Tour Master Cortech Flex Pant
Nice pants, tall sizes still a bit short
These replaced a pair of Firstgear overpants that are about 6 years old. My preferred pant size is 33x36 and I ordered size medium tall. The waist size is excellent and the expansion panels will allow for a bit of growth if that becomes needed. The length is OK off the bike with motorcycle boots. On the bike they are a bit tight between the thigh and knee as well as a bit short knee to ankle. They aren't perfect but they fit good enough to keep. They are more flexible/comfortable and fit better than my old Firstgear pants.
I intend to use these solely as an overpant. They are snug with both the thermal and rain liner attached so I am not using the thermal liner. Wearing jeans with the rain liner I have been fine into the low 30s. I could feel that it was cold out but I was not cold. One annoyance is that the liners do not have a full side zips so boots must be removed to for on/off. On summer road trips I regularly see temps 100+ and that's where these will really shine over my old pants. The panels that cover the mesh look to be fairly water resistant on their own so warm rain showers may not require the waterproof liner.
March 4, 2014
Year round pants!
These pants are nothing if not flexible! With everything in these are basically armored snow pants. Pull all the liners out and zip off the outer panels and you've got mesh overpants for the summer. This is like getting two pairs of pants for the price of one!
Year round capabilities
Long enough inseam (I normally wear 36x36, I got XLTall. My pants poke out the bottom, but who really cares?!)
Can be removed easily without taking off your boots... when the liners are out.
Armor position is adjustable
Although I'd probably have picked black anyways, it's not a great color for summer riding.
With linings out, the fit will be a bit baggy.
With the linings in, getting these off is tough without taking off your boots.
February 22, 2014
Great design, but crotch rips and zippers break
The front zipper on the first pant broke after two weeks. The crotch on the replacement pant ripped open after about six to eight weeks. The zipper on the right leg (to open the pant to get on and off with shoes on) broke after seven months. I enjoyed the versatility of removing or adding layers depending on the weather. It was easy to get in and out of the pant. The zippers that allow for the removal of the top layer scratched my tank on each side. I would buy these again if they can figure out a way to keep the crotch from ripping so easily (perhaps elastic material instead of the rigid nylon in the crotch), and if they would put a five-year warranty on the zippers. The "protection and durability" category should be separated. The protection aspect would rate five stars due to the padding and material. However, the durability would be given zero to one star due to its premature breakdown in the crotch and zippers.
February 3, 2014
Great all-around pant
I used these pants on a recent December trip from PA to Key West. I left my house at 22 degrees F and arrived in Key West at 82 degrees. These pants handled it all.
They are pretty complex, I uploaded a pic with everything removed and laid out so you can see all the separate pieces. I think I counted 17 or 19 zippers on these pants.
However I was plenty warm at 22 degrees with all the liners inserted, and that was without using long johns. With all the liners and panels removed, they are pretty reasonable mesh pants as well, good up to maybe 80 or 85 degrees before you get too warm. The knee and hip protection are comfortable, adjustable (and well-placed), and they stay with the core pant so you still have protection even in mesh mode.
The two front pockets are zippered and reasonably to large sized. Not like a cargo pocket but you can definitely fit your hands into them, or a wallet and phone with no problem. There are two retro-reflective strips that run down the entire length of each side.
For sizing, I am 6'3" and 195lbs (need to lose 10). I bought the Large / Tall size and they fit great. I have the waist cinched in a bit, they could definitely go wider (large is listed as 34"-36" waist). With the waist cinched in on me, there is a slightly awkward looking bulge near the hips, but it's not uncomfortable.
As for waterproofing, I rode basically a full day in intermittent rain, mist, downpours, etc. Just a totally wet/miserable day. Eventually (around lunchtime) I did get water down my leg from the crotch area, but I'm not sure where it came in. Possibly through the crotch zipper. But they held out water until that point pretty well, and nothing soaked through the legs themselves with the waterproof liner installed.
I would definitely buy these again. These alone can probably replace a few separate pairs of pants I have. I'm normally not a fan of two separate liners, but these work well.
January 6, 2014
Good basic pants
The 3 layers are awesome for winter/rain/summer riding. The fit is a little tight with all the layers. ON a scooter I can step through, but on the MC I have a tough time swinging my leg over with the layers in.
January 6, 2014
Good for winter weather
A little bulky with the winter liner installed but plenty warm
December 30, 2013
Lots of features for the price.
I was looking for some cold weather gear but when I saw these could also be used in hot weather I decided to give them a try. I have ridden with them in temperatures in the mid 20's and they kept me very comfortable. I ride a Gold Wing so I am not as exposed to the air as I would be on other bikes. My only issue is trying to get on and off the bike with this much gear. The extra layers makes it more difficult but I suspect this would be an issue with other pants as well.
With the rain protection in, I have to remove my boots before putting on the pants but I can accept that.
I don't know how long these will last or how protective they will be which is the only reason I did not give them 5 stars.
December 16, 2013
I think you can find a better all-around option with a little patient research. The fit of these pants is my biggest issue. The waist is right but they're very baggy around the hips and seat and just loose through the legs. The bagginess is comfortable while seated but when off the bike they look diaper big. The protection is good. Windproofing is good.
December 2, 2013