Joe Rocket Atomic Pants
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
Excellent product: comfortable and stylish
I purchased these pants just before the summer riding season in San Jose, CA. Yes, it gets into the 100s during the summer here, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get 2 sets of pants. I already own the Joe Rocket Atomic jacket, which has pretty darn good ventilation and versatility for a 3- almost 4 season jacket. According to the description, Joe Rocket designed the Atomic pants the same way.
I wear a 30 or 31 inch waist in jeans, so I ordered a Medium. Trying them on the first time, I must say that the waist is pretty true to size. The Atomic pants has adjustment cinches at the waist, and even heavy belt loops if you wanted to add a belt. The rest of the fit is snug and comfortable. It can function as an over pant, but it also doesn't feel too baggy if you don't wear it as an over pant.
The armor is pretty good at the knees. The hips have padding, not really armor, and there's even some padding in the seat, which makes long rides a bit plushier.
The pants also have a double velcro cinch adjuster at the calf just below the knees in order to keep the knee armor from wandering too much. These work OK, but the knee armor still wanders down quite a bit while walking around. A quick adjustment when I get on my bike and the knee armor stays in place while in riding position. I think I would have liked it better if the cinches had elastic or a wrap-around, like the jacket has. As a nice bonus, the pants have loops on the inside that match up with the Atomic jacket so that you can connect the 2 together.
As for ventilation and air-flow, the pants have a zip off panel at the front-thigh of each leg that work pretty darn well. I've been on a couple of 95-degree all-day rides in full armor: jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and lid. I wore a base-layer underneath and I felt warm, but not overly hot. My friends, some of whom had full armor, others with jeans and jacket, all said they were dying in the heat.
All-in-all, I highly recommend these riding pants. Definitely a 3-season pant: versatile, comfortable, well-built, and great features. If you didn't want multiple pants/gear for different seasons, it's a great buy!
June 8, 2014