Olympia Airglide 3 Pants
Olympia Airglide 3 Pants
These are wonderful pant. Living in Las Vegas and taking trips to the Grand Canyon every three week the temp on the highways is high. The airflow is wonderful setting at a Red light you can feel the air flow. On long trips I wear them as my pants and as the weather got cooler used them as an outer pants. On one trip from Dallas Texas to Las Vegas I was in two hours of a good Texas run storm. I put the water proof liner in and was nice and dry, when it was over just took the liner out and enjoyed the ride. The pants with the liner is good to the low 40's so far the high has been over 100 (I know it is a dry heat LOL).
The only complaint I have of the paints is when I awl around as my pants they are long enough but when in the setting position on my bike they are short like a woman's capri. I have a tall slender body. Just wish they had a tall in the pants.
With the help of the people from RevZella they help get me in riding clothing that can handle the very hot weather of the Las Vegas area. I ride all year round and put over 40,000 a year on my Goldwing. I will spend the money to keep me safe, cool or warm while I ride.
December 9, 2013
These pants are versatile and comfortable.
I have used these pants to ride in various conditions, and they performed well no matter what I threw their way. I especially like the way they unzip on the sides so I can fit them over my work clothes without any difficulty.
October 22, 2013
Pretty good hot weather pant
I live in North Texas. At the time I bought these, we were in the middle of a two and a half month stretch where the temps ranged between 97 and 105 during the day. This weekend was the first couple days below 90 degrees since summer started. So, I wanted pants that flow some air. These do a pretty good job. Even at 100 degrees, I'm not too hot in these pants, unless I'm stopped and walking around. I can't imagine any other pants being cooler.
I'm also not a skinny dude...so I gravitated toward Olympia gear given the emphasis they place on the fit in the literature and videos, etc. My jean size currently is 38/32. I bought these pants in size 38, and the waist fits fine. I had to have two inches removed from the leg, though, because they were too long. That wasn't any big deal, the seamstress charged me $25 to do the work.
I have not worn them with the liner yet. Just trying them on with the liner in my bedroom had me sweating.
The knee armor is height adjustable...kind of...it was too low in the standard position...but when I moved it up one space, the knee armor was too long to fit in the pocket. I trimmed a bit from the armor to make it work, but that's not the ideal situation. It works, but I've ordered different knee armor to hopefully improve the fit and protection a bit.
I wish the zippers along the legs were on the inside...but since I hardly ever mess with them anyway, that's not too big a deal.
September 23, 2013
Saved me in a crash
I have ridden these pants for 20,000 miles. I live in Idaho and do a lot of riding in every kind of weather. I have ridden across the country, done Iron Butt rides, including the Border-to-Border. I've worn these pants A LOT! Here is my review.
They have a larger American fit. I'm 6' and 250 lbs. They fit me well. The legs can be long but are made to be hemmed. I like the pant legs long to cover my boots better in the rain. They are easy to put on and take off, especially with the large leg zippers.
I like these pants. They feel comfortable and I can easily ride in them all day for many days in a row. They are light with out the liner and provide good air flow. The airflow also depends upon your fairing and bike's dimensions. I road a Kawasaki ZX-14 for most of my miles; now I ride a Suzuki Vstrom DL1000. In the summer I ride them with shorts. In the winter with long underwear. With the liner in they are a little more bulky, but that is normal.
These are not dress pants. I can walk around in them all day but there are obviously riding pants. Not ugly though. They don't have bulky pockets and buckles and are fairly streamlined.
They are cool and comfortable in the summer with the liner out. With the liner in, they are fairly waterproof and warm. I have never been too cold in them (I am fairly warm blooded). In an all day rain nothing stays very dry on a sport bike unless you are in a dry suit.
These pants have worn very well. The zippers work well and the velcro holds.
In a Crash:
I laid down my sport bike on the highway at approx 50 mph. I slide on my left side for around 50 meters. The pants held up remarkably well. There was a tear at my left pocket about the size of an iPhone and the knee area was roughed up a little not torn. The ripstop worked great. I had a little bruise on my hip and was sore for about a day. That was it.
Create a way to open up the lower leg for maximum airflow in the heat.
That's it. I like these pants and I'm sticking with them.
September 6, 2013
Great summer addition
I bought these pants specifically for warm weather riding and they’re great. Fit is good, quality is great and the waterproof liner is an additional plus especially with summer storms that pop up. I’ve only used them a couple of times in the rain and they’ve worked great. I wear the mesh pants without the liner right now unless it threatens rain. I ride a lot of interstate so these give me added protection with the comfort of good air flow. I use them over dress pants on days I ride to work (52 miles one way). Full length zippers make them a snap to get on and off in both the pants and liners. I also like the reflective piping on the pants as I do a lot of riding during hours of darkness. Would I recommend these to a friend…absolutely. Would I buy them again……in a heartbeat.
September 2, 2013
As with all motorcycle gear, this product is expensive but you get what you pay for. The light color shows black marks from the bike's engine, but I expected that and consider it an acceptable tradeoff for less heat build-up and better visibility to other drivers. Lots of pockets, easy to get on and off. If I could change anything about this product I would ask for more reflective materials, built in "waist-cinchers" to substitute for a belt, bigger belt loops to accommodate wider belts, thicker and more hip and knee padding, and the option of a high-vis color. Yes, I would buy this product again - highly recommended.
September 2, 2013
A bit much
I bought them for commuting. I think they are a bit much great for long distance touring in shorts.
August 26, 2013
Boxy, Loose, Needs Suspenders and pad upgrades - keep looking
I use this pant as a commuter and for long trips. I've almost stopped using it for short daily runs because it is bulky and a pain to put on. I got some suspenders from suspenders dot com. You need suspenders to hold them up. There is no send in having hip pads if the pads are not on your hips. As far as padding goes, the stock padding is an insult. The D30 pads, both knee and hip, fit perfectly in all sizes (i have a 40 and i bought a much smaller size for my petite wife - pads fit the same in both). My wife hated them, too boxy. Also, the knee pads don't stay in place. It almost seems that the knee pad pockets need to be moved further to the outside of the leg. I'm not confident that the leg zippers will stay down in a crash. The waist snaps are a joke. I am 5'11" 240 lbs and my gut pops them right open most every time, again, suspenders are needed.
Anyway, i've got the pants but no cash to buy another pair so I'll use them for as long as i have to.
One plus, these pants zip perfectly into a rev'it tornado jacket.
July 31, 2013