All right, full disclosure upfront: Harley-Davidson’s FXRG leather overpants for women are more expensive than most riding pants and chaps. They’re also one of the most functional and comfortable riding pants I’ve ever worn, making them well worth the investment of four beans! Although some riders dismiss apparel made by Harley or other brand-name manufacturers, it’s important to realize that these companies do make quality gear that’s worth the investment, no matter what motorcycle brand you ride.
Speaking of rain, the FXRG pants are waterproof. I didn’t ride through any heavy rainstorms while wearing them, a few light rain showers proved that the Cocona waterproofing keeps the pants dry inside. To see if the pants would hold up to a serious downpour, I had a friend spray me with a hose while I wore the pants. The water bubbled right off of both the leather and the fabric.
One of the biggest complaints about overpants is that they are hard to put on and take off. Harley-Davidson addresses that with a zipper that runs the length of the side of your leg. This allows you to easily step into and out of the pants. The zipper is strong and sturdy and doesn’t get caught up in the fabric of the gusset. This has to do with the way the seams are sewn, such that the inner fabric stays angled in when you’re zipping and unzipping this zipper.
FXRG is Harley-Davidson’s line of functional riding gear, meaning the pieces include armor and function as protective gear. What I love about these the FXRG pants—and the reason why they are the most comfortable riding pants I currently own—is that I can hardly tell the armor is there. The type 2 CE armor located at each hip and knee is the soft-sided kind, providing an extra barrier on areas of the body that typically take the brunt in an accident.Harley-Davidson knows most of its riders are not used to wearing armored jackets and pants, and so the bendable armor in the FXRG line is designed so riders will hardly know it’s there.
Pockets are the only item obviously missing from the FXRG pants. The description of these pants on Harley-Davidson’s website says there are interior pockets, but I couldn’t find them. None outside, none inside—not even a slit for lip balm. Oh well. I’ll just use the pockets in my jacket.
Another thing I like about these pants is that they wear and look like leather fashion pants but are hugely functional, with all the protective and waterproof features built in. They wear like a pair of jeans, falling just below the waist and with a bit of a flare at the legs (they’re meant to be worn over boots, rather than tucked inside them).
What was weird for me, though, was that when I tried to slip them over a pair of jeans, I couldn’t. Way too tight. I wear them as leather pants, which is fine by me. I love how they look and fit, and I love knowing that I can wear them as a summer riding pant and slip on pair of leggings underneath when the weather turns cooler. The lining is soft on my skin, and there are no annoying seams.
The Harley-Davidson website says to order your normal size, and for me these days that’s a size 2. Fortunately for all of us, sizing goes from 2 to 18. Perhaps the larger sizes will allow for jeans underneath. If that’s important to you, try on both your regular size and one size bigger.
You can order the FXRG leather overpant online at Harley-Davidson.com or at your local Harley-Davidson dealer. The part number is 98033-12VW. These pants have been available for awhile and have become a staple in Harley’s women’s collection. To reiterate the price, they’re a flat $400—and worth every penny, as you can forgo chaps and rain pants.