My Pants have failed me – again
December 14, 2010 at 6:36 am #4293jcwhiteParticipant
No, I haven’t laid it down, or fallen off. I just seem to keep breaking the zippers on my pants. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good synthetic all-weather (sun, rain, freezing cold) overpant?
My current pair are Tourmaster Calibre pants – they were recommended to me and I’ve seen plenty of riders happy with them. I got them last November, I replaced one leg zipper a few weeks ago, and now that one is unhappy again, the other leg zipper is bust, and the waist liner-overpant connection zipper is bust too. The only one that’s still intact is the fly. Is it normal to have $200 motorcycle pants blow up after a year? Admittedly, I commute all year and run around town exclusively on my bike – the pants have probably made around 400 trips – but that still seems awfully quick. Has anyone else with these or other pants had this issue?
My last pants, Fieldsheer mesh overpants, also blew a zipper after only 8 months. Is it me? I’m not particularly rough on them, but I don’t want to have to baby my gear until I take longer getting dressed than I do riding. I do take them on and off over my boots, because I’m gearing up and down in a university parking lot. Thoughts?December 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm #28918Gary856Participant
I’ve worn a pair of Rev’it overpants since June ’09 about 6 days a week with no problem, but the only zipper that gets used daily is the fly. I almost never use the leg zippers since I put on/take off my boots (change to regular shoes) before the overpants. I only put in/take out the liner once a year as the seasons change. I can see lower quality zippers being the weak link if they’re used all the time.December 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm #28919eonParticipant
The zip broke on my Tourmaster Flex pants after a year but they were subjected to undue pressure (hey, they were a small!)
I’ve had Rev’IT pants for 12 months and a jacket for 18 months and had no problems. The jacket gets worn about 6 days a week, pants maybe 1 or 2. I also use the leg zippers each time I wear the pants as well as the zipping them to the jacket. The webbikeworld guys make a big deal about zips on jackets/pants and always point out when a company uses something like YKK. If Rev’IT is not your thing I’m sure there are other brands out there who use quality zips.December 15, 2010 at 7:36 am #28927RabParticipant
I’d recommend Olympia Motosports Airglide pants. I’ve been wearing a pair as over-pants for 2 hours of commuting, 4-5 days a week for years. I’ve crashed in them twice and they’re still okay!
They’re cordura with mesh panels and have removable windproof/waterproof liner pants, so can be used year round.
They zip all the way up the leg, although I usually only zip/un-zip them to the knee.
They’re more expensive than some others, but they’ve been money well spent as far as I’m concerned.December 20, 2010 at 2:41 am #28941gitchy42Participant
I have a pair of Tourmaster overpants that I have lost the fly on. I think I bought them one size too small. They feel like the fit right while I’m standing, but when I sit things get a little tight, especially when I am wearing jeans under them.
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