Tour Master Sentinel 2.0 Pants
Keeps its promises but has 2 drawbacks (could be easily addressed by MFG)
Recently worn on a 2,000 miles trip to the Tail of the Dragon. 7 days, 3 with extremely heavy rain and most of it on highways. Felt a little surge of panic (the first day of the trip!) as it felt like water came through but a check at the first stop showed that everything was dry. Temperature difference is what gave the illusion of wetness. The pants are slightly shorter than I expected (when in riding position) but the must-have under the shoe straps made it work. One incident (no fault of the pants - or at least not directly) got me wet when the Tourmaster Air Intake 4.0 jacket slid up due to a fair amount of fidgeting on my part which made me think that it is a shame (or is it on purpose?) that MFGs cannot agree on a standard zipper! The pants come with a zipper to connect to the matching jacket, but it doesn't match the one found on the Tourmaster AIR Intake series (same MFG!). Also, as other reviews pointed out, they are hard to put on without removing the shoes which is a huge draw back (hence the lower rating on 'Features'). I managed to do it, sitting on the floor when wearing waterproof shoes. It took some skill and patience and would not have worked with boots (is it so expensive to make the side zippers 10 inches longer?). At packing time I found that the pants took more volume than I expected and were a little heavy but small price to pay for a 100% rain protection.
July 22, 2015
Impossible to get on over boots
Tourmaster needs to redesign these pants. They are >impossible< to get on over boots. I have TCX X-Five Plus boots. The side zipper on the pants doesn't go up high enough to allow me to pull them on over the boots. The pants are even very hard to get on in the house with my boots off sitting on a chair. With business slacks, Tourmaster mesh overpants, and then these rain pants over those, even taking it's very difficult to get the pants on and arrange the layers comfortably. The zipper just needs to be longer and the gusset wider.
I can't imagine how I'd ever get these pants on at the side of the road if it looked like it was going to start raining. By the time I got my boots off, the pants on, and the layers arranged, I'd be soaked.
I'm generally a fan of Tourmaster gear: good quality at a good price. These pants are good quality too. But, sorry Tourmaster, the design isn't working for me at all.
June 2, 2015
Reason I didn't give a 5 Star, the pants are a little hard to get on. Especially if you are in a hurry. Best to be somewhere that you can take off your boots first.
Great rain protection. Definitely recommend.
June 9, 2014
They work. I would buy again.
So the riding pants I bought from Revzilla and use with my BMW sport touring bike, Klim Dakars, are not waterproof. They resist a while but since they are not Gore-Tex they get wet. These rain pants were purchased to go with the Tourmaster Sentinel jacket I already owned. On a recent 2000 mile round trip from eastern Massachusetts to Ohio day one gave them a workout with thunderstorms in CT and rain, wind and marble sized hail in PA. (If you are going to stand by the interstate in a hailstorm armored gear and a full helmet are good things.) As the other reviews say, they are not fast to put on. A boot must be removed. The lower leg is not large and the Klims are an over boot pant so that means taking time to put on in the rain or predicting when you are going to need them. I would like more width in the lower leg. Once on they work well, I like the high back. I would have liked a higher zipper on the lower leg just to make it a bit easier. Since I wear high boots I am not concerned about leakage through a longer zipper. Overall a good addition to the riding equipment.
May 29, 2014
Does the job, once on.
I bought these prior to a trip to West Virgina and am glad I did.
On one of our touring days we started during some light rain which pretty soon turned to standing water in the street rain. I used these over my First Gear HT overpants and stayed dry, once I had them on. Since we started in light rain I didn't have the Sentinel pants on until it really started raining. I stopped to put on the pants and found what others have mentioned to be true. You won't quickly slip these on over your boots. Boots had to come off to get the pants on. Functionally they worked great.
May 6, 2014
Fit in the lower leg is slim
Have not tried them in the rain yet. Seems well built. Originally ordered a medium size, waist and inseam were OK, but lower leg was too slim to fit over my leather pants with knee pucks and sport boots. Exchanged the medium for a large, fits snugly over the leather pants and sport boots with knee pucks removed. One other thing, given the rather slim cut and the lining in these pants that tends to catch on your boot soles, they are probably not the type to quickly don by the roadside.
April 10, 2014
Keeps you dry, hard to put on
Just rode for the first time in this gear in a virtual monsoon. At 70 mph, and a wind driven rain, I arrived bone dry. So mission #1 complete. Quality seems on par for other rain gear. My only complaint, and it is a big one... the liner makes it almost impossible to put on over boots. In my hotel room, I still had to sit down and struggle to put it on over my boots. I don't think I could do it on the side of the road.
April 4, 2014