BMW Rallye 3 Suit - Pants
BMW Rallye 3 Pants
The Rallye 3 pants are, of course, the perfect match for the jacket, but each piece could also be purchased individually to mix-and-match with BMW or (the horror!) other brands.
What little information has been published is mostly about the jacket. The BMW Rallye 3 pants have the same design philosophy as described in Part 1 of this BMW Rallye 3 Suit review, so I won't repeat a lot of that here.
BMW Rallye 3 Pants - Details
The pants also feature a thick braided elastic material at the knee and in back of the waist, which provides flexibility.
A thinner but similar type of elastic is used in the lower leg in back of the calf, which also improves the ventilation.
The Rallye 3 pants are available in colors to match the Rallye 3 jackets, including the black/gray and gray/blue shown here.
The pants have the matching retro-reflective striping on the side, located below the knee on the outside of the leg.
However, the 52 pants were one size too small, or smaller than expected. This seems typical with European sizing in our experience; the standard size charts usually show a 52 as fitting a 36 waist, but we have found on more than one occasion that a 52 is really a 34/35 in North American sizing.
So the 52 was exchanged for a 54 (which, by the way, matches the jacket size) and they fit perfectly -- what I would call a "normal" size large that fits as I expect for that size.
The pants are designed to be worn alone (i.e., not as overpants) and they have the same special BMW liner as the jacket, so the pants do gain about a half-size with the liner removed.
The size 52 Rallye 3 pants have a 36" waist and 34" inseam -- perfect for me with a couple of inches extra leg length to allow for the seated position on the bike. The waistband can be adjusted smaller from that point with the attached belts along the top on each side of the waist.
The heavy mesh (black fabric) just below the waistband in the rear of the pants provides good ventilation and also the flexibility needed to improve ease of movement on the bike, and the relatively soft-feel Cordura gives the pants a fit almost like a pair of jeans.
The Rallye 3 pants also have a metal hook at the waist, which is better than the single snap used on most other pants. However, we'd still like to see a more secure waist that would include a strap or belt over the top of the hook, which would help keep the pants on during a crash.
The fly features a locking YKK zipper and the flap covers and secures with hook-and-loop.
Side view of the Rallye 3 pants waist with built-in belt. Anyone know what the hook-and-loop is for?
The left pant leg has an unlined cargo pocket along the outside of the thigh. It closes with a flap using hook-and-loop fastener.
Legs and Cuffs
The Rallye 3 pant leg cuffs have a 20 cm zipper on the outside and no fabric dart underneath. The cuffs are adjustable by repositioning the hook-and-loop fabric on the outside and they can be made narrow enough to fit into a pair of boots, or wide enough to fit over the boots. The liner attaches to the inside of the cuff with two loops and metal Prym snaps.
The Rallye 3 pants feature two different types of Cordura and embossed leather on the inside of the legs.
Rallye 3 pant leg cuff with longer than normal liner.
The material is soft and comfortable and it has the same three "Zones" used in the jacket liner. The material in the seat is especially comfortable, with a soft fleece covering that runs down the back of the legs. This helps when seated on the motorcycle to keep the rider from "sticking" to the pants and seat.
The two loops that hold the bottom of the liner to the leg cuffs seem to be longer than needed to keep the liner in place, and this results in the liner occasionally hanging out of the bottom of the pant legs. The loop attached to the inside of the pant legs is 40 mm long, while the loop on the liner that attaches to the loop on the pant leg is 30 mm long, for a total of 70 mm of length.
Even though the liner inseam measures the same length as the pants, the long attachment loops at the bottom and the width of the liner cuff conspire to allow the bottom hem of the liner cuff to sit below the pants leg cuff.
I think the liner attachment loops could have been made shorter, which might help to keep the liner inside the cuffs. Better still, I'd prefer a zipper or attachment at the bottom of the leg cuffs on the liner that keeps the liner even with the bottom of the pant legs, similar to the design used on Rev'it pants. You can see in the photo above an illustration of how far the liner cuffs are sticking out the bottom of the pant legs.
The lower part of the leg in the liner has a section of elastic that runs almost all the way around, with a section on the side forming a dart that ends up under the pant zipper.
The dart is designed to allow the liner to fit over a pair of large off-road boots, but between the loose liner at the bottom and the bulk of the liner cuff with the extra material formed by the dart, the liner leg cuffs can sometimes get in the way and they feel a bit sloppy, so this might be a feature that could be re-designed for the Rallye 4 version.
The rear waist of the Rallye 3 pants have a large section of elastic for comfort. Note attachment zipper.
Rallye 3 pants waist features a metal hook to secure the waistband.
Armor and Padding
When the pants arrived, the lower portion of the knee/shin pads were in the uppermost position, but the top of the padding was not, which caused the top of the padding above the knee to fold over. Repositioning the padding involves removing the liner and turning the legs inside-out to access the armor pocket, something that only has to be done once to customize the pants for the owner.
The armor feels thick and it has a generous curve to wrap around the knee and shin, but some care must be taken when putting the pants on or taking them off to make sure the curved edges of the padding stay in the correct position.
BMW also added small sections of removable padding at the hips and the pants have no padding in the rear.
[UPDATE From "N.S.": "I was as baffled as you, so I asked my vendor, Bob’s BMW in Maryland. They said it’s for attaching the BMW Protector jacket if you want to wear that instead of, or under the Rally 3 jacket shell.]
The BMW Rallye 3 pants and Rallye 3 jacket have matching attachment zippers in the rear.
They're a perfect match for the BMW Rallye 3 jacket and, as discussed in that review, the major hurdle is the pricing. I look at the jacket and the pants as a system and the all-up price of about $1,350.00 is about twice what it might cost for a comparable riding suit of other brands.
But for me, the BMW Rallye suit fits better, looks better, feels better and has a sophisticated lining system that feels like it will last longer while providing better comfort. This means I will wear it longer and get more enjoyment out of it. So while I wouldn't call it a bargain, I can make the argument that many other owners have for owning this suit.
Part 1: BMW Rallye Suit 3 Jacket
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