FirstGear Rush Air Pants
- For touring, sport, standard and commuter riding
- Poly mesh main construction
- Reflective accents for greater visibility
- Anti-slip saddle patches
- 2x zippered hand pockets
- Waist side adjusters
- Secure fly closure
- Waterproof, breathable, removable liner
- Removable CE-approved Level 1 Knox™ Micro-Lock™ armor at the knees and hips
- Knee and saddle abrasion-resistant impact panels
Read on for more details.
We measured the waist and inseam for a variety of sizes and we found the sizing to be comparable to standard men’s pants or jeans. The measured waist of the pants is about 1” to 2” larger than the stated size (called vanity sizing). Most people can find a fit by choosing the size they normally wear in men’s jeans.
If you prefer, you can measure your own waist and/or measure the waist band of jeans that fit you well to choose a size. Pick a pant size that is about 1” or 2” smaller than the measurement(s) you take. Use the link below for help on how to measure yourself or pants. Hint: These pants are higher waisted than some jeans and pants that sit lower on your hips, so when you measure, do so just below the navel.
These pants have Velcro tabs on the waist that allow you to adjust the size DOWN by a few inches if necessary (but they don’t get bigger). The inseams matched up with FirstGear’s 2012 sizing guidelines. Here is their chart:
Our Two Cents
FirstGear’s new Rush Air pants for 2019 are a great all-around hot weather style pant that offers protection in a package that will be comfortable in hot weather. Armor is included.
Note: The Rush Air is designed primarily to be worn over undergarments. If you were looking for a summer pant to wear over street clothes, take a look at the similarly useful Rover Air Overpants (take the link below).
In trying on these pants I really like how they fit. The fit is simple and functional. It’s a pretty relaxed cut and should work for everyday duty commuting, touring or riding for pleasure. A couple nice features as compared to past FirstGear styles are: the waist band has nice wide and effective Velcro adjusters on each side of the waist band; and the closure at the waist is a snap/hook combination that won’t pop open under pressure (a frequent gripe of mine with past FG designs).
Almost the entire pant is a flow through mesh material so these pants will be just the ticket for summer use. But the pants also have a removable waterproof liner. You can use the liner in wet weather and stay dry. But more importantly the liner can be used as a wind block which will extend the usable temp range of the pants by a lot. Use the liner in spring and fall with some of your own undergarments for insulation. You’ll still have the abrasion protection from the mesh/textile shell and also in the impact protection from the armor units.
Speaking of armor, there are knee and hip inserts included. The armor is Knox brand which is a well respected brand. It’s a garden variety soft rubber energy absorbing kind which is rated CE 1. It is very flexible and should be comfortable to wear. Over the knees, the pants are well reinforced with a double layer of the textile fabric too. The seat gets a double layer as well.
Other nice features here: BIG reflective patches on the sides of the legs for night time visibility; a short rear connection zipper you can use to connect to a FirstGear jacket OR you can ask your tailor to mount the mating zipper half (included with the pants) into your existing or future jacket to make the connection; a short rear zip at the end of the ankle to help with pulling pants on; stretch panels are supplied above the knee, crotch and below the waist in back to give some freedom of movement.
I really do like these mesh summer pants for their “normal” styling and functional feature list. :: Paul, 04-22-19
FirstGear says: A great choice for any rider on the road, Firstgear®’s Rush pant’s poly mesh main construction will stand up to years of use while knee and saddle abrasion-resistant impact panels and CE-approved Level 1 Knox™ Micro-Lock™ armor at the knees and hips will keep you safe through it all.