Firstgear HT Air Overpants
Nice commuter pants, be careful with sizing if you have a beer belly!
I just got these pants and I made the mistake of ordering my regular pants size... In the video, Anthony suggests buying your regular size, but that would apply if your belly and waist are the same size (like all the young guys at RevZilla)... Unfortunately, I have acquired a beer belly that made my regular pant size be too small... In the generic pant sizing video, Antony does make it clear that you have to measure your size at your belly button, not your waist/pants line... Of course, it was no hassle to return/exchange for the next size up...
Anywho, the pants are very nice... My only concern is me doing damage by catching my boot tread on the inner mesh when putting them...
November 8, 2013
These are great overpants, i put on my work pants and then slide these on - get to work and ready to go. Very good quality.
October 22, 2013
The long side zips make these overpants as convenient as overpants ought to be. Construction seems robust. Airflow is good, as good as I could ask for in a pant that's also supposed to protect me sliding down asphalt. Pocket design is excellent. These overpants do all the little things well, and that makes them worth the price.
These pants offer abrasion resistance and weather protection. Don't look for heavy, armor-like protection. The lateral hip-pads are kind of slight, but I'm sure you'll be glad they're there if you land or slide on them. It's a little extra protection, that doesn't intrude on fit or feel. You might easily forget they're there.
When it comes to the knee pads, my advice is to regard them as basically useless. The pants are baggy in the knee and the pads are not likely to be in position at impact. If you're lucky and they are, they will almost certainly slide out of position as soon as they contact the road. A simple velcro cinch at the knee would go a long way toward making those pads relevant - I thought about sewing one on and may do it eventually.
September 5, 2013
Very high quality pants at a fair price
Let it be said that I'm not the easiest to fit. I have a legit 31" waist with a 34" inseam. I'm a runner and have no hips or gut or backside, so finding things that fit has always been a challenge. These pants (when used as an overpant) fit well at the waist and through the legs but unfortunately do fall a tad short in the length (I ordered the 32), but like I opened my review with, it's difficult to find something that fits completely. I wish they made a 32 tall, that would have certainly been a perfect fit.
The quality of these is excellent, the armor is very adjustable and the airflow is quite good. They are very easy to get on and off even with riding boots on. The leg zippers open up to well above the knee which makes for easy in and out. I rode a 2500+ mile trip last week where the average high temperature was high 80's to low 90's and these pants didn't get me overheated. If it was any hotter, I'm not sure how they would do, but up to those temps I had no problems wearing them all day (while on the bike).
September 3, 2013
Very nice pants!
I was very happy to find that these pants are available in tall sizes and that the tall size actually fits!
I've only worn them a couple of times, but they fit well over my jeans and dress pants. Getting them on over cargo shorts was just a little more difficult.
The long side zippers are great for getting them on when you already have boots on. I also like the ability to reposition the knee protection.
The front pockets are handy, but I'm not sure why they placed the "reach through" zipper where they did - it's not in the right position to reach through to my jeans pockets.
Ventilation is good - I've worn them in 80 degree temperatures with jeans and found them comfortable.
The zipper matches my First Gear mesh jacket - big plus.
August 28, 2013
I bought all my gear at the same time, and after 7000 miles, this is the first piece to wear out. The zippers are the main weakness with these pants. The thigh vents have a mesh liner that gets caught in the zipper and then rips, so I have a pretty big hole there. Additionally, the main fly zipper has the same problem with the fabric in the crotch area. Luckily, there's also velcro in that location so I am able to still get by.
Comfort wise, if you're wearing the pants in warm weather with shorts underneath, the velcro for the knee amour scratches your legs and is rather uncomfortable. The other downside is the gaiters on the pant leg aren't set up for riding boots. They aren't long enough to fit inside your boot and still be able to pull the pant let over your boot. It's like they're set up for shoes.
I'm not a fan of these pants, and they'll be replaced very soon.
August 24, 2013
Protection and comfort!
For years I was a 'jeans' rider - no more! These Air Overpants are SO much more comfortable and SO much safer. The waterproof liner fits nicely underneath and adds a layer of warmth on cool days; it also truly does work as a stand-alone rain pant that actually looks 'fashionable' for rain gear! I love the option to wear 'comfy' clothes underneath - shorts or capri pants in the summer and just slip off the riding pants, exchange boots for flip flops and hang out at an outdoor event without sweltering in jeans. The feature of having two pockets on each side - one front and a 'through pocket zipper' is also very handy. This is one of those pieces of gear I wish I had purchases years ago!
A note on sizing (and REVZILLA was awesome about the exchange) - I originally ordered the women's pants a size smaller than my largest jeans and they were still too big and they were too long as I have short legs - I opted to go with the men's sizing by measuring my waist and in seam and the fit is perfect - must depend on your shape, but I love that they do offer this pant in Women's sizes).
August 12, 2013
Had these for about two weeks now and I have to say - they're awesome! Don't quite know why they don't have overpants like these in Australia, hence buying from Revzilla (great website by the way - love the video reviews)
The fit is true to size, I'm a 32" waist and 30" inseam. The 32" doesn't come in a short version so it's about 1" longer than I would normally wear, but it isn't really a problem.
I wear these over jeans on the weekend and my suit pants during the week - plenty of room in the leg so that my work pants don't get all creased up. The long zipper down the leg is great for getting into and out of these pants (even with shoes on).
The mesh outer pants has elastic sections on both sides of the waist, but the inner liner doesn't so I found the waist to be a bit snug (on the inner liner) so tend not to do the inner pants waist zipper or buttons up, which isn't a problem as they are held to the outer by a full circumference zipper.
It's winter here at the moment so haven't had a chance to see how well the mesh works with regards to air flow but the waterproof liner is certainly warm enough for the Perth winter. Haven't had an opportunity to ride in heavy rain (or want to for that matter), so can't comment on how waterproof the liner really is.
Overall, I'm very happy with these pants and would definitely recommend them!
July 30, 2013