Tour Master Caliber Pants
Great Protection, Very Warm & Dry
Tour Master Caliber Pants; Black, Large/Short. I currently own a 2009 Ninja ZX6R. I’m 5’8”, 170 lbs with athletic, muscled build. I’m 47 years young and have been an avid rider of trails, tracks, and traffic since the age of eight. I have ridden in this gear for a week now during my daily work commute to offer a credible review and help qualify my impressions for the benefit of those reading. My daily ride totals 32 miles round trip with roughly a dozen traffic lights and open highway speeds (55 mph posted, and maybe 25 -30 mph added at times to support my thorough data collection…). My morning runs were made at 6:30 while still dark out, average temps 51F with low 49F. Afternoon departure was 5:30 with average temp 76F and high of 80F. In hindsight, I likely should have purchased medium, but because of my physique, I frequently have difficulty finding pants that fit my ‘arse’. Since I had a little extra space with these, I now have an option to wear them as a standalone garment or over-pants which I did this week while commuting to work and back with the liner removed. These proved their worth immediately when the first day’s ride offered a morning temperature of only 49F with a dense fog just to make it a bit more ‘inspiring’. My work slacks (underneath) remained totally dry and I stayed warm despite having accumulated enough water on the surface of the Calibers to shake off a good amount upon arrival. The knee and hip armor was obvious given the position of my legs when riding a sport bike. With a less aggressive posture and properly positioned within the adjustable internal pockets, I doubt they’d even be noticeable. I really appreciate the subtle yet visible piping and reflective dots that captures the eye when riding in darkness. I suspect that with the liner inserted, there will be few days that I couldn’t tolerate a ride absent the snow and ice that will inevitably have me parked in the garage. The side zippers, pockets, fly, hip adjustment, everything is well thought out and functional. Based on my initial impressive and the quality of this garment, I expect that, short of a mishap that may render them unserviceable, these things will last as long as I wish to keep them. I strongly recommend these to those looking for an affordable, protective, and very warm lower garment. Safe Riding!
October 10, 2015
3-4 Years Of Use
So I've had these for a while and both of the two buttons popped off the front of the pants above the zipper, as if to tell me I got fat. I didn't get fat. They're just low quality buttons.
Air flow is okay when you open the side zippers, but there are definitely much better options for warm conditions than these. I have a lot of different gear and I would say this is probably one of the lowest quality products I own.
The added protection in the knee area is nice. The knee pads are also adjustable in height, but I'm sure you'd get better protection from a brand like AlpineStars.
Since they haven't held up as much as I'd like, and I've never crashed in them, or really had them on enough to wear them out, I wouldn't purchase them again.
June 17, 2015
Great everyday over-pants
I found the sizing to be spot on. Overall great quality and style for the money. With the liner out, they don't ventilate as well as some pants I've owned. With the liner in, they work well and stay warm into the low 30s. Good padding and protection. It took a little work to get the knee pads adjusted, but once properly placed the pads didn't slide down. Great all around pants
May 25, 2015
Pants provide good wet weather protection, but very poor quality zippers!
These pants are well made. They do a good job protecting you from rain: I have been though 3-4 rainy days with them on. There is a deal killer here though: after approx. 3 months, my left leg zipper broke. I have been as gentle as I could be with the leg zippers. These zippers are light duty, waterproof zippers and are obviously cheap "knock offs" of heavier duty zippers used on better garments. My previous pair of pants made by Fieldsheer lasted 5 years and had heavy duty zippers on side legs. The manufacturer would have been better suited to cut corners in other areas of the pants. The leg zippers are crucial to a long lasting set of motorcycle pants. I just threw $$ down the drain and now have to either get new zippers installed on side legs or get a new pair of pants.
April 21, 2015
Warm and Functional
I got these pants primarily to ride in very cold conditions. I wear them over my jeans to add protection from cold. These pants do an excellent job of adding warmth and can be easily worn over regular pants. There are lots of pockets so you can keep wallet and cell phone in these pants without having to put things in your jeans pockets. They are comfortable and I wore them all day and was comfortable. The zippers on the bottom of each pant leg makes it easy to take the pants on and off. The overall construction is excellent and they should provide me years of wear.
You can pay more for other brands but you don't have to. These Tour Master over pants are great value for the money.
March 2, 2015
Like waders, but for the road
Lining is very warm. When I tuck the lining into my boot and fasten the outer shell around the outside of the boot, it's like a small oven on my leg. Not as warm around your butt, so still a good idea to have a base layer on. Knee pads dig in a little bit, causing discomfort, but they may need to be broken in a bit more.
January 19, 2015
Very versatile pants, great buy.
I bought the Tourmaster caliber pants for a trip to Newfoundland in Sept. The temperature ranged from High 30's to 70. Started with the liner in on the cold mornings and stayed very warm. The pants were comfortable at 70 with the liner out.
I plan on using them snowmobiling also. I wore chinos under them. Great buy.
December 26, 2014
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