Gerbing 12V EX Heated Pants
I have tried on the old style of Gerbings heated pants and these do not measure up. The fit as everyone is writing is small. I'm 5'10", 165 lbs, wear a 34/32 size pants and I had to order an XL (which I'm sorry to say I'm not keeping). DO NOT go by your pants size. Take a tape measure and go around that gut (37" on me - give me a break, I'm an American) and then order one size up. I have no idea what Gerbing was thinking when they came up with that size chart, did they actually try it out? I tried a Large and the snaps were an inch or so way. The XL was falling off loose but there are take up straps on the sides. The deal breaker is they were too short, almost to the top of my tall boots when I sat on my bike. Revzilla needs to carry Long lengths if they make them. Gerbings makes a big deal about their "made in the USA" items but they fail to say where these are made, that's because they're made in Vietnam. The quality of the stitching is mostly good. The outer pant does not seem tough enough to take a fall and there is no hip padding. Also while there are side zippers for both the outer pant and inner H2O proof liner (the zipper goes just above the knee) there is NO zipper on the heated liner, only an open seam from the ankle to mid-calf. You are NOT going to get these on or off with boots on. I also question how much cold air that snap vent on the thigh will let in when closed, as it only is "closed" in the corner. Not the best design, should be Velcro or zipper. Oddly there are Velcro strips across the calf that seem to suggest that the flap over the side zipper will adjust tighter below the knee-worthless.
All that being said I may have kept them if the length was right but there are too many short comings for a $300 pant. Revzilla is awesome for returns and very helpful.
October 3, 2014
I hesitantly bought this without first trying or even seeing it. I was very pleasantly surprised by fit and quality. I would normally be a medium but bought a large as advised and it was a perfect fit. The feel and overall quality is fantastic. My other riding pants are from Dianese and I think I like these better (Not counting the heated part of course). I might remove the heated liner and use these for summer riding.
May 12, 2014
Waiting from Tony ( Revzilla TV ) to do a review for EX pants ( Which never happened ) I pull a trigger and ordered on my own ( Tony not cool !! )
Did read review from previous posters , and vent with size XL. I'm 5'11" 200lb guy and 34 - 46 jeans waist size 31-32 inseam.
XL EX pants fit me (almost) perfectly.
Puling pants out of box feelt really heavy. My first tough looking at pants was WOW what a great craftsmanship. Material and finish are outstanding as always from Gerbing's. First try over jeans was impressive. I can fit (tightly) but comfortable. Whole concept of heated gear is to be as close as possible to body for best heat transfer. Length was right on money at standing position. , however in siting position felt a bit short about 1", but not to short in seating position on bike.
Pants are designed with 3 layers. Outer shell, windproof / waterproof liner and heated liner. Personally not a big fan of layering, but I was willing to give a try.
Outer shell is made really nice, it has reinforced knees and rear. there is nice touch of some kind of leather for heat protection on each leg. Hardshell protection is inserted in pouches at knee area are velcro adjustable for fine tuning.
Mid layer is wind / waterproof membrane made of heavy duty plastic alike rain suit material.
Third layer is actually heated / insulating garment.
Each of internal layers has zipper at legs and waist. They are color coded, so there is no mistake zipping in to pants and can be used in any combination. Feeling with all layers installed is a bit bulky, so I decided to remove wind/waterproofing, just because I already have rain suit in my saddlebag. Feeling was just right, but knee protection was to hard and I was never able to get 'em to fit me right, so I did remove 'em and looking for something softer and more flexible.
I'm happy with purchase, even there is no description on Gerbing's web site , nor anywhere on web. I believe this product is designed to be wear as primary pants, not over pants.
Pros.: great garment for $300 bux. nice protection and heating at same time. Could be used just as a pants, or with heated liner. Step up protection, Nice looking, not baggy.
Cons. Wish there is tall and short size option. Hardshell knee protection is to lose and stiff it's just useless, I did pull 'em out and looking for alternative replacement. There is not hip protection option at all. Zippers on layers don't look durable, so could be problem later. Interior waterproof liner rise my eyebrows, how effective is, in real rain conditions.
Overall I decide to keep garment, I'm very satisfied, and looking for years of happy use.
May 8, 2014
very good product, but the sizing runs on the small side, bought the pants for wife first ordered a small ended up sending back she is 5'3" 120 lbs. could not get over hips. The medium size fit perfect, note legs run on the small side also
April 7, 2014
I purchased these pants for my wife, we currently have gerbing heated jacket liners and wanted to upgrade to a complete waterproof heated suit eventually so i thought this would be a good first item to purchase since my wife had no overpants. The new ev pants don't come with any book or description, just the individual labels for each materials used. They have a silver liner which I believe is the wind/waterproof liner, then a red thermal/heated liner inside that. They appear to be well made the liners both zip in the bottom and the legs zip up the side but you have to take your shoes off to put them on. My wife is 5'7" and 138# I ordered the small size then returned for the medium, then returned for the large which finally fit. Once on she loved them using the single controller with the jacket liner and pants she was warm all over. The returns with revzilla were handled very well with revzilla paying for the freight both ways. They are not light, hers weigh about the same as my 38" leather overpants. I dont know if the outside layer is waterproof or if you need the silver liner to be waterproof. there is a vent in the upperleg area that snaps open for ventalation. overall very satisfied
March 30, 2014
excellent quality. sizes run very small.
excellent quality but be warned... sizes run very small. I am 6ft 230 lbs and I ordered 2XL. very tight. this could be a great product if Gerbing gets the sizing right.
March 24, 2014
Jacket / Pants review.
First of all (DO NOT GO BY THE SIZE CHART) !!
My weight is 180 LBS , 5.10 Tall
I went by the size chart that Gerbing sent RevZilla and I really think it is for the Liners. my size was telling me that I was on the high end of the MED, and the low end of the LARGE . So I ordered a large, thinking it would be a little loose on the fit. as I want the wear this gear over my work clothes. I had to send the larges back and order the XL for my Jacket and the 2XL for the Pants to go over my clothes.
The heat that comes out of these things are amazing. ( 10 stars )
I really hope that Gerbing fixes this size chart problem for future buyers. ASK the Zilla-Rep for help on the size.
If you want to just wear the gear over underwear only then maybe (?) stay with a XL for both. If you think your a large.
( For the pants ). With the 2XL large pants I can get the pants on over my levis and Work Boots, but not with the large or XL large
The gear is heavy duty and has three layers and some sort of protection plates built into the gear in the elbows and back for the spine, the pants have them in the knee area. they are water proof and pretty much road rash proof. The Quality is outstanding. there is lots of Pockets , Velcro and Zippers.
also areas of making the gear fit better. comes in a bag with a nice hanger. (like a nice suit) :-)
This is my review for both Jacket and Pants.
Thanks so much to Filip L. for all your help on this purchase :-)
March 22, 2014
The right gear for cold weather riding
Background: I am 6' and 200 lbs, pants size is 38x32. I commute to work just about every day on my Harley, year round, depending on road conditions. My intent was to wear the Gerbing heat pants over my work pants #biz casual#. I have been using Gerbing heated pant liners over my dress pants and under leather chaps for a few years now but felt the chaps let in too much wind and couldn’t get a good heat balance with the heated liner under my leather jacket when the temps dipped into the low 30’s. I also use the HD branded Gerbing heated gauntlet gloves and dual controller.
Fit: Using the sizing chart I ordered the XL, way too small, could not even get the pant over my thigh. I wouldn't say I'm a big guy, just about normal. So I returned the XL and reordered a 2XL. BTW, the exchange process was flawless, Revzilla is the best. The 2XL fits perfect over my dress pants and while snug in the leg, the fit is just how I like it. The waist has about 4" of adjustment and I was able to dial in a good fit around the waist.
Performance: It was 29 degrees this morning on my commute in, and the pants exceeded my expectations. No wind penetration and very warm. So warm in fact there is an imbalance between using the heated pants and my heated liner under a leather jacket. While the liner is warm enough the performance of the heated pants is much higher. I’m so impressed with the performance of the pants I will be ordering the Gerbing heated jacket.
Quality: The pants appear to be very well made and engineered. The seam, stitching and Velcro look good. Can’t give a long term report here but the quality appear to be of a standard so the pants should last a long time. I do wish the pants were made in the USA; I would gladly pay more to have an American stitching up the pants. Overall I feel the Gerbing heated pants are the right gear for cold weather riding.
March 13, 2014