Alpinestars Express Drystar Overpants
Maybe a bit too oversized?
Perspective: By most accounts, I fall under the "average" title. I'm 5ft 10in (178cm), weigh about 150 lbs (68 kgs), and am of average build (neither too flabby nor too athletic). If anything, I might seem "skinny" by north american standards.
Sizing: The medium size for this product tends to run a little long in length and a little loose around the waist.
With boots on the back of the pant drags ever so slightly as I walk. If the silly thing came with belt loops I'd just cinch them up a little more but in lieu of the sensible option they have ineffective elasticized adjustment bands that do little to keep things up.
Protection: Haven't crash-tested the gear (yet?) but it all feels solid. As others have commented, the armour hits mid shin while walking but this corrects itself when perched on the bike. (just be sure to keep your knees bent when you hit the ground, yea?)
Features: Waterproofing feels solid. I can't yet comment on the all-season comfort but they don't get sweaty in 80°F (26°C) weather over a pair of shorts.
July 25, 2015
Sizing Is Very Interesting On These Overpants...
The AlpineStars Drystar Overpants have impressed my with their quality and features. They can be comfortable and keep me warm and dry on those cold mornings. I do have a major gripe with these pants though.
I'm 6' 3", weigh 250 lbs, and typically wear a size 40 pant. However when I originally ordered the Drystar Overpants I ordered the XXL because they were the exact length I needed and the website said they should fit my waist no problem, fitment should be a little big due to the product being an OVERPANT!!! So when my XXL's arrived my excitement quickly turned to disappointment when I realized the XXL Overpants wouldn't even come close to fitting my waist. The pants were small to the point that I couldn't even zip them up or button them up, and this was without even trying to wear them over anything!
So I exchanged the XXL's I ordered for XXXL Drystars. I can wear the XXXL's as Overpants however it's a tight fit at the very top of the pant. Also the XXXL length is long to the point that I have to roll the pant legs up a little so that they don't drag on the ground. So if your tall like me and where a size 40 pant beware what your getting into.
May 11, 2015
In my opinion.. 5 Stars easily.
I'm about 5'10 at 190lbs and ordered the XL as I planned on wearing them as over pants as intended.They fit well over jeans or sweats and I never think about the comfort as they never intrude on my riding. I use them to commute to work and also as my weekend riding pants. I couldn't be more happy with the results so far. I live in New Jersey so we get all kinds of weather, I wear them when it's cold, and/or when it's raining and never had a problem with water intrusion or with the cold. It was even snowing on my ride home and they worked flawlessly. overall I rate them 5 stars for the quality at the relatively low price. Your fellow rider Jeff.
November 13, 2014
Great Construction, Slightly off fit
These pants are leaps and bounds better than my old Joe Rocket ones. My old ones had the zippers bind on the flaps and eventually it destroyed them, so I bought these. The zippers are higher quality, the design is better and they zipping is very smooth.
I'm a tall slender build, so the fit is a bit off. The knee armor seems to be just below my knee while walking. Once I'm sitting on the bike, everything seems to be in the right place.
These can get pretty hot on a 70+ degree day, but are acceptable while moving.
June 2, 2014
The pants fit me perfectly, really like the length when sitting on the bike. Comfort is great, they dont bunch up in the crotch after a long day.
Great pants, wish they had a little more protection around hips for off road spills.
March 13, 2014
the protection worked
When I bought these, I tried them on in a store. I am 5'10"-5'11" and on the thin side at 165 lbs, 32 waist, 32 inseam. I had to buy a small, and yes, that included putting them on over my jeans. It feels as though the knee protectors hang too low when you are in a standing position, but when you are on your bike, in a riding position, the knee protectors feel like they cover your knees better, although maybe still a tad low.
Last August, I was on a ride in the country when a baby deer jumped out of the grass on a two-lane highway, colliding with my front tire. Target-fixation and locking the front brakes caused me to low-side, sliding down the asphalt 60-80 feet. Amazingly, the pants protected my knees and skin without any road rash whatsoever. Unfortunately, the road did wear through the outer layer of the pants, chewing some large holes in them. As the guy in the store told me: leathers can be worn after an accident, but these textile pants are only good for one crash. He was right, but I was very happy with the protection.
March 10, 2014
Needs to be better for the price
Purchased these pants to replace old Kushitani over pants that they no longer produce. Quality of the press studs holding the removal lining is not good, already one fastening has come away. I'm 75 kg @ 186 cm and find even wearing these as over pants the size suggestion was a little large making the pants slip down as the waste band elastic adjusters are next to useless. Having said that the pants are warm in the current winter temperatures in Tokyo, about 2 degrees C and are waterproof in a heavy downpour for a 40 minute ride. One final point The knee protectors are too low and very uncomfortable so I had to remove them.
January 14, 2014
Satisfied Overall (no pun intended)
I bought these as I was looking for a windproof full-zip overpant that was a bit more trim fitting than some of the American branded products. As far as that goes, I'm pretty satisfied. I'm 6'1", 190 lbs. and my jean size is usually 36W 32L. After first trying the XL's I ended up with a large. They're a bit long when standing and the knee pads fall below the knee, but in a riding position everything is right where it's supposed to be. I normally wear them without the thermal liner over office attire when commuting to work but on colder mornings #40-50#, they're not quite as windproof as I had hoped. When wearing them over shorts with the thermal liner installed, they're pretty toasty.
Only other complaint is that the waist adjuster is a somewhat flimsy piece of elastic that really doesn't do much adjusting. On other pants I've had, the adjuster acted more like a belt. Fortunately they already fit pretty well so for me, it's not a big deal.
October 28, 2013