My 08 passat had a bunch little naggy things when I bought it, all covered by warranty but chain tensioner failed at 116k. new engine. no help from VW. I loved how it drove but never would I consider again without warranty.
I'd say size up on the tech fleece but give a try to the dri-fit touch pants. cheaper since there are fewer details, a little lighter and softer than the tech fleece. http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/dri-fit-touch-fleece-training-pants/pid-10300194/pgid-1569460