Olympia Ranger 3 Over Pants
Fits well, great protection, not so hemmable
I ordered these pants to go with an Olympia AST2 jacket (which I love). They wear great and look great. The knee pads do feel low when standing, but they come right into position when sitting on the bike. They are easy on and off with a huge zipper on each pant leg. Great pants overall. The only issue I had was the hemming. It was mentioned that these are easily hemmable since the zipper stops further up the leg. Well, easy for industrial tailors. Most local tailors won't have the equipment needed to work on these caliber pants. I was charged $80 for the hemming, and she regretted it being that low... and she may never do another pair of motorcycle pants again! Find someone with an industrial sewing machine who has handled materials like this before.
March 27, 2014
The fit is just right
I like the cargo pockets and the liner fit is good,, with out the liner I can wear them over jeans or shorts
February 10, 2014
great riding pants
These are great pants and with the liners makes them very useable in the shoulder seasons of riding. The liners are easily removable and with them out you have lots of extra room. The pants have pockets in all the right places and the zippers seem large enough to grab with your gloves on. The zipper at the back of the pants to connect to the jacket and prevent opening is an added touch. I bought these for a tour through Europe starting in May where I needed some extra warmth and a rain proof factor.
February 10, 2014
Good product, the sizing tips from Revzilla was great. No problem under heavy rain or cold days even without the inner pants.
Excellent textiles, I drive under rain in Mexico, where the people do not respect any speed limits, and trucks are very fast, so you fight against water curtains like walls. The pants works perfect, no water inside.
Of course, if you use this pants in the city, with a speed average under 35 mph, well, you will be sweating very soon.
Excellent product for the highway.
By the way, the delivery to Mexico, simply great!!
December 2, 2013
You can't go wrong with these pants. I like Olympia's stuff. It's well thought out, and very durable. These fit like riding pants should, and the Cordura is very tough. You will want to ditch the knee pads and get some of your own, as the proprietary ones seem to end up on the inside of the knee. The fit is true to size - I would recommend going a size up if you want to wear them as over pants. I wear a 34 jeans size, and the 34 fits perfectly. Once you feel how tough these are you will never go back to cheap junky pants. For fall, winter, and spring - these are plenty warm, especially with the supplied liner.
November 16, 2013
A good thick pant
I like that these pants have two layers. During the fall I just used the inner layer and found it to be warm enough. now that the temp has really dropped I've been using both layers and not had a problem staying warm. The temp today for example was ranged from mid 30s to mid 50s and my legs were comfortable. You have to be wearing a tall boot or you will get a little draft on your ankle but nothing too bad.
Con: The loops on the ankle for connecting the inner and outer layers are weak and i've already broken one. Also, as a result of the knee pads i think, when you bend your legs your knees seem Really bulky.
November 12, 2013
Perfect for the chilly/cold/wet riding utilitarian
I've only had these pants for two weeks but I've gotten plenty of cold (25F), chilly (40F) and wet riding conditions to test these pants out appropriately. In short, they do well in all of these conditions.
With jeans on underneath I find that even at 25F I do not need the thermal layer for my 9-mile, 15 minute commute, although at highway speeds for upwards of 20 minutes would require the thermals.
I wear a 29-30 jeans size. After trying on these in size 30, it was a simple deduction that I ABSOLUTELY needed the 32. So the fit is small, but if you intend to have any flexibility with even thin pressed pants on underneath these pants WITHOUT the thermal liner in, then get the next size up.
I tested the side-leg waterproof pockets in a rainstorm with my phone as cargo - not a drop inside the pocket. The pockets are ergonomically placed for easy access.
The padding in the pants seems to be on the skimpy side, but that's fine considering my previous winter getup was running tights underneath jeans so this is a vast improvement. The positioning of the armor/padding is perfect for my 5'9", 140 lb frame - no modifications necessary. The pants fit well over riding boots but if you have really voluminous boots these pants may not fully velcro at the bottom which is fine since the booth is still covering that area.
The style is ho-hum, but that's no matter since this is the only pair of pants that I've researched at this pricepoint with thermal liners, full leg zips, waterproofed outers and generally favorable reviews.
The only reason I did not give these pants all 5-stars is because I have no baseline to compare with. I rated airflow a 4 because I bought these NOT to have airflow and they seem to do a great job with preventing airflow except my bum gets slightly chilly sometimes, but it's still warmer than the tights/jeans combo!
November 11, 2013
Easy on, outer layer waterproof, and good feel
I mainly got these pants as they have a waterproof outer layer and I didn't want to have to wear an inner liner to make my pants waterproof. Riding in the NW, I need to be sure rain keeps out. The full zippers are great and fit right over my riding boots. I wear slacks to work and they come out fine after a commute. I haven't tried the inner liner in them yet, I think they will be great for winter here, but three seasons, I'll ride without the liners over my street clothes.
October 21, 2013