By JIM PRUNER
Good Value Riding Pants
Siima MotoWear is a motorcycle riding gear company, owned and operated by a passionate designer named Giorgos Evripidou in Nicosia, Cyprus.
If you’ve never heard of them before don’t worry, you’re not alone. I only encountered Siima for the first time myself a couple of months ago. I “met” Giorgos online thanks to a posting he had made on an adventure rider Facebook group looking for volunteers to test out his Sibirsky Super Adventure Riding Gear.
I took the bait and got myself a set of Sibirsky Super Adventure Riding gear to review as soon as I could. Giorgos was easy to communicate with online and took the time to make sure I got the best fit I possibly could.
Shipping was included in the price of the gear and it arrived all the way from Cyprus in about a week or so. Not bad coming from so far away.
Construction And Design
These pants are made of the same 600D ballistic nylon textile as the matching Sibirsky jacket you can buy separately or as a package. The jacket and pants both have the same kind of removable thermal liner that secures in place using a zipper at the waist and buttons at the ankle areas.
The inner liner material behind the nylon is double mesh to allow excellent airflow when vents are opened for rider comfort.
Priced Better Than Comparables
They’re a great price costing 160 Euros or roughly $195 US. (You can get a 20% discount from Giorgos by using the coupon code RICKSADV20 at checkout time when you order your pants online). This means these pants are a fantastic deal compared to other comparables on the market.
Unlike the jacket, you can’t remove large sections of the outer material to cool yourself in hot weather riding, but don’t worry the pants have excellent venting too.
There are two long zippers on the front of the thigh area located on either side of the large cargo pockets that can be opened up to provide excellent airflow. On the back of the thighs, there are long zippers to open as exhaust ports.
I really like the tasteful lines and colors chosen for the pants and the highlights of silver-colored reflective material found on the knees, thighs, calf and heel areas. In addition to the two cargo pockets, there are hand pockets on either hip that have a zipper and velcro to seal them shut. The liner on the inside of these pockets appears to be waterproof material.
I noticed that there is only single stitching on the pants and the high wear areas around the knees, in particular, aren’t reinforced with extra material or superfabric like you would find on a Klim for example. It’s understandable since these pants cost about 10 times less than those big brand name ones though, it does make me wonder how they would hold up in a slide or crash. The other side of that argument is that you could replace the pants 10 times before ending up paying what you would for the Klim ones. I suppose it just depends on how rough and how often you ride whether these are issues for you. Food for thought.
The crotch and inner knee areas do have leather patches sewn onto them to help with chafing wear typical of rubbing on the seat or sides of the bike frame.
There is CE level 1 equivalent armor in both hips and knee areas of the pants. They look like they just barely qualify as that level of protection, but I suppose they would still make a small difference in a crash. They are mesh covered and shouldn’t make you sweat too badly in hot weather. It probably would be a good idea to upgrade these with better quality protective padding. The low purchase price of these pants makes that feasible.
Fit And Comfort
My 34 inch waist is easily accommodated in a size Medium Sibirsky pant, but my 26-inch inseam is a huge problem when it comes to the length (or lack thereof) I need. The knee armor never lines up with my knee cap and unfortunately, there’s no short sizing option available. Giorgos warned me about this, but I decided to get the pants anyway and see how it would all shake out.
Short People Problems…
As I hoped, the flared lower portion of the pants have a zipper and velcro flaps that work together to hold the material tight against my calf/boots.
I was able to hike the pant material upwards before closing the flaps, thusly locking the knee armor further up the leg in a position where it belongs over my knees. The net result is a fair bit of material bunched up as you can see in the photos, but the pants feel comfortable and do what they’re supposed to do.
I found these pants fit too tight when I wore them over my jeans, but if I remove the thermal liner then they fit fine while wearing jeans underneath.
The pants have velcro adjustment straps on both sides of the hips allowing you take in or let out material in fitting them to your individual waistline. The medium pants will range from about 33 to 35 inches this way.
Regardless, you’re best to consult directly with Giorgos to get the best fit available before ordering. He knows his gear well and will happily advise you on fitment.
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