Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Changing pants

icon cuffs

The Icon Patrol waterproof riding pants that arrived April 22 are on their way back to MotorcycleGear.com.

Their description notes that my waist size only comes with a 34 inch inseam. I’m more of a 29” inseam. The description says, “You can also adjust the inseam kathmandu newon the Patrol pants by using snaps in the lower legs. There are three positions to choose from which can take up to 5” out of the inseam.”

I tried it and the pants still looked ridiculously long and I worried about catching a cuff on a footpeg while coming to a stop and toppling over.

I bought them because my first choice, the FirstGear Kathmandu waterproof pants were out of stock in my waist size and a 30” inseam. I was given to believe they wouldn’t be back in stock until late this month, which is why I pulled the trigger on the Icons, so as to have something to wear to a mid-month rally in Kentucky.

Everything changed yesterday when I got an email from MotorcycleGear.com notifying me that my size was back in stock. Woo-freaking-hoo!

I got a return order voucher from the web site last night and sent the canary pants back to MotorcycleGear.com this morning. The web site says my Kathmandus have shipped, so I’m a very happy camper.

For all their conspicuity, I thought the hi-viz Icons were a bit much and would look silly walking into a restaurant. Also, I figured they would show road grime more and look filthy faster than the Kathmandus.

Also, the Kathmandus appear to vent better and come with a cold weather liner.

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