I live in Hawaii and have been searching a long time for a lightweight, cool, motorcycle pant with kevlar inserts. I found them! Not only do they keep me cool on the bike, but they are replacing my jeans as an everyday work pant (I work with light machinary inside). I ordered the 32x32 and the fitment compared to my jeans (which I wear with belt) is snug and I dont need a belt. If they offered a 33" I would get that next time. As for material, it reminds me of my moutain biking pants, they are lighter than jeans and stretch horizontally. I do kinda wish they tapered more at the bottom. The kevlar covers knees, hips, and butt. The kevlar is soft and there is no mesh over them like other kevlar jeans. The pants do not get hot.
To make these thing perfect I wish they added pockets for knee and hip armor, or at least hip armor. But in a way this make them perfect for a work pant. This makes them more comfortable as a work pant. To solve this issue I wear Icon Field Armor knee pads which works over your pants and I think its way better than anything you can fit inside, they are easy to put on and take off. As for the hip armor yes it would be cool if they added a pocket for that at least since there is no type of outside strap on hip armor.
In conclusion these work for me better than I expected. I gave it 5 starts even though no armor pockets and they are not cheap. But Ive searched around and cant find a brand that makes a all around pant like these! They can only get better if they take in feedback from its customers!
Marco nails it. What's a motor pant without knee and hip internal pockets for real protection? Pockets could indeed be a bit deeper but I do like the cargo pockets positioning. The zippered stash pocket inside one of the cargo pockets is extra handy. I really like the fit and looks, I wear your Stryke pants for work and wish you would update, redesign the motor pant to address the issues in the reviews and use the same belt loops and number of belt loops the Stryke pants have. Also the cargo pockets could use the same dividers in one pocket as long as you keep the zippered stash in one. Maybe a lot to ask, but for the price I think you need to re-build these from the beginning again. I'd definitely buy several more pairs if you did. Thank you, I hope you will consider these reviews favorably and update these pants for those of us needing a real and more funtional pant for serious riding.
If your coming from 5.11 cargo pants, like the Taclite Pro I've come to love, you already pretty much know what your getting. A motorcycle-oriented version of 5.11 cargo pants. Too bad they stopped short.
Off the bike these pants are great. I'd expect no less. Spacious, well positioned pockets. Quality stitching. Comfortable materials. No surprises there.
However what really caught me off guard is that, despite all of their normal "tactical" pants, this model has no space for knee pads. What an oversight on a model made explicitly for motorcycles. The kevlar is nice for abrasion resistance, and is in all the right places (although a little more coverage would be appreciated), so at least that's okay. However have no knee pads pockets, much less hip pockets, really limits the use of these pants. While they might be okay if you have no intention to use pads regardless, I don't think that's a wise attitude considering that you've already gone half the way wearing specialized pants, and today's armor is so comfortable and unnoticeable that it's pointless to not add it.
All in all, I don't think there is any motorcycle pant without armor pockets worth recommending today. This unit is simply no different. Now if you expand kevlar coverage, add knee and hip armor pockets (hopefully multi-position), and perhaps add some velcro straps for cinching, we'd certainly have a winner here.
These are now my favorite pants for riding my motorcycle. Extra room in the knee and do not ride up in the crotch area. I agree that the front pockets could be deeper. Overall I love these pants for riding.
Very comfortable but the front pockets are way too shallow. While seated on the Motor I have had change fall out of the pocket and larger objects tend to start working their way out over the day. It's a minor fault, perhaps, but having the pocket fixed in one position demands something just a bit deeper.
Color fast? Great so far.
Stirrups? Works for me.
Summary: I'm getting more. I'm carrying less.
I've owned three pairs for about a year and work in a business casual environment. The pants hold their color and easily work into my wardrobe on riding days. They're comfortable enough that I'll wear them even on days I'm not riding. I haven't had to put the kevlar to the test but have been using them consistently for about the last year (more heavily in the summer as I'm a fair weather rider though I've taken them on long rides through mountain passes where the temp drops pretty low and they kept me well insulated.
The button isn't an issue for me as they have a push through button on the inside and a snap button as well (similar to dress pants), so they feel quite secure when worn correctly and I'm usually wearing with a belt so no button would show regardless.
My favorite features on these pants are:
The comfort level found with the two way stretch.
The adjustable elastic stirrups. These reassure me that my pant legs aren't flying up so I have the option of wearing low top dressier shoes instead of boots (though I wear the pursuit slip ons which offer good tread and durability for riding but also fit into my business casual attire).
I don't think its mentioned in the description of the product but there's a sticky strip on the inside waist to prevent the pants from slipping down though depending on what material the shirt your wearing i.e. polyester blends this won't help as much as a good belt. Still it's one of my favorite features just to know my crack isn't hangin out as I'm pullin an easy rider.
If you take care of them properly these are going to be as important an investment as your helmet.