Tour Master Cortech Flex Pant
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
Pretty Good I Guess
These are the first riding pants I've ever had so I don't have much to compare them with. They're rather complex. There are like four pants zipped together, an outer shell, a mesh pant where the armor lives, a quilted liner, and a fourth liner that I don't get at all. When you get them, disassemble carefully or you may never figure out how they goes back together. That said, they certainly keep me warm riding in 30 degree weather. But getting them on and off is enough of a pain that I'll probably use them less than I had planned. Right now I'm doing short 20 to 30 minute errands so its really just not worth it, even in this November cold snap we're having in the Northeast. Maybe a different pair of boots would make it easier to get this thing on, it really does LOOK like it should be a snap. Or maybe it's just the nature of the beast but I'm looking for a pair of armored jeans and will save these for longer trips. You really look pretty geeky wearing black snow pants as well.
December 2, 2013
Warm and dry
So I bought this even though the price was a little up there. But the cost is well worth it. I have ridden in cold (32F) and rain and heat (90+F) and these pants work wonders. They do make you look funky, but it is what it is. The knee pads are adjustable which is nice when you are walking around or riding.
So far, put a few hundred miles on these and when it is cold I am warm. When it is wet, I am dry. When it is hot, I can de-layer and I am cool.
Only thing, you look funny with all the layers on. My g/f says I look I am wearing a diaper.
November 26, 2013
VERY versatile, good fit, okay protection.
I commute in Southern California coastal weather in these pants. I use them exclusively as over-pants, with business clothes underneath. They are comfortable and wind/water resistant. There is little need for the thermal layer, as the combination of the waterproof lining and outer shell keeps me warm and wind-free down into the low 50-degree F range.
The fit is good, with flex panels in all the right places. In the hottest weather, you can remove panels and wear them as mesh pants for protection with max ventilation.
The only minor complaint I have is that there is no hook in the waistband so that you can zip the fly before snapping the waistband closed. You kind of have to zip the fly, then snap the waistband snaps. If they added a hook closure inside the waistband (as a few other manufacturers do) it would make zipping the fly over dress pants (or jeans) easier.
Overall, a good value, in my opinion.
October 21, 2013
All around use
Having bought size M long I found that with all the liners in they seemed to fit a bit tight with jeans but I have mostly used these with just the outter shell and the waterproof liner and have been plenty warm at 40 degree temps. I bought these for the colder weather riding. They've got good protection and match well with my Joe Rocket Jacket. The only other negative I can find is that you can forget trying to put these on over any boots if you've got the waterproof liner in it due to the fact that the liner doesn't unzip around the boot and I wear work boots while I ride and these will not fit even with them unbuttoned at the ankle. Boots go on after they're on for me.
October 21, 2013
Excellent pant, could use better armor
I've been wearing these pants over work clothes on my daily commute for a couple of weeks now in temperatures varying from the 50s to the upper 80s, rain or shine.
In heat: of course, its hotter than going without an overpant, but the ventilation in these things is EXCELLENT. I stayed quite cool all things considered. I only wish they came in anything but black to help fight off the sun a bit better.
In wet/cold: granted it hasn't gotten truly cold yet, here's my take. The zip-over panels are weird to figure out at first, but once you know what goes where they're a breeze to put on when the temps drop. I haven't used either liner yet, but the outer panels have kept me plenty warm (remember, I'm using these as an overpant, so there's another layer to consider) and dry in a surprise rainstorm. I keep the zip-over panels in one of my saddlebags at all times for just such an occasion, and it proved quite simple.
Generally they fit quite well. I'm 6'2" 220lbs, and I'm wearing the 2XL. With my build I have tree trunk legs, and wearing these as an overpant I was worried they might be a bit tight. My worries were unfounded- they fit great! I haven't ridden with the liners in, but I tried them on with pants, liners and all and it was a little snug but it was comfy enough. They are plenty long for my relatively upright cruiser riding posture, and are easy-on-easy-off with full sized boots fitting nicely though the zippered pant legs.
Here's my one major downside- the armor. I have every confidence that it will perform well in an accident, but I plan to upgrade both hips and knees. The hip armor is basically just a foam pad- doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. I have no doubt the hip armor will absorb impacts without trouble, but I wonder if it will hold up to abrasion. The knee armor is just plain uncomfortable. Maybe I just can't get the adjusted correctly or my knees are freakishly wide, but they tend to shift around and the hard plate construction of the knee pads can dig in to my knees. I find myself reaching down off the handlebars to adjust their position constantly early in my rides in order to get them to a comfortable place on my knees. I feel that a softer reactive armor such as the Icon or Forcefield brands would be much more comfortable. Hopefully they fit.
All in all, they are very much worth the money. No pant will do it all, but these come darn close and the only thing I can complain about is something fairly easily fixed- and many people may not even have that problem. Highly recommend!
September 23, 2013
I purchased these pants to have something to wear when I travelled to warmer areas, because of the mesh panels. I have only worn them about 5 times since my purchase. When I was taking them off today following a ride the zipper on the front fly broke. The tab pull that works the zipper came off in my hand as I was unzipping the pants. Of course there is no way to put this back on taking the entire zipper out. For what I paid for these pants this should not happen. It leaves me questioning the quality of Tourmaster's products. I'm just glad it did not happen when I was on a road trip and a long way from home.
September 10, 2013
Better than expected
I bought these pants recently so I haven't had a chance to use them in all conditions. However I am pleased with the quality. They have short and tall sizing, so no alterations were necessary. Sizing fit exactly as the chart said. I removed all liners and zipped out the inside panels and wore them in hot weather. They are much cooler than jeans and have much greater protection. With the various liners there seem to be many options. I will probably try them over pants with no liner in the fall. I'm very happy with this purchase.
August 12, 2013