REV'IT! Gear 2 Leather Pants
Best of both worlds
These pants are the best of both leather protection where it counts, and mesh/textile to allow for breathability. Add the water proof membrane (which I have not tested yet...) and these pants meet all my desires.
Armor sits right on the knee when riding, is extremely comfortable, and feels quite sturdy. Side zippers are accessible while sitting down, and items in the pockets do NOT ride up and jab your waist/stomach when crouched.
They are also the first Rev'it pant that fits me according to their size chart! My waist measures in at 31" (at the belly button), and the size 46 fits spot on. Attempting to order according the corresponding Airwave pant for a 31" waist (or even the size below) resulted in pants that were comically large.
September 2, 2014
Expensive - should have a bit more features for this price.
I bought these in anticipation for a cross country trip down RT66 in the fall. I test them on a weekend trip from Boston to Syracuse a couple weeks ago in Mid August.
Overall, they felt protective and comfortable. The mesh and leather combination does help with airflow. I feel safe wearing them for my upcoming trip
But for $400, I would want it to be perfect and it wasn't and here's why:
For this price, it should come with CE hip armor, instead it came with two pieces of foam. I replaced with Sas-Tec armor myself.
The side cinches are ok but I would prefer the ability to use a belt.
The zips down at the shoe opening should be on the inside of the pants so I don't have to bend my legs awkwardly outwardly to zip and unzip (maybe personal preference?).
The rain liner, in my mind, is only barely useful. Since it zips inside the pants, you have to plan on riding in the rain before you get on the bike. If you get caught in the rain in the middle of a ride, it's not like you're going to pull over on the shoulder, take your pants off and zip in the liner, (takes at least 3-4 minutes to complete) and then put your pants back on.
So for $400, I think it is not quite worth the price. If you can get it around $350, I think it's then worth the value.
August 19, 2014
Always Great Products
I received my riding pants within a week of purchase and was glad to see that the sizing charts are right on spec. They fit me perfectly! Everything with these pants are easy to alter just as stated in the product review video. Thanks guys! The only downside that I still have with jackets and pants is the linking zipper isn't universal across all brands. I know this is common, it's annoying.
All in all I'm very satisfied! Thanks Rev'it and Revzilla!
April 28, 2014
Excellent, quality riding pants
I purchased these pants for longer rides and commutes since they offer some protection from impacts/slides, as well as from the elements.
I'm 6'0" and 170lbs and the size 48 long fits great. They're a bit snug around the hips/thighs (I typically wear 32 or 33 waist jeans), but I also wear a pair of Klim Tactical Shorts underneath so take that for what it's worth. As far as the length is concerned—they're great while riding and I've never had them bunch up, but they can feel a bit long when walking around (especially if the knee protection is setup to fit while your legs are bent). I personally don't wear these when I need to do a lot of walking (running errands, etc.) since that's not really what they're made for anyway, but keep that in mind. If you're looking for a more comfortable, every-day riding pant that you can mill about in then a pair of riding denim pants might be a better option.
These pants are also a bit tight around the crotch and inner thighs, but once you're on the bike it's almost unnoticeable. Jumping up a size might alleviate this, but I was more concerned with how the pants sit on my hips and the overall length.
I've worn these through a few misty/rainy days in San Francisco and my legs were perfectly dry even after prolonged exposure to water. The liner also helps cut down on the wind if it's a bit chilly outside—definitely nicer on those cooler days.
I wear these with a size 50 Ignition 2 jacket and the two match perfectly. I haven't tried zipping the pants and jacket together yet, but it's nice to know that I can if I so desire.
My one complaint with these pants is that the version I received does not have two snaps on the fly clasp as shown in the video, but rather one snap and one hook (like you would find on a pair of dress pants). The grommet holding the loop snapped off—rendering the hook useless, and now I only have one snap holding the top of the fly closed (which is a problem because as soon as I bend forward the snap will pop out). This isn't a huge deal, but it would have been nice if the build quality were a bit better.
Also—the pockets on these can be a bit tight. I rarely put anything in them other than my keys since it becomes difficult to wrangle anything in or out.
All-in-all this is a great pair of pants that offers some nice features.
April 25, 2014
A bit restrictive
Size chart was accurate. I'm 5'9", waist at the navel is 39" and inseam is 30." 54 short was what the chart indicated and the actual fit was spot on. I feel well protected when riding, but two design features make it restrictive: (1) the hip padding makes it hard to lean forward or into a tuck, (2) there is no give in the crotch which makes it harder to lift the leg over the bike, and when I'm sitting the pants rise up to accommodate the legs being apart. The problem was bad enough that I took it to a tailor and paid $60 to sew in a leather gusset in the crotch. I believe Rev'it should have addressed this in the design. Also, a suggestion for Anthony: while reviewing clothing it's great to see the models standing, but how about commenting on how the clothes fit while riding. Maybe have the model sit on a bike. Anyway, Revzilla customer service was top notch. Thanks.
April 16, 2014
A good choice for a summer pant, if not the perfect pair.
First I must say I had some issues with sizing. I got them in a size 50 which fit well in the waist and felt good over all. However the knee armour ended up putting pressure on my knees while in the riding position. Even after adjusting the knee armour it was not perfect. I have exchanged them for a pair of 52's, the pressure in my knees is gone but they do fit a touch loose (not too bug, just not what I would consider "the right size")
That said, they are a good pair of pants. They offer good protection in all the right places while moving enough air to keep you cool. The build quality seems great with no issues in the short term. They zip right up with my Revit galactic jacket. They fit well over my boots although I prefer to tuck the liner into my boot rather than leave it zipped to the pants.
The pockets are a little tight and wont hold much, I end up leaving my wallet and phone in my jacket instead.
March 18, 2014
Perfect fit provided you take 1 or 2 sizes up
I'm dutch as is the Revít brand so you would expect the size to be spot on. Most other European brands are difficult to get a good fit as they're too tight and/or too small for me.
My jeans are 38waist 30length. As these pants are also available in Short fit , I opted for the 54 Short. These proved to be too small on the waist, so tried 56 Short. I could get into the pants but on the sporty bike bending forward I wanted more waist and leg covered with leather and a less tighter fit. In the end I walked out the store with the regular 58 (58 Short wasn't available) ! The length is still not too much as it goes over the boot and then protects you from rain dripping into the boots. Keep in mind that most European brands sizes are way too small for sturdy guys like me, so start with 2 sizes bigger than your casual wear and go sit on a bike to check that protectors are in the right place and the pants/boots fit well together in that position. If then these pants are too big.. go back one size at a time until you're satisfied. Also keep in mind that the connecting zipper works with all Rev'it jackets when they're not older than 5 years. (Rev'it jackets come with an extra zipper that you can sow into any pants, no matter what brand it will allow you to connect pants and jacket this way).
For those of you that want to put the pants IN the boot, in some narrow boots this won't be comfortable (won't fit comfortably in my Daytona Road Star GTX boots)
These pants really keep you dry even after driving 3 hours in the rain ...we have plenty of wind and rain over here in NL ;).
Quality and protection are excellent, ventilation is a bonus when driving in warm weather conditions.
March 15, 2014
Fit is perfect
I would say these pants strike a pretty good balance on airflow and protection but lean toward protection. Fortunently, this is carried over in looks. I've yet to see any vented gear that looks good and has a serious construction. The suggested waist and length were spot on for my measurements and the knee armor is positioned well as are the hip pads. I suspect with the rain barrier in or light layers, I could ride these almost year around.
December 10, 2013