Firstgear Sierra Day Glo Rain Pants
Great rain gear
This is a continuation to my review on the FirstGear rain jacket. Now for the pants. I have a 34" waist and 32" inseam. These pants fit will over my riding pants. Trouble is, they seem to have about a 36" inseam and I can pull the waist half way up my belly! They are simply too long for a size LG. This would be the length for an XL in my opinion. They do exactly what they say, are light weight, pack into a built in pouch (Which I dislike) and are reflective. DO NOT GET THEM CLOSE TO HOT EXHAUST! I'm sure they will not last long if you do. The pants unzip from the ankle to knee, but its like an expansion, a gator if you will. I have size 9 feet, not too big. I can BARELY get my leg into the pants with my boots on and MUST be sitting down to fiddle with getting them on. This is really my whole issue. I am almost sweating to just get the silly pants on! The rain gear doesn't breathe quickly enough to get rid of sweat! This gear really works and I suppose we give up a little convenience to stay dry. Would I buy it again? In a heartbeat! It really does work to keep my dry, is light weight, packs small anyone should be able to see me coming!
October 4, 2013
ARRGGHHHH my eyes.......
Good product. The fit is true to size and having used then in some heavy rain then kept me dry.
There is no way a cager will not see me they are somewhat bright, but as I commute for a couple of hours in Sydney traffic each day that is a good thing.
May 13, 2013
Great inexpensive rain solution
While I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, we do get rain at several times during the year. The day may start one way and end another. Having rain gear that I can stow in a saddlebag made sense so I bought the Firstgear Sierra Day Glo Rain Pants and Jacket. The trade-off for compact folding is durability, however, the nylon fabric seems adequate but I would recommend keeping it away from hot pipes. The construction is not breathable but that is to be expected.
The color is great for a grey, rainy day. The cargo pockets are a nice touch and are usable and the leg zippers are also perfect for getting these pants on over boots, The fit is also spot on.
I have worn these pants during a few showers, no downpours yet and they kept my pants dry. As a commuter, if the roads are wet, the front tire can throw all kinds of road filth on to my pants. These over-pants keep my clean as well as dry, so even on just wet roads then are a benefit.
I have not used the jacket yet, as I plan to use that in the summer but I predict that it will be great as well.
Both products come with a built in stuff bag for easy stowing. The bags also have a picture of the item that is inside so there are no mistakes about which half of the suit you are grabbing. A nice touch if you are in a downpour and scrambling to put on one or both of these.
February 16, 2013
I will wear these alone on wet roads or light drizzle when I do not wear the rain jacket but want to keep my pants dry
I like my obnoxiously bright yellow First Gear Sierra Day Glo Rain Jacket and Pants. If they run you over in the rain when you are wearing one of these, it must have been intentional. I bought it because of the quality and features and the color and I am happy with all. It is expensive, but much less so than the motorcycle branded outfits. It is better made and with better features than all those I tried in the local stores. The built in pocket which turns into the bag for each of the jacket and pants are great... appropriately sized and conveniently located to make packing simple. The jacket stored perfectly easily the first time. The pants took a couple times to work out the best technique. So, received my new rain gear and this was the first time I can remember wishing for rain. Did I ever get it on the second day of the trip... hours of it and sometimes really heavy and windy. Not a drop inside the suit (except as will be mentioned below). The seals all worked well. I was a leary of the sela on the front not having velcro but the double seal worked great. I cannot imagine riding in worse weather and the suit worked fine. It was comfortable, too. And, fit well standing / walking as well as riding and any riding related movements. The LONG zippers on the legs (to the knees) are great. Easy to get boots in. (Okay, maybe not easy hopping on one leg at the side of the rode. But, easier than any others I tried.) The elastic bands and velcro seals at the legs and arms hold the pants and jacket securely. I did have a rain leakage issue but that may be a user issue. My shirt was wet at my stomach. I think the water rolled up my legs and under the jacket and onto my shirt. There are pull straps and clamps inside the jacket on both sides but I did not use those. I will use those next time. I bought an XL because I have long arms and legs although I am thin, so that might have contributed to the water access without the drawstrings being tightened. Would I buy this again if I had to replace my new suit... absolutely, and no hesitation to recommend it. What would I tell First Gear? I really like this yellow color BUT does it ever pick up sprayed road dirt / oils AND is that ever hard to clean. I had to soak the stains in diswashing detergent and some of them still show light risidual stain marks. The material really needs to have a finish that prevents that or at least makes cleaning less burdensome. This is a serious issue. The strength and feel and comfort of the material is good but there is something wrong with the finish. I think I forgot to mention... the construction quality is excellent... both how it is put together for movement and the quality of seam joining.
August 27, 2012