Firstgear HT Overpants Shell
Excellent pants for the money!
I am 6'1", 185 lbs and wear a natural 34x32 jeans size and ride a 2014 BMW R1200RT. I tried on a size 34 pair of these at a local motorcycle outfitters and they were 1 size too tight in the waist. If you step it up 1 size (in my case a 36) they will be just right.
They have adjustable Velcro straps on the hips so don't panic if your size initially feels slightly large. You can tighten them up with not problem.
The other thing I really like about these is the overall fit. I opted not to get the HT Air Overpants with all the liners an so forth simply because I have a cold weather limit to my riding and the shell pants are suitable for me. The Shell overpants have a nice classic fit to them, i.e. not al baggy and so forth.
Additionally, they are super easy to put on and take off over the top of jeans or work khakis. The high zipper/Velcro combination up the pant legs make it a breeze to get in and out of without having to remove my motorcycle shoes.
If there is one negative to throw out there it is the lack of additional pockets on the Shell pants themselves. There are "access pockets" to the front pockets on my jeans but nothing built into the Shell pants. Other reviews of the Shell pants say the same thing. Other than that, I am very pleased with them!!
March 29, 2015
Very comfortable but a couple of flaws
Overall, I really like these pants and they may be the most comfortable motorcycle pants I have ever worn. Good quality construction and zippers, true to size fit, and not too bulky. I never use the liners that come with pants so when I saw these pants come without liners and therefore are more reasonably priced, I decided to try them.
There are a couple of flaws however... First, The knee armor is very bulky and inflexible. I solved this by exchanging them for some D3O armor I had purchased for my last pair of pants. (D3O highly recommended). Second, the placement of the pass through front pockets defies logic. I don't own a pair of pants that have pockets that will align with their placement. They need to be moved towards the hips more. (I can, with some difficulty, get to the pocket in cargo pants)
Again, I really like the comfort and quality of the pants and do recommend them with the caveats mentioned above.
February 27, 2015
Really like them.
I am 5’8” 185 29” inseam. Tape measure says 44” measuring at navel. Wear a size 40 in jeans. I ordered size 40 short. Have been wearing them over my jeans. They fit perfectly. The features are nice. The back pocket is deep and wide with Velcro so I know my wallet is not going to fall out. Front two pocket access openings are convenient to get to your jeans front pockets. The fly access is pretty easy too. They look good and feel safe. Only used them in cold weather so far. Warm enough so I don’t need long underwear in the mid 40s.
January 19, 2015
Comfortable, dry & warm
I bought these pants to keep me dry and warm for my daily commute, and they're great. Easy to get on & off over my jeans and they're very comfortable too.
The first size I ordered was too long, but shipping back and getting a new size was extremely easy, quick and painless process. The second pair fit perfectly.
January 14, 2015
pants are very convenient.
a excellent product for commuting and travel. easy to put on and take off when you get to your destination. work well and are a reasonable price
October 8, 2014
Great basic pant
After 3 pairs of riding pants that I rode some 150,000 miles with and never installed the thermo liner in any of them I decided to save a few bucks and get just a shell this time. Same great waterproof riding pants just not paying for a liner that will sit in my closet.. I'm sure over jeans I'll be plenty comfy into the teens and seeing as it gets that cold maybe twice a year here in VA I should be all set for a few years.
May 12, 2014
I was concerned about finding some long legged pants. I'm 6'5", 205lbs, 36" inseam, 34" waist. I purchased the 36 Tall with the intention to wear over jeans. These fit me well. They feel a bit like snow pants but not as baggy as a wingsuit. I'm afraid the 34T would have too snug of a fit in the legs. The length works well. I can adjust the knee pads to be positioned correctly while on the bike but feel out of place while walking. Overall I'm happy with this size for my build.
April 18, 2014
Zipper came apart on second wearing
So I get these pants and am excited to have a nice shell pant, and order the long length, which fits well, and on my second time wearing them I pull up the crotch zipper and it pulls off the track. I mean, the zipper came apart. And I was hardly yanking on it. Just pulling it up the way you do a zipper on your pants.
Revzilla doesn't provide a satisfaction guarantee or anything like that, so you are at the mercy of the manufacturer. Now I have to go through the dog and pony show of returning it and all that. What a pain. If I pay a shop to put a new zipper on it I have spent another $50 or whatever.
The internet is filled with stories of bad zippers on these pants. What the heck.
February 3, 2014