Olympia Airglide 3 Pants
Purchased these to wear as solo pants (not overpants) and initially I thought they were too tight, especially with the liner in. I'm a small guy (5'5" 150lbs) and wear a solid 30x30 pant. I ordered the 30 and they definitely have an aggressive fit. I decided to stick with them and I'm glad I did. When riding I don't notice the fit, and I think they may have stretched a hair. When off the bike I now like the fit, not too baggy, not too tight. The hip pads and knee pads are pretty good and I use them both. I like that the knee pads are adjustable and once fine tuned to your fit they don't have to be bothered with. I've worn these as overpants as well on cooler mornings with jeans/khakis underneath, and they aren't noticeably tight then either. Durable, comfortable (even with nothing underneath), breathable, with adequate protection. Full length zipper is great, zippered pockets are great. Only thing I question is the "easy hem" feature. There is a velcro adjustment strap at the bottom of the leg that would need to be modified or taken off if these pants were hemmed. That would make the boot cut non-adjustable which will be great for wet weather. Mine didn't need to be hemmed, that's just an observation. My only complaint is the elastic sides of the inner liner dig into my side slightly when they're worn. Tuck a shirt in and it's not as bad, but that's a minor inconvenience. Overall 5 stars, I even bought my wife a pair and she loves them as well.
April 5, 2016
Noticeably nicer gear, but EZ hem is a joke
These pants are much nicer than my Joe Rocket alter ego pants. Except the Joe Rocket came in a Short length. But hey, it's EZ-Hem, right?
Anthony , I don't think you looked too close at those hems that were supposed to be so easy. You can't just cut these and hem them like a pair of dress pants. You have to remove the bottom cinching velcro. Cut/change the side slit velcro. Plus there's a liner. A lot more than my motorcycle-hating wife will be convinced to do. So I googled it. Yeah, you'll need to go to a specialty shop & expect to pay $70-$90 to get it done, if you can even find someplace. Oh, wait, you need to shorten the liners too?
Seriously, it is borderline deceptive advertising to claim these will be easy to hem.
So I'll wear them around all baggy around my ankles. Live & learn.
March 30, 2016
Glad I got a pair before they were gone!
I replaced a set of Tourmaster Venture pants with these and like the Olympia much better. The Tourmaster pants flowed plenty of air, but the rain liner only had a short zipper at the bottom, and the thermal liner didn't have a zipper at all, making it just about impossible to get them on/off with boots on. The Olympia liner has a zipper that runs the full length, so minimal drama getting them on/off with boots on. There's no thermal liner in the Olympia pants, but I have fleece underpants I can use when it gets that cold. The Olympia pants also feel just feel better on the inside. Front zippered pockets are nice and large, and have nice meaty zippers. The mesh panels at the lower back are nice, too. I haven't tried using the back pockets for anything yet. I ordered up one size from my jean waist size so I can use these are overpants and have worn them over jeans and work khakis without any issues.
If I have one complaint with these pants, it's that the velcro adjustment tab at the bottom of the leg is entirely too short. You really can't tighten the cuff much at all. I haven't had the "Custom Fit" feature, the extra material at the leg cuffs, adjusted yet, but when I do, I think I'll ask them to add longer velcro strips.
Recommended, especially if you're like me, and always check the closeout deals first.
March 27, 2016
Good bang for the buck
I bought these, my first pair of riding pants, as over-pants for riding and commuting. Mesh breathes pretty well but I haven't been able to test it in the Texas summer yet. With the liner in and wearing pants underneath, I could ride in colder weather down to around 37F. Since it doesn't get much colder than that here, I'm good. As a bonus, these pants were able to zip to my Cortech GX Sport Air 3.0 Jacket. So far, the only negative I have about them is that when the rain liner is in, the Velcro from it tends to stick to the inside mesh lining of the pants. I am afraid that over time it may begin to fray and come apart because of it. Other than that, I have no complaints. Sizing was just right, I ordered one size larger than my jeans for over-pants, and they work great.
March 22, 2016
Good Pants for the money
I had to exchange for a larger size - was my fault but of course Revzilla made if very simple. Pants actually seem to fit pretty close to size but I wanted them as overpants and ordered my normal size initially. Much heavier construction than I expected and actually more stylish. Not much more I can say as the weather hasn't permitted actually using them to this point but they seem as they will be excellent.
March 1, 2016
Versatile, comfortable pants
First ride with these was at temp of 35 deg F. Wearing only a light pair of sweats underneath, my legs were comfortably warm the entire ride. Wearing jeans with the waterproof liner in place makes for a fit that is a bit too snug, but I wouldn't want to wear such a heavy layer anyway as it would be too warm. Adjustable knee pads are a nice feature although they do tend to slide to the inside of the knee. Liner works well as a standalone pant if you want to shed the shell at your destination. I paired these with an Olympia Airglide jacket and like the rear horizontal zipper for attaching the two. I am a 32x34 and found the size 34 to fit as expected - just a tad loose in the waist. Anxious to try these without the liner once it starts warming up here in the PNW.
February 23, 2016
Great over pants!
The pants have a full leg zipper for easy on and off with boost on. With liner in you're warm in cool weather and with the liner out you're cool in warm weather.
February 21, 2016
Awesome price for awesome quality.
I couldn't pass up the closeout price. Revzilla already had the lowest price on the Airglide 3 pants but then dropped the price an extra 40% for closeout. How could I pass them up? Olympia definitely designs their gear to fit larger guys like me. I bought the size 38 so I could wear them over my jeans or shorts. I am 6'2" 223 lbs with a 35" waist and 33" inseam. They fit great over my jeans. I have yet to try them in hot weather but I am sure I will not regret my purchase because they are so well ventilated with the liner out I can't see them being anything less than perfect.
February 16, 2016