Tour Master Venture Air Pants
Sizing only review ( returned without using them)
I sent these back because they did not fit, so my review is for helping customers choose size. I am 5'9" 185 lbs and I wear 36x29 slacks. I ordered Large Short because I dislike pants that drag the ground. They fit snug without slacks but were too tight with my slacks on. Also the knee pads were too low even when adjusted to their highest position (due to being short I guess). I did not care for the "Silver", it is too light (almost white) and does not match my tour Master Sonora jacket and is even lighter than my Nolan silver helmet.
I should have ordered XL, regular length, black.
September 4, 2014
Excellent Quality and Fit
Excellent comfort. Good adjustment of armor. High quality product. I had a pair of First Gear mesh before this but bought the Tourmaster to get the rain liner. I learned that the rain liner is just not practical when you get caught in a storm and have to quickly get on your rain gear. You have take your pants off on the side of the road and install the liner. By they time you get this done you are naked and soaked. Even if you know you are going to be in rain when you start for the day, if it clears, you have to take off your pants in order to get the liner off. I am going back to separate, external rain gear and will just use the Venture Air for mesh or with the thermal liner.
September 1, 2014
These pants were part of my gear for a 2,600 mile round trip to Florida and back. I don't normally wear riding pants when in town but I wanted some extra protection on the long trip.
The first thing I did was take the removable thermal lining out since I would be riding in July. I kept the waterproof lining in "just in case" for the first half of the trip and encountered zero rain. The pants were warm, but not unbearable with the rain lining in. I took the rain lining out for the second half of the trip and the airflow was amazing! I encountered a bit of rain in Louisiana but not enough to regret taking out the liner.
The pants fit small in my opinion. I wear a Medium comfortably in Tourmaster jackets but ended up with XL in the pants. The pants zipped up nicely to the jacket.
All in all, I'm very pleased with these pants.
Customer service note: I originally ordered the large size thinking I would have some extra room. They were too small when they arrived and the zipper was broken. I called Revzilla and they were extremely friendly and helpful, even with me in my panicked state since my trip was less than a week off! I ordered an XL pair and promptly shipped the size large back to Revzilla and was quickly refunded.
August 16, 2014
Good pants for the price
I bought these pants to go with my Intake Air 3 jacket and my Jett Series 3 jacket (both Tourmaster).
My plan was to wear them as an overpant for deep 3 season riding. After trying them on I found that they will not work as an overpant with any of the liners in... That is not a big deal as the mesh works well over jeans or my dress pants on my commute to work. Also I can wear them as touring pant over a pair of biking shorts. I just did a 1350 mile road trip from Baltimore to Nashville with the mesh pant over a pair of biking shorts. WORKED GREAT!!! Never over heated and had way better protection than regular jeans would offer. I got caught in a bit of rain for about 2 hours and I stopped and put the rain liners in and stayed dry and fairly cool riding in a steady rain. (As others have said...make sure you get the rain fly adjusted correctly before you zip up).
It is possible to put these on over your boots with the rain liners in but... it is a bit of a work out and I have narrow, flexible boots...if you have stiff boots or work boot style you will need to take them off to get the pants on with the rain liner in. I haven't tried to put them on with both liners in but I am sure that you will need to take your boots off for that.
The mesh outer has mid-thigh zippers which makes taking them on and off a breeze. Some have complained about the Velcro attaching to itself...but that’s what Velcro does. I would rather have that than have it coming apart and flapping around. over all i am happy with the pants and I think that with a pair of long johns on and both liners installed i could ride into the 40's or even 30's.
Great air flow, great protection, the mesh outer can be used as an over pant.
Hard to put on over boots with the liner installed, knee pads ride a bit to the inside
I am 6' 200lbs, I wear 38 x30 jeans. I originally got the XL short and they rode up over the top of my high top boots while on the bike. Sent them back for the XL regular and they fit perfect. As always the exchange was a breeze with no hassles.
If you are looking for a mesh pant for the summer with some rain protection that you can wear over your pants these are great, if you are looking for a true overpant you may want to check out other pants. As they say in the video, you can probably get 3 seasons out of these wearing them over shorts or an insulating base layer. Overall I am pleased with the pants and would recommend them.
August 7, 2014
Reminds me of Ski Pants
Ordered these pants to match my Tour Master jacket. I am a tall guy (6'4") with long legs so I ordered them in an LT. They were way to short. Even if they did fit though, I would not have kept them. Understandable that they are an over pant, but these things are bulky. It looked like I was wearing ski pants. I never wore them on my bike but I imagine they would not be comfortable at all.
July 21, 2014
A little pricey, but good
I have the Tourmaster overpants, which I really like, but they're too warm for the height of summer. I wanted sort of a mesh equivalent of that for summer, and went with this--my plan was to take the liners out and just wear the shell as an overpant.
It works well for that purpose. I did a long interstate ride with them, and didn't overheat like I would have in the overpants. It has the same basic set of features--easy in/out, a few pockets, some reflective piping, so all good there.
In the overpants, I wear the XL-tall, and they're a bit baggy. I got the same size with these, and they they fit but are slightly on the tight side.
Overall it does what I wanted.
July 14, 2014
Good pants for the money
I have used these pants for commuting for several weeks. They are comfortable, easy to get on and off and over good protection. The liners are a bit of an ordeal to get in or out, but they function well once they are in. Pants zip to my Tourmaster jacket which is a nice feature. Airflow is great with liners removed.
June 16, 2014
I read other reviews that claimed the fit of these pants do not match the fit of normal street clothes. However, for me, they did. I'm 5'9" and 200 lbs and the large fits me well when I don't use them as overpants. I also read the knee pads hang down below the knee. Again, for me, they fit right where they're supposed to when I am on my NT700V. The air flow is great, thy match my Tourmaster Intake III jacket and zip together in the back. If you want good, breathable protection for longer rides in the heat if the summer, these are the right pants.
May 27, 2014