I’ve been wearing these pants nearly every day for the past couple weeks while commuting rain or shine and they’ve being living up to every expectation that I’ve had for them. Lucky for this test the past week was filled with showers that I gladly rode through- the pants were not stuck under a faucet in order to report water repellency as you may have seen in other gear reviews. Photos by Chris Leaman.
The fit: Very slim upon first putting them on but after wearing them for a few days they loosened up to an ideal fit that was the perfect amount of skinny that you’d want in a pant for riding. The construction of the pants allow you to stretch a leg over a top tube with ease which is one of the most annoying parts about wearing [raw] denim when riding a bike.
The fabric: I’ll admit it was a strange adjustment for me to wear something that wasn’t a pair of denim or chinos but I got used to the feel of the trademark Outlier 4Season fabric. As for water repellency, this is where these pants really excel. On days with light rain water would more or less just roll off the pant leaving me totally dry showing up to work. In heavier rain the water would roll off for a short while but then start getting damp. Still, when I showed up somewhere damp from heavy rain the pants dried out within 10 to 15 minutes whereas a pair of cotton pants would stay wet for far longer. Perhaps the single most impressive test was the accidental spilling of an entire alcoholic beverage onto my lap just this past weekend, I was only slightly wet and within a couple minutes I was bone dry.