Scorpion Seattle Over-Pants
- Durable 600D polyester main body fabric and extra heavy-duty 1680D nylon knees
- Vertically adjustable Sas-Tec® CE armor at knees. Pockets at hips have PE foam, but accommodate optional Sas-Tec® armor if extra protection is desired
- Full length YKK® urethane coated zippers; zippers are two-way, which also provides ventilation
- Internal zipper gusset for added waterproof protection
- Removable Ever-Heat® liner with full length zippers
- Dual waist adjustment tabs
- Two grip panels in the seat
- Stretch rib gussets above knees
- Two external cargo pockets
- Large Night-Viz® reflectives at bottom cuff and thigh for added nighttime visibility
- Shock cord adjusters at bottom hem to seal out elements
- 8” Jacket to Pant zipper
- Bottom hem can be raised 2”
Read on for more details.
We measured these pants and compared to Scorpion’s size chart below and we find the chart to be accurate. The actual waist measurements were just about 1” bigger than the size chart indicates, but that is about perfect for selection since you will be using these pants over other clothes. Inseam lengths were spot-on with the chart. My advice then would be to measure yourself with a tape and use the chart to choose a size.
The Velcro side adjustment straps will allow you to snug down the waist approximately 3” tighter. When in doubt, choose larger and make use of the adjustment straps since it doesn’t work the other way around. These pants are intended to be used as overpants; if you plan to use them over heavy clothing, you may want to measure yourself over those pants, which may result in you choosing a larger size than if you were wearing them over light clothes.
The legs on these pants are designed to allow for easy hemming if necessary. Each pant leg can be turned under and stitched which will allow up to about 1 1/2” of shortening. Any more than that, and you’ll have to deal with a more elaborate alteration of the side zipper, but even being able to shorten up to an inch and a half is a pretty neat option.
Our Two Cents
These new Scorpion Seattle pants are really nice and have some well thought out features. These are a medium to heavy weight textile/waterproof pant. Venting is limited, so you will get your best use out of these pants in mild to cold weather and/or wet weather. The pants have a good fit to them and even though they can be used as overpants, they don’t seem as bulky as many others (I’ve noted this before with Scorpion and I’m still of that opinion). With a trimmer profile they could work just as pants over underwear or could be used over regular street clothes too.
The pants are a solid textile shell with a mesh internal liner. Between the shell and inside liner is a waterproof barrier. The zips on the pants are the waterproof kind too and the long side zips are backed by a fabric flap and there is a gusset behind the main fly zip. I won’t kid you… virtually no functional article of gear like this is completely waterproof, but this pant does have a LOT of features to keep water out. And these pants even have an elastic gather at the ends of the legs to seal around boots. Keeping water from coming up the hem will help keep water out of boots.
These are designed as overpants so you can use them for commuting and touring conveniently. Full-length zippers on the legs make them easy to get in and out of over clothing without having to find a dressing room on the road. The side zip is “two way, which means they zip open from the bottom for use in the conventional sense, but there is also a top slider that lets you open them from the top down. You can use this zip to scratch your kneecap (just kidding) to allow some air to flow in when it gets a bit warm. It will not be super effective, but may be helpful from time to time. One of those “why not” sort of features.
The knees are equipped with removable CE approved armor. And the pants have foam armor inside hip pockets. If you want the same CE Sas-Tec armor in the hips, you can buy those below. The pocket that holds the knee armor is designed to allow you to position the armor in a higher or lower spot to better fit your leg length (complements the length hemming option discussed above).
The pants have two front hand pockets which have the waterproof zips and also two cargos on front that have the waterproof zips AND a fold-over flap. Those two cargos would be your best bet to keep the contents dry IMHO.
For connection to a jacket, you have a couple options; the pants have one exterior belt loop and another inside (use either). If you are mating to a jacket, there is a short rear zipper. The zipper is compatible with Scorpion jackets with a like zipper, or if you are adapting to another jacket, the mating zipper half is included with the pants. Sewing a zip into a jacket that has a place for one is a snap for a tailor.
Overall, I really like these pants… the attractive, trim cut, the extensive waterproofing features, the plushy removable liner and the handy inseam/knee armor height adjustment built in are standouts. :: Paul, 08-13-14