purchase will be the jacket.
    You won't go wrong buying their gear.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cool Air mesh Armor PantsHave not have the chance to try the armor pants in very hot humid weather yet. Miss not having a fly. Found it a little awkward to put on but once fitted, the armor protection pads stayed in place. Sizing for me was spot on as per sizing chart and I wear them under my jeans for added protection while riding.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Small issueHave not crash tested, thankfully. Armor stays in place and fits well, But.... needs to have a fly. There is no such thing as a quick pit stop while wearing these.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Great protection!I purchased these pants to be worn in place of my textile pants/coat that I was wearing 100% of the time when riding (on or off road). I wanted something different when doing more technical off road riding. A buddy recommended Bohn to me. Pants fit true to size and armor stays were it is supposed to. Mesh will allow good air flow during the hot summer months. I highly recommend these pants.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Awesome pantsAwesome pants! Awesome fit! The armor is super light. I’m really pleased.

  22. 5 out of 5

    I Wear These for Extra Protection at WorkLove the first pair I bought. I wear them at work as well. Just had both of my hips replaced so need extra protection at work. I am an iron worker welder and a shipyard welder so lots of crawling around, lying on my side welding and lots of time on the knees welding. Your armor is very high density. Wish this was available 20 years ago!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cool-Air Mesh Armored Riding Pants = Perfect!My home in Gilbert, AZ, gets to be around 115 degrees in the summer, so these pants are a perfect part of my atgatt plan. They are so comfortable that I don't even know I'm wearing them. Highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Great Product..!!Just what I was looking for in ultra humid South Mississippi..! Fit great, feel great. Awesome product. I would definitely recommend them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Good protection overall.I have used the Bon Armor Cool Mesh pants and armor for 3 years now. It provides the most coverage for lower body street protection. I find the knee/shin armor slips out of its pocket on occasion. I also wouldn't mind more butt protection and a chance to upgrade the armor to CE 2. Overall it's a very good product.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ImpressedI am impressed seems like a great product!! --Larry C

  27. 5 out of 5

    8400 Miles Across 23 States and 2 Canadian ProvincesI purchased your product for my cross country trip this summer. I used both the Airtex Blue Riding Shirt and Cool Air Riding Gear pants. We traveled just over 8400 miles across 25 states including 2 Canadian Provinces. The weather changes considerable each day range 51 in morning to 117 degrees by the afternoon. Yes; 117 degrees is hot on a motorcycle. Your gear was fantastic! It kept me cool and provided protection on this long journey. I recommend this to every rider I meet. Easy to clean and pack away. --Theresa C

  28. 5 out of 5

    He Just Lost Them to MeI bought these Bohn Cool Air Pants. I'm his wife and just put them on under my leggings, WOW! WOW! He may have just lost them to me. LOL Guess I'll have to let him try them on later. Can't wait to try them riding! For reals, I have been trying to find the 'RIGHT ARMOUR' and these are it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! --Rae Ann Z

  29. 5 out of 5

    6100 Miles in 12 DaysI just completed a 6100 mile ride in 12 days and I wore these every minute on the bike. They're comfortable, durable and they fit under my riding pants. In fact, I don't think it was really noticeable I was wearing lower body armor.
    Fortunately, I didn't have a chance to test the armor for its intended purpose -- but I felt much more confident and safe equipped in Bohn Body Armor.
    Removing and reinstalling the armor in order to wash the garment part of the product does take some time. The first time I washed the garment, I removed the armor and very carefully laid it out in the same position it fits into the fabric. It took me about 10 - 15 minutes to put the armor back in place; I'm sure it will be faster as I do it more often.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Memphis HeatThis is the ‘body armor’ I’m testing for 90 days. I just got it today and will test it on a short road trip tomorrow over to Corinth, MS (hour and a half). I’ll keep you posted on its comfort, especially in the heat and humidity of Memphis. Have patience with my Harley, I may win you over yet!!

    PS--Claudia and I enjoyed chatting with Joy - she’s a hoot . . .Rick

  31. 5 out of 5

    The Total AnswerPerfect solution for staying safe. The total answer, I have been wearing Draggin Jeans for the past couple of years and was disappointed that the CE Armor was kept in place with Velcro instead of positioning them in pockets. Your under shell is the perfect solution. Draggin Jeans to save you from Road rash and the Bohn system to protect your shoulders, elbows, knees, shins, back and hips in the event of an unplanned dismount. Perfect total solution for protection on a motorcycle, skis, or skateboard.--(Rabbi) Larry Winer

  32. 5 out of 5

    400 Mile Labor Day RideI purchased a set earlier this year and I find that I need a second (or third) set of pants without pads, so I can swap the pads out between washings. I bought cool air mesh pants (size L), but am wondering is I should get a set of your other, more durable all-season Lycra, since these do seem a bit weak (although they are so far working well.) I rode 400 miles on Labor Day and was comfortable, but it was over 100F for half the ride.
    I actually feel safer wearing these with Kevlar jeans than in my Olympia riding pants. And thanks for making this stuff here in the US. --John T

  33. 5 out of 5

    Going to AustraliaThanks for the quick service. The gear fits we'll hope to try it out on a ride this weekend. I am off on a 2 month outback Australia trip in May so it will be hot and I will want to wear light gear and your gear should provide the protection I will require as I am traveling by myself so cannot afford to get seriously hurt. Just hope I don't have to try it out. --Dave

  34. 5 out of 5

    Comfortable All DayI meant to send you a thank-you note last fall, but did not get around to it. The new knee armor you sent me fit perfectly into the cool-air mesh pants, and they arrived just in time for the hill climb. I wore my Bohn Armor for the ride to the event, sitting, standing and walking around while watching the event and on the ride home. They were comfortable all day!
    Now it is riding season again. I wore my Bohn Armor pants for a two-day dirt bike class a couple weeks ago, and I fell down A LOT. The armor was comfortable all day and did a great job keeping me from getting hurt. My husband also wore his Bohn armor cool mesh pants and is very happy with them. --Jessie B

  35. 5 out of 5

    Placing A New Order SoonThe goods arrived on Tuesday. Fit is great, feels good, very pleased. I'll be placing an order for some pants for my wife and a spare shell for me.
    Thanks for the prompt service. I'll certainly be passing your name on to my biker buddies.

  36. 5 out of 5

    Saved My Butthi! i am happy to report my bohn armored pants helped save my butt in a crash this past weekend, the after the crash examination shows the stocking on my "cool air" pants is trashed and on of my knee pads is damaged, can I replace these individual parts or should I just order a new pair? thanks, great product consider this a testimonial to their effectiveness..30 ft slide at 40mph after a deer collision and i walked away from it. --Ned W

  37. 5 out of 5

    Down in the TwistiesYesterday, while cruising the twisties, I cooked a corner and layed the bike down. I had on the Cool Air pants with denim kevlars over. All I have is slight bruise on my thigh and a slight laceration on my shin thanks to your padded thigh material and shin armor.
    Great comfortable summer product that does the job. --Rick C

  38. 5 out of 5

    Southern Heat

    I use mine under jeans and even lighter materials in the southern heat. helps me stay cool while providing good protection --Terri H

  39. 5 out of 5

    I Use Two SetsI use two sets of Bohn gear. shorts for my BMW riding gear and top and full legs for my dual sport. have mesh top, shorts and long and long winter. I like the newer tops mine must be 10 years old and still going, the white is a bit dingy. just bought the new mesh long and i like the better protection materials. --Fred H

  40. 5 out of 5

    I Tried Other Styles of Pants but Bohn Satisfied My Need for SafetyWe use the BOHN system every time we ride. We have both the summer mesh and the mid level all weather shells. We have been fortunate to not have any riding incidents. The versatility of the system is great. We can wear any pants over our BOHN gear. The gear fits snug right wear you need it. I tried other styles of riding pants, but I was not satisfied with there ability to provide the safety we would need. --Robert P

  41. 5 out of 5

    Worn Under Firehose Jeans for SecurityI have been doing long distance tours for many years. My current ride is a Suzuki DL650 V Strom. I wear the body guard pants under my firehose jeans for the added sense of security they offer without adding a lot of bulk or weight. Fortunately, I have not put them to the test. I have the mesh pair for summer riding and the Lycra for cool to cold weather riding.--Donlon M

  42. 5 out of 5

    I Forget They're OnI've been wearing the cool mesh pants to ride back and forth to work during the summer. As long it's cool in the office, I forget they're on, under my jeans. Also wore them on a couple of day rides in the Adirondacks. With the right 'industrial strength' jeans and Bohn Armor, you won't find a better way to ride safe and cool. --Ben

  43. 5 out of 5

    I Wear Under Light Cargo PantsI use the Bohn Armour pants under light cargo pants in summer, makes riding more comfortable in the hot and humid summer months. --Giuseppe B

  44. 5 out of 5

    Don't Look Like a Power RangerI have a Cool-Air pant I wear under Kevlar jeans so I don't look like a Power Ranger. Nothing wrong with that look, just not my thing. The jeans came with armor but I have zero confidence it'll stay in place. Luckily I've not had to test it yet. --Andy K

  45. 5 out of 5

    High Quality ArmorThank God up to now I haven't tested but I do wear it because I trust the brand and I know that if something happen I'm ready with BOHN. Keep producing high quality armors guys!!! --Jorge M

  46. 5 out of 5

    Have Yet to TestKnock on wood, I have not had to put them to the test. --David D

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