Firstgear HT Overpants
Good economic choice
Time will tell how durable these pants are, but so far I am pleased with craftmanship. Pockets, vents, pads, etc. seem to be in all the right places. I ordered one size bigger and the "tall" version and glad that I did. Sizing chart recommended a M but I ordered large and I'm in the 33-34 in waist size in normal pants. My inseam is similar, so the tall option was a perfect fit. Airflow is good for Alaska summers but might be less than ideal for warmer climates. I noticed that some reviews commented on zipper durability, but no problems yet.
April 30, 2013
They kept me warm and dry without the liner. Maybe a little heavy, but easy to put on.
March 18, 2013
These are my first my first pair of riding pants so I don't have much to compare them against, but they exceeded my expectations and keep me plenty warm during a 30 miles, 20 degree ride. I actually wore mine over jeans (I removed the liner) and they seemed true/slightly snug to fit. I wear 36/34 jeans but opted for 38" waist/Tall overpants and I'm glad I did. They are pretty adjustable, but I'd again - I'd definitely bump up a size if nothing else to make sure they fit over bulky jeans and a belt. Like the other folks have mentioned, the guards are a little low and need to be repositioned, I'd argue that event on the top setting ,they're a little too low.
March 4, 2013
Good pants, but zipper broke
Initially I would have given these pants a good review, but after only a couple weeks of use, the zipper on the fly has broken.
Other than the zipper problem I really like these pants, they definitely kept me warm and dry.
February 20, 2013
Very Happy and Satisfied
Revzilla comes through again. I ordered these as a birthday present for myself on Tuesday and received them today; super fast delivery. I had a concern regarding my order and contacted support via email the night I ordered these. I received a response immediately the next day and was assured my order was placed and would arrive before the weekend. Thanks again Chris!
These pants are true to size for my measurements. I am 5' 7", 30-31 inseam, and barely a 42 waist. I'm a stocky soon to be in shape guy (have a belly and am overweight but working on it). These pants with the liner were snug but did fit over my Levi 501's (which are shrink to fit waist 44) with thermal underwear underneath. I removed my thermals and they fit great. I removed the liner and they fit great. I am certain after losing another 20lbs these pants will fit me perfectly.
The knee pads can be positioned perfectly for my short stature and haven't had any issues with them shifting on my test ride with them on. They are adjustable via velcro if I needed to position them higher...so these will work for you if you're shorter than I am by an inch.
For the price of these pants in comparison to other overpants I feel I have gotten the best bang for my buck. As with my Rush Tex jacket, the quality of these pants seem very good. They're waterproof and definitely warm. There are plenty of pockets, a few vents for air flow, and a garter at the bottom. There's a zipper in the rear that will match up with my jacket. The liner is connected to the pants via a 360 degree zipper and is easy to take out. The zippers and buttons at the waist are all of good quality. I see no flaws in craftsmanship with these pants. Only time will tell if these hold up well but I'm confident they will.
These are pretty easy to put on with my Alpine CR4 boots. The pants have zippers that zip up far enough where I'm certain they'll be easy to put on with higher more protective boots (I'm saving for Sidi's Adventure boots).
I'm a big fan of First Gear products now and highly recommend these pants to anyone with a tight budget. Heck, I'd buy these even if I were a six figured salary kind of guy.
And again, Revzilla came through for me. There's absolutely no reason for me to look anywhere else to purchase my riding gear...just so long as the prices continue to be competitive. Thanks First Gear and Revzilla...I'm a happy camper.
January 17, 2013
These are good pants!
The pants are well built and offer many features. Mine was a gift but the size was just a tad too small. Make sure you get the size of the jeans you wear but alittle larger on the waist. The pants are very warm in the winter and my only issue is the waist part can irritate your skin unless you tuck your shirt in. Also the knee pads are a bit low even when they are adjusted to there max towards my waist, which also hinders my knee bending alittle on the bike.
January 14, 2013
I'm very happy with my purchase. First-gear product made my winter commute possible. Easy to put on and remove after ride. For the price - you will get excellent product.
December 27, 2012
Good product for cool / cold weather
I purchased these overpants so I could extend my riding season into the late fall, early spring and even a warm winter day once in a while. The pants fit great over my normal casual pants without the inner pant liner which is what I was looking for. With the inner pant liner included over my casual pants there a little tight and a bit bulky but the liner is a little more layering than I was looking for and I'm not sure both are intended to be used over another pair of pants. I think the inner liner pant would work best for a longer ride in cold temps using the inner pant linner as your main pants, not over another pair of pants. This option would be less bulky. I'm 6'-3" and the overpants came in a tall size which is a perfect length for me, one of the main reasons for my selection. There fairly easy to get on and off, again I've been using them without the inner pant liner, just a bit more effort required with the linner. They also look nice although when you walk they make a bit of noise as your legs brush. The waste is easily adjusted, legs zip up for easier on off if needed. I have not tried them in rain but the pockets are zippered and flapped with hook and loop so they appear well protected. Overall the quality of the paints seem very good and I'm pleased with my selection.
December 17, 2012