When you’re traveling through several days of continual, driving rain, an old ADV trick is to layer two completely waterproof garments: one on the outside to break the water’s speed and momentum (the Deluge overpant), and one on the inside (your main ADV suit) to complete the seal.
The Deluge also works great as an ‘Oh Sh*t’ overpant for your dirt bike. It packs small enough to live full-time in a backpack or tailbag: it’s so small and light that you’ll forget it’s there until you need it. It has a hanging inside stuff pocket, and expandable leg openings to easily fit over your moto boots. It’s reinforced with heavy duty eVent Expedition fabric around the calf and knee, to protect against friction and heat.
What distinguishes the Deluge from the thousands of cheapo rain suits available in every sporting goods store? It's all in the materials. The Deluge’s main body is an eVent Apline 3-Layer fabric with direct-venting, rated at 20,000mm on the water column (67 feet of pressure), 20,000 g/m/d MVTR, and 0.1cfm air permeability. When you put it on, you’ll feel the difference.
So, I really like the simplicity of the over pants, I use it for commuting and for off roading on my KTM 690. The idea of carrying it in an integrated pouch sold me, it's super light and you can carry it anywhere. I use an ARC'TERYX Gore-Tex Orange Beta SL to accompany my deluge over pants. So far, I've used it a few times in some heavy downpours while commuting and while off roading. I choose these pants because of the ruggedness for the type of riding I do in the North East. I would've gone with ARC'TERYX Gore-Tex pants, but it would probably not survive in a wet muddy fall. That’s where the deluge pants are a win win due to its Reinforced knees and lower legs and a boot zipper all integrated in the design.
My only gripe and maybe this can be address in the next run (it’s why I gave it a 4 starts and not a 5-star rating), even with boots on (Size 13) they are like bell bottoms. I would love to see them integrate some sort of button elastic system on the lower cuffs like Fjallraven have on my hiking Keb trousers.
Initially when I ordered it, I followed their sizing chart (XL was recommended) but I believe it’s a bit off. I had to resend it back for a Large because it was way to big. They fit comfortable with regular clothes and my Klim overland pants or my MX leather pants.
Either way it’s a great product, and I love that they take the time to receive feedback and make changes along the way.
Great Pant in my first rain storm..., wish the pant had leg closure to keep it up on my boot so I don’t walk on it... this is a must have!!
These things are great. Impressed with the fit and finish and the details. The self stuff sack really works. Planning to ride in the Southeast this week. That means rain, rain, and some more rain. I expect to stay dry looking at the seam tape. Great job everyone!