Tour Master Cortech Flex Pant
Fantastic pants for the price
I bought these to use as overpants. I usually wear a medium in every other pair of pants, and from the size chart I was in the same range. I was blown away at how many different removable layers there were: waterproof, insulation, a layer that converts it to a pair of mesh pants. Wow! Honestly the only downside is that it's a burden to carry all the different layers with me when I'm riding. The armor seems sufficient, although I wish the hip pads were a bit tougher. It zips into my Tourmaster Epic jacket as well, which is great.
I use these in WNC, where the weather changes as quick as you can blink. You'll wake up, it'll be dewy & cold, then by mid-day it's sweltering hot, and out of nowhere it will rain. This pant tackles it all quite well so far. I'd definitely recommend these as 3-4 season pants.
May 14, 2013
Good pants for shorter riders
I bought these for my wife who is 5'4" and was having a hard time finding pants that would fit her hips but not be way too long in the inseam. These fit the bill perfectly. As several folks have mentioned these won't win any style awards as they have a boxy/baggy fit but for function they are great. I wanted to get her pants she could wear over jeans and would offer mesh for hot days and a liner for rain/cooler riding. these do all of that and I think some things I haven't even discovered yet. As others have also said, play around with these at home and figure out what all the zippers do and how all the parts go together. They transform into many different configurations and along side the road is not the time to find out how they work. Overall good pants and so far they fit and do the job !
April 23, 2013
The weather here in Florida has been bizarre, so over the last 2 months I've rode with these in drizzle, and temps from 38'F to 87'F. I'm one of those guys who has fitting issues with every type of riding gear, these pants included. My inseam to ankle is about 32.5, and I have a 32” waist-can wear a 31' jean. I ordered the medium-long. So here's my review:
It's hard to design something that does EVERYTHING, and these pants ALMOST do that.
Out of the box there were long threads that need trimming, nad as other reviewers have said and suggested, there's ALOT OF ZIPPERS, and it's really best to sit down and learn how everything fits together.
Usually I layer up so I had a pair of light thermals or sweatpants over my jeans, and with the thermal liner in, they fit great! I had enough play to easily mount up my Ducati M.S. Which has a seat height of almost 34 inches. The pants fit correctly while riding ,at about the ankle, and didn't ride up. They were very warm, except for a slight draft at the bottom. #The thermal layer isn't quite full length and my jeans ride up a bit.# No complaints- THEY'RE GRREEAATT!! lol
Wearing these with the vent panels off over jeans at just above 80'F was very warm! At 85', I just wore boxers underneath and found the airflow to be excellent! The knee area on bare skin is a little rough, but not bothersome. In drizzle, the outer shell repelled water enough that the rain layer wasn't needed, so I haven’t ridden with it.
For some reason though, the more these pants were stripped down, the more they rode up! Even over my boots- #tac-boots# They're not long enough for me when riding in warmer weather.
Issues with quality:
The Hook/loop #Velcro# around the ankle cuffs is too thin, and it sometimes takes a couple tries to get a good hold.
The stitching needs improvement! #That's why I gave 3 stars# The material that holds the D ring for the right side TPR pull to cinch the waist is tearing, and the other doesn't look too hot either. I'm sending them in Warranty R/R.
A little better Q/C would go a long way.
These fit my wife a bit better than me, so she skunked em.
I'm going to be looking for something a bit longer.
March 18, 2013
Pretty good overpant with some flaws for the price
This is a pretty good overpant that is comfortable and uses pretty good materials. It does have some disappointing manufacturing and functional flaws, IMO, hence just 3 stars.
There are a lot of loose/hanging threads right out of the box, and one on the leg is unraveling entirely after just a couple months of use. The Velcro on the ankles isn't large or aggressive enough; you need to be precise when cinching up.
In terms of fit, they're comfortable with or without the liner and do great over jeans, shorts or sweatpants. I do find, however, the legs ride up quite a bit, exposing my ankle and letting air in, though the fit when standing is just right (even a bit long, actually). The butt is pretty baggy without the liner and looks a bit like I'm wearing a diaper with the liner in.
Overall, though, it's an effective and good looking pant and I do like the piping and features. I would prefer a pass through pocket setup or option, though.
Given the manufacturing/assembly quality, however, I will probably look for a different brand next go-round.
March 16, 2013
Slightly Bulky. Good Value.
5'7" 185lbs 36x30 pant.
Purchased a LG REG initially. Way too much fabric on the legs. Exchanged effortlessly for a LG SHORT and the fit was much better. I can wear jeans with the pant/rain liner in comfortably. TONS of zippers for a highly versatile pant, could easily be a four season deal. Fabric has a tendency to get caught in the ankle zippers. Velcro on the ankle is lacking. All in all a decent pant. Would recommend.
February 25, 2013
Great all around pants
Tour master did a great job with these pants. They handle all the weather I've been dealt with so far. I am in southern california so the stress level isn't as high as some places. But so far I've been in temperatures in the low 30s and up to the high 80s without any problem. This summer I expect that using them as mesh pants in 100 degree plus weather will be perfect. I already have an older flex jacket that works just as advertised. Recommend both of them
January 21, 2013
Functional over-pants best for cooler weather
Pants are nice for the price, but honestly, even without the liner, they're too hot for temps above 70 if you're wearing them over jeans like I tried to do.
They are best used without pants underneath, maybe just some nice compression shorts and long johns or something.
Protection is great, knee pads are adjustable and maybe a little finicky but overall I think all the protection is adequate.
November 26, 2012
Great riding pants
This is my first pair of riding pants. I've only had them a short time, but like the fit (although they are a little bulky with the liners, probably like most riding pants). They are comfortable and I like how you can adjust the position of the knee pads. Haven't spent a whole lot of time in the saddle with these, but looking forward to it.
November 19, 2012