Tour Master Caliber Pants
No thought for the bigger/odder-shaped guys
So I am one of those weird-shaped guys with what could best be described as "long-torsoed"; in other words, my legs are shorter than you would think for someone that is just shy of 6' flat. I am also rounder than absolutely necessary (thanks, Obama), so finding motorcycle pants to protect me from the lovely liquid sunshine of the PNW is more than a little.... annoying.
These pants seem to be the only full-coverage option available for someone of my particular build in the sub-$1000-range (custom or silly expensive adventure gear). That shouldn't be an issue, as I should be able to take them to a reputable uniform store. These stores have sergers and are used to working with weird materials. However, due to the styling of these pants, I am not really able to get them hemmed, so I have pools of cloth around my ankles; meaning I look more like a nerd than usual.
Other than that, my only complaint is that the pockets are not pass-through, so I have to reach down my pants to dig out my wallet at the coffee shop. Luckily, my baristas have a sense of humor!
So real review stuff:
Fit and comfort - Addressed above. OH! The buttons in the front are hysterically strong. You'll see....
Features - few, actually, but about what you'd expect at this price-range: adjustable waistband, YKK zippers up to the knee. A nice ummm, flap thingy (technical term, leave it alone), behind the front zipper. The velcro flap that covers the side zippers is a nice touch, but it keeps sticking to itself, so I fail to see the point.
Appearance - Not bad! It matches my Tourmaster jacket more or less perfectly.
Air flow - It's winter in Seattle. NO air-flow is desirable, and this product delivers (not tested, honestly). There don't appear to be any vents that I could find, and the pants are advertised as "rainpants" so... in my opinion, this is best described as "N/A"
Overall, even though someone like me doesn't really have any choices, I do NOT regret my purchase in any way.
I would give them a solid three, maybe three-and-a-half stars. Firmly between "I'd rather have scabies and a tax bill" and "Lo! The heavens open'd up and the LORD smiled upon my lap and saw that it was good"
December 1, 2014
Warm and Dry
Pants are exactly what they are advertised to be. The pants are high quality. One negative is that they are a little short.... I'm 6'2 and purchased the Large Tall and when seated on the bike I feel like i have to continually adjust to push them down.
December 1, 2014
Perfect for Fall/Winter riding!!
These pants are toasty warm. I took them out in 40f-30f temps so far, even without the insulation in, the upper 30f temps kept me warm. They are great at lower temps with the insulation it for sure. I am very happy with these pants. They feel a little bulky but they do perform pretty well. I think I may have ordered a size too large so it could just be me :)
November 21, 2014
Good cold weather protection
This is the second pair of these pants I have owned. The first pair lasted for about 4 years of tough riding. The leg zipper ended up breaking on the first pair after putting it through about 80,000 miles of riding. I like the pants for the removable insulated lining which helps when the temperature changes. When the lining is in I can routinely ride in temps around 30 F. They are still comfortable in temps with the lining removed into the upper 70's. The knee armor is tough as it is CE rated although I have never had to put it to the test.
November 10, 2014
Pants fit well regardless if worn as with or without jeans underneath. The adjustable waist is a great feature.
October 14, 2014
Great value for money, a good 3 season pant
Very happy with this purchase. As most other reviews have said, they dont flow much air and I wouldn't want to wear them over about 75 degrees F, but when you actually want to be warm...these are AWESOME!!!! You can easily ride in 45 degrees WITHOUT the liner. I've ridden in heavy rain and stayed dry (had I had a waterproof jacket that was attached to the Caliber pants, I am convinced they would have performed even better). I bought a size small and they fit true to the measurement chart. You don't need to leave space underneath to put an extra layer - the pants are all you need. That said, I have succesfully worn jeans under mine. Great bang for buck, super product!
Only reason I rate average for features is the lack of hip pockets. And of course these don't flow much air; they aren't meant to.
October 6, 2014
First, my pair of these is definitely waterproof. All of the zippers are constructed well and waterproof.
Fit, this is obviously the biggest thing when attempting to buy pants online. In regular pants I wear a 36 waist 32 length. I ordered the XL 36-38 regular length. The fit was spot on with enough room to easily wear pants under, while not being bulky.
The issue I have had though is with the length. The pants are sized pretty close to regular pants, which is a problem when riding. In hindsight I wish I had returned them for the tall version. If you are normally a 32, or longer, definitely get the tall. I just assumed that since they were riding pants that they would just be longer to begin with.
Other than the small fit issues, these pants are great. I have been wearing them basically everyday for the past month, and I have no complaints. Well constructed and comfortable. They also look great as well.
August 22, 2014
Nice pants for the price.
Only wore them in colder weather 40s 50s, were warm an comfortable. Fit well and look pretty good.
April 8, 2014