I've had the pants for about a year now and overall they are pretty good. They fit well, are well made and are very comfortable. My only complaint is witht he knee pads. They are set too high and when riding offer great protection for my thigh. It's as if the second layer of canvas was sewn on 6" too high. Hopefully they will fix this on new versions or extend the pocket. (Posted on 5/6/10)
Well, after they came back "tailor made" to my 37 size, the pants fit like a glove and I enjoy riding them to/from work, complete with pads. As others mentioned the pads tend to go a bit high on the knee, but they will still provide some protection, hopefully! One slightly annoying thing?! Yea... The right pant catches on the injection body of my R1100GS, when I do frequent stop-and-go-in-heavy traffic riding! Well... after a couple of times I learned to lower my foot a bit wider and the problem was solved. I even rode in a light drizzle and amazingly the pants were quite rainproof!!! (Posted on 3/5/10)
I measured my waist and the number on the measuring tape was 36, so I ordered the 38 after reading the other reviews about these being a bit on the tight side. Once I got them out of the package it was obvious to me that they were too large for me. A biker friend of mine uses them so he got those in 38 from me. Ordererd a 36 and they were just fine. Pants look sturdy and that they will see many miles ahead.
Service at Aerostich was top notch. Thanks!
Bikerberg (Posted on 2/20/10)
I bought a couple of these too, during the January sale, and ordered a size larger than what I wear on normal jeans, after reading most comments here. Since I had these sent to Greece, I found it a lot cheaper to take them to my local tailor and have them fixed, instead of sending them ack to the USA! So... a ride report will follow in the next few days, after I collect them from the tailor! How do you say "Tailor-made"?!
(Posted on 2/12/10)
Just received my Arborwear pants yesterday so had to take 'em out for a ride. The waist is a bit tight, normally a 36 but fits like a 35, but was able to tuck in a shirt and put on a belt. They did seam to stretch out a bit as the day wore on and the tightness never was an issue. However, I opted for the 34 length, usually a 32, and they did rise to the top of my boots and the knee padds were more like thigh pads, way to high up to do any good. I noticed another reviewer said they were too low on him. We are all built differently and have issues to deal with but,,,,these are some fine riding gear. The gussetted crotch is like heaven and never did they put me in a bind. Great gear, going to order another pair, next size up:) (Posted on 10/22/09)
Just purchased them and so far so good. The pants fit well and are of good quality. I did note that the knee area seemed snug once the pads were inserted but once on the road they fit fine (it was just a question of finding the sweet spot). Once this initial adjustment is done the pants are great. Will write back in about 6 months to tell you more. (Posted on 8/23/09)
I have 5 pairs of these britches. I work outdoors, often in the dirt or up on a cherry picker. The knee pads have saved me countless bruises. I ride to work about 9,000 miles a-season and the Arborwear suit me well. I water proof them 4 or 5 times a year and they shed the light rain well. After heavy downpours they dry slowly but don't chafe. I work them hard, but they have never torn or worn through. Although I've never crashed in them, I think they offer me better protection then heavy duty jeans. Arborwear makes great shirts too. (Posted on 8/8/09)
These are my favorite all-around jeans. I keep one pair padded and one plain. The loose, comfortable fit in the legs keep my large thighs happy. Order one size larger than your regular jeans and you'll be happy too. No break-in required. (Posted on 3/3/09)
I love these pants, but agree that the knee pads are a problem. Mine are too low to offer protection, and cause the pants to stick on my knees when riding. So I wear the pants without the pads and they are so comfortable I'm buying two more pairs!
One nice feature of these pants is the cellphone pocket on the right side. I velcro my cellphone to a stem stand attached to my FJR and take it off as soon as I park. The pocket makes it both convenient and comfortable to throw the phone in as soon as I get off the bike. Very cool. (Posted on 3/2/09)