Firstgear HT Overpants Shell
Good basic overpant
This is a one piece pant that you just throw on over your normal pants and go riding. In warm weather I use the HT ‘Air’ pants that are excellent, but I got these pants for fall and winter riding.
I took the knee pads out because 1- they are uncomfortable in any of the positions the Velcro lets you put them in and 2- the pant is so loose at the knee that the pad will almost never be in the right place in an impact anyway. If you’re concerned about your knees, my suggestion would be to purchase ice hockey knee pads and wear underneath other clothes.
Overall, these pants are just what I wanted. They are easy to put on and take off, and the waist adjustment allows you to tighten them up after putting them on. The Velcro at the bottom allows you to tighten to prevent cold air from coming up your legs. They are waterproof. They will protect from road abrasions if you end up sliding down the road.
The only thing I dislike is the pass thru pockets. I would prefer actual zippered pockets like those on the ‘Air’ pants. With jeans underneath, the access is too low, with normal pants, the access is too far forward.
October 7, 2013
So far they have worked for me. Havent been in any downpours, but they have kept me dry in a medium rain for 30 min.
September 2, 2013
Not much to say, just your standard motorcycle pants.
July 26, 2013
I commute everyday in these pants, so I basically put them on and off 4 times a day. I usually have my above the ankle boots on - the zippers go high enough on the leg to get my boot in and out without issue. Every now and then the velcro gets in the way but never enough to make me fall *jinx*. My only "complaints" -- 1) I dont wear jeans to work, so the pockets dont align with the pockets on my slacks; I dont wear them when I have jeans on and 2) I needed to go for the "short" style as the knee pads fell to far below my knee - the short version fits a bit better but exposes a little bit of skin. It has not rain in the last 3 weeks so I am not sure how waterproof they are or how much water could go into my boot. If FirstGear is reading this, just add extra velcro on the inside of the pants so that the buyer can adjust the knee pads more.
If I had to do it again, for the price would I? Shell yeah!!!
April 29, 2013
A great value overpant
These pants function as capable overpants to add protection and a layer of warmth and wind resistance if it isn't below freezing out. Because they're overpants, they're a little bulky around the hips but waist adjustment works well. Tall length is good on the bike for taller riders and ankle closures keep pant legs down on the boots where they belong. Pockets are not pockets in front, just access to your pants' pockets, and rear pocket has a funky Velcro closure that is a little awkward to access and reclose. Armor adjustment may not have enough range for some, but can be adjusted for correct placement in riding position. Durable fabric and very easy on and off with 3/4 leg zips and Velcro closures. Overall, worth the money.
March 27, 2013
Nice pair of over pants
They were long for me, but I'm a bit short and fat. I usualy wear a 40W 30L, I got a size 44. I had to move the knee pads up and then they were in the correct spot. They seem like they would run hot, but it's still winter so haven't rode in summer yet. Overall look and feel nice.
January 24, 2013
Would be better if it had a pocket on the leg and if it was easier to get to the back pocket of the pants you are wearing underneath. Overall a great value.
January 21, 2013
Good price point, questionable zipper and lower leg protection
I have had the pants now for about a month and managed to put about 200 miles on them with both highway and commuting runs. I bought the shell only because I wanted something to wear over jeans for armor and extending my winter season.
Size: I wear a size 40w/30 inseam jean, sometimes a 42/32. I ordered a size 42 and it fit over my jeans comfortably. My only fit issue is that the pants have a high waist (reaches my navel), but the knee armor is very low. I had to put the knee armor at the highest velcro point I could, and wear the pants pulled all the way up - and I still have to pull the armor higher after I sit down on the bike. Once on the bike it is fine - but for me, the pants are not comfortable for walking around in much. They are fairly easy to get in and out of - I can do it with 13 inch work boots on as long as the lower leg zipper is open all the way.
Armor: the armor seems good overall, but I am worried about the lower leg zippers. It takes only a little pressure on the bottom of the leg and the zipper will open all the way back up again. I could see the lower velcro strap getting caught and pulling zipper completely open in a slide. I was hoping for some better closure, but since I wear them as overpants I can't say if having the inner liners would somehow take care of this problem.
Overall - a good value for the pricepoint, but I wish they had provided a more secure closure for the leg zippers.
January 7, 2013