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  1. JeffInNC

    Scorpion Trey Pant

    I've been in the market for a pair of waterproof over-pants for quite some time now, with the objective of extending my riding season. Spring time in North Carolina can have some pretty wild temperature fluctuations, with mornings hovering in the low 40's and afternoons up into the 70's! I have been very impressed with all the Scorpion gear that I've used in the past, so I decided to see if they had something that would meet my needs. The Scorpion Trey Pant looked interesting, so I gave them a try. Product Overview The Scorpion Trey is a vented pant with a removable "H2O Blok" waterproof liner that is also breathable. The pant features Sas-Tec CE armor in the hips and knees extending about 1/3rd of the way down the shin. Full-length zippers on the outside of the pant (not the inseam) means that your ride stays protected from accidental scratches from the zipper pulls. Speaking of zipper pulls, there are 7 on these pants; two full length side-entry on the legs, two front pockets, two rear pockets, and the fly. The two front pockets are covered in a rubber coating and the rears are covered in nylon fabric making for easy access even with gloves on. To beat the heat, unzip the liner and you have a fully vented pant. For wet days, zip in the water/wind-proof liner and you're good to go. Note that these pants are not thermally lined. But since they are a true over-pant, you can easily layer up under the pant and still be protected. Fit and finish is top notch and the pant includes NightViz reflective piping on the lower legs for increased visibility to other drivers. Performance I have been wearing these pants paired with a Scorpion Yosemite Jacket every day for the last three weeks, rain or shine. There is plenty of room with jeans or dress pants on underneath. On one particular day, I had the pleasure to make my 30-40 minute commute in heavy rain with the temperature hovering around 42 degrees (F). Wearing my dress shirt and slacks under this gear, I arrived warm and best of all, completely dry! The armor on the hips and knees is well placed and doesn't move around at all. There is an accordion expansion panel above the knee that gives plenty of flexibility there to accommodate a variety of riding positions from cruisers to sport bikes. With the full-length zippers on both the pant and the liner (if installed), getting into and out of the pants is a breeze, even with boots on. Once in, and completely zipped closed, everything stays in place well. The waist includes an adjustable Velcro tab that allows you to adjust the fit up to about 2". Also included on the waist are belt loops if you choose to wear a belt with the pants. Being a vented, mesh pant, I would say these pants are not suitable for off-road/dual sport use. They are machine washable, but any mud would tend to clog up the mesh venting. I find the pants very comfortable for both short and long rides, on or off the bike with anything from shorts to jeans to dress pants underneath. With the full length zippers on the legs, getting into and out of them is easy enough to warrant never hitting the road without them. For reference on size, I am about 5'11", 212lbs., 34" inseam, 34-36" waist with an athletic build. I went with the XL size which fits perfectly over anything from shorts to dress pants or jeans. I didn't need to hem the pants as I prefer a longer length anyway. However, Scorpion designed them with a hemable cuff that can be shortened up to 1". Pros Stylish and extremely functional. Excellent fit & finish. 100% windproof and waterproof with the liner zipped in. Excellent value for the money. Cons None Bottom-line If you are looking for a convertible vented-to-waterproof over-pant, particularly if you are a daily commuter on your bike, the Trey Pant from Scorpion is an excellent choice. For less than $200 USD (depending on size), they are an excellent value for the money, 100% waterproof, and with the liner removed, breath very well allowing plenty of air flow through the pant. http://www.scorpionusa.com/
  2. JeffInNC

    Scorpion Yosemite Jacket

    I've been in the market for a set of all-season gear for quite some time now with the objective of extending my riding season. Spring time in North Carolina can have some pretty wild temperature fluctuations, with mornings hovering in the low 40's and afternoons up into the 70's! I have been very impressed with all the Scorpion gear that I've used in the past, so I decided to see if they had something that would meet my needs. The Scorpion Yosemite Jacket looked interesting, being positioned as true all-season & weather garment. Product Overview The Yosemite Jacket is part of Scorpion's XDR (eXtreme Distance Rider) line of gear. It comes in three color schemes: all black, grey/red/black, and tan/grey/black. I chose the grey/red/black color scheme. The jacket system is made up of three components: 1) Outer shell 2) Removable wind-proof/waterproof liner 3) Removable thermal liner The outer shell is made from 500 denier nylon (ballistic nylon) main body material with 1680 denier nylon abrasion zones on the arms, elbows, and shoulders. Sas-Tec CE armor in the elbows (extending down the forearms, about half-way to the wrist) and shoulders with a vented foam back protector that can be upgraded to a Sas-Tec Level 2 protector. The jacket is also compatible with an integrated kidney belt (sold separately). The rider's neck is fully covered when the jacket is fully zipped/closed-up and is kept comfortable and dry with a sewn-in neoprene liner. To beat the heat, the jacket contains seven vents, including two large chest vent panels, a FULL back vent panel, full-length arm vents, and a torso vent on either side. The chest vents include an internal panel that you can control with zippers to get the airflow exactly the way you want. All external vent zippers (arms, back, and torso) are sealed to keep the rain on the outside of the jacket (where it belongs!). For cold or wet days, zip in the water/wind-proof liner and/or the thermal liner and you're good to go. On the storage front, Scorpion has you covered there as well. The front chest vents also double as pockets and are sized for things like a map, energy bar, or other small items. In addition, there are two waterproof pockets on the front and a huge pocket on the back side. Inside you have a waterproof breast pocket on the left-front of the jacket that is accessible even with the liners zipped in. Fit and finish is top notch, with plenty of NightViz reflective piping in strategic spots. In addition, Scorpion branding is prevalent on the sleeves and back of the neck with subtle 3D Scorpion logos on the upper back panel and just below the shoulders on each arm. Performance I have been wearing the Scorpion Yosemite Jacket (paired with the Scorpion Trey Pant) every day for the last three weeks, rain or shine. On a particularly cold day (41 degrees F), I wore only a t-shirt under the jacket with all the liners zipped in. While comfort is a personal thing, none-the-less, I was perfectly comfortable at speeds up to 80mph. There was NO wind penetration at all! This jacket, with the AirGuard windproof/waterproof liner is 100% windproof AND waterproof. On another day, I had the pleasure to make my 30-40 minute commute in heavy rain with the temperature hovering around 42 degrees (F). Wearing my dress shirt and slacks under this gear, I arrived warm and completely dry, including my neck/collar! I was stunned that there was absolutely no water penetration whatsoever! The liners can easily be removed with a couple zippers and snaps in the sleeves and torso area. To completely install/remove the liners takes about 3-4 minutes tops. In terms of getting a good fit, there are plenty of easy-to-use Velcro adjustment straps that allow for a customize fit for just about any body type. With all the liners installed, the jacket weighs in at just over 6 pounds (2.7kg). The jacket has plenty of ventilation. With all 7 vents open, enough air flows through the jacket that you barely realize you are wearing one. One thing to note: if you want complete wind blockage, you must have the AirGuard windproof liner installed. Just running the shell with the the thermal liner won't block the wind and you will feel the chill on a cold day. For reference on size, I am about 5'11", 212lbs with an athletic build. I went with the XL size which fits me perfectly. Pros Stylish and extremely functional. True 4-season performance, rain or shine, hot or cold. Excellent fit & finish. 100% windproof and waterproof with the liners installed. Excellent value for the money. Cons I would like to see some foam or neoprene padding on the inside of the Sas-Tec elbow armor. When you bend your arms (E.g. opening or closing your helmet visor or adjusting the volume on a helmet-mounted Bluetooth headset), you can feel your elbows hitting the hard surface of the armor. Certainly not a show stopper and a non-issue in the riding position. Bottom-line Overall, I am extremely impressed with the engineering & innovation that went into the Scorpion Yosemite Jacket. It can easily replace all your other season-specific jackets. I am one of those ATGATT guys, so having riding gear that allows me to ride almost year around here in NC is important to me. The Yosemite jacket allows me to do that with style, comfort, and confidence that I'll be protected in a rider-down situation. You can't go wrong with this latest entry Scorpion's touring jacket lineup! http://www.scorpionusa.com
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