Opinion: Does exactly what it is aimed to do. Nothing but the basics: keeps you dry, fits like motorcycle gear should fit, offers abrasion resistance and knee armor, and with decent styling.
Approx Miles Used: 3,000
MSRP: $159.99, Comes in Short and Long sizes.
So, you ask, such a high rating for the baseline model of this manufacturer? Well my rating is based on what this type of pant is intended for: everyday riding. I would not want to take these to the track or through the dessert, but for a base riding pant these function really well. One of only a few pants offered in long or short sizes, the Zip pants have a slim cut to them. Whereas most pants would fit me in a L, I had to go up to XL to accommodate the extra weight I’ve been toting around lately. This is a good thing though. Once on the bike, they feel comfortable and secure, making me confident that the CE rated knee armor will stay in place and do it’s job in a get off. They also include an 8″ zipper to connect to a jacket, which happens to match perfectly with the Olympia GT air jacket, and I suspect it will work with most of the Olympia line of jackets with the short zipper option.
Waterproof? The REV’IT! Hydralining® membrane does a great job on those not so dry commutes to work. I’ve ridden in only a few rain storms with these pants, but they’ve always kept me dry. With no real venting to speak of, the pants did alright in most temps up to about 85 degrees. Around that temperature things would get a bit uncomfortable. With enough layers, I wore these into the low teens and was ok with them. They’re hardly a winter pant though, but they’re good down to about 40 with just jeans underneath. As with most things written on comfort in temps, these experiences may vary greatly on an individual basis depending on your ability to handle the hot and cold.
Fit? Well, like I mentioned in the beginning, these pants fit slim. I wear about a 36 pant, with a 34 inseam, and the XL Long size Zip pants fit great. Initially, I picked up the XL, but once on the bike the knee armor was just way too high up on my leg. No real adjustments in the armor made me exchange for the longer size. Everywhere else, the slim pant really inspired confidence in it’s ability to stay put. I can’t tell you many times I’ve tried on textile gear and thought, damn this is way too loose. One item some might not like though is the leg zipper. Most overpants come with a full length leg zipper to make it easy to get in/out of. Frankly, I never really found it a big deal to slip off my boots to get these pants off. However, if you despise the occasionally one leg balancing you might want to think twice using these as commuter pants.
You sold them?! Yes, in my infinite wisdom I sold these on the ADV boards. My reasoning being that soon the hot, humid New England weather would roll back in and I would be miserable in this all black oven. Well, weeks of cold and wet weather have me regretting getting rid of these pants. I’m coming to find that the simplicity and practicality of the Zip pants is hard to find at a reasonable price. The trade off for ventilation seems to always come with the sacrifice of a simple waterproof solution. The huge variety in the type of riding I do make it virtually impossible for any one piece of clothing to it all. Even the textile jacket I’ve come to enjoy so much uses liners.
Bottom Line These are a quality pant that will keep you dry, connect to your jacket, and don’t look ridiculous. I purchased these on discount, and I’d buy them again in a second for the $140 I originally paid for them. At $160, it’d take me a few extra seconds, but I’d still buy them. Rev’It!’s products keep impressing me with their quality and functionality, and these zip pants definitely deliver.