Spidi Women's Glance Pant
3,000 mile vacation 30-80 degree temperatures (snow,rain,wind,blazing sun)
I am 5'3" 140 lbs. I have a small waist and larger hips/thighs. I have a difficult time finding pants. The Spidi sizing chart was not available on the website but Customer service was able to help me. I purchased the xl-short and knew I had no time to send these back if the fit wasn't right. The fit was great for length, rise, and hips but gapped in the waist. I added a webbed belt which helped, but adjustable waist tabs would be nice for the curvy gals. These pants are very figure flattering as well as comfortable on/off the bike. They did not feel bulky and stiff like so many other pants.
I encountered temperatures from 32 degrees snow, heavy rain and wind to high 80's and blazing sun. The colder rides I wore a warm base layer with the liner. Warmer rides I wore only the pants with a thin pair of hiking pants underneath. I never felt overheated in these pants without the liner. The liner did a good job of blocking wind/rain and also felt breathable. The liner had a tendency to unsnap in a couple places when pulling them up. The kneepads adjust with velcro which worked well, but the pants are lined with a mesh fabric that gets twisted up easily near the kneepads when the liners aren't in. I eventually got the hang of putting them on, but would still get caught up on the kneepads from time to time. I wore these in freezing cold downpours through several mountain passes (snow as well). The liner kept me dry but once the outer fabric was saturated my legs got chilly after a hour or so. The longest I wore these without having to stop to warm/dry off was about 2-3 hours in pouring rain and 30-40 degrees temps. Overall, I love these pants. I realize I put these to the test on this trip. We rode from Seattle to Moab, UT the end of September. These pants are going to be perfect for my typical rides in the Pacific Northwest. I am very pleased with the fit, comfort and looks of these pants and give them a strong recommendation.
October 1, 2013
Finally - Riding Pants to Fit Petite Female Frame
Title says it all. I'm 5'2" 120 lbs. with about a 27" inseam and the Medium Short fit me very well. A little wide at the hips because of armor, but I prefer safety over anything. Still, they fit nicely around the waist, hips and legs, with a little room to add a thermal layer on really cold days if necessary. Not a lot of extra fabric that gives me the appearance of Nanook of the North! The H2Out liner is ridiculously easy to put in and take out. It's lightweight with mesh on the side that touches the legs, which makes for a comfortable feel rather than feeling like I'm wearing a trash bag that sticks to my legs. There are adjustable snaps on the pant legs of the liner and also bungee cord adjustments on the pant legs of the outer shell, all of which helps with a snug fit around my boots that will help keep rain out and also serve if the pants are a little too long. However, you want the pants a little long so when you sit on the bike, you are covered. These are perfect! Figure flattering, lightweight, easy on and off and functional. I wore them for the first time and noticed good airflow. Unfortunately, it didn't rain, so I can't say anything about that aspect, but once I get that experience, I will write again because I feel that is an important feature to know about, especially if you ride the way I do; that is, in all weather conditions. Oh, and for the first time ever, the knee armor is exactly where it needs to be. Amazing!
July 17, 2013
Dangerous Curves Ahead !!!
Bought these for my Girl Friend and Riding Partner in Crime. We were looking for a set of Comfortable, Wind Deterrent, Water Proof pair of overpants that fit her hips but didn't just openly gap open at the waist. Read the review from others, and then went for it based on comments. She absolutely loves the fit. (And I love the looks...) No more just "put a mans cut on a woman's figure" with this product. Will be taking these on a 10 day tour in January, so will know much more then about the wind and water proofness of these pants. Unfortunately the inner liner appears (at least initially) to be not much more than a simple plastic liner. No breathability whatsoever. Maybe this will come in handy on super cold days. Only time will tell.
Overall we love this product, but would gladly have spent a few more dollars to make the waterproof liner from a "breathable" type of material.
December 3, 2012
These pants are AWESOME!!
I was looking for a new pant for fall/winter that didn't make me look like huge and were also comfortable. These pants deliver! They are also nice and long for my legs (I'm 5'8" with long legs) and so they don't ride up past my boots when I'm on the bike. I've ridden with these pants with the liner in up to 75dF and I still feel like they can breath. I have also ridden in them in 40dF with no extra liner and feel warm. These are worth the money - so far!!
October 8, 2012
Exceptional style, average features
I'm 5'2" with a 28" inseam and 30" waist. The Medium Short fit like a glove, and these pants look GOOD. I mean, really good. A lot of women's gear descriptions report being "not just a smaller version of our men's gear!" or "designed for the female form!" I usually take that with a grain of salt after seeing said gear in person... But these pants truly deliver on that promise.
That said, I'm not too crazy about the features. First, the "adjustable height" knee protectors... Somewhat misleading. This isn't some fancy system-- the protector pocket is simply longer, so you can move the protectors up and down. But they won't stay in place after being moved; you'd have to sit on your bike, put your feet on the pegs, move the knee protectors, and then never put your feet down again. Not terribly practical. Yes, you could sew them in place, but I'd expect that you can cut and sew the inner shell of most any textile pant. Fortunately for me, the knee protectors fall where they should.
The waterproof lining: can't speak to its effectiveness yet, but it is EXTREMELY hot and uncomfortable. Then again, motorcycling in the rain is ALREADY uncomfortable... So perhaps it's unavoidable. Good thing the liner is very easy to remove, and once it's out you have an exceptionally comfortable pair of pants.
Downside: the fabric feels a little thin, which makes me a bit uneasy about the abrasion resistance of these pants. But after Googling each of the listed materials and seeing that they are, in fact, abrasion resistant... I'll just go ahead and be amazed that Spidi made an abrasion-resistant garment so thin and comfortable.
tl;dr-- Not sure if fabric is way too thin to *actually* resist abrasion, or some kind of technological breakthrough. Probably the most stylish riding pants you will ever find for this price... But the added features also match the price.
September 8, 2012
Yes! Spidi has this style RIGHT!
As a lifelong horse rider, when I read that these were fashioned after equestrian riding pants, it caught my eye. If only, I thought, a motorcycle clothing manufacturer could really accomplish the comfort and fit of horse back riding pants. Spidi really has done it with these pants. Comfortable, breathable, stylish and just the right amount of stretch. They are extremely well-made and really are tailored to fit a woman's body. Also, the waistline hits in a logical place- not low-rise (don't care for that for riding), and not up around the ribcage. I love the positionable knee pads. Brilliant.
I'm 5'6, 135 pounds, fairly long, slender legs, NO rear-end (I wish). I bought a medium. I have a little room to spare in the rear, as is true of all pants I buy, so I'm happy with the fit. Seems true-to-size.
Assuming I never have to use them for their intended purpose, they'll outlive me. Well-done Spidi!
April 10, 2011