I’ve covered a few jackets in the Oxford range that we do here at Ghostbikes.com so I think it’s high time I introduce you all to a pair of their trousers that they do- My favourite of the lot, the Oxford Ranger 2.0 Textile Motorcycle Trousers!
I’ll be honest- the reason these pants drew my attention above other brands of motorcycle trousers is because of the style- There’s just something cool and tactical about a cargo-style pair of pants and they’re practical on top of it all. The outer shell is made of a ballistic, polyester material. And ballistic isn’t just a cool word- these trousers were made to be tough. Much like the Oxford Jackets, the stitching and seam work is all designed to be hidden and reinforce the material using top quality Nylon bonded coated threading. On top of that, there are combinations of extra layers of material in critical areas and it’s stitched with “Bar Tack” stitching. This is to ensure that these trousers are a worthy second skin to any biker wearing them that may be unfortunate enough to have an accident. The outside of the pants also feature stretch panels on the knees, rear and waistband so that the trousers don’t shift or bunch up and down as you move and change positions on your bike. This improves comfort and maintain your personal performance as a rider- as it should be. You should be comfortable and un-distracted by the gear you’re wearing as you ride and Oxford has accomplished this admirably. It also means that the CE Certified Knee Armour that these trousers come with don’t relocated or shift up and down away from your knees- so they’re always in the right place and doing their job. While we’re talking safety- the trousers also have reflective piping, helping you to be seen in darker conditions and in the headlights of other drivers.
On the inside the trousers have not one but two waterproof liners. The first one is a complete liner that completely covers the inside of the trousres. The second layer is in the seat crotch and knees of the trousers- the places that can take the most punishment from wet weather and often let in the rain on other garments. There’s also a removable quilted thermal liner, so you have the option of keeping toasty on colder rides or taking it out for warmer trips. But if you do have it in or are otherwise getting a bit warm in the Oxford Ranger 2.0 Textile Motorcycle Trousers, there are vents that can be opened on the outside of trousers, located next to the features that drew me to the style of these pants- the cargo pockets.
The cargo pockets give the whole garment a cool, tactical look but they’re also really practical. You have the two standard pockets you would expect on a pair of pants, on the front and below the belt, but the cargo pockets give you so many more options for storage. You can keep gloves in them, you can keep a balaclava handy just in case and they also provide just a little more room for souvenirs if you’re out touring or just small impulse buys in general without having to haul around a backpack. And having them on the sides in a cargo pants style instead on the backside is more thought out than you’d think. By having them on the sides they’re more accessible, you’re not having to feel around blindly behind you to reach them and you can still access them without having to dismount your bike.
Back to the inside- there’s an 8-inch zip connector at the back of the pants so that you can connect them to your Oxford Motorcycle Jacket or other jacket you may own that has a compatible zipper. This helps to keep your outfit together by preventing wind from getting up your back and your pants from revealing a little more than you’d like if they happen to be a bit of a loose fit. We have the Oxford Ranger 2.0 Textile Motorcycle Jacket in sizes 30 through to 46 and is available in standard and short leg lengths.
And that’s the Oxford Ranger 2.0 Textile Motorcycle Trousers everybody! I hope you all love it as much as I do, it’s a really cool bit of gear that really meets all the needs a biker could have in a pair of quality pants. Thanks for reading and take care!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com