Olympia Airglide 3 Pants
Good features, but a little warm
Got these to fit an Older Olympia Jacket.
Have only worn them on one ride, but they seem sturdy and the leg side zippers work well to get in and out of the pants.
I am 6 feet tall and weigh 260 lbs with 30" inseam and I got size 44. I normally prefer 'khaki' style pants with more space in the seat and thighs and these ones are comfortable, even over a pair of regular shorts.
On an 86 deg. sunny day I felt they were a fairly warm when going on gravel or in city traffic at 25 - 35 mph, and OK when going ~55 mph on asphalt - I was still sweating a bit. A few more areas of air flow mesh would be welcome - e.g. closer to the knee and on the inside of the thighs.
Compared to a pair of Riggs Workwear pants that I used to ride in in this kind of heat, these aren't nearly as cool, but likely protect a lot better, of course.
The knee armor adjusted easily and sits in the right place for me, when adjusted to the top setting. The hip protectors are just thin, soft foam - so thin, in fact, that I first thought they were missing completely and had to go looking for them.
The length worked for me - they have the perfect length when seated on the bike, but obviously bunch up a bit when standing. The belt loops are surprisingly small - I could fit a 1" dress belt through, but probably would have trouble with a 1.5" work belt.
July 27, 2015
Fits much different than other pants on the market
My previous summer pants were REV'IT Airwave wants. I went looking for a replacement because of the 'European' style fit of the Airwaves - I felt like the Airwave pants didn't leave enough room in the upper thigh and groin area when on the bike.
After doing a bunch of research, I landed on these Airglide 3 pants as a replacement. They did solve my problem - they fit looser and are much more comfortable to wear. I don't wear them as over pants - with just shorts on underneath the Airglide 3 is a MUCH looser riding pant than the Airwave pants, or my Dainese Tomsk sprint/fall pants.
Good for comfort, and the airflow is good, but other parts of the pants aren't as great. The looseness makes the knee armor move around. It's not really a knee 'cup' either - just some floppy flexible armor, and it tends to work its way to the inside of my knee when riding, which is about the lease useful place for it to be. Hip padding on these pants is very light - I don't think it's going to do much in a crash. The leg bottoms with the velcro as a goofy as others have said - it works, but it's an odd design...
Overall, I would say these pants are a decent option if you really are looking for a looser 'American' style pant, or for an over pant. However if you are ok with a bit tighter fitting pant look at some of the other options on the market - you can probably do better.
July 27, 2015
Awesome for the commuter
These pants make riding a motorcycle to work/school enjoyable again. They're very easy to take on and off, and allow you to wear whatever you'd like underneath without compromising safety. They breathe very well from the knees down, and remain relatively comfortable even on the hottest of days. I have confidence that if I take a spill, I'll be better off than if I were just wearing kevlar jeans and knee pads. Two drawbacks that I've noticed in the couple of months that I've had them are that the leg zippers get snagged on the last inch or so every time I zip them on, and the material on the inside of the leg melts extremely quickly (it doesn't seem like that area is made with 500 wt cordura). The pants are baggier than what I'm used to, so just be mindful to keep your legs well away from your exhaust.
July 24, 2015
Got caught in a1 hour down pour.
Got caught in a1 hour down pour on the Fl. Turnpike with nowhere to go except keep moving. When I finally got to my destination I was completely dry.
July 18, 2015
Quality and vesatility
After only about a year and a half the zippers blew out on my old Txxxxxxter Flex pants. Thus began the Great Search...
I wanted a replacement that would cover year-round riding: mesh for summer, liner or something for winter, reasonably waterproof, easy to put on and off, and didn't require a re-mortgage of my house to afford. I'm still looking for that, but I bought these in the meantime to cover a couple of those bases.
Since I commute & leave them with my bike upon arriving at work, I need zippers that go all the way up for ease of getting the pants on & off with my boots on. Glad to report these zippers are heavy duty & go all the way up to your waist - very easy to get the pants on & off.
I need mesh for warm-weather riding, and these pants have sufficient airflow. I went with the lighter color (sort of silvery-grey) so they don't heat up in the sun - seems to help. It hasn't been the hottest summer around here yet but these are great so far. (Not sure why there are so many black clothes for summer!)
They also come with a liner that I used in the cold when I first got them; it seems to do the job pretty well, but these pants are not what I'd call real cold-weather pants; I may end up just getting an extra separate pair (no mesh) for really cold weather. I hate to do that, but I've yet to find a reasonably-priced, one-pant-does-it-all (or at least most of it) solution.
I use them as over-pants, usually over khakis, occasionally jeans. The sizing chart is mostly accurate. I'm 5'11 & wear a 33 waist. I got 34's thinking they'd be perfect -- they're close, but a little snug in the waist as overpants. I wish there were adjusters to let them out a half inch or so in the waist. The comments on the length are pretty true too - these pants are long. Doesn't bother me though. They could probably make the velcro/hemmable section at the bottom fewer than 6 inches (which seems like a lot) and have the zippers go down further. The hip pads are semi-attached - not sure what the thinking is there. But i wish they were attaches all-around; they sort of flap about until you get the pants fully on & zipped/snapped up. Seems like the design could be more thought-out.
I have to say: if the Txxxxxxter pants were of higher quality (the zippers are plain awful and cheap) and were a bit more waterproof (without an added liner) they're the right idea. I found that in the winter I didn't even really need the liner. They were almost airtight enough to be fine for my 40-minute or so commute to work, even when it got down into the 20's. The zip-off panels are a novel idea, and easier than buying/storing a separate pair of cold-weather pants, but the leg zips blew out, and the panel zips also went south, rendering them useless. I am not tough on my gear; i take care of it and use it in the intended fashion. I understand if companies have to make a living and sell their gear, but for a couple hundred dollars I'd like them to last more than 2! A year and a half is unacceptable. Here's hoping these last; they seem to be of good quality so far.
So overall, I have few if any complaints. These pants seem pretty good.
So now, after 3.5 years, I'm two sets of pants in and have spent ~$400. Should I have just gone for the gusto and bought a $400-500 high-end pair? I don't know. It's hard to do that when you're new to riding; you've just bought a bike and then you find out you have a lot of stuff yet to buy! Is there even a pair of pants that does it all for less than $400? I don't know that either. But i'll be looking!
July 2, 2015
Trying the Onlympia Airglide 3 on in-store provided me with an accurate picture of how it would perform on the bike...EXCEPT...
Trying the Onlympia Airglide 3 on in-store provided me with an accurate picture of how it would perform on the bike...EXCEPT that with my particular bike, the seat of the pants was slipperier than I was used to, and made for an unpleasant ride on a rented Ducati.
I'll be real here. when I slowed the bike with much more than engine breaking, I slid forward on the seat and smashed my gonads up into my body. My advice is, sit on your bike, but also see how you slide around. It was bad enough that I changed my riding style. At best, riding was less fun. At worst, it was dangerous because I developed an aversion to hitting the brakes hard. No more gonad talk.
My problem could be specific to my clothing under the pants, the Ducati's seat angle, or fabric. But, when I wore jeans on the same bike, the grip of the denim made the problem go away.
Another small niggle with the pants is that they claim it is possible to hem them, and it is. However, it might not be as simple as a pair of unfinished khakis or suit pants. There is a mesh liner and a velcro adjuster at the bottom of the leg. My mother, who is above average with a sewing machine - she used to make dresses and clothing for my large family - advised against hemming the pants because of the mesh interior liner.
All that said, I would rate these pants near perfect, except for the sliding. I was on a road trip, and they were easy to lock to my bike. They came on and off easily, and I could wear whatever I wanted underneath. The front pockets easily hold a phone, wallet, keys, and other essentials. They flow a lot of air, and are at least as cool as jeans with shorts underneath. The waist has a good amount of elastic to it, so if you gain or lose some weight, it won't be an issue. Even the fact that the legs were too long wasn't a big problem. There is adjustability in the knee protection pockets, and once on the bike the extra length was not a major issue.
I don't regret buying these pants, but probably would not replace them with the same model once they wear out - I would try something else.
June 21, 2015
Great air flow for the sunny hot South.
With the combo air flow pants and liner I'm covered for anything from April to November here in North Carolina. The silver pant is cool in direct sunlight. The second reason I got this style is so I could drop the pant and walk around in shorts without having to remove my boots/shoes. Good job Olympia and Revzilla.
June 8, 2015
Good, but caveats...
First, I have yet to wear these pants - so I will come back within a week and comment on their wear (as I am going on a long trip over the coming weekend). I chose the middle rating answers for most items so as to not sway things too much in the overall review. I will come back, delete this section, and update ratings next week. However, the reason I felt compelled to post a review now is this...
When I purchased these pants I understood that I would have to arrange for the hem to be moved. This was, at the time, a great thing for me I thought as I could not find anyone else with the correct sized pants for me. The first seamstress I went to bowed out and said it looked to complicated to do. At that time I was left uncertain as it was just one person saying it looked like a tough job. But now I have taken it to another seamstress, who did the job, but said that it was so difficult that the cost to alter was $75 (to hem pants and the inner lining). Now, your pricing may vary I know, but her words were that it was "very difficult" to do. When I come back to update my review I'll extrapolate further (as I have yet to pick up the pants, will be doing so tomorrow). I just wanted to caution folks that when they look at the price of these pants to be sure and factor in the hemming charges (unless you believe you're close enough in size to not need hemming). This does not mean you should not get these pants, just purchase with the awareness that there will likely be a significant additional cost to hem (in my case a 33% premium).
The pants do seem nice and durable. Will comment more next week.
May 26, 2015