REV'IT! Gear 2 Leather Pants
I have been trying and buying several different pants for protection and comfort. I have a pair of Klim Latitude's for cold weather and a pair of Klim K Fifty One Jeans that have been my go to for most other riding. In warm/hot weather, the jeans are very hot. I have an old pair off Olympia Motoquest pants that I thought I'd replace with the new model, but I was looking for something more substantial like perforated leather. Everything I looked at in leather just didn't look like they would breathe very well or didn't have a look or features I wanted.
The Rev'it Gear 2 pant is expensive, but thought it might meet my needs and compromises I would be willing to make. These pants are substantial. Leather is in the important places and the mesh in the others. The Revzilla video is very informative and gives you a good look at where the leather and the mesh are placed.
I've seen some complaints about the knee armor here. I have no such issue. I did turn a leg inside out to look at the pocket and even held up a spare set of larger Forcefield knee pads to see if they would fit in the pocket (the didn't). I've had a heck of a time with all my pants getting the knee armor to be in the right spot for when I'm on the bike. I had to change the armor in both Klim pants mentioned above to get it placed in the right spot for my use. I don't have that problem with the Gear 2 pants. The armor sits below my knees when walking around and is pretty well positioned when riding. I do think there is always going to be a little bit of a positioning problem with any pant due to how the leg creeps up in one's crotch the longer you are on the bike. The Gear 2 works well and the leather knees further help. I feel very well protected in the knees as a result. It is rewarding to find a pant that fits that requirement for me. (Am I the only one with a closet/garage full of stuff that after some use really didn't work out as we had hoped?)
Note that the pant does not come with hip armor. I slipped in some D30 armor that I had removed from another piece of clothing. I like it.
I am 5'8" 155lbs 31x30 waist. I bought a size 46, which is snug but is perfect as I won't be wearing a pant underneath. I'm sure the pant will stretch a bit as it breaks in. I removed the rain liner as I'd rather wear rain gear over rather than under. To that end I confirmed my BMW rain suit (these things are not that expensive and flat out work) fits over the pants no problem
So far I've only been out for 2 rides. It is hot and muggy here in Delaware. I am on a BMW R1200RS which even though is half faired doesn't flow a ton of air. The pants were definitely cooler than my Klim kevlar jeans. I'm sure they'll be hot stopped in traffic etc. but I don't think I can do better than these for wanting the protection of leather. I'm not sure how they will do in cooler weather but I'm guessing, on my bike, they'll be fine down into the fifties where I would probably wear my Bilt Freeze Out under garments (this stuff is great too) or transition over on of my other pants.
Finally, I think these pants look really good. Not too loose and certainly not skin tight. I think, taking all the compromises into account that go along with finding the perfect pant for one's needs, I am going to be very satisfied with my choice.
I hope this helps!
August 21, 2016
Knee protection will shift. not stable
Paints fit snug at waist, nice until I added hip protection then they were to tight, sending back to get get wider waist to allow for hip pads. Thigh, knee and calf areas loose and comfortable but Knee pad Armour will easily shift off knee in a light slide and give no protection, no adjustment can fix this, suggest not using supplied knee Armour and getting strap on knee protection to wear underneath pants. Still a nice pant with air flow and leather protection where needed. Worth buying and adding strap on knee pads.
May 6, 2016
Those are not cheap pants, I ordered mine Last August and have worn them 2 to 3 times a week, needless to say I expected them to be more durable, the buttons hardware was ripped apart while I was ridding. I am extremely disappointed with the quality of the pants.
April 13, 2016
Rev'it Gear 2 Pants
First off I'm 6'2" 230-245lbs and wear a 36X32. Lets start with temperatures, with the liner in i rode on a 27.DF- 40DF (Degrees Fahrenheit) and i also had a couple of base layer underneath, it was a 40mile commute and It performed adequately. I was definitely chilly by the time I got to work but not frozen, but i wouldn't make a habit of riding in these temps and i know its not made for that but like I said through the paces. Now, 40DF-80DF, the pants performs well I still had the liner in and a base layer, i found it very comfortable, but movement slightly restricted, guess we could call it nature of the beast but i was slightly warm. I find that i don't need the liner once you area above 55DF. 80DF + without liner, just a base layer, pants are great, flow tons of air, i even sat in traffic for over an hour in full leather gear (Rev'it Galactic and Gear 2 Pants) and it was 85+ and i was comfortable, sweating a wee bit, but comfortable. I also like that the pants come with the armor in them (HIP, Knee) and the knees are adjustable. Some pants you have to buy the hips armor separately. The liner works, great for a lite shower, or misting, however if your wearing jeans and the liner, movement is severely restricted, and they become very sung, I have to wear a base layer only, and bring a change of cloths with me which is annoying, but with proper planning sits not overly bad. My only gripe is whether your wearing just a base or multiple layers that there is a hook and snap for the waist and when your hunkered down on the bike the snap always pops open. The hook keeps the pants on, but the snap, always pops open. My other issue with them is the zipper doesn't stay up very well. Im not a chubby guy, I'm not spilling over the top of my pants. It would be nice if the snap was gone and replaced with something more secure. I also think auto locking zipper would be better. I think they have those YKK auto locking zippers??? Also watch the fit, i find that when i get on the bike the pants are a bit short, and if its chilly or litely raining that the backs of my ankles hang out and they get cold or wet. Overall great pants, comfortable, quality, armor in knees, and hips liners is a great addition, but make sure you check you fly regularly.
March 24, 2016
Awesome comfort, convenience, protection
These feel great while riding, and are a step up from straight kevlar. Easy on, easy off. Fits over riding boots. I'm 5'11, 165, 31 waist and the size 48 fits perfectly, including the hip padding. Snug where it counts with plenty of room in the leg. I have only used them in cooler weather so far with the lining in. Didn't feel the wind or get chilly in ~40F temps. Solid quality throughout.
December 5, 2015
TL;DR: Check your hip size and add an inch or two if you plan to add the CE hip armor. These pants fit like a pair of slim fit jeans so if you can't squeeze your thigh muscles into that style of jeans these pants might not be for you.
Based off the size chart, I ordered a pair of size 48 and added also the CE armor to my order. I had to return it and am waiting on a size 50 because the crotch area is stretched out with the CE armor fitted.
I am 166 pounds, 5'11, 33" at the belly button, 40" widest at my hips, inseam at 30". The length was good for me, knees in the armor good, pant leg ending just a little after the tib/fib bone ends. Just the hip part was very tight, I would not be able to get a leg over the bike without a larger size.
November 25, 2015
Great pants for 3-4 season use.
I also own the matching jacket which zips into these pants. Overall I am very happy. I am in the northwest and so far these pants have been great. Now, even with the colder rainy weather, I am still loving these. One thing about the inner liner, they are waterproof, but they don't seem to breathe very well. I solved this with a very thin base layer. That's my only complaint though and it's minor. I think you could ride in these almost year round with the exception of long rides on very cold days (below 35). Style is nice, a boxy fit, which is great, because I am not as skinny as I used to be. I did add the hip armor which is worth it, but bulks the pants up a bit. The pants still look great though and I would recommend them for most riding situations.
November 19, 2015
Very stylish and they work well
I'm a fan of the hybrid leather/mesh concept as I feel it gives the best of both worlds. The mesh that Rev'It uses is very thick and seems like it would hold up well if called on. The downside is that it's quite stiff and doesn't flow as much air as other styles of mesh.
The pants have a very clean and svelte style to them which I really like. I'm 5' 8" and 170lbs and typically wear 33X30 jeans. The size 50 fit me well on the waist. They are snug at the hips and with the pocket zippers closed, the pants feel very stiff when bending. As a result, I leave the pocket zippers open to ease the bending at the hips when on the bike and it works well. The length is spot on perfect when off the bike and but they ride up to the top of my short boots when on the bike. I'd prefer if they were .5 to 1 inch longer so they cover more of my boot when riding.
They flow a decent amount of air through the thighs and the ankles, though none through the knees. I would say that they work well at temperatures between 50 and 85. I'm not a huge fan of the bubble mesh that most jackets and riding pants use as a lining. I feel like something smoother would be more comfortable, especially around the knees where the protection presses up against you. The waterproof liner, unfortunately, doesn't breathe tremendously well, though is handy to have and I use it in the mornings when it gets into the 50's to block some of the airflow. I haven't tried it in the rain yet.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the pants. For the price, I'd like to see the hip armor included. And, while I'm recommending changes, increasing the length on the boot zipper would make it a bit easier to get over tall adventure style boots.
September 17, 2015