Firstgear Mesh Tex Pants
These pants fit exactly like my regular clothes and that is good considering most riding pants run large or small. The zipper could use some work since there is a gap when it is up. Also, the knee inserts have to be adjusted manually for comfort.
August 12, 2013
Very comfortable. Great Fit
Since they are sold by waist size and come in long and short lengths, the fit was right on. Elastic waist makes them very comfortable. Very good air flow, hip protection and knee armour is adjustable for a great fit.
May 20, 2013
These pants are perfect, I added a belt and they feel great. I have used them often and even in a casual off the bike setting they are great.
I use these pants in many settings, on and off the bike. I added a belt and they are very comfortable, pulled above the waistline as suggested in the video and they are a perfect fit. I am a 34 waist in a jean and the 36 fit perfect. A little loose in the legs but on the bike they are a very comfortable fit, as they should be. Material and air flow is great!
May 20, 2013
Order big, good summer pants
As others suggested, I ordered a size up, and am glad I did. Once the pants broke in (week of daily commuting) they were very comfortable. Temps under about 55 (F), were a bit cold, temps from 55-80 have been perfect for these pants. Haven't had a chance to experience super warm weather yet.
Knee pads seem to have a very small sweet spot where they fit and stay in place (in relation to you and the bike), while not being uncomfortable. This is my first pair of riding pants though, so maybe all knee pads are like this.
April 30, 2013
Great for the South
This is a quality pair of pants with great features and a wonderful airflow. I live in the southern mountain area, so our temps can vary quite a bit through the day, but it can get HOT. These pants keep me on the bike. I wear light jogging shorts under them & that works well to keep everything cool. The pockets are wonderful! I can keep my phone and wallet in the front, and they go down far enough on my thighs to not restrict air or movement.
I use these for the summer, and then switch to my Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3 season pants for the rest of the year.
They don't have a liner ( I use over-the-pants rain gear for that), so they don't have an inner zipper to mess with. I was able to get the 34x34 mens and have the waist made smaller so that I could get the length I need. If you need to have your pants altered, these are easy.
I've used them for one season, put about 8K miles on them and they're still fresh as a daisy. I highly recommend these pants.
December 8, 2012
Firstgear Mesh Tex Pants - Great Textile Pants
I really wanted the "Spidi NL5 Mesh Men's Textile Pants", bought them and had to return them. No way would they ever fit in any size, same way with "Dainese" pants, and "X-Trousers NAMIB ll". So I would say Firstgear was my last choice, but they had short sizes. Wow I'm really surprised, they look good and they're very well made! Very happy with them.
September 14, 2012
Odd Things Are Afoot at Firstgear
Being on the cusp of most companies' regular sizes, I ordered a tall size as well as the regular. What I received were two very different pairs of pants, despite both being labeled as Mesh Tex Pants not only on the bags in which they came but also on the tags sewn into the pants themselves.
The regular had thick and substantial foam armor in adjustable pockets for the knees and also in the hip. The tall, however, came with very thin (0.25") and spongy "armor" in the knees, in non-adjustable pockets, and hips.
Much less consequentially, the overall styling (pocket, logo, venting placement) was different from the regular to the tall.
I suspect that this is a manufacturing variance from regular to tall, but why? Taller people need less protection and don't need it adjustable? I say "suspect" because I emailed Firstgear 7-10 days ago and have not heard back from them. Before that, I tried calling them multiple times, but the number they so proudly emblazon on their pieces and call attention to in their product videos goes straight to voicemail every time. Frustrating.
Despite all this, the pants seem squarely in the decent range. I wish that even the regular had better armor (in fact, I cannibalized some hard plastic armor from an old pair of pants) and these are some of the more minimalist pants I've come across. Ventilation should be on par with jeans or a smidge better, but I can't say I've ridden in anything above 85° in them yet.
July 2, 2012
SIZE TO FIT
I want to clarify waist size for this product. I wear a size 32 waist wrangler jean. I ordered the 32 waist first gear mesh and they fit perfect for summer riding. I also ordered the 34 waist first gear mesh and I am able to wear my wranglers under them for fall and cold weather riding. This product is excellent and true to size. 6/6/2012
June 6, 2012