Cool-Air Mesh Motorcycle Riding Pants – Fabric Shell

4.8181818181818 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings


Fabric Shell Only—No Armor.

Fabric shells are shirts, pants and shorts with no armor. If you already own a set of Bohn armor, your armor will fit snugly into the pockets of any of our fabric shells.

  • Armor pockets fit Bohn lower body armor (tailbone, hips, thighs, knees and shins)
  • Keeps you super COOL on the hottest rides
  • 100% breathable mesh fabric provides total airflow around legs, backside and crotch
  • Soft, stretchy and comfortable
  • Convenient ankle zippers—easy on, easy off
  • Reinforced seams for added durability—lasts for years with proper care
  • Wear under your favorite jeans, pants or rain-gear
  • Lasts for years with proper care
  • Comes standard with a fly – please indicate at checkout if you do NOT want a fly



Upgrade your existing Bohn armor to Level 2 on Hips and Knees. Also included are NEW thinner, lighter thighs and tailbone.

Product price: $97.00
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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


  • Armor pockets fit Bohn lower body armor (tailbone, hips, thighs, knees and shins)
  • 100% air flow throughout entire pants
  • Stretchy mesh fabric keeps armor in place while giving you great range of motion
  • 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 2XS through 3XL
  • Lasts for years with proper care
  • Easy to launder, fast drying

NOTE:  This product does NOT come with armor!  If you are looking for the fully armored version, click here.



Q: What is a fabric shell?
A: Fabric shells are shirts, pants and shorts with no armor. If you already own a set of Bohn armor, your armor will fit snugly into the pockets of any of our fabric shells.

Q: So does this come with armor?
A: No. This product does NOT come with armor. If you are looking for the fully armored version, click here.

Q: Why would I need a fabric shell?
A: There are many reasons why you might want to have an extra shell or two on hand. The most common one is so that you will always have an extra clean shirt, pants or shorts ready to go. This is extremely helpful when traveling and you may not have access to laundry facilities. Other reasons can include:

  • Change your style: Match your unique style with different colors
  • Weather changes: Choose a new shell for cooler or warmer weather
  • Weight changes: Maybe you’ve gained or lost a few pounds, a new fabric shell can help with that too!

One of the most convenient things about our Bodyguard System is that you only have to buy the armor once and it fits into any of our shells so you can swap it out as needed.

Q: Do the shells have pockets for the armor?
A: The shells have all of the same pockets for armor as our fully armored versions. 

Q: How do I put the armor into my shell?
A: Armor installation may take a few practice runs but it becomes easier after you have done it a time or two. Full armor installation instructions can be found here.

Q: Will the fabric tear or rip when I put it on? It looks delicate.
A: No, this fabric should not tear or rip when putting it on. It is actually quite strong but lightweight. With just a little mindfulness, these pants can last for decades and provide long-lasting protection. Just ask the 1000s who already own a pair. We always recommend putting on the pants with care and be careful not to tug too quickly to avoid undue stress on the seams. We also recommend that you wash this garment often and do not leave salt residue from salty air or sweat on it for long periods of time. Like any fabric, the salts can eat away at the stretchiness of the material.

Q: Are the pants abrasion resistant?
A: The main design function of our Motorcycle Pants is impact protection. While the armor pieces do offer you some abrasion resistance in a fall, the pants themselves are not reinforced with Kevlar® or Cordura®. Our goal with our pants is to keep the armor right where you need it, if you need it. The armor stays snug to your body and won’t flop around like other riding pants do.

Most of our customers wear our pants with a pair of jeans or riding pants and find that those two alone provide plenty of protection in a crash. However, adding a pair of Kevlar® pants over these motorcycle pants would be the perfect combination.

Q: Won’t these pants be HOT?
A: By no means. These motorcycle pants are actually quite cool. They are made of a very soft, stretchy mesh material that lets air pass right through to help keep you cool and comfortable.  We recommend you read the reviews to determine if these will work for you.

Q: Can I get them with a fly?
A: Yes, please let us know you would like a fly version by leaving a note at check out.

Q: What is the difference between your Adventure and Cool-Air Pants?
A: The Adventure Pants are made from a stretchy, mid-weight Lycra® fabric with a ventilated crotch panel. The Cool-Air Pants are made entirely from a stretchy, lightweight elastic mesh material. Both types of pants have tailbone, hip, knee/shin and thigh armor. Adventure Pants have consistently been popular among our all-season riders. The Cool-Air Pants are popular for people who ride in very hot and humid climates.

Q: I am in between sizes, how do I know which one to choose?
A: Great question. If you are in-between sizes or you are having trouble fitting into our size chart, give us a call 704-663-0351 or email us at [email protected] .

We are more than happy to help. Indicate your waist, inseam, height and weight if you would like.

Another option: Oftentimes customers will order one size fully armored and then a fabric shell in another size and return the fabric shell of the one that does not fit. This saves time and money in the long run should you order the wrong size.

We do ask that you contact us via telephone or email to request an RMA number and let us know which size you are sending back. This helps to expedite your return within our facility.


SIZING QUESTIONS? Confused about your size, in between sizes or need assistance? Please give us a call 704-663-0351 or email us at [email protected]. We will get back to you quickly. 

Men’s + Women’s Sizing

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.

INSEAM 26-28 28-30 30-32 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-44 44-52
25-29 2XS XS              
26-30 2XS XS S S          
27-31     S M M        
28-32       M L L      
29-33         L XL XL    
30-34           XL XL 2XL 3XL
31-36             2XL 2XL 3XL




Lycra and Mesh Shirts, Pants and Shorts Instructions: 

Follow the steps below to ensure long-lasting wear and care:

  1. Pull the fabric back on the armor pockets to remove the armor. (Note: failure to remove armor may cause damage to the fabric shell.)
  2. Wash fabric shells on a low-temperature setting and gentle cycle or hand wash. Do not dry clean!
    White Summer Mesh shirts must be washed with white clothes only or by hand. Discoloration due to washing with colored garments, leaving sunscreen on the garment too long or stains are not warrantied. 
  3. We recommend using an activewear detergent when laundering your garments to maintain the integrity of the stretch in the fabric.
  4. Do not wash Bohn fabric shells with items that have Velcro®, hooks or accessories that could catch and snag the fabric or with garments that have not been washed before. 
  5. Dry shells at a low temperature or best to just hang them dry.
  6. We recommend removing the armor from your Bohn gear from time to time to clean it as detergent residue, salt (including body salt) and moisture can stick to it and could negatively affect the armor.
  7. Armor pieces should NOT be placed in the washing machine or dryer, but may be wiped clean with a damp cloth if they become soiled.  
  8. When dry, reinsert the armor pieces into their respective pockets and pull the pocket flaps into place. This ensures the armor will stay in the proper position.

Please NOTE:

  • Our garments are made with Lycra® and must be washed regularly. Salt air and sweat left on the garment can break down the Lycra® in the garment so it is imperative that they be washed regularly and not stored for long periods of time with salt or sweat on them.
  • Also, pilling can occur if the garment is consistently rubbing against something that agitates the garment (i.e., tag, plastic, loose seam, etc.), so please be certain you do not have an overgarment that could agitate the fabric. If you start seeing pilling, turn your jeans, pants, or jacket inside out and feel for the item that is rubbing on your garment.

**Lack of care, pilling of garments, rips, tears, or lingering smells are not covered under our warranty.

With proper care, our garments can last years. We wish you many years of riding protection!



Customer Reviews

Great Product

I’ve been using this armor for four months now from hot weather to cold, and I am very pleased. It actually holds in more heat than you’d expect for winter riding. I wear Under Armor thermal pants and shirt under them, then layer my outer clothing as needed for the conditions.

Awesome protective shell!

I was previously wearing nylon pants that included knee and thigh pads. Because the pads were not fixed and would easily move around, I never felt safe. The Cool Air Mesh Riding Pants Shell offers far greater protection. Because it’s form fitting, the pads are held firmly in place. In addition, the pants include additional shin and tailbone protection. I also haven’t been bothered by any additional body heat. Their Customer Service Dept. is top notch. They are eager to help you with any questions or exchanges. Great product! Great company!

Hot weather friend

I had purchased the mid-weight riding pants two years ago. Recently purchased the mesh/ summer weight pants. Transferred my original armor to the mesh pants, and I was ready to go. Very comfortable in the heat under my jeans. This product works as advertised. Also, the Bohn Armor system holds the armor in place, unlike riding pants with pockets to slip in the armor pieces into. I’m very happy with this company. High quality products, & great customer service.

Works as intended

They do fit the armor pads from my all season Body Armor set as promised. Need to take the usual care to insert the armor pads correctly, especially the hip & upper leg pads. Very noticeable that it was cooler to ride with the mesh pants on a really hot day.


These fit perfectly under my Kevlar pants with all armor inserted allowing constant airflow to keep me cool on these warm/hot summer days.

Most Impressive

Been a customer for well over a decade. Great product. I did stress mine a few years ago, worked great. Most impressive is the flat out abuse I put on my Bohn Armor gear. I only needed to replace mine due to a large weight loss.

Weird Looking but Comfortable
Emailed Review

These are really weird looking and I was afraid that they would be like ladies pantyhose. It took a while for my buddy-a previous customer-to convince me to buy them but the 90 day return was good incentive. When they got here I was able to tell they were high quality and I wasn’t going to snag them or put my thumb through them. I was a little leery of how they would treat my lush crop of leg hairs but they didn’t pinch or pull at all. They are comfortable all day on the bike and I’m just sorry I didn’t get them sooner because I feel so much safer now!

The Best
Emailed Review

I wanted a knee armour that i can wear under my jeans. After searching from the internet i found out that Bohn Body Armor are the best. Hence, I bought a full suit cool air mesh, which i can say that i don’t regret buying it. Thank you Bohn Body Armor

Just as advertised

Nice lightweight material. Used my own armor.
My Sas-tec and D3O hip pads fit somewhat sideways but overall happy to have the
pads closer to me instead of hanging in my overpants.


To see reviews on the fully armored version, click here.