Icon Compound Mesh Overpants
not bad, but not great
I was looking for a easy on/off pair of pants for sport riding and commuting. They work fairly well. The knee armor is horribly uncomfortable- I replaced mine with armor I had from another pair and its much better. These pants are very large, even for an overpant. I wear a 32 pant, and bought a 32, should have bought a 30. Even weaing them with jeans underneath all the adjusters are tightened all the way. I can however wear jeans and a polar fleece liner underneath, so it does help extend the season a bit. Decent airflow through the mesh, and leaving the fly and pockets open move a little more. With shorts underneath they are comfortable up to about 90 degrees or so, even stopped in traffic (it might be because mine are white). They leather seems to be decent quality, but there are some differences between the two legs, in that the pieces at the bottom of the leg are cut differently, and one leg was a little longer than the other. There is also more leather under the mesh on one side than the other, even after being cut to the same length (the mesh panels dont match from side to side) This is mostly cosmetic, but I expected more for the price. Cutting the legs to fit is a definate must. Stitching seems to be ok, but I was able to pull apart the pieces I cut off the bottom of the legs fairly easily. Hopefully this is only because they were little pieces, but once again I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed with the overall quality. I would reccomend checking them out in person if you are seriously considering these pants, I probably would have bought something else or sent them back if I hadnt gotten them dirty when I first got them. (white is very hard to keep clean).
August 16, 2013
I'm not a big fan of this product, as it's too bulky to be used just for commuting. However it offers a great deal of protection.
Knee guards are a bit too low for me and the whole thing is heavy.
August 5, 2013
Over Pants work t*ts...never crashed in them yet, but definately feel safer than the kevlar jeans I use to wear.
I wore Kevlar jeans for the last year, and have not yet ground myself along the asphalt fortunately...although for some reason, I kept thinking about it happening, hence the paranoia to spend the money on these "leather' / mesh overpants.
Driving to work and back, I'm lot braver now, or have stopped worrying about sliding along the asphalt/granite freeway getting my cheeks warmed up at high speed.
Feel, I might not have the best protection as a full leather body suit would do the job here--but, for commuting to work an back at freeway speeds, they work better than what I had.
Pros: (based on my size: 5'8', 170 lbs)
Good heavy over pants, leather in the right places, mesh in the places less likely to hit the ground. Included knee pads too. Like others have said, the knee pads might need to be raised to fit right, but there are three knee pad adjustment slots.
Took the pants to a tailor...for $20 got the hems double-stitched up about an inch taking one of the button snaps off... Still fit good.
I was unsure in spite of everyone saying get a size smaller, but got the 32 waist size even though I wear a 33 jean, and I like my jeans baggy...the over pants fit really good around the waist., room for adjustment too. Definitely not too small.
Got the lower cost version of these over pants when they dropped the price from the more expensive version so lost some protection although these are better than the kevlar I wore before.
The inner hip pockets are almost a waste of time an money, they seem weak and small, but I never use them anyway. The side full length zippers make it really easy to put wallet/keys etc right into my regular pants without even needing these inner pockets.
July 9, 2013
Good protection & venting, but odd fit.
About me: 6' tall, 230 lbs, I wear 38 waist by 32 inseam pants.
The good: The leather seems to be good quality. The venting makes these only slightly warmer to wear than my last pair of fully vented textile pants. The leg zippers make it easy to move/swap the knee armor.
The bad: I had always worn textile pants before this and compared to textile, these are *heavy!* The fit is odd. Even though they are generously sized in the waist and leg diameter, they are tight in the crotch - or maybe low in the waist - or maybe both. Either way, I do not like the fit of the crotch; it's too tight there and can compress stuff you don't want compressed (if you know what I mean). Also, the knee pads, even adjusted to their highest position, are too low for me. They should be able to come up another inch. I'm not sure they will protect my knees adequately.
Advice: These pants are long and unless you are really tall, you will need to trim them, but don't do it right away. Ride them a few days and see if you like them and how the bottoms fall when you ride the bike. have someone mark them while you are on the bike, then cut them at that mark. I cut them too soon and made them a tiny bit too short. After riding in them a few days, I would have liked to return them for the next smaller size, but of course now I can't return them. :-( Be smarter than me and wait a few days before cutting them.
July 8, 2013
Better Options out there
Simple mesh overpant. Do not include a liner, Armor feels Icon ie, cheap and could be better.
Long and heavy pants. Not for me, and returned.
July 1, 2013
Perfect for what they were designed for.
I'm very happy with these overpants. Airflow is great and the leather is top quality.
They do run large so order a size down. I'm a 36 waste and ordered a 34 and they fit perfectly. There is even some room to spare in the waste. I'm 6'2" so I was also worried about length. I was happy to find out that they also run long.
They are comfortable to wear over dress pants when commuting to work and shorts when going to the gym.
The knee pads take some getting used to though. They were a bit annoying at first but after a couple rides you get used to them. They are adjustable via 3 different pockets so there is some flexibility.
I would definitely buy them again.
June 17, 2013
great overpant all around
Very happy with these pants. I wear them over scrubs when I ride to work. Great pants in feel and looks.
May 27, 2013
Icon Compound Mesh
I've got a few hours in now in these pants and they are everything I was lead to believe they would be. I went a size down like everybody suggested and they fit perfect. They vent very well, and I feel extremely protected when wearing them. The knee protection is a little bothersome, but I think I can adjust that out. Overall I am happy with the purchase, and hope I never need to find out how well they would protect me if I were to come off the bike.
May 7, 2013