Firstgear HT Overpants
1.) A recurring theme with this brand - the forms were not correct. In other words the material is not shaped correctly before sewing them into the garment. These are over pants. I'm a pretty normally shaped, fit guy. They fit over my pants completely normally at the waist and all along the legs. But at the hip (buttocks), they are FAR too tight. The result is smashed dude parts and wrinkled dress pants.
2.) Warmth and waterproofing - these were perfectly fine.
3.) Quality - poor. Another theme with this brand. They use good materials, but the craftsmanship is poor, so seems have a tendency to pull loose. The webbing behind the crotch zipper ripped loose while removing the pants after about 3 months.
4.) Ease of use - Compared to the pants I was replacing (from Joe Rocket), these were much more difficult to put on and take off over other clothes. a.) the side zippers do not continue very far up the legs. b.) the inner liner never stays snapped into place and slides freely within the outer layer, out of position, c.) the (relatively) tight rubber band at the bottom of the inner liner holds onto your socks, holding the inner liner in while the outer layer slides off. I recognize that this is probably an element designed to help with weatherproofing, but I noticed no improved all weather performance relative to the pants these replaces.
I would not recommend this brand. I bought the pants, a jacket, and gloves, all from this brand. All three demonstrated similar issues. Good materials, poor design (as in, the forms for the material were not shaped correctly, not as in the visual design), and very poor craftsmanship.
April 19, 2015
I used to just layer up prior to going out for a ride. Now that I live where the temps are from 30s to 70s year around and rains a lot, I wanted something that would keep me warm. These pants are well worth it, I order my pants size and it fit snug at first but broke in and it's very comfortable. Knee pads are adjustables and easy to get in and out of the pants.
April 5, 2015
Great Riding Pants
I wear these over my jeans, and with a pair of Sidi Apex boots. The 32s fit me really well (5'11", 150 pounds, athletic build). Someone complained about the location of the knee armor but I was able to slightly reposition it on the velcro that holds it in place and now the armor lines up perfectly with my knees. The legs unzip all the way up and the removable liner automatically opens as you unzip each leg, so I've not had any problems putting them on over my boots.
Although they look great in black, I would have chosen a lighter color if it were available. It would be cooler in the summer where I live (AZ desert).
February 3, 2015
Well made, but poor design
These pants are huge..! Very baggy and not easy to don on/off even with shoes, let alone riding boots.
Not the best choice for the daily rider/commuter... too cumbersome.
My main issue though is with the knee protection. The pads hang low and the top of the pad sticks under the knee making walking uncomfortable.
When on the bike with knees bent, they cover the knees but are far from comfortable.
They're worth the money but consider spending more and getting a more ergonomic design.
January 26, 2015
Kept me warm
Rode in them for the first time today and I am very pleased with this purchase. The temperature today was around 23* when I went to work and 9* when I got off. With just these and jeans on, my legs were warm enough to still be comfortable . I would've preferred to have my base layer pants on also but wanted to test these out in really cold weather.
I wear a 34 waist in pants and ordered the 34 like it said to, but it is really snug around the waist with jeans and a belt on. I'd reccomended ordering one size bigger than you normally wear just to be safe. Although I appreciate the waterproof gator behind the zipper, I wish there was an easier way to answer nature when she calls. Overall so far I am very happy with these over pants.
January 14, 2015
Bought these pants because I needed something warmer for winter and my old pants were literally falling apart at the seams. So far these pants have provided the warmth I wanted, keeping my legs comfortable down into the upper-20s at 70 mph, and I no longer have to wear multiple additional layers.
I bought a size 38 to go over my standard 36 waist. I probably could've gone with a size 36 but I'm happy with the extra room and the waist adjusts easily enough so the pants aren't close to falling off.
The ability to adjust the height of the knee pads is nice, but the pads themselves aren't very comfortable. That's about the only thing I don't like about the pants so far. If the knee pads had a little more actual padding - more like hockey pads - the pants would be perfect.
December 30, 2014
Excellent product! The website stated that the pants are a true fit. This is not correct; I purchased my pants one size larger and they are a little tight. Go up two sizes for a better fit! I ride all year long, even in extreme cold weather, and the pants keep me nice and warm. I wish they had more pockets! easy to put on and to take off.
December 1, 2014
Can't go Wrong with FirstGear
This is my second set of ADV riding pants, both were Firstgear. A zipper finally failed on the first set (probably could have just repaired it) but I opted for a new pair. The first set lasted thru two 8,000 mile trips to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and a 10,000 mile trip to Newfoundland as well as numerous local trips. A lot of wet and sometimes cold riding over three years. Firstgear was an obvious choice for a replacement.
November 17, 2014