Joe Rocket Atomic Pants
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
Just what the Dr ordered
Good protection, great price. Fast shipping and they're not gay like the leather the Harley Davidson rump rangers wear.
March 24, 2014
Decent for the price, Used as overpants
I use these pants as overpants. They do relatively well for that however they are a little tight when adding an extra layer for warmth. They seem like warmer weather pants but I have put them on over my work clothes and several layers and worn them in freezing temps. I do like how they seem to be good quality and functional. The belt thing is not the greatest but there are belt loops to use a regular belt with.
February 25, 2014
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