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Product Review Icon ARC Overpant

Friday, May 16, 2008
Product Review: Icon Standard Boot
Icon ARC Overpants range in sizes from 28-44 and come in white  stealth  blue and red.
Icon ARC Overpants range in sizes from 28-44 and come in white, stealth, blue and red.
MotorcycleUSA.com's VP of Operations, Kevin Murry, is also an avid motorcyclist who recently took a ride over to the Oregon Coast. For those who have never had the pleasure of visiting this pristine wonderland, it is often windy, cold, and wet. Luckily, Murry brought along his Icon ARC Overpants , just in case. After making the 130 mile trek (one way) from our offices in Medford, Oregon, he provided us with a little review of how the Icon overpants held up on his journey. Here's what Kevin had to say.

Icon released its ARC pant last fall. Upon first trying the pants on, it was evident that the removable heavyweight Cordura knee pads had to go. As is the case with a lot of textile pants, the knee pads tend to float around a bit and never really fit in place on your knee all that well.

The fit is just as stated. They are designed as an overpant. If you wear a size 34 in regular pants, then the same size 34 overpant should slide on easily over your riding pants. If you plan on going commando, because theARC Overpants can be worn alone, then you want to downsize one step for a good fit.

The waist enclosure worked well. The side zipper pockets are in a good location for easy access. The pants were great in the AM for cutting down the cool air and would be a great pant in the spring's moderate heat. But if the temp starts to creep up above 75 or so, you would definitely want to get into the vented version.

The one major issue that I ran into with these pants was that at any high rate of speed the leg zippers would unzip up the leg. At normal highway speeds this was not an issue. However, if you chose to not obey the posted black and white signs, it quickly becomes one. We have been ensured by Icon that this detail has not been overlooked and is being addressed as we speak. A simple button or Velcro enclosure would be an easy fix.
Here s the Icon ARC Jacket that Kevin #2 mentioned. It has removable elbow and shoulder armor and comes with an insulated removable liner.
Here's the Icon ARC Jacket that Kevin #2 mentioned. It has removable elbow and shoulder armor and comes with an insulated removable liner.


Overall , the pants fit comfortably and are a great addition for the daily trips into the office where you might need to wear a nice pair of slacks or even a pair of shorts in case it's summertime.

We also went to the Motorcycle Superstore's website and got this customer review from another guy named Kevin out of Oak Harbor, Washington. Kevin #2 gave them a ranking of 4 on a scale of 1-5.

"Good price, windproof, VERY water resistant. They are very comfortable when riding. I wear these everyday to commute and they are great. I ride in 30 to 50 degree weather every day (and a lot in the rain) and am always warm and dry. I also have the matching jacket, but due to my height (5'8'') the jacket and pants don't connect as designed. Honestly though I haven't noticed a deficiency while riding. Lots of pockets. The cargo pockets are especially helpful. Definitely happy with the purchase."

There you go. The impressions from both Kevins are fairly consistent. At $115, the Icon ARC Overpants are a welcome addition to any gear bag.

Buy it Now: Icon ARC Overpants.

MSRP: $115

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