The pants have both a short and long (270 degree circumference) zipper for attachment to the Sand 3 jacket.
The original Sand pants from 2010 had a list price of $299.99. The Sand 2 pants had a list price of $329.99 and the Sand 3 pants list for $359.99.
Considering the evolution and improvements during all that time, a 60-buck increase isn’t bad.
The Sand 3 pants have a new type of “ripstop” polyester 600 denier exterior. It matches the ripstop used on the Sand 3 jacket but for some reason, the pants feel slightly more “heavy-duty”.
Also included in the mix is the REV’IT! “PWR shield” version of Cordura, which has a “high melting point, tremendous tear and abrasion resistance and excellent durability”.
There’s a touch of Lorica synthetic leather also, used in a small patch under the seat for wear resistance when sitting on the bike.
Overall, the combination feels very tough and the knees in front and the seat down to the back of the knees have the doubled layer of PWR shield for extra abrasion resistance.
Differences From the Sand 2 Pants
The cargo pockets have improved from the first Sand pants through Sand 2 and now on Sand 3 the pockets are even larger.
In fact, they’re huge, covering nearly the entire thigh, as you can see in the photo (right) above.
The pockets have a big hook-and-loop flap with a doubled-over entry. You can probably store way more than you should in these pockets.
On the inside of the pockets is a big zipper for the large (25 cm) vents, which are backed by mesh.
Vents are pretty much over-rated on pants because once you’re sitting on the bike, the vents don’t stay open and the air doesn’t pass over them, but I guess some ventilation is better than none.
Another big difference is that the Sand 3 pants now have a new YKK developed slide hook at the waist (photo below).
It’s a nice improvement over the metal hook on the Sand 2 pants and snaps-only on the original Sand pants.
Besides the huge cargo pockets, the Sand 3 pants also have a single pocket behind the cargo pocket on the right-hand side.
It’s semi-hidden because it opens with a horizontal zipper under a flap of the ripstop material.
This is a big pocket, measuring 20 cm across and 16 cm deep.
The Sand 2 pants had the Prolife CE rated protectors in the knees and simple perforated EVA foam in the hips, also found in the original Sand pants.
The Sand 3 pants have an upgraded protector array, with CE Level 2 rated REV’IT! SEEFLEX knee protectors, adjustable through 3 heights.
These have a large mesh “waffle” like construction for ventilation and they’re also pretty comfortable.
There’s some very thin SEESMART pads in the hips, rated CE Level 1.
These are so thin that it’s very difficult to even tell that they’re installed, which makes it a bit difficult to believe they can absorb much impact energy, but apparently they do since they’re CE Level 1 rated.
Zippers and Snaps
All of the zippers used on the external shell of the Sand pants are the YKK Vislon type, also used in the Sand 2 pants.
The pocket and vent zippers are the larger type but I do have to note that we had problems with the zipper used to hold the insulating liner in place.
The Sand 3 pants fit pretty tight and the waist is slightly low rise, so when the thicker than average insulating liner is attached, it makes for a snug fit when entering the pants.
The first time I slid my legs into the pants, the pull on the legs separated the insulating liner zipper.
UPDATE: I now see this was partially my fault, because the liner attachment zipper was open about about 1/4 of the way.
This put too much pressure on the zipper runner, which pulled away from the attachment zipper half on the pants, taking some teeth with it.
Moral of the story: make sure the liner attachment zippers are completely secured first and you shouldn’t have this problem.