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FirstGear HT Overpant Shell

  • Overpant is sized to fit over your clothes; simply buy the size you normally wear
  • Hypertex™ waterproof/breathable 330 denier Taslan outer shell
  • Adjustable CE armor in the knees
  • Padded hip protectors
  • Articulated knee and seat for maximum riding comfort
  • 2 front flap pass-through pocket openings for gaining access to internal pockets – protected by YKK rubberized zippers to keep moisture out
  • 2/3 length side zip for easy on/off; protected by exterior double storm flap to keep out the elements
  • Adjustable side waist tabs for a custom fit
  • Heat-resistant material on inner calf
  • 10” conjunction zipper for jacket connection

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Sizing Information

These pants are made to be worn over street clothes; the sizing of the waist includes enough room to go over clothing, so you’d want to buy the size pants you normally would buy. Inseam lengths are offered in both short and tall versions, so you can consult the chart to pick the best inseam. Again, I’d advise you to buy the size you normally would buy in slacks or jeans. The waist band includes some give and a Velcro-close tab on each side. This allows about 2” total adjustment either up or down from the nominal size.

Size Regular Inseam Length Tall Inseam Length Short Inseam Length
30 31 1/2”
32 31 1/2”
34 32” 34” 30”
36 32” 34 1/2” 30”
38 32” 34 1/2” 30”
40 32” 35 1/2” 30”
42 33” 35 1/2” 30”
44 33”
46 33”
48 33”

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Our Two Cents

The HT Overpants from FirstGear have long been a favorite with touring riders as well as commuters (see link below). Think of the HT Overpant Shell as “HT Overpants Light”. This new option from FirstGear doesn’t come with the inner pant or insulated liner. Also it doesn’t have the external zippered vents. Correspondingly it’s lower in price and is a very good option for those riders who might not need those climate control features. Also the pants are noticeably lighter and would pack in a smaller space, which would be welcomed by touring riders. Sometimes less is more, right?

Anyway, like all other FirstGear products this one offers quality construction and the basic features you’ll need in an overpant. There are two pretty long side zippers to facilitate putting these on over street clothes without having to find a place to change. The pants come with CE armor in the knees and some foam padding in the hips. The pants have two nifty pocket zippers in front that, when open, allow you to reach into your pants pockets underneath. There is also a rear patch pocket. Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good close-up pictures of the pant’s features.