Joe Rocket Cleo Elite Pants
- Cooling FreeAir™ mesh shell
- INNOLITE® Ultra Reflective knee panels
- Height adjustable C.E. rated knee protectors
- Removable high density hip padding
- DYNAX™ seat and hip reinforcements
- Inseam leg zippers for easy access
- Two external pockets
- Melt resistant material on lower leg area
- Sure Fit™ adjustable waistband eliminating any unwanted bunching
- 8” zipper for jacket attachment
- 360˚ reflective visibility
- Reflective stripes over knees and reflective print on lower side legs
These pants are designed to be worn over clothing and they have a long zipper up the inside of each leg to make them easy to step into without a change of clothes on the road.
Below is a size chart from Joe Rocket. I found the inseams to be in line with the chart and actual waist measurements were just a bit larger than the chart indicates (about 1”). But really, that makes sense since these pants are over-sized just a touch to be worn over clothes.
Our Two Cents
These Cleo Elite pants from Joe Rocket are the women’s version of the new Phoenix Ion pants for men. Of course the “cut” of these pants is for women, but as far as the features and functionality goes, they are identical to the men’s. Here is a cut/paste of my comments, which works perfectly for the Cleo Elite’s as well: Overall, I really like the design of these new Phoenix Ion and Cleo Elite pants. Like previous designs, they hit the main points… a pair of pants that will flow a LOT of air for summer use that can be worn as pants, or overpants, and with some good armor for the knees and hips. Bingo!
The overall quality of the pants is great and the looks are sharp, and there is a light color for those in seriously hot climates who are averse to wearing all black. Being almost fully mesh, they’ll be the “go to” design for summer use.
These pants come with side zippers to allow the use of these pants as “overpants”. This is a feature found on MANY riding pants to make them useful for touring riders and commuters who want to wear street clothes under them. The leg zippers are on the inside of the leg. On the positive side, it is easier to reach on the inside than the outside. You can sit, put a foot up on a knee and presto! They’re unzipped. One possible downside to the inside location of the zipper is that the zipper being on the inside could possibly mar painted surfaces on the bike. Granted, there is a robust fabric cover over the zipper, but it can easily fold back. And thankfully the zipper is plastic and not metal, so the whole issue isn’t a deal killer, but it is a concern for those who are paint job anal retentive.
Sizing was spot on when I checked it and the side waist adjusters work as advertised. With that kind of adjustment you can wear these pants over underwear, over shorts or even pants. Also, there is a small Velcro adjuster on the pant leg end so you can tailor the pant to a good size for your boots or shoes. Also, the armor pocket in the knee has Velcro strips so you can “trap” the armor in the elongated pocket at different heights to suit your inseam.
Overall, I like these pants a lot… the styling, the color choices and the overall quality. Joe Rocket’s mesh pants have always been a staple for summer riding and they are stylish and affordable. :: Paul, 04-28-15