The Basilisk is our waterproof/breathable enduro-touring kit, for long-distance, multi-day trips through primarily off-road terrain. It combines super-premium materials with clean lines and minimalist design. With an articulated fit for freedom of motion and easy layering, the Basilisk is designed to work with separate body systems for superior protection and versatility.
The Basilisk is incredibly waterproof and incredibly breathable. The body fabric is an abrasion-resistant eVent Expedition 3-layer, using eVent’s proprietary direct venting technology. It’s waterproof to 30,000mm on the water column (100 feet of water pressure), with an MVTR of 10,000 g/m/d, .06cfm air permeability, and DWR. It’s the only waterproof moto pant with air permeability, plus it has the highest waterproof ratings of any moto pant we’ve seen.
On the knees, we added SuperFabric ceramic platelets on a 600D waterproof/breathable base, sewn as an overlay on the main body eVent for added strength. With two-layers of fabric, you can damage the outer layer and still stay dry. Our zippers are top-of-the-line water repellent YKK Vislon Aquaguard: they won’t clog with dust and grime, and they’re easy to operate one-handed with gloves.
The Basilisk is light, nimble, and breathable, with the basic pockets and vents you need and nothing else. We eliminated hanging liners entirely, reducing weight, bulk, and heat. There are two thigh pockets, two knee scoop vents, two huge thigh vents, and two exhaust vents behind the leg. In hot weather: open all the vents and the cooler outside air envelop your upper thigh.
The Basilisk pant includes a sturdy old-school leather belt for waist adjustability, which works both on and off the bike. By opening the calf expansion zippers, tall people can add an additional 2” to the inseam – increasing it from 32” to 34.” The leg openings are adjustable too, with waterproof internal gussets and overlapping Velcro flaps.
Coming from a mountaineering background, I am used to high quality ultralight gear, Arc’teryx being my favorite brand. I HATE heavy and bulky gear, so for me a Klim’s badland is a nightmare. But mountaineering shells and pants are not tough enough for where I ride (unpleasant vegetation with lots of spines) and my kind of riding (or poor skills, it depends). So in the end my shells and pants – including my Klim Traverse - are full of ductape…
The Basilisk pants is very well thought and very well made. It is waterproof, breathable and it vents extremely well. It is light, comfortable and not bulky considering its extreme toughness. I can now ride in the forest without being scared of everything destroying me or my apparel, and when I go down I don’t even think about it.
It has the right high quality fabrics at the right spots (superfabric is amazingly durable). And the right number and kind of features (pockets, vents etc.). And a great adjustable fit (whatever protection and layers you wear under I always feel good).
I only have 2 very little things to say :
- I think the inseam adjuster ads unnecessary bulkiness (and it weakens the pants). Offering 2 inseams would be better, and probably cheaper (at least for the customers).
- The belt is very well made and very beautiful. I love it, but I will never use it on a motorcycle trip: too big, too heavy and « single use » (which is against my minimalist mind). I use a lighter belt than can serve as a strap if needed (Patagonia Friction belt). Please sell the pants cheaper, and sell the belt separately.
Compared to the Klim Traverse, the Basilisk is nearly as light but it is WAY more durable (as durable as a Badland, for instance). And I would be a lot more confident crashing on the road in the Basilisk than in the Traverse.
I love the Basilisk kit so much I am also considering the Deluge for trips in places where waterproofness is only rarely needed, but I will wait until everything is avaiblable di...
Tough enough for the Dakar and even an everyday adventure 👊🏻
Pants are well constructed and fit well. Only one ride so far but these things are going to last a long time! Money well spent! The jacket's next on my list...
These pants fit so comfortably. The wide leather belt is a very nice touch as is the adjustable length. Both my husband and I really like our new pants. They have proved quite warm in the cool weather and have so many vents we are looking forward to testing them in the hot Eastern WA summer.
I had never heard of this company and they were at Overland East. Very friendly and helpful. I am a tall woman and have been looking for pants literally for three years. Due to the need for articulated knees and such my 33" inseam wasn't possible in any women's pants on the market. I was talked into trying a mens pair on and I just took my first ride in them. Dual sport bike, dirt road, trail and paved road. It was 44 out and I was plenty warm, not hot. The pants had great mobility and didn't feel like a snow suit or a hazmat suit. I got to splash through puddles and the pants did what they say. The zippers and pockets are more than I needed for a day trip but are well made and well placed and will be great for long trips. I wore them over the boot this trip but love that I can velcro them back for in the boot option. Very happy with this purchase.