Summary: Comfortable basic textile motorcycle
pants are a good match to the Courageous jacket. Waterproof liner and
removable insulating liner make the Climber pants a good choice for cool
The Ixon "Climber" pants are a perfect match for the Ixon Courageous textile
jacket, but these trousers also work well under a 3/4-length jacket for
The Climber pants are from the Ixon "Essential" motorcycle
clothing category, which, as far as I can tell, loosely translates to
"products meeting basic motorcycle riding needs".
But that definition doesn't really do justice to the
product, because the Climber pants check all the boxes for features and are
competitive with other similar pants, so "basic" translates to "just fine"
as far as I'm concerned.
The Comfort Factor
The Climber pants are as comfortable to wear as the Courageous jacket.
The pants are relatively light at 1.59 kg (3.5 lb) with the liner installed,
and that helps. The "Noxilen" fabric is known for its light weight,
but it's also relatively soft, which helps keep things comfy, along with the
puffy insulating liner.
The waist is also one of the nicest features of the Climber
pants, and it also helps make these pants feel cozy. The waistband is
wide, with a higher section in the rear to cover the lower back. The
pants have a full-length, removable web belt that, as you can see from the
photo below, is infinitely adjustable.
The hefty YKK fly zipper is covered by a flap with
full-length hook-and-loop, and there's a dart under the zipper that keeps
the waterproof liner intact. I've worn the pants in light drizzle, not
a downpour, but in some casual testing with the hose I have no reason to
believe that the Climber pants aren't fully waterproof.
The waistband closes with a single metal snap that has a
hard plastic cover on the outside.
You can see from the photo below that the waist in these size 2XL fits me
perfectly; however, the thigh length is a bit long for my short 30" inseam.
I often/always have this problem with off-the-rack
motorcycle pants where the knee armor is too low because of my short femur,
and I keep telling myself that one of these days I'll have to get a couple
of pair custom-made.
But don't let what looks in the photos like a too-long
length -- motorcycle pants should look too long when the owner is walking or
standing, because at least 50 to 100 mm of extra length is needed once
seated on the bike to account for the stretch of a bent leg. If
there's anything I can't stand, it's too-short pants that ride up over the
top of my boots, but once I'm seated, the Climber pants fit me just fine.
The Climber pants do not have the typical slash hand pockets; instead,
there's a huge cargo pocket on the outside of the right thigh. It's
covered with a hook-and-loop flap and I assume it's waterproof because it
feels like it has the same lining as inside the pants.
A thigh pocket like this is handier than slash pockets
anyway, and anything stored in a slash or seam pocket will probably be felt
by the rider when leaned forward.
The lining zips completely around the inside of the waist to keep it in
place. Ixon uses a trick also seen in the Courageous jacket -- the
lining doesn't continue all the way down to the ankles; instead, it stops
about mid-calf, which allows room for motorcycle boots either under or over
the bottom of the pant leg.
The insulating lining does not attach at the bottom, which
may seem a bit strange, but it doesn't seem to turn inside-out when I remove
my legs from the pants, probably because the lining has a smooth and
The bottom of the pant leg opens on the side with a zipper
to fit over a boot, and the waterproof lining stays intact underneath.
A section of hook-and-loop fastener secures the cuff.
The white piping seen in the photos is reflective, and the
Climber pants also have the same type of contrasting white stitching found
in the Courageous jacket, making them a perfect pair.
Nice basic riding pants designed for touring or every day use in cooler
weather. They probably could be worn over a pair of light street pants
if desired. They're light weight and comfortable, which makes a
The Climber pants are a perfect match to the Courageous
jacket, but they can also be worn under many other types or brands of
motorcycle jackets, making them a versatile addition to a wardrobe.
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119 € (£77; ~$141.50 USD)
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