REV'IT! Axis Pants
Very simple and functional
These pants are super-minimal. That's why I like them.
I needed a pair of commuter overpants in a simple black scheme with some knee protection for a decent price. This pant meets all of those goals easily.
The materials are good (not great, but for the price), are reasonably lightweight, and fit well.
Watch the video on fit. I'm 6' 175lbs and am wearing a medium. It's just a touch too short but a large would have been way, way too long. It's not a problem since these ride quite high so you can add some length just by pulling them down from your belly button towards your hips. No biggie.
There is approximately zero venting though. I don't think a pair of low-pro mesh vents on either side would have been too much to ask for the price.
The knee armor is good Knox stuff, but the mechanism to keep it in place needs some work. The bottom of the armor is pointy but the velcro "stops" are flat, so the armor either starts to punch through the velcro or slide sideways against it. The velcro strips are also pretty thin so I wouldn't expect them to stay fastened without re positioning for more than a week or so.
And the snaps. Oh the snaps. The other reviewers have already said anything I can say on the subject. They stay snapped just fine, until they don't. They just don't detent tight enough and come undone when you do things like bend sideways or reach through the zippered side into your pocket. Not everytime, but enough to annoy. A hook style would have been a much better choice.
For me, they'll need some professional tailoring to be perfect. Adding zippers and mesh, more securely or permanently positioning the knee armor, and replacing those feckless snaps would turn my 3 stars into 5. I really wanted to give these pants 4 stars but after reading my own review, I just cant. Maybe the next version will be better.
July 31, 2015
Good, with one problem.
I've worn these on daily commutes for more than a year now. I originally chose them because they're one of the few overpants that are offered in a "short" version. Overall, I'm happy with the pants. Very fast and easy to put on. Keep my legs warm in 40 degree weather, and not too hot until it reaches the 80's. My only complaint is the waist closure method. They snap closed on both sides, and when bending over or side-to-side, they sometimes come unsnapped, which can be annoying when you already have your jacket and gloves on and have to try to refasten the pants - not to mention raising doubts about whether they'll stay on in a crash. I'd like to have some kind of hook closure. Other than that, I think they're a good product.
July 3, 2015
Good overpant with some protection issues
I bought these pants to be able to wear my work slacks or jeans underneath without having to change after I got to work. For that use, these pants are great. They do fit very baggy, so they have a lot of room underneath thicker clothing.
The full length zippers on the pants make putting on and taking off these pants a snap, even with pants on. I haven't had a problem with the buttons unsnapping on mine, and having two buttons on each side to be able to adjust the waist is a nice feature.
I primarily bought these pants because they come in a 'long' length and have adjustable knee armor. However, at 6'3 with a 35" inseam and 31" waist, I found that a 34 Long is just right with the buttons at the smallest setting, but still about an inch short at the knees, even with the armor at the lowest position. I ended up removing the knee armor and replaced them with some Fox strap-on full-length knee/shin guards. The pants are so baggy that they fit great, even with the larger knee/shin guards underneath. Furthermore, the hip armor interferes with your pant pockets underneath, so I would recommend not putting anything in your pants or jeans that you might need to access with the overpants on.
Overall, this is a great pant for the money. I haven't had to test out the waterproof-ness of it yet, but it is nice and warm on cold mornings during my long commute to and from work.
June 29, 2015
Great commuter pants
These pants are very easy to put on and take off, even over your boots. I ordered according to the measurement chart, and the fit is good. I haven't had problems with the snaps coming undone that some other reviewers have reported. The knee pads are adjustable via velcro strips at the top and bottom of the pockets they go in. My only complaint is that I keep having to readjust the velcro strips to keep the pads at the highest setting. In riding position, the pants are comfortable and the pads seem to stay in the correct places. They aren't bad to walk around in, but I would probably want to take them off if I was going to do much walking. The full zips on the sides allow easy access to the pockets of the pants you are wearing -- assuming you aren't going commando underneath.
I'm not sure how these pants will do when it gets hot here in NC. They completely block the wind and really don't have much airflow. I might have to get a pair of mesh pants to use in the summer time. My son got a pair of Oxygen Air pants which look like a great choice for the hot weather.
March 9, 2015
Pants are OK but be careful about the fit.
These pants are fine. I didn't return them. But there is no love here. The side snaps are a bit difficult to use. The knee pads are somewhat adjustable, but (as others have noted) do not seem to line up well with your actual knee. They do provide good protection against wind and rain, and in high 30's temperature are certainly warm enough. They also come on and off easily enough. They are sized small, so buy at least one size more than you think you are.
December 14, 2014
Decent, Snaps Suck
These are decent pants. I like how the "commuter style" allows for quick on/off over normal street clothing. However, the snaps on the waistband are very, very weak. They tend to pop open while riding, which is obnoxious. They are especially likely to pop open if I unzip the pants slightly at the top to allow access to a pocket (e.g. to reach a wallet in my front pants pocket to pay at the gas pump). If I forget to zip that last 4-5 inches of zipper to the top and I get back on the bike, Pop! The snaps come off.
Keep in mind, I'm don't have a big gut and am not wearing pants that are too tight for my waistline. In fact, the elastic in these pants is not even stretched when I wear them. The snaps are just very, very loose and come detached easily.
These are also high waist, which makes me feel a bit like it's the 1920s or something. I mostly overlook that due to: A) I always wear a jacket over the top so it's not really noticeable, B) I like the commuter leg zipper convenience, and C) these are one of the few moto pants that come in a 34" inseam for a guy my size.
As far as protection is concerned, these pants feel very durable. I'm sure I'd be protected in them.
To make these pants perfect (for me):
- Make the snaps tighter
- Cut the pants with a "normal" waistline for the 21st century
November 10, 2014
Great commuter overpants.
Materials of construction are excellent. The fit is just as advertised. Great commuter overpants. My only complaint is the snap position. I have back trouble and cannot twist around to my left comfortably to snap the waistband; I can only reach the first snap position at best. I have a workaround that enables me to use the pants. They would be perfect with a different closure design. Maybe velcro which is less precise instead of snaps, or move the closures to the front.
November 10, 2014
Good overpants for the price
For the price they are largely acceptable. They fit to size, maybe a little long in the legs when walking around but they aren't made for strolls in the forrest. I put them on over my jeans while making my 50 minute commute in south eastern Pennsylvania back and forth to school and they work as advertised. They offer another layer of protection, the knee pads are adjustable, and they break the wind keeping me plenty warm in the 40 degree end of fall weather. I've only ridden in them once during a light rain and I stayed dry so I don't have extensive testing in that area but looking at them I don't see where or why they wouldn't work. My only complaint is that the snaps for the waist are a little "weak," they sometimes come undone when twisting to snap the other side. It makes putting them on mildly annoying but I can live with it.
November 10, 2014