Ixon Ambitious Pants
Ixon "Ambitious" Pants Review
by Kevin Gould for webBikeWorld.com
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Ixon's Ambitious pants have a great name, but do they live up to the
Ixon is a French company that has been
producing motorcycle-specific gear for several years.
webBikeWorld has reviewed some of their products before,
X-Pand tank bag, and found the company's
products are innovative and well-made. The Ambitious
pants have their innovations, but some of the fine
details are lacking.
Ixon splits their clothing into three categories on the
company website: "Performance" (high-end),
"Active" (middle range) and "Essential" (entry level).
Given that most riders
need flexibility in their choice of clothing and gear, and
have the budget to own a collection of the more
technically advanced outfits, the availability of the
three categories is helpful.
The Ambitious pants are in the Ixon
"Active", or mid-range pants category. They are designed for
all-season riding, with a tough, Cordura-like polyester
exterior (which Ixon calls Riplan) that is punctuated by
multiple mesh panels for ventilation in summer.
They have small vent panels on each shin, with larger mesh
panels across the middle of each thigh and the back of
each knee. The pants are also equipped with a removable
waterproof lining for those wet, cold days.
They have CE-approved armor in the knees, reflective piping on the
shins and the outside of each leg, and a reflective
badge on each calf, with lengthy zippers at the ankles
that make putting boots on very easy.
The Ambitious pants also
have more pockets than any pair of pants really needs,
with a pair at each hip (secured by Velcro), a zippered
pocket on each thigh, a pair of pockets that snap closed
on the rear, and another snap pocket on the left hip. Seven pockets
-- who the heck needs seven pockets on a
pair of motorcycle pants? Ah well, the pockets are
there, and the thigh pockets are surprisingly useful.
The removable liner zips into the waist,
and each ankle has a snap on either side to keep the
liner attached at the hem. The liner is fairly tight at
the ankle, which means the pants keep their slim
profile, but does make it somewhat awkward to put on
tall boots. The pants ride fairly high at the waist, and
have a stiff internal padding that helps them maintain
The Ambitious pants are designed to
attach securely to the Ixon Furious jacket (and
possibly others) which is
done via a zipper all the way around the waist.
also come with a second, shorter zipper across the small
of the back that hopefully will zip into another jacket
the rider already owns.
Unfortunately for this reviewer,
the zipper didn't match with any of the other brands of
jackets I usually wear: the short zipper goes from left
to right, and all my jackets with zippers go right to
left (Editor's Note: A tailor can sometimes fit matching
zippers to favorite jackets and pants).
Ixon's website has a sizing chart for
its clothes, and it lists the absolute upper limit waist
size for a motorcyclist. Anyone who normally wears
clothes with, say, a 30 inch waist, would have
difficulty squeezing into the XS-size pant Ixon
Even with the adjustable Velcro straps on
the waist, it's probably best for riders on the bubble,
or up to an inch smaller than what Ixon says will fit,
to go up a size and crank down.
That being said, the pants are sized to
someone wearing them with the liner, and are snug
without being tight. It can be a bit of a bother to get
the knee pad properly adjusted when pulling them on, but
that's fairly normal for lined motorcycle pants.
With the liner removed, they are looser
and can accommodate a pair of jeans underneath without
too much trouble. It's not necessary to wear the
Ambitious pants with street
pants underneath, but riders who commute will appreciate
not needing to remove and carry their office pants
before getting dressed for the road.
There's no question
that it would be easier to put on the Ambitious pants
over workpants if they had a full waist-to-ankle zipper,
but that would undoubtedly increase the price.
Venting, Rain & Cold
The Ambitious pants are intended as
all-season wear, and do a very good job of coping with
the elements. In early spring, during the cold season,
the liner does an excellent job of keeping a rider
comfortable in temperatures as low as 10 Celsius. Below
that a pair of long underwear is in order.
Water resistance is a different story.
Like manufacturers such as Joe Rocket, Ixon has opted
for making a removable waterproof liner to ensure the
rider stays dry.
This has several drawbacks, the most
obvious of which is that the contents of pockets will
get soaked, which seems somewhat silly. Why not make
sure the pockets are waterproof? Manufacturers already
have the waterproof material on hand, so just use some
to make the pockets, and make sure riders don't have to
stick their wallets in plastic bags to keep their cash
and registration papers dry.
Now because the Ambitious pants have
mesh inserts along the shin and the thigh, the pants
will not keep riders dry unless the liner is worn, and
that makes a fair amount of sense: in hot weather, a
rider will want that ventilation, and having some
leakage come through the mesh during a brief shower
won't really be a problem.
In any case, the waterproof liner does
an excellent job of keeping the rider dry in heavy
deluges. It's not that bulky, but it is at the limit of
what will easily fit in an under-seat compartment.
Anyone expecting to ride in rain will want to toss it in
a tank bag, but if the forecast is only calling for
showers, go ahead and leave it at home. The outer shell
can handle a light sprinkling without too much
difficulty, and at highway speeds, odds are that not
enough rain will percolate through the mesh to bother
anyone other than the most meticulous rider.
The vents are where these pants really
shine. Small vents on the shin, larger vents on the
inner thigh, and great big mesh panels on the upper
thigh and back of the knee do a great job of grabbing
air and cooling off riders in the heat. In temperatures
in the mid-20s some riders may find they provide too
On scorchers with high temps and high
relative humidity the vents are a much-needed and
Overall, the Ambitious pants succeed at
being versatile all-season pants, with the liner making
the pants much more waterproof and warmer than leather,
while leaving the liner at home means a rider won't wilt
on a scorcher of a summer day.
Unfortunately some of the finishing
touches on the Ambitious pants are not up to snuff. During the
evaluation period the first problem cropped up
with the snaps that attach the liner to the ankle of the
Each leg has two flaps of cloth that feed
through a loop and snap onto the liner. But on the pair
of Ambitious pants shown here, one flap on each leg ripped
off. This isn't a huge drawback, since the pants are
still fully functional and the tear can be sewn up in a
matter of minutes, but because both flaps came off
exactly along the seam, it shows that the sewing of
those snaps was not up to snuff.
The other finishing detail that failed
was a snap on one rear pocket. After a month or so of
use, the rivet holding the snap in place broke. Again
it's a cosmetic failure, but one that's not so easily
fixed at home.
Thankfully no other zippers, snaps or
Velcro failed during the rest of the spring and summer.
Everything else held up leading this reviewer to believe
the flaws were isolated, but they still should be
verified by Ixon.
The Ambitious pants are incredibly
versatile, and work very well as a year-round
motorcycling pant. They perform well in cold, wet
weather, or stifling summer heat, and at the end of the
day, the quibbles about not being totally waterproof in
summer-mode are easily dealt with.
Having three snaps
fail during testing is a nuisance, and a sign that Ixon
should double-check its quality control testing.
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Sizes: XS to XXXL
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