Olympia Ranger 3 Over Pants
Very Nice Pants
I bought these to be worn as a Winter overpant with the expectation that I could get 3-season wear over-all out of them. The heavy duty nature of these pants and the lack of venting makes them a bit unsuitable for Summer months, but depending on your heat tolerance level it might be possible. I wear a 38 waist jean and am 6'3, 255 with long legs (35"), so I was concerned that the leg would not be long enough, a common problem for long-legged riders such as myself. The agent who assisted me told me that he thought it would be OK because of the easy-hem system. I ordered a size 40.
The pants fit perfectly, given they are being worn as overpants. I can wear them with the liner in, or over jeans with the liner out. Not both. With the liner in I wear a base layer. The waist was a bit big, but a belt fixes that. I love the liner. It is really warm, and I have ridden in 30 degree temps with no issues. You can pop the liner in and out at will, and you can wear it as a destination pant, as they have a decent cut and style to them. The shell is very well made. The 2000 material in the impact areas is nice to have and does not infringe on comfort or wearability. I did have to mess around with the knee pockets in order to position the armor correctly, but I eventually found the right spot. The leg did in fact turn out to be long enough for me, but I am not a huge fan of the hem system. I would have preferred it if they were just a tall pant, as the cuff kind of has an unfinished look to it. Besides, if you really look at the cuff I do not see how these could be hemmed at all, let alone easilly. But that is a minor gripe, the leg was long enough so I'll take it!
They have survived their first Winter very well. They are durable, and all of the zippers and stitching are dong great. I have been in fairly heavy rain on multiple occasions with them and they have not leaked a drop. As mentioned, they are very comfortable on which is great when you are on the bike all day. I was able to wear them right up to the Summer, so I am getting 3 seasons out of them. Sans the gripe with the cuff, these pants look good, perform well and are a great value for the price point.
May 23, 2013
Heavy Duty Adventure pant.
I just received a pair of Ranger 3 pants, which I purchased from my favorite gear source, Revzilla. I bought these to take my riding season further into the late fall, winter, and early spring and I feel certain I made the right choice. They certainly are heavy duty. The cargo pockets are perfectly executed. There are no vents or through pockets, which is not a criticism - they are waterproof pants, after all. The liner pants will indeed function as stand alone destination pants and even include a thin web belt.
Many say the Ranger 3 runs small. I think that's because Olympia uses the term "Over Pant" in the product description, which is a misnomer, in my opinion. These pants are sized like traditional motorcycle pants. In fact, I found the fit to be consistent with my Airglide 3 pants, which are not marketed as "over pants". I’m a 34/35” waist at the moment, on my way down to 34. I ordered size 34's, same as my Airglides. With the liners in, even over a pair of thermals or Under Armor, the Rangers are quite comfortable. The legs are not baggy and the knee armor is positioned in the right place. With the liners out I can wear them as over-pants over jeans. They are pretty snug but not miserably so. If I remove the hip pads, they are even better. When I go for day rides or trips, I don’t wear jeans or other street pants anyway – I wear my motorcycle pants as, well, motorcycle pants. If I’m going to use them as over-pants it will only be for short trips in bad weather to specific destinations, like going across town to a friend's house for the day or my short, 7 mile commute to work. I can live with a snug fit during foul weather for short distances. Like my Airglides, I think a 36 would have been too sloppy all around.
I went for a 160+ mile day ride in sunny, 48 degree weather, at consistent 60-80mph speeds with just the outer shell over a pair of Under Armor pants. I was little cool but no where near cold. If I had used the pant liners I would have been perfectly toasty. Every review I've read celebrates how waterproof they are, so I have no reason to fear they won’t be. I’m looking forward to putting them to the ultimate test during a 3 week trip in Alaska in the next year or two.
Bottom line: If you want to use them specifically as insulated over pants, buy a size up. If you want the best value out there for a fitted, foul weather motorcycle pant, buy your size.
March 9, 2013
Great product, works well.
I have ridden in rain and 30 degree temps, these keep me warm and dry. I'll throw it out again, go a size larger than your pant size. Great gear.
November 27, 2012
These Ranger 3 pants replaced a well-worn pair of Ranger 2's. These seem to fit a bit trimmer, though they still fit me well, alone or as an overpant. Olympia always provides a good value.
November 19, 2012
Great for cool weather riding
These overpants are substantial and extremely warm, even without the thermal liner in place. I wear them over jeans in temps ranging from 40F to 60F. When I get off the bike I start sweating and can't wait to take them off. While riding, nothing gets into them: air, coldness, water. It all stays out. Great for cold and poor weather, but definitely not a summer pant.
They fit pretty baggy in the legs and a tighter in the waist and seat. They are very long and the EZ-hem label is sort of a joke. There no way to hem these without some major surgery. For now, I just fold up the bottom 2 inches and they look great. With the reinforced knees and pockets they do have a tactical swat team look and the Cordura makes a zipping noise when walking. People notice you and move aside to let you through. So I guess that's a perk.
A few minor cons: There are no through pockets, so you have to remember to move your wallet, phone, etc. to the overpants pockets. It would also be nice to have some adjustability in the waist. I find the waist a bit tight, but I know the next size up would be too big. And finally, the interior mesh seems like it will get shredded over time from my boots going in and out.
November 14, 2012
I rode through a couple of serious fall rainstorms and stayed nicely dry and warm. The pants fit well with long underwear and the liner in place. If you're going to wear jeans under them, take the liner out unless you're pretty skinny. The fit is good, but they're a little long. Also, I find myself wishing for some suspenders. The simple belt included with the liner doesn't quite do what's needed to keep them up. Overall, a good pant. I'd be interested in seeing future versions.
November 5, 2012
Didn't work for me, may work for you
These pants just didn't fit me properly, I'm tall & thin at 6'3" 175 lbs. The size 32 was too loose at the waist and when I sat on the bike they rode up and were too high on my ankle. Because of this they were uncomfortable at the knee.
Design-wise, another reviewer mentioned the difficulty of lining up the velcro at the bottom of the leg. I agree, I'd rather see the zipper go all the way to the bottom. Also there is a little bit of elastic in the waste, but I'd rather see a cinch of some kind - with a little waist adjustment maybe I could have made them tight enough.
September 22, 2012
Comfortable - Safe Overpant
Revzilla Customer Service Rep recommended these pants after I described my requirements: Waterproof, Overpant, Full Length Zipper, Safe, Durable. These pants are what they say they are. There are no vents, so don't complain about airflow :)
Order your jeans size. They are already "upsized" to fit over your jeans or shorts. There is enough adjustabiltiy, that you can wear them as regular riding pants.
My only wish is that the velcro covering the leg zipper was wider. Lining it up properly takes some time.
I am happy with the purchase!
June 19, 2012