Joe Rocket Alter Ego 2.0 Pants
I had taken my measurements per the web site and had to exchange them for an larger size. This way a very easy process and the turn around time was very quick...
These are just a few reasons why I keep coming back...
June 16, 2014
Nice pants for any rider
Pros: they're comfy, fit well over jeans or shorts on hot days. They feel durable. Mesh vent under removable cover lets in a good amount of air, haven't ridden in 80s but feels good in 70s. Armor fits nicely. Haven't used waterproof liner but definitely makes the pants warm.
Cons: needs some more vents. Don't look very good, bulky, etc. Button on inside liner tore off the first time I removed it. Will sew it back on, but kind of annoying.
Overall good pants for most seasons, we'll see when it gets in the 90s.
June 9, 2014
The epitome of mediocrity
I've had these pants for quite a while now. At this point, I wish that I had looked elsewhere for pants, but I got these because they were the match for my alter ego jacket. Overall, they're ok, but after owning them a while, I believe your money would be better spent on something else. Being my first pair of riding pants, I feel like they served me well, especially when riding below freezing, but they have their quirks.
They have an inner waterproof liner that is definitely waterproof. It would have been better if the liner was made onto the pants. They do excellent in cold weather. In warmer weather, they have a flap that you can remove that lets in more air. They have CE rated knee pads and have padding for the lower back. They have loops that allow your pants to be connected to your jacket. The length and waist sizing was pretty much spot on. The pockets are very utilitarian - easy to access and have enough space for your phone, wallet, keys, etc. They're easy enough to put on and take off, even with the waterproof liner installed.
The adjustment straps at the waist are pathetic. The straps roll over and bunch up on themselves inside the loops making it difficult to get the pants adjusted correctly. The retention loops for the waterproof liner are very easily torn. The top button doesn't stay buttoned. The retention loops to connect the pants to a jacket are easily torn. The pants aren't any good for hot weather even on the open highway. The knees are very uncomfortable if you're riding in shorts without the waterproof liner in because there are some pieces of material that dig into your knee. Last but not least, these pants make you look like an astronaut and they don't make them in all of the colors that match the alter ego jackets.
I am generally satisfied with how these pants have done, but really only because I used them in sub-freezing temps. If you're riding in a hotter climate or only a fair weather/summertime rider, look at some different pants.
May 12, 2014
Nice to find the right length
I was trying to find pants that were long enough and didnt creep up too far while sitting on my bike. Jean size is 34W-36 inseam. I got the XL-Tall. These are the longest pants I have found at a reasonable price. Unfortunately the built in and adjustable knee protection was about 2" too high in its lowest pouch. So they came out the day they were delivered. These do fit well over my casual work pants. The removable vent should provide enough venting in all but the warmest summer days.
May 10, 2014
Firstly, these things run big. I took my natural waist (over my belly button and love handles) and ended up fitting a pair fully two sizes smaller than the size chart said. I would just go with your jeans size to start. I also think they are bit short.
Other than sizing I like these pants for the money. The aren't the most technically advanced this or that but they do what you expect.
Air flow is decent with the mesh panel exposed and the two hip pockets will fit a wallet, phone, keys, etc. The knee pads can press a bit but I found the discomfort temporary. I think the stretch panels above the knee took a couple of rides to soften up. The hip padding is pretty minimal.
The pants are not waterproof without the liner but will be fine is a short drizzle. Just don't sit on a wet bike. It will seep through without the liner. I haven't worn them out with the liner in but the material suggests significant sweating will occur. It's like a pant-shaped tarp which means it won't breathe. On the plus side it will probably be really cozy in the winter.
April 14, 2014
slid out around 35 mph and saved my knee
These pants are great! As stated in the summary I slid out around 30-35 mph and my knee took the brunt of the impact... a cager brake checked me and the front tire locked up on some gravel after having the pants for only three days :( Joe Rocket is an extremely good brand and the pants held up well. They even offered to send some extra fabric to patch it up. The pants basically just split the seams before tearing through. As for the waterproof capabilities, I never got wet through them but they do hold a lot of water as the waterproofing layer is beneath the textile. Overall a great pair of pants definitely recommend!
2007 Ninja 650r
March 28, 2014
Knee proportions are wrong. Terrible zipper quality.
I'm very disappointed with the overpants.
They are the correct length, but even with the knee pads in the lowest setting, the knees are several inches too high, making them painful to wear for more than a few minutes. I don't know that they would offer any real help in a crash due to being positioned incorrectly. The only way that these would fit me is if you took four inches out of my leg above the knee and moved it to my leg below the knee. Did they test these on a person with normal proportions?
If someone used the knee pads in the highest setting, their leg below the knee would have to be *twice* as long as their leg above the knee.
Your best bet is to buy a few sizes up and then hem the bottom. Hope you have fat legs.
A major factor in purchasing these overpants was the advertised "hip padding." However, the two pouches for the hip padding are empty. No hip padding. There were better pants for the same price that I would have gotten if I'd known that these didn't have any hip padding included.
The zippers are terrible quality. I struggle with them every single day. What should take a few seconds ends up taking a couple minutes. At first I thought I just needed to get used to them and learn the trick to keep the zippers from getting stuck, but 90 days later using them every day they still get stuck every single time.
March 10, 2014
Easy on and off
Solid overpants. Good protection, comfortable & look good. Very simple to get on and off. The only drawback is the zippers. They get snagged frequently on the liner. This seems to happen with a lot of gear though. The Velcro strap around the ankle could be a bit longer for a tighter fit during inclement weather.
February 21, 2014