Icon Brawnson Textile Overpants
(Charles) Brawnson Pants - PeeWee Herman Belt Loops
Other reviewers commented on the snowboard-pants feel of the pant legs (and they are ridiculously enormous); but for me main reason to choose these riding pants over the others is the idea of having a regular back pocket for my wallet and belt-loops so I can chain said wallet to me. (Let's face it gear designers, for the 'road', the simple belt is the time proven way to keep your pants up; so whatever system you develop is simply never going to be as long-lasting as the Belt-Loop.) Icon has all the right ingredients: tough textile material, knee armor (with optional D3o upgrade), some venting, normal back pockets, but the belt-loops are so small a dress belt is about all that will fit through them; so I am going to have to give the Icon Brawnson Pants a "design-fail" rating.
ps: yes I know it is "Bronson", but you see where I wanted to go.
October 21, 2013
Most descriptions are right on the money: Order your regular size for over pants, and one size down to wear as jeans. I did not find the length too long while on the bike.
Solid construction, good fit, not too baggy - "American cut" I would call it. I feel more assured/protected wearing these as opposed to regular jeans. Open all the zippers on the pockets for improved ventilation. Certainly not mesh-like ventilation, but better than the plastic bag feel of wearing waterproof/breathable riding pants.
July 1, 2013
These are some heavy duty pants. One of the things I liked from the description is that these pants have lots of pockets. What I discovered is that the front pockets have a mesh liner that goes straight to the skin. I don't know if they were designed to double as vents but they do let some air through. They are cut to be overpants, I wear 40x32 Carhartt jeans and these pants in a size 40 fit over them with room, I have to put on a belt to keep them up. In the summer I would feel safe wearing these on top of gym shorts just for riding. The are long too, I'd guess a 34 inch inseam. The only problem with the length is the knee pads sit low on me, even adjusted to the highest inside pocket. Dollar for dollar, these are a great pair of pants. If you don't ride in the rain (I dont), there is nothing better to spend your money on.
April 15, 2013
These pants are awesome, for one, they don't look like motorcycle pants, they resemble more like a dickies pants. They have good armor in the knees. My only compliant is that because they are an overpant, they tend to get just a little warm, and they also tend to ride up a little on the legs when seated on a bike.
February 16, 2013
I may have expected too much at this price point
These are some baggy, baggy overpants. Ridiculously baggy in my opinion. MC Hammer pants baggy. This is problematic both from a style standpoint, and a safety standpoint. Speaking first on style, I ordered these pants because I thought they seemed to be fairly nondescript, black pants. They are not. They're very glossy, and I just feel like a doofus in them. I could live with these quibbles if I felt that I was well protected. I do not feel that I am. The knee armor just does not seem like it would stay in place in the event of a crash, and even when placed in the highest, adjustment possible, sat much too low on my legs. My inseam is 30'' so perhaps a longer legged gent would be for fitting for these pants. Still though, for the price I figured it was worth a shot.
January 3, 2013
for the under $100 these are great. The fit was perfect for (waist 32) and i got them in size 32. The only annoyance is the swishing sound when you walk but i just take them off when i get off my bike and that one con is eliminated.
November 5, 2012
just what I needed
these brawnson overpants are great. the zippered pockets work well, you can't see the knee pads when walking around, and being able to use a belt with these pants is vital. i definitely recommend these pants to anyone who asks.
October 16, 2012
A no-frills pant at a great price
I wear 34 - 34 jeans and these pants fit comfortably over my jeans without being too baggy.
I've ridden with them on about half-a-dozen times now and am happy with the quality and fit of them. When riding, the bottoms of the pants stay at the ankle, the pants don't flap in the wind and on cooler days (40 - 50 degrees) the pants seem to keep me a little warmer while on warmer days (70s) they don't seem to make me any hotter. I can feel some air-flow through them, but not much, regardless of temperature.
They don't have a lot of features, but they're 900 denier nylon so they should stand up to abrasion fairly well and at this price I couldn't find anything that came close to that weight and fiber (most seem to be 600 denier polyester or lower) in any other pant.
The one thing I'll say against them is regarding the knee armour; I don't see how it would help in a crash as the pants are baggy enough that the armour wouldn't stay in place in all likelihood. I just wear my Forcefield Limb Tubes under my jeans instead and it's a great combination.
As others have mentioned, you won't get these on with boots on, but I don't see how anyone can complain about that; these are not rain pants you need to put on and take off in a hurry, they're for protection for your entire ride. You put them on before you leave the house and they stay on until you get home.
October 1, 2012