Joe Rocket Atomic Textile Pants
Good summer or touring pants
They give great airflow at the expense of water proofing, but still do well enough in light rain. Recommended for any weather that's not rain.
The knee pads are a bit annoying once you're off the bike in that they tend to slide around to the outside of your leg. There could be more hip protection added, but it is still satisfactory.
November 11, 2013
It's hard to say
I was looking for some pants with more substantial hip protection and knee guards. I bought a size larger so that I could wear these as over pants. They are still a little hard to fit over other pants, and either due to the fit, or due to the size, the knee pads are the most annoying things ever. They do not sit properly on the knees. Sometimes when riding I can get them to sit nicely, but walking around is impossible. This is not just an issue of them being too low though, as I can hitch up the pants to the right size. Rather, they have an annoying tendency to twist around the leg, as if my knees were on the sides of my legs. Which they aren't you know...
Also the hip pads are not very substantial. They're better than nothing, and perhaps better than they feel, but I wouldn't trust these to save my pelvis in the event of a wreck.
The price is okay, but even so I would expect more.
July 17, 2013
Decent value for the price
I chose this product based on Joe Rocket having a decent reputation among my rider friends, and because I was looking for a reasonably priced pair of entry-level riding pants with good ventilation and decent protection that could be worn alone or over other shorts/pants. After riding 150 miles in them this weekend in SoCal's 90 degree high desert heat, I'm satisfied that they were a reasonable choice.
- I like that in addition to the knee protection, these pants have hip and tail padding. The hip and tail padding is obviously lower quality than the knees, but most comparably priced products that I could find didn't include any hip/tail protection at all.
- I left the knee pads in their default higher location as I'm only 5'8" tall and they seemed very well positioned while in riding posture. My only complaint there is that I was wearing the pants over a pair shorts, and my shins kept being scratched by the velcro that is used to secure the pockets that hold the knee pads in place -- very annoying. Hence the "average" rating for comfort although they were very comfortable otherwise.
- The removable ventilation panels -- don't lose them, as I'm told you cannot purchase replacements! -- are nice and were a factor in my decision to purchase this product. However, given the aerodynamics of my fully-faired SV650SA, I can't really confirm how much of a difference the ventilation panels actually made.
- I wear size 30 waist pants/shorts, so I ordered these pants in size Small: 31-32. Had no trouble adjusting them to fit comfortably over a pair of cargo shorts and am reasonably confident the waist could be adjusted to wear them alone or over thicker pants such as blue jeans and a belt.
June 17, 2013
The large, zippered sections on these pants let in quite a bit of air. However, they also let in a good bit of water on rainy days. The top and bottom sections of the panels velcro to the pants, so they have gaps in them large enough to get you pretty wet on bad weather days. I'm not knocking the product for this, as they don't advertise them as rain gear, it's just a heads up.
They are pretty comfortable, and the waist, calf, and boot straps are more than enough to get a nice snug fit.
May 13, 2013
Overall this is a good pant, I just got mine and rode about 40 miles, they are fairly comfortable and have good airflow. They do block a decent amount of air when zipped up, not a winter pant but for sure spring/summer/fall. These seem to fit a bit long in the knee armor. I am 5 10 and 200 lb 36" waist; the waist is perfect (xl) but these are a bit long for my size (average guy).I spent some time walking around in these when I got them as well, they fit comfortable enough like a regular jean. I feel confident that if you had to wear them all day you would not mind at all.
July 2, 2012
good ventilation, at a painful price
The shell is only 500D which really isn't all that great, IMHO, and is one of the two main reasons why I really wouldn't recommend these pants, the other being the sacrifice in protection for the sake of ventilation. The pants feature removable panels that reveal large mesh ventilation which is great in warmer temperatures, however, they extend to right above the knee and when I low-sided the pants shifted and the mesh vent shredded like nothing causing me to get the only rash I suffered from the wreck. Had the panel ended a bit higher up on the thigh I believe I would not have suffered any road rash at all. The armor did hold up and did its job but the pocket holding the knee armor in that leg also was torn and for the rest of the time I rode with these pants the top of my knee pad was exposed. Another problem with these pants is that the velcro straps on the calf lost their "grippyness" (can't think of a better term) and basically were useless after only a few months. I had to go and buy a couple of straps to velcro around my legs to hold the knee armor in the proper place; the velcro straps on the cuffs were fine. The final failure, causing me to pitch the pants a few months later, was the crotch zipper busted during normal use. I had to ride home (in October) with a nice breeze on the boys, and the pants were promptly tossed into the trash.
Sizing was a bit small when using the chart; snug in my thighs and calves.
December 27, 2011
Zipper and removable thigh strips
Great Product at a great price. I wish it came with a zipper to tie it to my jacket, but I had it sown on, and that worked fine. The removable thigh strips are great for cooling, great idea!
July 29, 2011