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.
Full disclosure, I don't have enough riding time in wearing the Deluge pants and jacket to make a full comprehensive review, thus only 4 stars for now. However I bought these after seeing them at the IMS show in Denver. All of my boxes get checked with this gear: very high quality, great simple design, breathable and super packable and of course designed to be waterproof. Packable being very important to me since I'm more likely to always have the gear in my hydration pack ready for the weather. Bulky gear would be more likely to get left in my gear bag so what's the point of investing in that.
They only negative is the initial cost, but if it keeps me dry as well as this gear is made it's well worth it. I'll update my review if possible after some real world rain and seat time. Until then very high score initially on quality and design of the Deluge jacket and pant. Dan B.
I've owned the Deluge Jacket for quite some time and been absolutely thrilled with it. As I commute 5 days a week no matter the weather, I need good rain gear. I've written a review on the jacket, and I'd say its as good, if not better than the older Arc'teryx stuff made in Canada.
The pants on the other hand have one, single issue, that may make you hate them, or not mind it at all; the legs have no way to cinch them down to fit. Wearing a shorter boot, the Klim Outlander GTX specifically, these pants look absolutely ridiculous and tend to ride up above the cuff of the boot. Using a taller boot, the Alpinestars Toucan specifically, the pants looks completely normal and do not ride up.
I am guessing this is a design choice so that you can just pull the pants quickly over your boots if / when it starts raining, so I really do not think I can take a star from it as the pants are perfect when I use the boots they were likely designed for.
My suggestion to Mosko would be to throw an adjustment strap in the cuffs of these pants. Same one you guys use in the waist of the jacket and the waist of the pants would be perfect. Either that or some velcro straps to tighten the cuffs. I'd imagine that'd raise costs, but I don't think folks would be averse to spending an extra $25 for a little more fitting options.
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!