Icon Anthem Mesh Overpants (Sizes 36 or 38)
- Icon overpant fit
- Durable Fighter Mesh™ chassis for maximum venting
- Stretch panel for increased mobility
- Zippered side pockets for secure storage
- Ratchet waist closure
- Removable CE certified Field Armor knee impact protectors
- Three-position knee armor pockets
These pants are sold in men’s waist sizes. The pants are already over-sized with the idea you’d wear them over jeans or other street clothes. The actual waistband measurement of each size pant is pretty consistently about 2” larger than stated which should provide enough room for even bulky clothes underneath. The waist has an adjustment tab at the waist closure so you can snug down the waist from its max size about 2” if necessary.
If you plan to wear these pants over shorts, underwear, or similar thin clothing, then I’d advise you to buy one size smaller than your normal jean size. The overall size and cut of the pants is generous, so if you are sometimes between two sizes, then try the smaller.
We tried the size 34 in this pant on Huey who wears a 34 in jeans and they worked just fine.
Below is the chart Icon provides for the pant’s inseam measurement. I checked with a tape and the inseams measure out correctly for each size pant.
Our Two Cents
The Anthem mesh overpants are made to be comfortable and practical for use as a protective overpant in hot weather. A great deal of the outer shell is flow-through mesh material and in the knees and seat, which are likely impact areas, the pants have solid textile material. The pants come with CE knee protectors, and the pockets that hold the protectors are a “three way” design which allows you to adjust how high up in the leg the armor rides so you can fine tune the fit. Don’t get too excited about the knee protection in a loose-fit overpant like this though. Sure, you’ll get some effect from having the armor in place, but the unstructured nature of the mesh materials and the loose cut don’t do a lot to keep that armor in its intended position. And it’s not just this overpant, many overpant designs are made this way, so it is not a pan just to this model. It is really just a design compromise between a comfortable loose pant like this and more sport pant designs that are snug but hold the armor in place better. ANYWAY, I digress! Please take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good shots of this pant’s features. It is all pretty self explanatory. :: Paul, 03-14-13