Gerbing 12V EX Heated Pants
Wow...What a FAIL on these fine pants
These EX pants are some well built pants and they look sharp. But they don't come even close to fitting
I wear a Levi's size 46 waist and I bought a 3x and I could not get into these pants. I unzipped them and the much too long legs came up fairly OK, but I barely got the waist over my practically non existent butt and then, with jeans on had a measured 12" between the halves of the 2 waist snaps. NO WAY were these going to fit. Tried wearing only long thermal underwear and still had a measured 9". The knee armor was well below my knees. I must send them back and this is the largest size they make so I cannot wear this probably fine product.
How could a company with such a great reputation and such great products miss the fitting mark so badly? If these had fit, I bet they would have been great.
Also, though you can read on the Gerbing website that they have brought all their manufacturing capabilities back to the USA, the tag says made in Vietnam.
Vietnam also made the EX Jacket in 3x which I also purchased and which fit but very very tightly with a lot of main zipper complexity and difficulty. You can zip it up from top to bottom but there is another zipper foot at the bottom that allows you to unzip it from bottom to top and aligning these two foots is a real pain because you are already in the jacket and the lining is already zipped up so with a stiff jacket on, it's hard. I do realize that this stuff has to fit firmly in order to heat well but I think this is a bit much.
The EX gloves in a large fit my hands as other large size gloves do, but the gauntlet end diameter is too small to be easy to get on.
Unless you are really tall and rail thin I do not recommend these pants and am disillusioned over the Vietnam thing. I know everybody lies these days but I still don't like it.
Even though the fit on the jacket and gloves are bearable I'm considering sending it all back and going with linings from FirstGear made by Warm and Safe, also available at Revzilla.
I feel like for that much money it ought to be better than bearable. Riding is supposed to be fun.
January 22, 2015
Buy one size large for sure - A must !!!!!
I'm 5' 10' 230 lbs.
46" waist # 47" near belly button #
I bought the XXL pants and I barely got in them with blue jeans on. Spray on pants would describe them when I put on the XXL.
Last size is XXXL so that's what I just ordered, wish me luck.
January 22, 2015
Great buy !!
So finally I picked up the pants for this winter as I have the complete gerbing line for heated gear minus the foot beds. It's an investment if you are a road warrior and will be putting some serious cold winter miles. A must have no matter if you have heated seats as you will be cold in long winter rides. Overall the pants do run small as I am 32 waist, 34 inseam and six feet tall - I had to get xl which is tad big but is more comfortable then large and was surprisingly small in length !! Overall great product and finish is excellent -
January 6, 2015
I ride year round here in Oregon and already have the jacket liner and gloves. We love Gerbing.
November 9, 2014
Just what I expected from Gerbing.
Glad I paid attention to the info about fit. I'm 5'10" and weigh 195lbs. The XXL pants fit perfect. Looking forward to cold weather so I can put it to the test. I've had Gerbing heated clothing for years so I'm sure it will perform well.
October 27, 2014
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