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Firstgear TPG Escape Pants Includes a removable, zip-out liner that is a standalone pant Overpant is sized to fit over your clothes simply buy the size you normally wear Hypertex Plus Waterproof/Breathable 600 denier nylon outer shell Articulated knee and seat for maximum riding comfort Featuring d3o T5 Pro intelligent armor in the hips and knees allows total freedom of movement and is CE approved Teramid reinforced Kevlar underlay at knees for skid protection 2 front thigh air intake vents (men's 9, women's 8) with YKK rubberized zippers to keep moisture out 2 front top pockets protected by YKK rubberized zippers to keep moisture out Men's also has 2 front cargo Dry Pockets protected by YKK rubberized zippers to keep moisture out Over-the-knee side zip for easy on/off, protected by YKK rubberized zippers to keep moisture out, plus internal storm flap with rain gutter Internal storm cuff elasticized for a snug fit and silicone grip to keep moisture from traveling up pant leg Adjustable waist using ratchet-style adjusters for a personal fit Side reflective panels for night time visibility Heat-resistant material on inner calf 10 conjunction zipper for jacket connection 5-year limited warranty Unparalleled 2-year crash protection policy Colors Available Black INNER PANT A standalone casual pant that can be worn as a destination pant Made of all nylon fabric 2 jean style front pockets 2/3 length side zip for easy on/off Adjustable waist using hook-and-loop tab Articulated knee and seat for maximum comfort Insulated from the cold with 2-ounce fiberfill Easily connect to the outer pant by a full circumference waist zipper and leg snaps
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great pants, but not perfect
PostedSeptember 30, 2011
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Jazzzzz
From Cincinnati
State:OH
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
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Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
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Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
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I've had the Escape TPG pants for about a year now and use them for commuting and touring. For my climate (southern Ohio) they are a great 3-season pant - the summers here are hot and humid enough that I trade my Escapes and the matching Teton jacket for a mesh suit. As soon as the average temps drop back under 80 I pull them out.
I purchased these pants because I hate dealing with separate rain liners and I don't like carting around a rain suit. The integrated waterproof barrier and waterproof zippers have worked flawlessly so far in a couple of downpours: I stayed dry and so did the the billfold and cell phone I had stashed in one of the waterproof pockets. I've had other overpants that leaked where water pooled in the crotch during a strong rain - these do not.
There is plenty of storage, the armor is adjustable so you can position it where you want it, and on the whole the pants are very comfortable. The stitching and workmanship is excellent and the materials are noticeably higher quality than a lot of the other gear I have in my closet.
Minor complaints:
1) The leg zips do not come high enough up the leg to be able to easily put these pants on if you already have your boots on. This really only gets in my way when I'm getting ready for the morning commute -- it's easier to get my boots on first and then pull overpants on quickly rather than pulling the pants on, leaving them unzipped and flopping around in the way when I'm trying to put boots on, and then closing up the pants. This is a trade-off for having a shorter waterproof zipper and hence a lower chance for leaks in the wet.
2) The pants cuffs need external velcro adjusters so you can cinch them tighter to your boots. There is an internal gaiter in the cuff that's supposed to help keep water out, but the cuff itself flares out and gets caught on shift levers, exhaust shields, and footpegs all the time. I had to add a leather panel to the bottom of the left leg on my pants as they were constantly catching on an exhaust shield on my bike and melted in a couple of spots. If I could tighten the pants cuffs to my boot this would be much less of an issue (and I could probably get away without the gaiter, which is great at snagging your foot when you put the pants on and of questionable use for keeping you dry if you're already wearing a boot).
Sizing:
These are advertised as being sized for wear as overpants and to buy the size you wear in your regular clothes; I disagree. I wear a 32 waist/32 length jean and ended up purchasing a size 34 in the Escape pants. With the destination pant/liner removed they work fine as overpants; with the liner in they would be very snug but can be worn over a thermal liner with no problem (I would recommend this combo for long distance rides, actually). The cuffs ride a little high on the shin when in a riding position. I tried a size 34L and the cuff of the pants was lower when in a riding posture, but off the bike they were sloppy and I could not position the knee armor correctly.
The waist adjusters give you plenty of room to accommodate extra layers or a few extra lbs.
Rides: 2008 KTM 690 SMC
Yes, I recommend this product.
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