Icon Patrol Waterproof Overpants
Tough, good looking, but just won't fit
I've been looking for a pair of waterproof pants that were easy to pull on and off for my daily commute. From the Revzilla video, these seemed perfect. And right out of the box, they appeared so as well.
First all of the great things about these pants:
1) They are heavy-duty material that feel bulletproof without feeling abrasive.
2) Except for the length and subsequent placement of the knee armor, they are fairly comfortable to wear over regular clothes or with just shorts. (exceptions noted below)
3) The quality of the garment is perfect. No loose threads, no awkward seems. Everything was put together well and seemed to be designed with riders in mind.
4) Long leg zippers and suspenders are a great combination for easy-on and off... and the magnets that hold the rain flap closed is pure genius!
5) Safety features are much appreciated! The neon yellow is perfect for being seen! It is truly obnoxiously bright and I love it. I also appreciate the included CE armor.
Now for the not so great things about these pants:
1) First, biggest flaw of these pants: They are Way Too Long for anyone shorter than 6'! All other flaws stem from this one.
When will companies realize that a 34" inseam isn't a One-Size-Fits-All solution? Also, I hate to break it to you, but just because a person's waist size increases, doesn't mean the leg length increases too (especially for the American waistline!) I understand I am short for many people, but even giving us a 30" inseam would be manageable. Those extra 4" of fabric at the bottom are not only inconvenient, they're dangerous when they get caught under a boot heel!
I give ICON an A+ for TRYING to fix this with the snaps that supposedly allow length adjustment. However, they ran the zipper all the way to the bottom of the 34" inseam length, totally ruining the ability to open and close the side zipper easily - one of the key features of these "easy on/off" overpants.
HERE'S THE EASY SOLUTION: Stop the zipper 6" up from the bottom and add one snap at the zipper terminal. Keep the rest of the seam closed by using those snazzy magnets evenly spaced so they coincide with the fold adjustment snaps. This will A) make it easy to roll the pants up for a height adjustment, B) eliminate the risk of damaging the zipper since it won't be in a fold-zone, and C) maintain the "easy on/off" function of the side zip.
2) Second flaw that is fed by the first: The CE armor in the knees is useless. Because of the ergonomics of the "one length fits all" philosophy, the top of the knee armor hit the bottom of my kneecap. Even sitting, I had to pull up material at the thighs to get them into place. So what happens if I'm in an accident? There's absolutely nothing to hold that armor in the right place to do its job. It's just going to flop around and be useless.
3) Third flaw that is fed by the first: When the pants are rolled up to a semi-comfortable length, the rain gaiters are hanging out of the bottom. This is the least worrisome issue, though, because once a boot is on, they will automatically hold up.
4) But because of the issue with the zipper and awkward folding, the entire process of getting them on and off is just cumbersome. The hassel almost makes it worse than regular pull-on rain pants.
In summary: I love the concept behind these pants. I can't comment on rain proof qualities because I'm returning this pair. Based on general quality and features, I would recommend them to anyone around 6' or so in height. They really do seem like they'll be great. But at 5'4", these pants are just too long for me.
December 9, 2015
Size runs a bit big but it is an over pant. Live in Tacoma area which means lots of rain. Had it for a month and so far no leaks or seepage. Looks and feels durable but time will tell. I had purchased Bilt waterproof pants but I got soaked in one day of rain. I think these will hold up. If you are looking for waterproof and don't care how it looks on you, this is it.
November 2, 2015
I'm 6'1 225lbs and I usually wear a 36-38 waist, 30-32 inseam.
The xl fists me great in the waist, not too snug. The pants are a bit long until you put on boots and sit, then they are perfect. Someone shorter than me might have trouble with the knee pads being too low, and the inseam too long. The magnets over the side zippers are genius. I own a pair of Fieldsheer over pants, and these are far superior. The suspenders are also a great feature, keeping the pants from inching down. If they hold up over time, I'll be most pleased. Thanks for the video Revzilla, your great information and free sizing returns are why you earned my money.
September 17, 2015
Everything you need and more!
I love the heavy duty water proof zippers on the sides and the flaps that go over them are magnetic which is much nicer than other designs. There is lots of room in the pockets (I can fit 3 bottles of water or cans of energy drinks in one of the thigh pockets, not that you would need to but just an idea of space). The bottom of the legs have buttons to adjust the inseam. Gives a good 2-4 inches of adjustment to alter depending on your boots. The main hip pockets are large enough to fit my phone, wallet, keys, chapstick, and more in one pocket. (Again not a common practice, just for example).
THESE ARE VERY WATERPROOF! I use these to commute in rain almost daily in Washington. Whether its light or heavy my work clothes underneath are always dry.
I bought the bright yellow and I am happy with them, the only downside is that they oil/grease from the engine can, over time, leave some black marks on the inner knee area. They were fairly easy to hand clean though.
I also use these for joy riding because they provide good protection and are easy to walk around in when having lunch or exploring stores, not something I'd hike in but they don't need to be taken off the moment you are off the bike. And when you do need to take them off they are easy to slip out of quickly.
January 5, 2015
Lots of features
Has a good number of features. The pants can be worn alone or as an over pant. They did leak from the central zipper in a moderate downpour but I wonder if that was due to something I didn't have closed properly.
January 4, 2015
appears to be a good product .
Have not logged enough miles to give a more detailed review on durability and airflow . My initial thought is these are a decent overpant . Only time and the elements will tell me how good they really are .
January 21, 2014
They are great just a bit big for me but great functionality and really rugged.
November 11, 2013
Good pants for bad weather
these pants are on the bulky side. I wanted something that would go over casual clothing so I am not stuck wearing riding pants when I get to my destination. The pants are a little on the baggy side for my liking on a sport bike. However, they really accomplish their purpose well with the warmth and waterproofing. I like the side zippers with the magnetic flaps. would be nice if all the pockets were waterproof though. The butt pockets are useless to me but are there. I am a 30 waist and about a 32 inseam and the mediums were wide in the leg but the right length when sitting on the bike, which was my main concern. Its also nice to have the option of attaching to the jacket or suspenders but I have found that for ease of use, the waist band holds them up well enough. If you are looking for a durable warm over-pant that makes you feel like you can ride through anything then these are perfect for you.
August 21, 2013