Frank Thomas Strike Pants Reviewed
|No stock photo this time. These are an older model and really just being reviewed in the interest of being thorough.|
My budget two piece setup was great, if only because it kept me from ever cutting the corner and riding in jeans. It's a lot nicer to stop for lunch when you don't have to have your jacket dangling behind you!
Here's why I like them:
- Comfort: The pants have a nice liner and are cut for comfort rather than racing.
- Ventilation: Large perforations in the thigh panels help keep things if not cool, at least reasonable on hot North Carolina summer days. If wearing black leather can be described as "bearable" in the summer here, you are winning.
- Price: I think I paid $169 for these. That was quite inexpensive at the time. There are more options today.
- Pockets: I was able to carry my wallet and keys comfortably in the pockets. I could have put my cell phone in there but have always opted to keep it in my jacket. For a piece of street-only gear, this is a big plus.
Here's what I don't like quite as much:
- Knee Slider Velcro Location: Too far to the side for my riding style. You can see on the right knee where I have scuffed the leather. This wasn't from the crash.
- Slightly Baggy Fit: This is a pro for comfort, but not as good for safety. If the leather can roll, it's more likely to tear or break a seam.
- Lightly Armored: Flimsy knee armor and very limited padding. That's all you get.
- Jacket Attachment: As far as I know, the only jacket that could be attached with the zipper in the rear without a bit of custom tailoring is a Frank Thomas made jacket.
After the Crash
|The back of the pants. Almost unscathed.|
How I Fared
No road rash on any part of me protected by the pants. My left knee took some pretty significant impact trauma. There was quite a bit of swelling and bruising at the top of my knee. While this was all a bit unpleasant, there doesn't appear to be any damage that will not easy heal on its own.
How the Pants Fared
Let's look at a few of the detail shots to see a bit more.
|Seam failure at left thigh, I believe this was caused by both the slightly loose fit and the fairly basic stitching. Not much redundancy in the seams on these pants. Luckily, the failure was in a location not subject to much impact or abrasion.|
|More of the left knee. Only slight abrasions on the stretch panel. Lots of dirt, little damage.|
|Cheap knee armor with big crack. Not CE rated, I feel like my knee would have been better protected by armor like what was in my AGV jacket reviewed in Part 4.|
|Cheap knee armor inside. Is that made from recycled packing peanuts?|
These pants were not great, but they were cheap, comfortable, and a hell of a lot better than jeans. Given that when I bought these I was broke, and they were the best I could afford, I don't really have any regrets. They were on my list to replace, but I needed to do my helmet, jacket, and gloves first. I will definitely be moving up market with my next pair, probably to a custom two-piece suit.
Thanks for reading, and safe riding to you all!