Joe Rocket Alter Ego 2.0 Pants
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
Overall Very Satisfied
I use these as over pants and they work pretty well. They do seem to run a little small but expected that considering I'm wearing them over blue jeans. The only concern I have is about the rain suit insert. I've never seen a rain suit you wear on the inside of your gear. I removed the rain insert and haven't worn it at all…. likely never will. These pants are super comfortable, have long zippers on the legs for easy on/off, removable panels for more airflow. Very satisfied. Recommend!
February 17, 2014
These are wonderful in cold weather.
I have used these in the snow and rain and never got cold or wet. These are fantastic in the winter.
i am sure they are also good in the summer.
Only flaw i have found so far is you have to watch and make sure the zipper doesn't catch the watterproof fabric.
February 10, 2014
I bought these along with the Alter Ego 3.0 jacket. He loves the fit and comfort of them. He was concerned they would not fit over his clothes. They do. Definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a great pair of seasonal riding pants !
January 23, 2014
Great fit and styling. We'll thought of features.
Good design. The fit is comfortable .
Totally waterproof .
November 28, 2013