Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 Pants
Great pants for the price
I was looking for summer riding pants with decent protection, good quality, and a couple of convenience features, for less than $180. I already had 3-season pants (also bought from Revzilla), but they weren't cutting it in the mid-south heat and humidity. Found it right here.
I'm 6'-0", 195 lbs., normally wear 36 x 32 jeans, ordered the XL size, and the fit is perfect. Even if it isn't, the adjustable waist takes care of it #one of the features I wanted#. The knee armor sits in the right place, the hip padding is larger than my other pants. I've put about 1000 miles on them and don't see any signs of quality problems - no seams opening, textile unraveling, zippers breaking.
Leg zippers are another key feature to me - I like to wear shorts underneath and be able to strip my pants off at extended stops. Whereas some pants have knee-high zippers #which seems useless# and some go to the hip #very functional#, these go up to mid-thigh, which is 'adequate' but requires just a little patience to take off over boots. There are a couple of intermediate Velcro patches to secure the flap over the zipper, which is just an annoyance. IMO they should have put in 12" more zipper and left the Velcro off.
I don't like that Joe Rocket uses their own brand name of fabric and rating that you can't compare directly to a denier rating, but I watched a fellow rider go down and her Joe Rocket gear did its job without a scratch on her, so it must be okay.
Revzilla also did an awesome job shipping them out the first business day, and their video reviews make all the difference in buying decisions.
July 19, 2014
Excellent value for money
Ideal for use in summer, good fit for slightly +size people.
July 14, 2014
Best vented pants out there
Really like these pants. Extremely high quality and they look and fit great. Air flow is pretty good - better than any other I've tried. Even at 105+ I was comfortable
July 7, 2014
Affordable, versatile and stylish protection for the summer.
I had been looking for a pair of riding pants for months! I'm an ATGATT rider but my kevlar jeans were too thick for the brutal south Texas summers! My research kept bringing me back to the Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 pants; mainly because they appeared to provide excellent value for money. They have not disappointed so far. I'm 5'11, approx 200 lbs with a 36" waist; I ordered the 38 per the size chart recommendation. Fit was perfect! Using them as standalone pants now, but will use them as overpants in the cooler months. They are comfortable and the waist and cuff adjustment is great. Once the side of the pant leg was opened up a bit, I could easily get them on over my Cortech Latigo boots. Hip pads are non intrusive to me. I've left them in and have no plans to remove. Knee/shin armor is solid and remains in place while riding. I imagine they'd shift a bit in a get off, but something in the area is better than nothing. The pants breathe very well. I decided to take my first ride in them on a 103° 89% humidity, pleasant San Antonio afternoon (!!) The generous mesh perforation moved a lot of air; even in that heat! Comfort factor (vs. my kevlar jeans) went way up! I was wearing athletic underwear under the pants. I wore them all day and experienced no comfort issues. Can't coment on durability (too new) or protection as I haven't crashed in them; nor do I have any plans to ;-) They do feel to be solidly built though; including the impact area textile panels. Only gripe is the lack of side pockets to access your jeans (if worn as an overpant) but the front leg pockets are very spacious and convenient. Overall, l highly recommend them for purchase. Great job Joe Rocket ...and team RevZilla!
June 28, 2014
Great Pants for the price!!
These are perfect for throwing on over a set of shorts or pants. I ordered my regular size, and they come fitted to go over other pants. I have worn these with only boxers, and they're a bit baggy, but not bad at all. Plenty of ventilation too! For the price, these are great! I haven't gone down in these, so cant say how durable during a crash they would be, but the fabric seems tough.
June 18, 2014
Very nice product regardless of the price.
The only fault that I can find in these pants is the lack of ventilation. NBD- they are great fitting, flexible and seem like they'd protect a rider from the ill effects of a wipeout. Probably nothing more than a body-bag in the event of a serious crash.
Looks good and fits well.
June 16, 2014
Decent concept, but poorly made
Purchased these pants and had them for just under a month before a zipper failed. I tried to fix it, but something was still wrong. Revzilla was great about setting up a warranty service, but Joe Rocket's policy is that any service can take up to 4-8 weeks. I purchased these pants for protection, but I won't be able to wear them for a while due to a product defect. My expectation is that JR quickly replaces the product after receiving the defective one.
That said, the product looks good and is pretty comfortable on a hot day. Like the other review, most shoes/boots get caught up in the mesh and the mesh also gets caught up in the velcro. The pants feel somewhat cheap.
All said, these are ok. But for what you are paying you can spend your cash in a much better way.
June 12, 2014
Cant say enough....
I cant say enough good stuff about these pants. I wear a 34/32 ish jeans and the large fits great. The best part of these pants is the airflow. I usually throw them over a pair of shorts and other than the knee pad area it really feels like youre wearing shorts.
They flow so much air that at 65 degrees it was a little cool. Pockets and zippers are great.
June 10, 2014