REV'IT! Tornado Pants
Great Multi-Season Textile Pants
I was one of those guys riding around town with a pair of jeans on for a long while. Then I had a friend who also wore jeans tell me about how he had recently gone down at ~45mph. Tore his jeans to shreds, cuts & bruises, etc. He was in a good deal of pain, but the worst part was how the doctors spent hours just removing all the gravel from his legs and how he had to clean them regularly to fight off any infection. That got me on this site pretty quick. I went with these pants because of the video breakdown and the other reviews. I've ridden over 300mi with them on, and wore them in various weather conditions.
I'm 6'2", 185lbs, 32x34 pant size and I ordered a size 48. If it's under 60 degrees, I use the liner. If it's warmer than that, I remove the liner and use the shell of these pants with the Troy Lee hot weather armored under pants, which also has some light padding. That combination is pretty awesome even in 80+ degree weather (which we've already had in the DC area). The front of these pants is pretty much all mesh, which to quote Anthony, flows a ton of air. In colder weather (I rode this morning and it was 39 degrees), I swap the Troy Lee pants for the liner and it works perfectly at blocking the wind.
The textile combined with the knee protection is adequate for my type of riding - 80% commuting / 20% weekend cruising. No pant with knee armor is going to be a perfect fit for everyone, but the adjustments you can make with the Tornado pants are working for me. Having the velcro cinches at the hips and ankles also helps.
My only complaint? My wife calls them my "swishy pants." They make a swishing noise because the material rubs together while you walk.
April 18, 2014
Protection leaves a lot to be desired
I ordered these pants in combination with a Tornado jacket. Unfortunately I am returning them both. While the armor in the jacket seems more than adequate and it's placed well, in the pants the knee pads (which are not that big) can float around too much. There is an excess of room for your legs in the knee area. If only there was some means to cinch down the pants or something. Also, the hip armor is pretty flimsy, sure it can be upgraded, but I don't see why I should have to pay anything additional. Besides all that, I've never had gear with inserts for waterproofing before. After looking at this system, I don't see how that is practical when you're out on the road. What are you going to do when it starts raining, pull over and strip your gear off to put in the inserts? I think I would rather pull on a rain suit.
April 15, 2014
Should have bought sooner!
I almost bought the Revit air-wave pants, as I wanted to wear shorts and remain cool in the hot summer weather. But a reviewer on the air-wave mentioned these Tornado pants. For a little bit more money I could get a 3 season pant and extend my riding season and comfort.
I am so glad I followed his advice. These pants are super warm and block wind like no other with the thermal liner is installed. They do make the pant leg and seat area just a bit smaller, so be aware of this when ordering. I wear a size 33 waist 30 inseam. The short 50 is almost a perfect fit. Just a hair too long for my short stature, but with my riding boots a perfect fit.
I have not had the opportunity to ride with the thermal layer out yet. But just walking around with the thermal out, the pants flow air very nicely. Summer riding never looked cooler!
Zipping in and out of pants is super easy without the liner, I can keep my shoes/boots on. But with the thermal waterproof liner installed I have to take my shoes/boots off. Even with all the zippers. maybe if the zippers where on the outside of the legs it would allow more of an opening. But the zippers on the inside offer more safety.
Armored and adjustable knee pads are amazing. Very happy with these and very comfortable.
The jacket to pant zipper works with my different brand jacket... it appears this is a universal sized zipper and I am happy it is this way.
pants are very good build, stitching is strong, fabric feels strong and slippery (what you want in an off). Mesh is larger opening than Revit air-wave, but less mesh on the front side of the pants, covering more of the ankle and knee area. Zippers are strong and work great. Not sure if YKK but they are high quality.
Have not ridden in warm temperatures yet. But just walking around pants flow a very large amount of air.
They say it breaths, I don't think so, maybe I make more heat and humidity than normal people. Riding in 60F weather at 45mph The pants are very warm. Any warmer air temp and I'd unzip the thermal layer out. *I ride with jeans on.
It is waterproof, and windproof, as tested in a rain shower, in the cold. Zipper didn't leak any water at all!
Knee armor is comfortable and quality flexible to an extent.
Other things of Note:
1. Zipping into the thermal layer take note of smaller leg room, form fitting pants would be ideal, but my jeans are comfortable enough for the short ride to work (20 minutes)
2. White is great for reflecting heat, but it gets dirty quickly, oh well easily washable if I choose.
3. does go high on the waist. it goes just below my belly button. If you have a gut, measure up! and check the chart.
4. This price point should have hip armor included.
5. As mentioned by others, front pockets are near useless, I wish they didn't have them, would have made for an even more comfortable fit and more airflow. I guess I can slide my 4x6 inch note card for directions in their, but anything else, nope.
April 9, 2014
These seem great for the money. I bought them to mainly use as overpants, or with the liner and this works well. I bought about a half size under what I normally wear and they're a little tight with the liner and another pair of pants, or spot on with just the liner or jeans underneath. Airflow seems excellent and I haven't tested the waterproof liner yet, but I expect it to be flawless like my Levante jacket I bought last season. Zips to that jacket and matches appearance wise as well (white/white).
March 26, 2014
Great Fit and Great Design!
I've been looking for a pair a nice riding pants that would keep me protected and cool. I hate riding with shorts on in the summer and I have a Rev'it jacket that breathes great so I decided to try these pants. I'll update the airflow once it gets warm enough in NYC to ride without freezing.
Something I wasn't expecting was that with a pair of jeans on under the pants (with the liner in) these are awesome for the cold weather we have been having here.
The fit is exactly as Revzilla describes after following the measurement instructions. They are a little snug with jeans on and the liner in but I ordered my size not a size up. Also I'm short and these are the perfect length...which is usually an issue for me.
Price wise you get what you pay for. I have all Rev'it gear now and its no comparison to the inexpensive stuff.
I've fortunately never laid down a bike (knock on wood) but all the armor is in the correct place and doesn't move so if I do I'm confident I should come up ok.
March 18, 2014
Great pants! Very well made. I wish they ran a bit slimmer in the waist.
Very well made and work great in the rain or heat. I am 6'1" with a 34 inch waist and the longs are just a tad short and a tad to big in the waist (with the adjustment tabs cinched down all the way) but not too bad. I am very impressed by the construction and design. Rev It knows what they are doing.
February 25, 2014
Great protective pants
The Tornado pants are sweet. They have plenty of ventilation for the warm months, and the thermal liner is warm for cold months. I haven't used them without the liner yet, so the air flow verdict is still out, but they appear to have plenty of ventilation. I also love the inner leg zipper that reaches to the crotch. This makes removing them easy. I use these as pants, as well as over-pants, and this feature really helps. The liner also has a leg zipper. The only thing I wish they had was belt loops. I am really skinny, and the cinch straps are maxed out on me. I wouldn't base your sizing on my experience though, most things are a little big for me.
February 24, 2014
Awesome dual use pants.
Being new to riding I am realizing how expensive this sport is in order to equip yourself properly.
I have spent 6 months riding with gear I have more or less grabbed from anyone / everywhere I could.
Once I visited the revzilla store and was shown these I fell in love. Not only do the fit great, but they are snug in all the right places to be comfortable on a bike. All the issues I had with regular jeans / riding jacket went away with these pants.
On top of that in the heat of the summer you can remove the inner lining in order to get maximum air flow w/o sacrificing safety.
Then in the winter or bad weather add the inner lining and your good to go.
Highly recommend this product...
February 17, 2014