Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Pants
Cheap zippers broke after 2 weeks
The size medium pants themselves are comfortable and fit me well (5'10", 160 lbs), but the leg zippers are awful! They are constantly snagging on the inner liner when I zip them and just yesterday, one of the zippers broke. I mean, the whole zipper just came apart. So now I have to send them away to get repaired. The waterproof liner is fairly hefty and does a good job at keeping the wind at bay. I would have given the pants a glowing review if it wasn't for those weak zippers.
October 27, 2014
Great for cold mornings!
I bought these specifically to wear on cool to cold mornings. I don't like the bulk of a thermal liner and these have done great so far without one. I rode this morning in the low 40's and was comfortable. That was without the waterproof liner.
October 22, 2014
Real happy with these!
As my other pants are multi layer mesh, I needed something completely windproof and solid. These work really well, I'm using them so far without the liners (which are a nice two layers of nylon type, not a single layer). I'm 6'1" with a normal 33" inseam and a 33-34" waist, I got the "Medium-Tall" with a 36" inseam to keep my ankles covered, I'm not wearing them over pants, but over cycling tights. Maybe if I were commuting I'd go for "large-tall" for over pants, but they'd be really big otherwise.
My only issue, and its minor, would be to have larger Velcro contact patches on the cuffs.
RevZilla, when I asked if they could ship them out on the day of order not only responded within an hour, but I had them NEXT DAY with free shipping....outstanding!
October 6, 2014
I really like these pants. I was looking for some pants that didn't make me look like a Power Ranger. These pants are all black, and don't standout when I'm not on my bike.
I don't wear these pants as overpants; I wear them on rides so I wear only padded bicycle shorts under them. There are no ventilation openings so I can see where some people are going to feel they are hot, but it doesn't bother me. I haven't tried the included liners but I think they will make the pants comfortable in cold weather if I wear long ski pants under.
I'm 6' tall with a 33" waist and 34" inseam, about 180 pounds. I bought the Medium/Long size and they fit great. They fit like jeans thru my waist and hips, with the legs just a bit looser than jeans. Walking around in them is no problem.
I haven't had a chance to test their effectiveness in a crash, but they seem very rugged and durable. Honestly, I can't imagine why pants costing 3 times as much would be any better. I'm very happy with them.
August 21, 2014
Good protection, interesting fit (for me at least)
Great pants, feels like descent protection. These are my first riding pants. The price seemed right so I went with them. Not a ton of air flow but I expected that. They do get warm but taking out the WP liner helps. The fit is different, waist line fit great and with the WP liner out I can use them as overpants. Length was too long even with the shorter option. I have short legs anyway. I find there could have been a better way to secure the cuff around the ankle, buttons would have been great but the Velcro works, just not as secure.
August 14, 2014
Leg cut very bulky and no rise in crotch. Too bad.
The leg cut is extremely bulky in the size 42, while the butt and crotch rise is for someone with a size 32 body. The rain liner is extremely bulky and overly insulated and appropriate for an arctic expedition instead of a ride on a wet day. The crotch rise is so short that you get instant plumbers butt the second you sit on your bike. I would suggest avoiding these.
My score, Reveille, very good. Joe Rocket Ballistic 7 pants, bad.
June 30, 2014
great cold weather pants
these pants are great for cold weather. really warm and almost zero airflow. that being said, they are VERY hot in warmer weather. even without the liner. i mean swampy hot, even at high speeds. but on cold mornings they are amazing. the knee pads can be placed in either of two pockets, one about an inch higher than the other which for me being 6'1" they ride just a hair low. the hip armor is great, i dont even notice it while riding. the full legth zippers are great, i take them on and off over my work boots with no issues. all in all a great pair of overpants.
May 26, 2014
5XL - very roomy
I haven't had a chance to wear these out yet, so I'm not going to comment on durability or airflow. I mostly wanted to write a review for other larger riders out there. It's often difficult to find motorcycle gear that fits. I typically wear 3XL shirts or gym shorts, 50-52" waist. Motorcycle gear I always get at 5XL, some fit, some don't.
Joe Rocket gear (jackets and pants), are very generously cut. 5XL could slide over a pair of pants, comfy enough without pants. Even fits well with the liner. I highly recommend these to larger riders.
April 4, 2014