Joe Rocket Dry-Tech Nano
Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Pants
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Owner Comments (Below)
Dry Tech Nano Jacket Review |
Motorcycle Clothing Reviews
Styled to mach the
Nano jacket (review), the Nano pants offer the same potential
for water resistance. They're comfortable and warm, with a thick
liner but a looser-than-average fit.
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 waist.
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.
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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
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
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 Fit
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"
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
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
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 zipper
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
The Nano pants liner is not attached at the lower leg and must
be stuffed inside of taller boots.
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
Bohn Cool 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 problem.
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 waterproof.
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 pants.
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
Opinionator - 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 pants legs.
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.
Dry Tech Nano Jacket Review
Product Review: Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Pants
$299.99 - $314.99
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
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)."