Tour Master Venture Air Pants
So far, so good.
I'm 5'9", 30" true inseam, 36" true waist.
I ordered the LG-Short TourMaster Venture Air pants to go with my TourMaster Sonora Air jacket.
Fit: I spent quite a bit of time agonizing over the size to purchase. I got the waist right. I'm happy with that choice. I also purchased the shorter length and am less happy with that choice. I ride a 2002 Triumph Trophy sport touring bike, and the legs ride up above the tops of my high-top sneaker-style motorcycle boots. I've made the first adjustment attempt on the knee guards, moving them 1" lower. If I were to order again, I'd purchase the regular length.
Comfort: I don't like these pants while wearing shorts. The knee armor velcros seem to have some rough edges on my pair. In jeans, I can still feel the rough edges, but they're not as uncomfortable.
Ventilation: My highlighter-yellow Sonora Air jacket is my control for comparison. It is cooler in the hot, Florida sun than not wearing the jacket, as long as there is any breeze. I wanted to purchase the white pants, but they were sold out and are no longer available. These pants are warmer than just wearing jeans. I guess I should've realized that up-front. In rush-hour traffic, my tolerance for heat is reduced by about 30%. There is no issue on the open road.
Weather-resistance: I have not tried either of the liners yet. With my Sonora jacket, I typically leave the liners out except during the coldest weeks of the year (late January, early February), and will sometimes wear the liners under the jacket when I need the extra protection. I suspect that I'll make the same choice with these pants.
Ease of use: I like the side zippers for getting in and out while wearing boots. It's better to empty any pockets that you might need to access later, though. Trying to access my wallet underneath the pants was a contortionist's job, not mine. The fly zips all the way up, underneath the buttons. it's a bit of a trick to zip up the fly and then button the buttons. I'm using these buttons regularly, so hopefully they won't jam and pop off the way the arm adjustment buttons did on my jacket.
Durability: I can't report on durability yet because I've only worn them twice.
September 14, 2015
Decent product with some issues
I'm still in the "wearing it in stage". First some information. I'm in between 6'1" and 6'2", weight 230 pounds, 32 inch inseam, 36-38 inch waist. I need to drop another 20 to 30 pounds over all.
The fit is decent, my big issue is the knee pads. They come set up at the highest setting, and yet I feel that they need to have been one to two more settings above that to fit over the knee correctly. I say one to two because bodies being bodies are all different. I know many men who often have 33 to 34 inch inseams at 6'2", I am not one of them.
Tomorrow I'm going to be test riding some 2016 Indians so we'll see how the pants sit while riding those bikes. The reason I bought the pants is because I really enjoyed the air intake jacket. The three layer system works well and gives me more options with dealing with heat/humidity down here in the South.
I'm pondering actually having a seamstress adjust the knee pad holders to add one more slot higher up. We'll see. If the knee pads fit correctly I'd give the pants and overall 4 stars.
September 14, 2015
good all weather pants for the price, comfortable.
August 19, 2015
These are great three-way riding pants. Without a liner for warm weather, air flow is good. With the zip-in rain liner for wet days, and/or the thermal liner when the temps get cooler.
August 17, 2015
A bargain for the price
Liners in; Warm when it's cool, liners out; cool when it's warm. Looks sharp, at 6' 2" 205 the XL fit nicely. The color coded snaps expedite reattaching the liner.
Lots of care needed when zipping any of the zippers. They easily get caught in it's own fabric and is a bear to get unstuck. The liner doesn't zip past mid calf so shoes have to be removed and one should be seated when remove pant whilst liner in attached.
The rev Zilla email requesting a review on these (I bought the Intake Air 3 jacket at the same time) was very timely. Yesterday I rode a 300 mile loop though Northern California. Redding - Red Bluff - Susanville - Southern Eagle Lake - Shingletown - Redding.
The low was 52 (according to the digital clock/thermometer) in Mineral and a high of 105 in Redding upon my return.
I started with liners in. At the low temps legs stayed warm . Just past Eagle lake I removed the pant liner. A very minimal difference. As I enter the Northern Valley of CA I hit a 105 temp heat wall. I had to put my legs on the engine guard so air would flow up my pant leg. Since to upgrade to the next comparable pants is over double the price I'm very happy with my purchase.
Rides: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
August 17, 2015
Comfortable with great airflow.
Very happy with this purchase. First pair of riding pants and the fit was spot on - MD regular length for 5'9'' 170 lb person that takes 33 30 jeans. I like that the pockets are held tightly closed by the velcro - extra assurance that phone and wallet stay put. Waist adjustment and fastner very secure and comfortable. Zips well into my jacket. Have not yet tested in rain or cooler weather, but liners go in and come out easily. Legs unzip up high enough to make that a snap. Took a little while to get knee protectors in right spot, but once there - they stay.
July 27, 2015
Just what I need for the hot weather of Thailand
Everything looks great. Stitching is well done. Knee pads are a little low even with them set at the highest level. Be aware the actual size is smaller than advertised. I'm a 33 waist with a 32 inseam, 73 kilo. I ordered the L regular fit (34-36) and it fits perfect. I ride a Z1000SX and with my feet on the pegs the pant cuff stops right at my ankle bone.
July 21, 2015
Great bang for the buck.
These pants are exactly what I was looking for. Cool mesh pant for summer. With the rain liner and the thermal liner its a 3 season pant. I use these and a mesh jacket over my work clothes. Work clothes are cargo shorts and a t shirt. These are much more comfortable then jeans as far as ventilation and offer more protection. Only problem with them is I wish I would have bought regular length instead of short. I'm 5'9", wear 34 30 levi jeans, Large short seemed like the right choice when looking at the size chart. I ride a speed triple and my legs are bent quite a bit so the pants come up a little on my leg. The only problem I see happening is when I ride in rain. Rain water will get into my boots. I should have noticed this before I used them.
July 13, 2015