REV'IT! Poseidon GTX Pants
Outstanding Weatherproof Pant!
I purchased the Poseidon Jacket and Pants for my first touring trip (~1000 miles). I'll touch only on the pants.
I usually rock a more retro/cafe getup, none of which is waterproof. I wanted something to protect me against the never ending Chicago rain, so my obvious choice was to buy Goretex gear. Most "waterproof" gear is actually not waterproof, but has an inner Goretex lining. This lining keeps the rider dry, but does not prevent the exterior of the equipment from becoming saturated with water. The Poseidon excellently repels water. It's not water resistant, it's waterPROOF.
The Poseidon holds up amazingly well in the rain. Having encountered some torrential downpours, the pants managed to keep me bone dry. Even when I rode into nearly shin deep puddles, my feet stayed completely dry (I was wearing Goretex boots, but the water level was above the opening of the boot which was covered by the pants).
The pants offer adequate ventilation in the upper thigh area, but do not have any venting on the shins/calves. This does not really matter because if you're touring, you're likely wearing tall boots, so any venting would be pointless.
These pants kept me cool in 80+ degrees, and warm in 50-60 degrees. If the weather gets warmer, you might feel a little hot if you're completely stopped, but once you get any kind of speed, the pants cool down immediately. I have not ridden in them in any colder climates.
One of the best features of the pants is the ability to close the vents and go from full ventilation to completely watertight with just one hand without getting off of the bike. On touring trips, forecasts are often inaccurate, so you never know when rain will strike. Whenever we hit rain, my friends would have to pull off to the side of the road, get out their rain gear, put it on for about an hour, and get back moving. The rain would stop within 5 minutes of them getting their gear on, at which point they were already soaked. Then they would pull over and take off their gear again. All I had to do was use my left hand to open some zippers and vents.
The pants come with knee armor. I have fortunately not tested them. They feel good.
As Anthony describes in the video, the pants are adjusted with the waist straps, which are easy to operate with or without gloves.
I absolutely recommend this product - it is well worth the price.
June 14, 2016
It's the little things
I've owned these in light grey for 21 months. They have been my main set of riding pants during this time and worn an average of 2-5 days/week except when there is snow or ice on the road or if the temps dip below 30 degrees.
Fit: As expected, they are a bit on the European side of fit. I wear these in 3XL over a pair of jeans. A bit long on my 29" inseam and as others have said, the hips are a bit stiff at first.
1. Not having to carry a rain layer is nice.
2. Thigh vents don't stick flat and give you enough ventilation to survive a 30 min commute home in middle of a mid-Atlantic summer.
3. The light grey will attract dirt/grime, but is much cooler than going all black. It's also more visible during the day.
4. The two lengths of waist zippers attached to either my Poseidon Jacket or Galactic Jackets.
5. Can't say much about the thermal layer. I wear a different suit for when temps get low enough to need extra insulation. Although when I tried them on after initially receiving them, they took up a lot of room. I could no longer comfortably wear them as overpants with the thermal layer in.
Faults: The quality issues have started to creep up.
1. Less than 1 year after purchase, the stitching holding the fly/zipper popped. Revzilla took care of sending it back to Rev'it for repair under warranty.
2. Rev'it continues to use cheap plastic anchor rings for the waist adjustments. One snapped after 20 months of ownership. The same plastic loop on my old Sand2 pants snapped as well. Not sure how to fix this without material changes. It's a design decision problem. I will have to hope the jacket will hold up my pants.
3. The pull chord of the pocket zipper broke. The piece of plastic which locks the chord ends just popped off. It's minor and the chord is easily replaced.
4. The hook/loop at the ankles are starting to give out prematurely. My old Sand2 pants had the same issue. The hook/loop on my 2+ year old Sidi Canyon boots are holding up just fine in comparison. This may be a problem with not enough surface area between the mating surfaces.
Overall, they're nice pants with good features for light use. But they lack the durability to hold up to medium to heavy use. It would be nice to get more than 2 years from a pair of pants, especially at these prices.
March 18, 2016
I've worn these pants in temperatures from 45 deg. to 75 deg F. At 75, taking the liner out and opening the air outlets provides sufficient ventilation to feel comfortable. I've also used them in the rain and not a drop of water penetrated the Gore-Tex materiel. I ordered a LG (tall) for a 33 inch waist and a 34 1/2 inch inseam. With the waist adjustment straps, the pants fit perfectly.
March 16, 2016
Excellent waterproof pants
I reviewed the entire suit under the Poseidon Jacket, this is just for the pants.
I'm 6'1", 185 lbs, average build, the pants in a large (long) fit me perfectly (with a little extra room in the waist, good for green chile bacon cheeseburgers on the road :).
As mentioned in previous reviews, there's a light pressure point near the hips. A quick adjustment after getting on the bike eliminates this, and after a 1000 mile break-in I don't feel it at all.
I've tested the waterproofing on a two hour ride in a non-stop NW downpour, to the point a small pond filled up in between my legs. There was minimal water pick up on the surface afterwards, I stayed warm and dry. For all intents and purposes they're 100% waterproof.
February 23, 2016
Great features but questionable quality
I wish I could give my Poseidon suit (jacket and pants) 5-stars as they are the most versatile and well thought out riding gear I have owned over the past 25 years.
Unfortunately they're quality is shockingly poor for a suit this expensive. After less than 3 weeks in the saddle both items showed premature wear... with significant fraying of the jacket sleeve zippers and the pants crotch zipper completely coming loose at the seams.
While Rev'it accepted an RMA on the pants, they said the premature wear on the jacket was not enough to warrant an exchange... and I fear they will do neither once both items are over a year old.
I find this incredibly disappointing for such an expensive suit and not up to the quality I have found with Dainese in the past
February 23, 2015
Almost perfect in every way
They did not make a pant that accommodated my body shape in the size that would have been best, despite being a reasonably fit guy for my age and activity level I do have a slight belly.
The guys at rev were kind enough to let me return it with no fee's, and after some reconsideration on sizes I ordered a 3XL Reg.
I tried it on yesterday after the UPS driver dropped it off, the fit was good so I took it out for a latenight 80 mile trek in 40 degree weather with high humidity. Despite heavy the chill at 60 mph my lower half covered by the GTX Rev's were considerably warmer than the rest of me. I may still need a heated liner for very long rides (500 miles or more) but for 100 or less you will be thankful you chose these over others.
My CTX fairing doesn't cover very much of me, so the differences in clothing choices make a noticeable difference in rider comfort.
Big thumbs up for the pants and Revzilla's customer service team.
The fit of the thigh at 3XL reg is a bit more generous than the XL or 2XL but not so much that you're going to feel like you're swimming in it if you have a body type like mine. The legs on the 3XL are about 2 inches longer than I needed but that was easily solved by Rev'It's wisely included cinch points at the calf and near the knee. The adjustable cuffs around the calf and knee area kept the pant leg from dragging along the ground and overlapping the heel of my boot when I step off the bike. The XL/2XL short size's armor zones in the legs fit better out of the box without adjustment, the 3XL reg's knee pads need some adjusting but not much.
Unlike the slightly less expensive version of these pants, the shell itself, and not thermal liner is actually the gore-tex membrane so you could remove the liner and still be confident that you will remain dry when nature decides to dump on you unexpectedly during your ride.
It is machine washable but the instructions say avoid using anything that has fabric softener in it, remove the amor prior to washing and apply an approved water proofing agent to the shell after it's dried. According to directions it is recommended to allow it to dry in a dryer but I would recommend the lowest heat setting, don't use a radiator or any other direct heat source to dry it.
February 11, 2015
I have used these in Malaysia in high heat and humidity and found they were both waterproof and not too hot.
I just returned from a three week tour of S Island New Zealand on a GS. The weather was very mixed, heavy rain, snow, hail, high winds over the three weeks. Temps ranged from 2d Celcius upto around 17d celcius. Basically road with the thermal liners in all the time.Overall these pants performed briliantly. I never got wet or even damp despite on a few days riding 4-5 hours in the rain and very stron winds. They are comfortable and allow good movement when off road as well. Can not fault these or the jacket which I also have... highly reccomended.
December 4, 2014
This product is the perfect fit and comfort I was looking for.
Just returned home from a three day 1500 mile trip. Temperature range from 42-80 degrees. Pants were warm in the mornings and cool in afternoon with vents open. Can't wait to try out in the rain. This product will be perfect for my trip to Newfoundland via Trans Labrador Highway next summer.
September 29, 2014