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- US Sizes 4-18
- My US Size: 4-6, Olympia Size: 6
- MSRP $229.99
- Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura® fabric
- Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection
- Removable Thermolite® insulated liner pant
- Full side leg zippers
- Storm placket front fly detail
- Removable and adjustable height CE Motion Flex armor at knees
- Cool mesh airflow lining
- Removable EVA compression foam at hips
- Custom Fit detailing at waist, hips and bottom hem
- 3M Scotchlite® reflective piping side leg detail
- Relaxed tailored fit, wide leg
- 4 storage pockets
- 8” connecting zipper for jacket
- Additional Photos Here.
The first thing I noticed is how incredibly warm these pants are. Although I live in California, I've never found it cold enough to wear the insulated liners. They're simply too warm. The coldest I ever rode without the liners was probably 40 Degrees Fahrenheit with windchill on the freeway, in the rain. There are no vents or openings to allow for any real flow. Although the material is breathable, I couldn't ride in them above 65 degrees. They are great for fall/winter riding, as a companion to a summer pant like the fully ventilated Airglides.
If you're searching for an overpant, something designed to be worn over your street clothes, the ProMax pants are the perfect option. The full hip to toe zippers on each side make these pants an ideal overpant for commuting to work, school or anywhere you want to go on the bike. With that you don't have to go into a bathroom or a private place to take these on and off. You can keep your boots on and take them on and off standing up, you don't even need to sit down! I have an older Cortech tankbag that I was able to roll these up into (and nothing else), before I had a top box.
There are 4 pockets, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear, as you would find on a normal pair of jeans. Belt loops are also included on the liner and the shell, in case you need a little extra cinch. You'll also find CE rated knee armor in a pocket that allows you to move the armor up and down, to get the right armor fit. The hips come with EVA compression foam, which makes it fit a little less bulky and is removable and changeable. I would highly recommend upgrading the knee armor as it can be a little stiff, and doesn't really soften over time.
As far as abrasion resistance, these pants are made of 500 Denier Cordura® fabric everywhere but the knees which are reinforced with 2000 Denier Cordura®. In addition to this material, Olympia uses a plethora of other quality materials which makes their gear work well and last longer. To see the full list of material s used, click here.
I've also ridden in the pouring rain in these pants and I've never had them leak. They're completely waterproof and oh so warm! I think they're the ideal overpant especially for someone riding in chilly winter temps (30s-40s). Not once have I ever used the insulated liner (which also has full zippers from the hips to the ankles) in the Bay Area, because they're so warm. The coldest temps I've ridden with them is probably 40s with wind chill.
When you're trying these on, be sure to sit on your bike (if you can) or another bike, or just assume a seated position. Keep in mind that these pants (like all gear) are designed to be most comfortable and fitted properly in riding position. So you want the armor to be in the right place and not move from over your knee. Your kneecap should be securely up against/in the deep 'pocket' of the armor while in riding position. You don't want the armor to shift should you crash, so that's why it needs to be snugly covering your knees. You also want them to be a tad bit long standing up so when you sit you have some room for the pants to rise up a bit at the thighs/waist. I have a very short torso, so a lot of overpants ride high on my waist. These unfortunately do the same in the front. I don't mind the back being higher, so that it keeps me covered and warm, but on me, it was a little annoying to have the waistline almost reaching my bust.
These pants also have a very wide leg and as a result has plenty of room in the thighs. Something that also helps with the hips/thighs fit is several inches of accordian stretch from the hip to the just above the knee. I think this is what makes it possible to wear your true pant size. These are not sized for Petites or Young Misses. These are sized for curvey, hippy, Real Women. The cut is generous in the hips/butts/thighs, so much that my flat butt and straight waist and non hippy body made it difficult for me to fill these out. I found them to be just a little too baggy around the butt, thighs and legs for me. I like my pants to fit like jeans, and I just didn't get that from these pants.
But then again, I'm in the minority when it comes to average women in the US. I believe the average American woman's size is 12-14? Curvy women need gear too, and these pants provide an amazing fit for women who fall into this fit.
If you aren't used to so much velcro, the on and off will take some getting used to. It's definitely stronger velcro, which is good because we don't want it ripping apart if you're sliding. After a week or so of wearing them you'll get used to taking them on and off, and it should only take a few minutes to get fully dressed once you're used to the routine.
If you're also tall and have trouble finding pants that fit you, these will fit. I've had women who are close to 5'10" try these on without any problems. They have added a couple inches at the bottom of their pants to make sure taller folks are covered. If you're vertically challenged, you can hem up to ~3" to bring them up to the right height. Just make sure that when you measure your inseam with these, that you pin them when you're sitting on your bike. You may find them a little long until you sit down. A good length is having the hems fall long enough to your ankle bone while in seated position. It can be a little higher, as long as you have boots that are high enough to protect your entire ankle.
The only thing I'd like to see done a little differently is instead of back pockets, one cargo pocket in front like on the men's version would be awesome, so handy and easily accessible. I'd also like to see the legs tapered a little bit below the knees. What I found is that many women need the generous fit in the hip, butt and thighs, but below the knees, the leg is a little too wide, making it difficult to secure, even using the velcro adjustment on the back of the ankle, which you can see in the first pic above.