Roadgear Euro-Tec Pants
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
| Roadgear XCaliber Jacket Review
You can't beat a nice pair of textile
overpants for throwing on over your street clothes for your ride to work
or down to the local hardware store.
Although some overpants can be
clumsy to get on or off, at least you can strip down to street clothes
before you mingle with those who just don't understand the strange-looking
gear that motorcyclists wear.
I always feel kind of goofy if
I'm in my full-on riding gear at the store and every step makes the
"swish-swish" sound of Cordura, so if I can quickly slip out of
the overpants and into "normal" street clothes, I'll do
But when it's time for some serious road work, or longer-distance touring, comfort takes priority. The problem with overpants is that
street clothes tend to bunch up underneath them, and the combination of
street pants and overpants can reduce the flexibility
you'll need to remain comfortable in the the sometimes contorted positions
one can assume on a motorcycle.
Wearing a pair of jeans, for
example, under a set of overpants can get uncomfortable after a couple of
hours in the saddle. Even the smallest pressure point that results
from a bunched-up seam can make the difference between comfort and agony.
Some motorcyclists choose a set of leather pants to wear
on long rides. But leather has its drawbacks also -- it's not always
as flexible as it should be, depending upon the quality; it can get nasty when
wet; it doesn't insulate that well;
and it can get hot and sticky in warm weather.
Roadgear offers a third choice -- a set of textile pants that are designed to be
worn alone. The Roadgear Euro-Tec pants were designed for serious
riding and to maximize comfort over long distances.
They include the
standard high-quality Roadgear touches: they're made from DuPont's Cordura Plus,
just like the Roadgear XCaliber jacket (see the wBW
of the Roadgear XCaliber jacket),
and they have the same soft feel that Roadgear seems to be able to get out
The pants are also lined with the Reissa textile product
that Roadgear uses in its clothing, which
keeps out the rain but lets the fabric breathe (and seems to work better
than Gore-Tex, in my opinion). All of the seams are
heat-taped and the pants are claimed to be 100% waterproof.
But it's the design of the Euro-Tec pants makes that makes them unique,
and uniquely comfortable, especially for longer-distance rides. The
seams and the cut of the pants have been developed to minimize the
possibility of "hot points" from overlapping seams or
Their unique feature is this: there are no pockets or
zippers! Because there are no pockets, zippers or extraneous
fittings on the body of the pants, there's very little material that can bunch up and make for an uncomfortable ride.
This design also pretty much guarantees that they'll be
water-tight, as there are no openings in the pants that can leak.
There are only 3 openings in these pants: one for your waist and two for
your feet! I didn't miss the pockets at all -- I don't think it's a good idea to store a
lot of junk in the pockets of riding clothes anyway. If you end up
sliding down the road, the last thing you want is to have that
hard-as-rock cell phone between your gear and your ribs. Besides, the
matching Roadgear jacket has more pockets than I can use anyway!
You would think that overpants would be easier or faster to get on than a
pair of "dedicated" riding pants like the Euro-Tecs. But
I've found that it's faster to slip into a set of dedicated pants than it
is to zip up and adjust overpants.
The Euro-Tec pants pop right on and are immediately
comfortable. They sort of disappear from your consciousness when
you're riding, which is exactly what a good set of pants ought to do on a
long ride. They have enough room in them to feel nice and flexible,
yet they're snug enough to ensure that the included padding will stay in
place in case of a crash.
Let's take a look at a few of the unique features of the Euro-Tec pants:
comes up nice and high, and has a strap on each side that makes them
very easy to adjust by pulling on the extra length.
uniquely designed belting system also helps keep the pants
comfortable by eliminating the classic belt across the stomach
area. The two straps and buckles are pretty much out of the
way on the front quarters of the pants.
are no openings in the Euro-Tec pants, which helps to both
keep out water and prevents bunching of zippers or
extraneous material. The fly is backed by a single
piece of material, and it closes via Velcro and dual
The snap buttons are rubberized to prevent
scratching the bike's finish. The openings at the bottom
of the legs are also backed by a single piece of fabric and
are also sealed by Velcro. The leg openings can be
easily adjusted to fit over riding boots or tucked inside.
The Euro-Tec pants also have Schoeller Keprotec
Kevlar reinforced knees. They have Dynatec reflective striping on
the sides of the legs and across the back (it was overcast when we took
these photos, but you can see the Dynatec stripes partially reflecting the
camera's fill-flash in some of the photos).
The pants also have some
padding at the knees and hips. Granted, it's not race-approved
padding, but it's a good compromise between comfort and
The pants also have a full-length DuPont Thermolite liner; it's removable
via the internal attachments at the waist and ankles.
We're experiencing some pretty cold weather here in the Mid-Atlantic
region, and I've been wearing these pants in 35-40 degree (F) conditions
and they keep me nice and comfy. In previous winters, my usual
outfit was a pair of overpants over jeans, and when it dropped below 40
degrees (F), I'd add a pair of "Long Johns" to the mix; neither
the jeans nor the overpants have any thermal lining.
This adds up to
enough clothing to make me look (and feel) like an engorged tick!
Definitely not comfortable. So it's a real treat to slip on just the
pair of Euro-Tec pants and experience both warmth and comfort. I have a pair of silk undies on my Santa wish list this year, so if I score, I'll wear them
under the Euro-Tec pants when it gets REALLY cold.
most Roadgear products, the Euro-Tec pants have a three-year warranty.
These pants have received some very high praise from much of the
motorcycling press, some of the comments can be read on Roadgear's
Part of the thrill and excitement of motorcycling is challenging -- and
conquering -- weather extremes. To fully enjoy the experience, you
need some high-quality gear. A good set of pants like these
can help you take your mind off the equipment and the weather and help to
make the ride more enjoyable!
Product Review: Roadgear Euro-Tec Pants
||Suggested Retail Price: $239.90
||Made in: Pakistan
|Product Comments: Comfortable;
warm; waterproof but breathable. Lightweight padding is compromise
Roadgear XCaliber jacket | wBW
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