Joe Rocket Atomic Pants
Nice, and worth the price-
Nice looking- they don't stand out as riding gear. (all black ones) The style would blend in for most situations off the saddle. Actually look pretty cool in my opinion.
PROTECTION-wise.... they seem VERY TOUGH. I like that in addition to knee pads, they have hip and tailbone padding as well. And it's not too bulky, so sitting around in them is comfortable enough. The outer shell is a durable material that seems like it could stand up to asphalt.
The REMOVABLE PANELS that reveal the mesh openings come off easily, but only when you want them off, and are also relatively easy to get back in place. The AIR-FLOW into the pants is definitely nice, but tank/fairing aerodynamics play a part in how much wind cooling you'll actually get. The MESH opening material is pretty tough too- I've snagged it a couple times, thought for sure it would have torn, it did not.
The ADJUSTABLE STRAPS behind the knees and ankles do a good job of cinching the pants so they don't flap in the wind or rub/get caught on anything. Adjustable straps at waist are nice too.
***OVERALL I LOVE THESE PANTS.*** Good value for the cash, and they do feel very protective.
Now, a few MINOR COMPLAINTS explained in great detail:
The SEAMS around the waist have some rough edges that can feel like a sudden itch, that pinch feeling. Probably due to the fact that the material and stitching is tough(thus abrasive). They could have done a better job of smoothing them out for comfort's sake. This is only on bare skin mind you- so as long as you keep your base layer, boxers, whatever- pulled up, or a shirt tucked in, no discomfort at all. Alternately, some kind of fabric tape or a careful trim could do the trick.
Next, these pants have a PLASTIC BUCKLE at front closure overlay which makes for a stylish fly, but it's unnecessary... and an extra step in removing the pants. I'd prefer just a simple double-snap with no overlay flap. The fly itself does open normally though, so you don't have to mess with the buckle to get at your junk.
My BIGGEST COMPLAINT is the KNEE PADS. Positioning and sweat-factor. They sit pretty low in the legs when walking around, which is a little uncomfortable (just annoying really) but every time I get on the bike, I need to adjust the position of at least one of them so they sit on the knee cap- otherwise it's off to the side. (note I did get a fairly large size as I like my pants relatively loose fitting). But possible size issue is not relevant in the SWEAT FACTOR.... I purchased these almost exclusively for summer riding, and would like to wear a minimal amount of base layer... but WITHOUT FABRIC BETWEEN the bare knees and these pants, the knee pads are like mini SAUNAs. In no time at all, on bare knees, they just get SO HOT, clammy, and uncomfortable. ...no matter the temperature outside. This is due to the thin mesh that holds the pads in place. It does nothing to wick away moisture or let the skin breathe. The SOLUTION? -Wear base layer shorts which are long enough to cover the knees. If you wear base/regular PANTS, then you won't have this problem. But honestly, I wanted to just wear briefs, and nothing else under these- and there's just no way- solely because of the sweaty-knee element. I found middle ground in long, loose-fitting heavy-mesh athletic shorts as base layer.
Again- OVERALL THEY'RE GREAT. I'm quite happy with the purchase, performance, and piece of mind given by the protectiveness. If you can overcome the minor flaws, you won't be disappointed.
January 31, 2016
Great product for the money.
It fits decently over jeans, the knee pads move a bit so they will make loose fabric rub on your skin. Good protection for this price point, durable outer material.
November 18, 2015
Not what I expected
Recently purchased a Rocket Jacket and was very pleased. Expected the same from these pants but was disappointed. I can only comment as to fit and finish since I will be returning them. I'm 6'3" with a true 39 inch waist. The 2XL waist is snug with only an option to tighten waist with nylon belt. Side tightening Velcro straps are preferred. The snap is useless and pops when seated. The inseam is listed at 36" but seems closer to 40". The cuffs cannot be shortened due to a velcro patch. The knee and side protection is ok. I expected the knee pads to fall below the knee when standing/walking and they do just that. I was most interested in the zippered panels for airflow. They will let air in but do not vent in the back. The material is heavy, protective and uncomfortable (most likely due to price point). The pant legs are bulky and would fit an elephant. I don't think Rocket used human dimensions to design these pants. They can do much better.
October 28, 2015
Great pants. Able to ride from 75 degrees to 35 degrees
with the big 2 front vents, i was able to ride these from a warm 75 degree day to a 35 degree day.
I wear a 33 pants, and wearing these as overpants is a bit of a stretch. I ordered a medium.. maybe should have gone up to a large.
I have plenty of room for underarmor thermals underneath.
I like the hip and butt pads also.
Knee pads stay in the right place
October 19, 2015
Solid entry level pants
I got these pants to be compatible with my Atomic 4.0 jacket. Ironically, I never bother to attach the two, but the option is there. They slide easily over jeans. On hot days out for a joy ride, I've worn them without pants underneath. Ventilation is good. The length is a little much. I'm 5'7". On the bike, it's fine, but walking around is difficult as they get under your heels and they make noise, so you're better off being prepared to take them off when you get to your destination. Overall, I'm happy with them. They seem much more protective than jeans and give me a bit more confidence during spirited riding.
September 14, 2015
Awesome bang for the buck
Really cool, nice fit and really cheap for the features it provides.
Matches perfectly with my Atomic4 jacket and looking forward to buy the Atomic4 boots too.
September 1, 2015
Joe Rocket Atomic Pants
I've had the Atomic pants for about a month now. I commute to work daily and ride on the weekends. These pants are very comfortable and the fit is good. Not too baggy and fit well over a pair of work pants. I typically wear a size 32x32 in normal pants and ordered the Medium in the Atomic. The past couple of weeks I've ridden in temperatures in the mid to upper 90's and have found airflow to be great. I would recommend them to anyone.
June 29, 2015
Looks to be good quality, but missing features
These pants were a replacement for another Joe Rocket pant I'd had previously. The quality looks good - construction is solid, good venting etc.
I didn't read the description carefully enough, and these pants don't have any side zips - a pre-requisite for me in a commuting/touring-style pant. Exchanging them for an Alter Ego or Phoenix pant.
September 8, 2014