Friday, October 22

Firstgear TPG Escape Pants Review

As part of their new line of gear for Fall 2010, Firstgear released the brand new Firstgear TPG Escape Pants. Previous iterations of these pants were cut poorly with very little articulation and a boxy-shape. This made them pretty uncomfortable especially over the course of the long-distance rides they were designed to tackle. They had already developed jacket ready to compete with European brands in the bombproof ADV touring beast Firstgear TPG Rainier Jacket and they needed the pants to go along with it. With a complete overall and redesign from the bottom up, the TPG Escapes are the perfect mate for the Rainier and an excellent option for the Adventure Tourer.

Here's our full Firstgear TPG Escape Pants Review:



The Firstgear TPG Escape Pants are a true four-season, all-weather pant designed for Adventure and Sport Touring. They come in both mens' and womens' specific cuts and are a great match for the aforementioned Rainier for men or the Firstgear TPG Monarch Jacket for women. These pants will get you through any form of precipitation and a full range of temperatures, performing spectacularly under any conditions. Now let's move on to why we're so high on these pants.

In the last version, Firstgear was using basic Knox CE rated knee and hip armor but for the new version they upgraded to d3o molecular-level armor. For those unaware, d3o utilizes the newest technologies for motorcycle protection. It is soft, flexible, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear within your gear, but upon impact it becomes rigid and resilient, dispersing all impact energy across the surface area of the armor. It's next-level, straight up. The fitment and cut of the new Escapes is also an enormous upgrade over the previous model. The old model was extremely flat and boxy in its cut; the new version offers much more flexibility and much better comfort over the course of long rides.
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Firstgear also improved the waterproofing of these pants. It was always built into the shell, but this model uses the Hypertex Plus Waterproof Breathable membrane rather than regular Hypertex. The Hypertex Plus membrane makes these pants 2x as waterproof breathable over extended rides as they were before. With the membrane built into the shell, you know you'll be covered whether you have the thermal liner in or not. Which brings us to the inner pant liner that is standalone and can be worn as a destination layer once you hop off the bike. The pants use two-ounce fiberfill insulation for excellent thermal qualities and have articulation in the knee and seat for comfort. They have two front pockets styled like jeans pockets and just generally look stylish when you're at your destination.

Let's run through the other features of the TPG Escapes:

  • 600D Nylon Exterior with Teramid Reinforced Kevlar Underlays
  • YKK Rubberized Zippers Throughout for Waterproofing
  • Two large intake vents; four storage pockets
  • Side Zips extend above knees for easy on/off; protected by internal storm flap with rain gutter
  • Elasticized internal storm cuff with silicone grip wraps around boot to keep moisture out
  • Ratcheting waist adjustments
  • Reflective paneling throughout
  • Heat-resistant anti-wear material on inner legs
  • 10" Connection Zipper
  • 2-year crash protection policy
As we've said in previous posts, we're extremely excited and impressed with the Firstgear Fall 2010 Gear lineup. To see more pants like this, visit our All Weather Motorcycle Pants page.

-RetroZilla

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