Icon TiMAX Pants
- FIT: ICON Relaxed Fit
- MATERIAL: Durable Denim and Nylon Chassis
- PROTECTORS: 3 Position D3O® Impact Protectors – Knees
- DETAILS: Stretch Knee Panels, Integrated Flex Zones, YKK® Black Reflective Zippers
I measured a sampling of these pants and found the waist sizes to measure out nearly exactly as stated, so the fit is true. My best advice would be to measure your waist (just under your belly button) and choose a size based on the measurement. The waistband is not adjustable but the pants have belt loops so you can wear a belt if necessary to fine tune the fit. The inseam lengths listed below are the lengths I measured.
There are a couple reasons I recommend measuring yourself before ordering. First, a lot of jeans/pants are “vanity sized” and measure out larger than the stated size (to make you feel better about the size that fits you). The second reason is that motorcycle protective pants like this ride higher on the waist than typical jeans, and if you are a bit bigger up higher on your waist, but order sizing based upon a jean size or measurement lower on your hip, the size you choose will likely be too small.
Below is the chart Icon provides for the pant’s inseam measurement. I checked with a tape and the chart is accurate.
Our Two Cents
These new TiMax pants by Icon are something of a cross between Cordura motorcycle riding pants and jeans. The dark blue material looks like crisply ironed denim, but is actually a Cordura blend fabric which is made special to be light and breathable like denim, and have the appearance of denim, but is stronger and more abrasion resistant that denim. You’ll not see any extra reinforcement in the seat and knees of these pants like you see in other reinforced jeans because the fabric itself is the protective layer.
I like the overall fit and look of these pants. Sure, they look motor-sport specific, but not too crazy and I think I’d be comfortable wearing these in places along the ride. The pants are simple… much like jeans and, in addition to the heavy fabric, they have D3O armor in the knees. The armor is adjustable for height too. You just use the external zipper to access the armor and place it in one of the three pockets, which are slightly offset to hold the armor either lower or higher depending upon which pocket you place it into. That armor access zipper also is made of reflective material for nighttime visibility… a neat, dual purpose thing (see our photo gallery to see the reflectivity.) When sitting in a riding position there is ample room in the thighs and seat to get comfortable. I really like how they feel.
I give these pants high marks for looks, comfort and innovation. I think they’ll serve the purpose for a lot of riding styles. :: Paul, 03-24-17
Aesthetic stitching issue: On the pairs we brought into stock to measure and photograph, we noticed the stitching on some of the seams of the black stretch material were a little sloppy. I’ve included a sample picture of that. I believe they are cosmetic only, but if you want a pair of the pants, know that they’ll likely be there. If that sort of thing bugs you and would cause you to return them, please don’t order them.