Great overpants, but not quite an upgrade over the Enterprise 1
Having had experience with the first version of these Enterprise overpants and now getting my hands on the Enterprise 2, I thought I'd do a small comparison of the two, as well as my general thoughts of the overpants. I would have kept using my Enterprise 1 overpants had I not crashed at high speed and shredded them up. I liked them so much I decided to go with the Enterprise 2. Just as a warning - this review might get fairly long.
Overall the pants are very similar in style, construction and sizing. However, there are a couple differences I thought I'd point out.
-Texture/feel: The Enterprise 1 feels a bit more rough and a bit thicker than the Enterprise 2. The difference is quite small but it does appear that the construction is a bit different. It also may be due to the fact that the 2 is brand new, while the 1 has had quite a bit of use, and hence dirt and grime and general wear and tear. The 2 does not feel insubstantial or weak, however, but it is something that I noticed right away.
-Hip protection: For some reason, Rev'it has decreased the size of the hip pads with the Enterprise 2 (see picture). The hip pads are now substantially smaller, but on the flip side, the hip pads are included with the pants, instead of having to be purchased separately as was the case with the Enterprise 1. The material also feels better and more absorbent than the foam on the Enterprise 1, but I would have preferred the larger size hip pads.
-Pockets: The hip pockets on the Enterprise 1 were vertical and were easy to access. For some reason, Rev'it has made the pockets on the Enterprise 2 horizontal, which makes it more awkward (for me, at least) to access and put items in. On the plus side, the thigh pocket now has velcro as well as buttons to close the flap, rather than the singular button on the Enterprise 1.
Otherwise, the pants are quite similar other than a few minor details such as the waist clasp (slide lock on the 2 vs regular button on the 1), etc.
As for how the pants are sized, I am 6'3" and fairly slender with long legs and I wear the Large Tall size. The overpants do have adjustable knee armor, but I found on both versions that even with the armor at the lowest position, they were still too high up to cover my knees adequately. I prefer to use separate knee armor (I use Fox Titan pads), but it is something to note. The XL Tall pants may have worked length wise, but the waist was so big that they slid straight off of me even with the adjustable waist sliders in their smallest setting. Thankfully Revzilla made shipping the pants back painless.
The pants are cut in such a way that they don't look very baggy while wearing them while providing ample room underneath for jeans and knee armor, which is why I continue to wear these overpants. Other brands' overpants that I have tried either don't have enough room on the inside or look very puffy and baggy from the outside.
Performance wise, the pants are waterproof, but do not flow any air. LIving in California I'm able to wear these year round, but it may not be suitable in hotter climates.
As for how the Enterprise 1 held up in my 55 mph lowside, they held up remarkably well, except for the knees where they tore straight through. Thankfully I was wearing the knee pads underneath which ended up getting some road rash. Other than that, I didn't suffer any abrasions and the jeans that I was wearing underneath didn't get scratched or torn at all. It's definitely a very solid product for everyday riding and commuting.
Definitely consider these overpants if you're looking for a solid pair, but if you've got a pair of Enterprise 1 overpants that don't have any holes in them, I wouldn't bother upgrading to the Enterprise 2.