Earlier this week I had received my pair of Tourmaster Tracker Air Pants. The pants have mesh panels in them to allow for air flow when it’s warm. I got ride over 200 miles while wearing them today. I saw reviews on several websites that the pants were “true to size” or even big. When I took the pants out of the box, they seemed huge! I tried them on and they seemed a bit big and made me think for a while that I should’ve ordered the L instead of the XL. You see, I already have a pair of Tourmaster Quest pants in L and they seem snug but are cut more like jeans. Tourmaster L says 34-36 and XL says 36-38. I can comfortably wear name brand blue jeans with a 38″ inch waste and can squeeze in a pair of 36 so I thought I’d be okay. These pants are also much darker in color than is shown on the Tourmaster and other web sites.
The Tracker Air Pants come with the nylon wind liner already in them. The liner is easily removed with Velcro tabs. I first tried the pants on with the wind liner in them and could already tell that I don’t like it. Unless you are VERY careful putting the pants on, you will pull the liner off the Velcro tabs. Then the wind liner looked like it was longer than the pants themselves and stuck out from the bottom of the legs. It really doesn’t bother me though because I wanted the pants for warm weather wear as I already have cool weather pants. The pants have legs that zip off so you can make them into shorts. I did zip the legs off and on and it was easy to do. Again though, I didn’t buy them to wear as shorts so doing that is something I will probably never do again. The only armor in these pants is the CE rated armor in the knees. The knee armor is not adjustable like it is in other Tourmaster pants, it only has the one position. I think if I had ordered the L the armor would be too high while sitting on the motorcycle. The pants have no back pockets. The only pockets are the 2 zippered front pockets and the cargo pockets on each leg. But the cargo pockets appear to be waterproof (Tourmaster does NOT advertise these pants as having a rain liner to keep you dry). The side zipper on the legs goes all the way to the knee and the cuffs are secured by Velcro. The zipper is covered by a Velcro secured flap which I think is unneccessary. Unless you’re going to put the pants on or take them off while wearing boots you shouldn’t even need to use the leg zippers. There are no belt loops on these pants and you adjust them using the Velcro strap on each side.
Now for the good part….wearing while riding.
I wore them today on a 200+ mile ride with temperatures in the mid 70’s F and a partly cloudy sky. As soon as you start moving you can feel the air moving through the pants. The mesh panels are on the shins, thighs and the backs of the legs. Right away you feel the shins and I’m being a full fairing. As your speed increases you can feel the air on your thighs. I never did notice any breeze on my calves but interestingly could feel it on the back of my thighs. Getting on and off the motorcycle was easy and comfortable, probably due to the stretch panel in the crotch. I felt no binding or tight spots. The legs did not flap in the breeze. Are they cooler than jeans? You bet they are! Even when stopped in traffic they were quite comfortable. The knee armor seemed a bit high but I was able to move around and adjust it before riding off. I found no defects and they are well made. Even though they are mesh, you can’t see skin through the material due to the thinner mesh lining like Tourmaster and Cortech use in their jackets. I do think they are a very worthwhile purchase if you ride in warmer climates as they are cooler than jeans and offer more protection than jeans.
- Well made
- Knee armor
- Cargo pockets appear to be waterproof
- Allow good air flow
- Cuffs are adjustable
- Reflective piping down entire length of leg
- Reflective piping matches pants and is invisible until light find it in the dark
- Don’t ride up while riding
- Don’t flap in breeze
- Cooler than jeans
- More protection than jeans
- You may be able to wear over a pair of jeans
- Wind liner comes loose
- Wind liner appears to be an after thought
- No belt loops for wearing a belt
- Knee armor is not adjustable
- No hip armor
- Seem to run large
- No back pockets