Icon 1000 Beltway Pants
It is what they say it is.
The good: Comfortable, better protection than jeans, appear to be quality
The bad: knee armor way too low, with my legs extended the armor pockets are almost below my knees entirely, armor pockets are also too big, fit is not flattering, pockets are huge, leather knees make the general effect "baggy motorcycle pants"
The fit: good match in the waist, maybe an inch bigger than my actual measured waist, but it's baggy in the thighs and calves, while at the same time they are harder to get around my Sidi Adventure boots than my slim cut jeans (I think jeans stretch more than these)
How Icon could make these perfect: offer these in shorter lengths or at least with higher up armor pockets on existing lengths, put some Velcro or something in the armor pocket to keep the armor from sliding to the bottom, taper the legs more from the waist down and flare a bit for boots or use a side zipper.
Also I'd prefer if the finish was more matte black and do away with the leather on rear pockets and knees (the resin cloth seems more abrasion resistant and stylish, just double up in the knee area without the obvious seams that shout "motorcycle pants").
As is, I'm keeping them until I find something better, but I'm going to see if a tailor can address a few of these issues.
June 5, 2014
hope Icon improves the stitching.
When I first received my Beltway, I was really impressed with the look, fit and quality-feel. Overall I like these pants but mine did have some issues....
The stitching on the pockets and belt-loops just fell-away after a couple of weeks of riding.
Knee protectors sit a little low.
what I'd like to see added:
Hip protectors would be welcome especially at this price-point.
These used to be my favorite riding-pants but given how easy the stitching collapsed, I no longer trust them.
Hopefully Icon will improve on these as I really like the style and would buy them again.
March 1, 2014
excellent but no length option
excellent product fits so well except for length, as there is no options there.
is very comfortable and i can walk around in them very easily.
due to the length the armour sits a little low in there pouches but will be fixed by stitching the bottom of the pouch up so it sits a bit higher.
November 25, 2013
Alright Icon! (but a problem with D3o knee armor)
Icon's Beltway pants rock. Made a weekend run from Baltimore to Atlanta: Weather started out in the low 50's with occasional drizzle and warmed up into the high 60's going down; then low 50's down to the mid 30's for the return run. Icon's Beltway pants worked perfectly. Pant material is thick and promises to be long lasting. Cut/style is right on with the pants working with my Sidi On-Road boots and, unlike Icon's Brawnson pant, the Beltway's pants have belt loops wide enough to hold a man sized belt.
I did feel some compression in the knee area when wearing these and for the review wanted to see how well Icon's Stryker Knee Field Armor fit underneath... That is when I discovered that both of the D3o armor pads that comes with the Beltway pants has split apart. I am attaching a photo so you can see it. I would haggle for a replacement, but I don't think the armor pads are defective as much has the tearing is a result of the armor pocket design causing twisting torque on that area of the armor.
The other nagging issue is wondering how well the resin coating will hold up, and what to do about it when it wears off. (Think of how you can re-treat Filson's waxed cotton hunting clothes.)
All in all those two problems are secondary to the how impressed I was with the substantial quality of the materials Icon used to make the pants and the cut/style of the design. I highly recommend these, but would like to see Icon examine the D3o issue.
November 11, 2013
Fit and workmanship - first class
The only issue I found with these pants is that the relaxed fit is a bit too relaxed depending on the type of bike you ride. I'm on a sport-tourer and the legs are a bit wide at the cuff for me; they tend to flap as speed, enough to be annoying, in spite of having left the pants with a substantial break when hemming. My recommendation is that you take them in at the cuff when hemming. I skipped this step due to the fact that I was awaiting shipment on a new pair of boots and wanted to wait and make sure that cuffs would fit correctly over the boot tops so I'm making a second trip to the tailor.
Beyond all the above, the fit and workmanship are first class. These pants are not immediately noticeable as motorcycle pants in spite of offering significant protection when wearing, which is the effect that you are probably going for. i commute to the office daily and on most days wear a pair of overpants to keep my dress clothes in good shape. But I am able to wear the Icons on casual Fridays and feel better dressed than folks who show up in denim - very comfortable and relaxed both on and off the bike.
July 26, 2013
Stylish cross-over leather pant.
Breathable leather pant. Excellent for summer riding in mountain climate (hot days with rapidly cooling evenings). Comfortable fit. Looks good on and of the bike.
July 15, 2013