I'm a little torn with the Railriders Bone Flats pants and maybe you Bone Flats enthusiasts out there can settle it for me...
Mainly, I'm wondering if the Bone Flats pants might fall into a weird functional middle ground between shorts and pants where it doesn't not end up serving either function well (except for sun protection). In other words: still much hotter than shorts, but not nearly as insulating/bug resistant as solid pants, thereby being a bad compromise for either use?
Specifically, I'm worried that when it gets really hot (even in high sun), then I'm just going to switch into shorts and accept more UV exposure instead of sweating like a sauna in pants. So in this case, the main benefits of the Bone Flats pants (i.e. active ventilation) would be lost, because, let's face it: pants, even mesh ones, will never be as well-ventilated as shorts.
The perfect time for pants is of course in cooler weather, so I'd like to wear whatever pants I choose in the morning and evening (or whenever it cools down, really). But I'm worried that the Bone Flats, being so ventilated, would make poor pants for cooler weather versus solid fabric pants. So therein lies my conundrum.
In a nutshell, I'm having trouble seeing myself using pants in the hottest weather I'll encounter (sun be damned), preferring to just go with shorts during these hours of the day. If this is the case, do you all think the Bone Flats will be a poor choice for me due to their potentially less than ideal functionality in cooler weather (when I will definitely be wearing pants).
By the way, I fully realize that I'm asking a pair of pants to do everything for me here (i.e. be cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather). And yes, I know it's a little unreasonable. But hopefully you guys and gals will have some good input for me in making my decision!