REV'IT! Poseidon GTX Pants
Superb quality. You get what you pay for.
I first bought and returned Klim Adventure Rally pants because they were so baggy in the legs, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get the knee guards high enough to fit correctly. I called Matt at Revzilla, explained the problem, and he suggested the Goretex lamiate Poseidon pants, which don't have to have the liner installed to be waterproof, and also come in Regular, Tall, and Short lengths. The legs are much slimmer cut than the AV pants, and the SasTech knee armor adjusted to fit me perfectly. The pants are snug enough in the knees to keep the knee armor in place in case of a fall, which was a huge concern with the loose AV pants. These pants vent adequately in our Houston summer heat, and with the liner will be warm for cold weather. I like them a lot.
August 4, 2014
Updated Poseidon Experience
Updated Rev’It Poseidon jacket and pants review. As I just completed a 22 day road trip on my 2013 BMW R1200GSW I am happy to offer further experience with my Poseidon gear. One might think that in 22 days I would have to opportunity to give my rain experience opinion, well in the 22 days we had 3 periods of brief showers that were NOT any sort of waterproof test, heck even a T shirt and shorts would have sufficed in those showers! The temperature ranged from a low of 44 to a high of 96 with many days of significant winds.
Only on one day did I even use the Rev’It liners, which made the cooler temps tolerable. Of course since my Poseidon gear is the gray color it certainly makes dirt, grime and bugs appear more pronounced and look like it needs a cleaning. But they wash off fairly easily with a cloth, being cautious not to rub them into the pants and jacket. There is a bit of fraying of the sleeve material on the right arm, and I am stumped as to the cause, it isn’t rubbing on anything, just something I’ll have to keep an eye on as time goes on. Another issue that I’m perplexed over is the Hi-Viz vest that I purchased as part of the Rev’It gear. It fits over the jacket nicely with the exception that it moves about when the jacket is taken off or put on. Enough so that it often catches the Velcro on the front of the jacket and does not fare well, it is fraying the Hi-Viz material enough that I fear it will have a shorter than expected life. Seems there should be a better way to secure the front of the vest to the area where the jacket Velcro attacks it.
On day 15 the zipper on the front of the pants began tearing away from the seam. Now it is not because they are too tight over my largess fanny. I purchased the pants in size XL with the thought that I could wear my Gerbing’s as a liner in the cold temps. Examining the seam clearly shows that there was not enough overlap material or that the zipper itself is faulty. Fortunately my wife was along and she is a seamstress so she has made temporary repairs and they got me home OK, but the zipper does not work easily and will no doubt fail again without attention from Rev’It. Which brings me to the warranty. Since I purchased this gear from Revzilla they are the ones who I returned the pants to for a warranty claim, in fact UPS should be delivering them to Revzilla today. They indicated that they would work with Rev’It to determine the best method to address this issue. Have been a loyal Revzilla customer and have no doubt that this will be taken care of by Rev’It. Hopefully in time for my next extended ride.
Overall I am very pleased with the Poseidon gear and of course that may change IF Rev’It says they will not stand behind their product. It is disappointing that this issue has occurred but I’m enjoying the gear with no second thoughts on my purchase. My other choice for gear had been the Klim Badlands Pro. For me the Gore-Tex shell of both of these was a must, I know that is an individual thing and others prefer the Gore-tex liners, but I do not. The gear performed well in the 90s and the venting is pretty good, never got overly hot and it will be interesting to see how I fare in temps of 100 or so. Have a cooling vest for this, just not the Rev’It one since I already owned another one.
I did use a car wash to have the wife give me a quick rinse off and that did remove much of the acquired road grime. They still need to be washed as per the manufactures instructions and that may happen after the warranty is addressed, or I might wait till after the next planned ride. That about covers it. If you have specific questions feel free to shoot them my way.
July 10, 2014
Bought for commuting ~55 miles a day
I'm riding an ST1300 and trying to commute as often as possible. The goal of this suit (bought both jacket and pants) was to wear them over normal clothes and all-weather. I did a bit of research, and originally was going to go with the 1 piece Aerostich suit but there were a lot of mixed reviews about waterproof-ness. In the end I decided on the Poseidon set.
I'm 6'0 34" jeans and between 187 - 197LBs depending on how strict my eating habits are. I bought a Large pants, and XL Jacket.
In a perfect world I probably could use a Large and 1/2 in both. The pants could be a tad bigger around in the legs as 'overpants' But when not used for this they fit me perfect. Same for the Jacket. A Large and 1/2 would probably fit me better, but I imagine a Large would be too small.
AT 6' tall the Pants are plenty long and I like how they are 'loose' at the waist since you are bent at the waist on the bike. They have slide adjusters to tighten them up as needed.
I've been in ~24°f commutes with these, and they are of course a million times better than jeans alone. They keep my legs pretty warm behind my ST. I've also been in about 80°f weather. I can tell these are going to be fairly warm in hot weather. They have a nice big vent in the front, but that can only do so much. Black riding gear is going to be warm. The other plus is I just feel so much better / safer having full armor on again. I'm not scared to ride in jeans, but it is amazing how much better I feel with all gear on.
I come from a past of wearing one piece leather suits, this should be cooler than those, but they're not going to be like wearing short!
So, in summary I do very much like these pants and they fit quite well, just a little tight as 'overpants'.
April 17, 2014
Incredible pant, but weird stiff/resistance feel near hip
These pants are great. Can't comment on rain performance yet. I have two pairs for use as overpants and as standalone, and they feel very heavy duty when compared to someone like the Enterprise pant.
It's also nice that they come with top of the line knee armor, and that they can have the hip armor upgraded to match.
It has snaps on the knee so that you can keep the knee armor in place better, especially if you pull out the liner which can leave a lot of space between the pants and your leg.
The vent design with the locking mechanism is easily one hand operated and is absolutely genius. So nice to pop open those vents and get lots of airflow into your legs.
My only complaints are pricing (way too much for a textile!), the knee snap popping off when flexing my knee in an aggressive riding position, and the weird stiff feeling near the hip. I'm talking about the point where they have the red rip stop stitching... The way the materials come together there makes it feel like there is some really stiff piece of plastic sewn into the side of the pants right next to the pocket. It's more annoying the farther you bring your leg up.
February 1, 2014
The perfect riding pants? For me, anyway...yep!
I bought these in gray (large, short), along with the matching Poseidon GTX jacket. I was fully expecting that I would have to return everything and go with Aerostich or Motoport to get a suit that would fit me, and I was pleasantly stunned to discover that these pants fit as if they were tailor-made for me. They're the exact right length, everywhere: correct cuff length; correct waist height; correct thigh length; the knee pads sit precisely where they should, and they're even height-adjustable. And, of course, the waist is also fully adjustable.
For the first time, I can actually walk around off the bike and not feel like a total dork. For once, I don't look like a concentration camp victim wearing way-too-large hand-me downs. These things fit like proper jeans. Also, unlike an Aerostich suit, for instance, they arrive in the box already soft and supple. It's not going to take six months for the things to break in. The jacket is a bit snug, and I'm hoping it will loosen up some over time, but the pants are dead nuts perfect.
Believe what Rev-It and Revzilla are telling you about that thermal liner. It truly is amazing. I can't imagine ever needing my heated pants now, not after riding around for a full day in high-thirties/low-forties temps with just the liners in place. Bare minimum, I know that with these liners and heated gear there is no ride I would ever take that I couldn't easily handle now.
One good thing about these pants vs the Defender GTX pants that I returned is that the Poseidons include both a hook and a snap at the waist. The Defender pants in my size only included a snap. Also, I love how easy it is to adjust the waist size with the Poseidons. Lose a few pounds, or gain a few? Swap from liners and heated pants to summer temps and nothing but shorts? No problem. It takes all of five seconds to adjust the waist accordingly.
If there was anything I would change about the pants, I suppose I would add the Defender's "Superfabric" material at the knees. Not sure why the Poseidons don't have any sort of extra layer there, similar to the elbows and shoulders.
Oh, and if I had it to do over again, I would go with black instead of gray. The Defender is a very cool-looking light silver; almost white. The Poseidon is a drab gray. It's not a dark or medium gray, either of which would be fine. Nope, it's a light, blah gray. Combining the gray pants with the gray suit, you end up looking like an extra from "Lost in Space."
But that's it. Give it some extra material at the knees, and order it in black. Perfection.
December 16, 2013
Really nice, versitile pants
I just got these pants and had the opportunity to ride around 100 miles with them yesterday. It was around 48 degrees and cloudy. Very warm and comfortable with the thermal liner in place. The pants seem very well made. I followed the size chart to select the right size, and the fit was perfect.
I'll have to wait until Spring to find out how they work in warm weather, but I did notice that I can feel air flow through the vents when I open them, so I'm optimistic about that. Right now I can already see that they will be excellent in Fall, Winter and Spring.
November 15, 2013