Tour Master Flex Pants
Overall good construction and fit. I feel i would only need the outer shell and not the 2 inner linings. With both liners installed, its a little snug. Although I haven't tried it yet, I would of preferred to get just the shell, and use my under armor pants instead.
Had a hard time finding my size, and this one was the most appealing and offered the 'short' version. I'm satisfied with my purchase.
July 14, 2014
These are the first protective pants I have used. I am 5'8", 175 lbs, normally wear 32x30 pants, and the medium fit just fine, going on easily over my heaviest jeans. I removed both liners, but I'd still have room for the rain liner. The thermo liner is thick and may require thinner pants. I was able to adjust the kneepads to ride in the proper spot. Thankfully, I have not had to "road-test" them yet.
So far, I have used them returning from NY to Florida, in temperatures ranging from 60F to hours over hot asphalt at probably 100F+. With both liners and the outer panels removed, I don't think my legs were significantly hotter than they were when I rode with just jeans. Airflow is decent, and they also blocked the hot air that hits the legs from under the fairings on the Sprint ST.
One point that caught me off-guard was when it rained. As I approached the only significant rain of the trip, I decided not to stop and put in the rain liner, figuring I always got wet before and dried out in less than an hour, so why worry about it. Well, with my waterproof jacket, I mainly get wet from the water that my jacket blocks, which runs straight down the front of the jacket and pours over my crotch. However, the surface material of the pants is not even water-resistant like I thought it would be, and once you are soaked through, with the extra layers, you will never dry out! Putting the rain liner in would have been quick and easy, lesson learned.
After 1500 miles, they still look new except for a few bug splatters.
July 14, 2014
Perfect year round overpants!
I had a pair of these that I ran into the ground with over 35k miles of riding in just over a year. Their death came only at the hands of a rough patch of metal on my bike that sliced into the leg despite numerous repairs. Bought another set and filed the offending patch.
The pros: Four season riding! The numerous layers make for a custom level of comfort in any sort of weather. The outer panel is quick to remove or zip back on for sudden weather changes. The inner rain layer has kept me dry in sudden rain bursts and the thermal layer held back all but the coldest (<30*F) air temps.
The cons: it is tight with all layers in and a winter base layer underneath. The Velcro around cuff filled up with carpet fuzzies that kept it from sticking. The side zipper would repeatedly catch on the underlying layers making it difficult to open or close quickly.
May 13, 2014
I've worn these pants as both overpants and simply by themselves. They have a windproof/waterproof liner as well as a separate thermal liner.
The armor is very good, and did a great job protecting me when I took a relatively low-speed low-side spill. My hip was a little sore, but there was no bruising. The only damage to the pants was a rip in the external zip-on portion of the right knee, which ripped pretty badly, but the pants are still perfect with the exception of that external zip-on section.
The fit is excellent, the pants are extremely warm even below 40F, but can be made to be very comfortable for summer riding by removing the external zip-on sections and the interior liners.
April 1, 2014
Convertible pants that don't require extra luggage!
After riding for a long time with separate mesh pants and colder weather pants, it was nice to get the flex pants and see how they go together. I have not ridden in the hot Houston weather in full mesh mode yet, but the fact that the zip off outer layer can be easily rolled up and packed in the tank bag is a big plus!
The fit and quality of these pants are what I would expect from tourmaster, and I know that, with all the layers put in , they kept me very toasty warm on a cool day... I'm sure they would work great even into the freezing temperatures.
Good fit, nice design, and a decent price Great pants.
March 17, 2014
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