Joe Rocket Dry-Tech Nano Pants
Dry Tech Nano Pants Review
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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See Also: Part I -
Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Jacket Review
Styled to mach the
Rocket Nano jacket (review), the Nano pants offer
the same potential for water resistance. They're
comfortable and warm, with a thick liner but a
Joe Rocket Nano Pants Features
The Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano pants are made to pair with
the Nano jacket, although either could be worn without the other.
The spec sheet for the Nano pants is nearly identical to the
jacket; both use the same "Nano" treated Joe Rocket Rock Tex 600 Denier fabric
claimed to be "One Hundred Percent Waterproof" while remaining breathable.
The pants have a thick-feeling full-length liner that is
removable at the top with a full-length waist zipper. The liner provides
excellent insulation and wind protection.
The pants include CE-approved knee armor that can be located in
one of two positions. This is a plus for me, as I apparently have a
shorter-than-normal femur distance but I don't take short length pants. So
I can place the knee armor in the upper pocket and it fits correctly.
A thick but slightly small hip pad is also included on each
side. These are removable and Joe Rocket says the material is "high
density". A thin "tail bone pad" is located in the rear of the pants below
The pants feature nearly full-length water-resistant zippers on
the side and a "melt resistant" material on the inside of the lower legs.
Reflective checkerboard material is also featured on the lower portion of the
leg and can just be seen in the photo above.
Joe Rocket Nano pants have a removable suspender cradle. Separate pants
attachment zipper below.
A removable back panel with suspenders helps protect the lower back from cold
air drafts and suspenders are always nice on a pair of pants designed for cold
or rainy weather.
The pants have an 8" zipper attachment that mates to the Nano
jacket. I'm not sure if it also matches other Joe Rocket jackets.
Joe Rocket says the pants have a "Sure Fit" adjustable waist,
but other than the typical hook-and-loop adjuster straps on either side, I'm not
sure what the "Sure Fit" is. The pants have no other darts, elastic or
other material that can be let out to adjust the waist.
The waist secures in the front with two small metal snaps (next
photo below), which is a bit unfortunate; we think all motorcycle pants should
have a secure front attachment, usually a metal hook and catch work best to
ensure that the pants will stay on during a crash.
The snaps on the Nano pants occasionally come loose as I
move or bend over, and I don't have that big of a beer gut! Also,
the small single snap holding the front of the adjustable suspenders (second
photo below) pops open occasionally.
Waist snaps can pop open when bending over.
Motorcycle pants should have a secure hook at the waist.
Front suspender snap can pop open unexpectedly.
Joe Rocket Nano Pants - Sizing and
The sizing chart for the Nano pants is one size off from the jacket -- the size
large jacket fits a 36" waist, while the size large pants fit a 34"-35" waist.
The XL pants fit a 35"-38" waist.
This is odd -- you'd think a person taking a size L jacket with a 36" waist
would take a size L pants, also with a 36" waist.
But the Joe Rocket size chart shows the size L Nano pants fitting a 34"-35"
waist and the XL fitting a 35"-38" waist. Note the overlap there, which is
also unusual -- the L fits up to a 35" and the XL starts at 35".
I didn't catch this at first and I think I could have actually used the size L
pants instead, because the XL size definitely seems biased towards the upper end
of the range; I think they're better suited for a 37" to 38" waist and possibly
I have to pull the side adjusters in quite a way to get the pants to fit, but as
you can see in the photos, the rest of the pants look and feel too big.
The photos of the Nano pants on the New Enough website also indicate that the
pants run large, because they look too baggy on the model also.
The loose fit becomes more of an issue when the thick liner is removed, making
the pants feel even looser. Also the loose fit does not help to keep the
knee armor in place.
The pants have a short thigh adjuster strap, but the legs just aren't tapered
very much compared to typical motorcycle pants.
Now it is possible that the Nano pants are designed to wear over jeans or other
pants, especially with the full-length side zipper. Usually, pants with a
full-length zipper are overpants, and both the Nano pants and the insulating
liner have a full-length zipper. But nothing in the Joe Rocket marketing
material indicates this is the case and, in fact, the liner has a full-length
The conclusion here then is that potential owners may want to try the pants on
to make sure they fit (which is a good practice anyway).
The Nano pants liner is not attached at the lower leg and must be stuffed inside
of taller boots.
The full-length liner on the Nano pants uses the same type of shiny/slippery
tafetta-like material applied in sections of the Nano jacket liner. This
helps the pants to slide over and off the legs, but the material feels cold next
to the skin, so a pair of long motorcycle underwear pants may be called for.
I usually remove the armor from most of my motorcycle pants anyway, because it's
rarely in the correct location for optimal protection. I then wear the
Air Bodyguard armored underwear (review) instead, which keeps the armor in
the correct location and also helps take up some of the room in the loose Joe
Rocket Nano pants.
This brings us to one of the weakest points of the Joe Rocket Nano pants.
The more I think about it, the more I believe the pants were actually designed
as overpants. Several features point to this: the loose fit, the
full-length zipper on both the pants and the liner, and the suspenders.
But the problem is this: the liner cuffs have a tight ring of elastic, and the
liner is not attached in any way to the inside of the pant leg. I noticed
this the first time I took the pants off -- the liner at the cuff does not stay
put and it comes out with my leg.
This not only makes the pants difficult to remove, it causes a problem trying to
fit the liner leg cuff when wearing taller motorcycle boots. Short boots
are not really a problem, but if you want to wear a pair of tall motorcycle
boots, the liner has to be stuffed inside the boots, while the pants shell has
to be fitted over the boots.
It is possible to fit the liner cuff over a pair of tall boots, but that just
doesn't feel right. Since I usually wear a pair of waterproof tall boots
when riding in cold or wet weather, the design of the Nano pants liner is a
Once I get the liner stuffed inside the boot, and struggle to zip up the boot
with the extra thickness of liner inside, it's usually fine, but putting on the
pants and the Nano jacket seems to take more of an effort than it should.
The Nano pants feature a cargo pockets on the front of each thigh. Both
are covered with a hook-and-loop flap, a tab with a metal snap and a
water-resistant zipper underneath. The pockets are lined and they do seem
The addition of the water-resistant zipper makes for a slightly difficult entry
into these pockets however, sometimes requiring two hands. The pants have
no additional pockets.
Riding With the Joe Rocket Nano Pants
Some casual evaluation indicates that the pants are as water-resistant as the
jacket and may meet the Joe Rocket waterproof claims. But the colder
weather currently being experienced means that rain testing will have to wait.
I can report however that once the jacket and pants are on, the combination does
keep me very warm without noticeable moisture buildup. Both the pants and
the jacket are very resistant to wind and cold air, even with the bulkier fit of
The size XL pants weigh a heavy 2.3 kg (5 lbs.) and, as noted in
the jacket review, the Nano
jacket weighs 2.7 kg (6 lbs.), giving the outfit a 5 kg (~11 lb.) combined
weight. This isn't that noticeable once underway, although the pants do
feel bulkier than normal.
Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Pants
The Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano pants keep me warm but
leave me cold. I'd suggest a Version 2.0 remake of these is in order, with
more rational sizing that matches the jacket and adjustability in the waist;
revised styling with tapered, snug fit; elimination of the full-length zipper on
both the pants and liner; and a method to attach the liner to the inside of the
This shouldn't be difficult -- just take a look at a pair of Rev'it or
Dainese or other high-end pants to get some tips.
See Also: Part I -
Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Jacket Review
Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Pants
||List Price: $299.99 - $314.99
|Colors: Black/Gray only.
Sizes: S to XXL
|Made In: China
Date: February 20010
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From "L.T." (2/10): "The liner in those pants look like the
same one used in the Joe Rocket Alter Ego, which is what I wear. The
elastic cuff at the bottom is a bit on the snug side, but even with 'harness
style' boots, which I usually wear, if I put the cuff down around the boot, then
pull the zipper closed, it goes around them just fine.
The liner gets very warm even in moderately chilly weather, and doesn't
breathe at all, but it is good when the temps fall below the mid 40s(F)."