Icon Anthem Mesh Over Pants
Defective design; should be pulled from market
As many reviewers have noted, these pants have two design flaws, one which is very serious.
1. The ankle zippers aren't long enough to permit donning these pants with boots on (at least for people who have average sized feet/boots), which tends to defeat the purpose of an overpant.
2. The waist buckle is fastened to the waist band with two small rivets. There is no reinforcement to the fabric in this area, nor anything like a washer or backing plate to distribute the pulling force exerted by these rivets. So sooner or later, the rivets *will* pull through the waist band. Several reviewers have experienced this problem. It happened to me after about 20 wearings. While it's possible to make a repair with replacement rivets, Chicago screws, or some other solution, that wouldn't be necessary if this protective gear was properly designed. This is an obvious design flaw which makes this product defective for the intended purpose.
Bottom line, don't buy these pants.
July 20, 2014
I originally went with a size to big. I had to exchange for two sizes smaller because the pants were long. Now that I have the correct size, I love them! The pants breath very well and are very comfortable. The pants still look a little long when I stand, but when riding they are the perfect length.
July 8, 2014
Lasted 1 year, 10 good rides
After a year I thought I would throw 2 cents. After 1 year and about 10 long group rides the buckle that is riveted into the fabric broke when I was at the dragon.
Pros: wonderful air flow, fits great. and very comfortable.
Negatives: The cut through pockets are a nice idea but functionality is horrible. They don't necessarily line up with the pants underneath and there are 2 holes you have to get your hand through to get to the underneath.. I would often drop my keys on the ground trying to put them in the pockets of the pants I wore underneath. The pockets on the garment are way too shallow to use. So basically you can forget using pockets with these.
Durability not good. These are already broke with only a few rides and mild use.
June 23, 2014
Great air flow
I wore these yesterday, it was a hot, humid day upper 80's. I was hot all day at work, sweating my b**ls off dreading my commute home. I put my gear on got on my bike and to my surprise the air flow was so good I decided to take the long way home. These pants are great, paired with my hooligan jersey I'm so comfortable. I'm not happy to reach my destination when it's hot out. I wear them over shorts or pants. They're nice and baggy not to baggy, just like I like it.
June 5, 2014
Buckle failed after half a dozen uses
I wore these pants six times. Airflow was good. Fit was a bit on the large size. The buckle is attached to the nylon fabric with two 1/4 inch rivets. These pulled completely out of the fabric and the buckle fell off in my hand when taking off the pants. This appears to be a significant design flaw. I am not sure how Icon expects this to stay attached.
The knee armor moves around a lot. I found myself adjusting it frequently and I don't feel confident that it will be where I need it in the event of a crash.
Revzilla has been fantastic in regards to the warranty return process. Their customer service is outstanding, as usual.
That said, I am out a pair of pants for 4-8 weeks and had to order more gear to fill in the gap. Don't buy these. They are a waste of time and money.
May 29, 2014
Excellent for Hot Days Only
I have been wearing these pants for 3 months now, and the Air Flow is fantastic. I love riding in these as an over-pant to shorts here in Texas during the summer. The airflow is too much for anything below 60 degrees F. So, they will be put up until next summer.
They do fit to size pretty true to size on the waist with the rest of the pant being baggy. They offer pretty good protection. However, since they are an over-pant, they move around quite a bit on the knees. When I wear jeans underneath, the pads are right where I need them. However, when I wear shorts they move around quite a bit. I still believe they would offer decent protection should I take a spill.
I would like to mention that they DO NOT go on without taking my boots off. Another reviewer mention that he could put them on over his boots, but I was not able to do that. Then inner lining gets caught on the tread of my boot to the point that you can't get half a leg on.
Overall, I am very happy with these, and I hope to get several years out of them.
December 2, 2013
Nice mesh over pant but comes with some issues
I like these over pants. They function well and are comfortable over shorts and jeans. Easy on and easy off with nice zippered pockets. I do however have some negative comments. The waist strap buckle rivets fell out of the fabric with the second week of having them. I fixed them using some brass rivets with larger heads but feel this is poor construction in the first place. Also I'm 6' 2" with a 36 waist (36 is the size I bought). the knee pads tend to ride up above my knee on the bike and I have to stand up and push them down occasionally so they are seated correctly on my body. The three pockets which allow for knee pad adjustments really are not positions well for anyone over 6' 2". I feel I'm at the height limit of the knee pad location functioning properly.
September 3, 2013
Good length. Bare bones. Could use more protection. Baggy.
August 26, 2013