Specialized Demo Pro Pant - Review

May 30, 2016 at 19:45
by Mike Kazimer  
Specialized demo pant review

During last year's World Cup DH season Troy Brosnan had more costume changes than a Katy Perry concert, appearing at each round wearing a new flashy jersey and pants. After the season concluded, Specialized took Troy's favorite colors and released a limited edition run of gravity-oriented apparel, which means that if you've ever dreamed of riding your bike clad in turquoise from head-to-toe, well, now you can.

For those who prefer to attract a little less attention out on the trails, the Demo pants are also offered in black or red in addition to the turquoise or Monster green colorways. The pants are constructed from Specialized's lightweight, stretchy, and water repellent fabric called VaporRize. They have an athletic cut, with extra room around the knees to accommodate pads, after which they taper towards the ankle in order to avoid the always embarrassing, “Wait up, I got my pants caught in my chain” scenario.

Specialized Demo Pant Details
• VaporRize fabric
• Sizes: 30 - 38
• Three zippered pockets
• Laser perforated venting
• Standard colors: red, black
• Limited edition Troy Brosnan colors: Monster green, turquoise
• MSRP: $130 USD
www.specialized.com / @Specialized
Small, laser cut holes are located in the crotch and upper thigh area, as well as at the back of the knee for increased air flow and ventilation. An elasticized back panel is in place to keep plumber's crack at bay, and a velcro strap at each side allows the fit to be fine tuned. There are a total of three zippered pockets – one on each leg, and another on the back portion of the waistband. I never really used that pocket on the waistband, but it does happen to be the perfect size to fit a tube of chapstick, just in case your lips hurt real bad.

The Demo pants are available in even sizes from 30 – 38. MSRP: $130 USD.


Specialized Demo Pro pant review
There's a zippered thigh pocket on both sides of the Demo pant, along with a perforated panel for extra ventilation.
Specialized Demo Pro pant review
An elasticized velcro strap is located on each side to tailor the fit.


Performance

I usually prefer riding in shorts, even in the fall and winter, but spending a few months with Specialized's Demo pants has me singing a different tune. For one, they're ridiculously comfortable, and no matter how many hours I stayed out for there wasn't any chafing or uncomfortable rubbing. I'm not just talking about shuttling or riding the lifts either – in cooler weather the Demo pants became part of my regular rotation even on rides with plenty of climbing thrown into the mix. They're not waterproof, but they're water resistant enough to keep a light drizzle at bay, and the fabric dries quickly if they do become saturated.

There's plenty of stretch in the pants' lightweight fabric to prevent any restriction of movement, and the high crotch keeps them from getting caught on the seat when sliding backwards in preparation for a steep move. Specialized sent out four different pairs of Demo pants for evaluation, and all of the test riders except for one reported back with positive remarks about the durability. The one exception was where a row of the stitching just underneath the zip up fly began to come undone, causing the pants to split approximately one inch down the seam, just underneath the fly. According to Specialized, that split is something that would be covered under warranty and replaced at no charge.

To further test the pants' durability (ok, that's probably not really the reason...) I got tossed off my bike and onto the ground during a rainy ride the other day, and ended up sliding on my side and knees through the mud for a respectable distance before coming to a stop. The pants survived just fine, and despite having thick mud ground into them, once they were rinsed and washed they emerged without any rips or stains. The fabric is on the thinner side, but it's still impressively abrasion and tear resistant and has held up very well to the abuse it's been through.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesLight, comfortable, and well suited for everything from shuttling to spinning out the miles in cooler weather, Specialized's Demo pants are a standout option for any rider looking for pants designed specifically for mountain biking. - Mike Kazimer



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95 Comments

  • + 110
 @Protour doesn't like this pants Big Grin
  • + 34
 We need some hand drawn knee, hip, and ankle paths to back him up.
  • + 20
 Too short!
  • + 46
 the hip path is opposite of the knee path and will totally be the most unstable pants ever made
  • + 90
 SHOW ME A MORE DANGEROUS PANT THAN THESE. GOOD LUCK, YOU CAN'T. I JUST WANT SAFER PANTS FOR MY RIDING BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
  • + 24
 That zipper path would rip his balls off and make him infertile.

Original: "that Demo axle path would burn his house down and make him infertile" (Protour, 2015).
  • + 10
 Apparently this Stumpjumper tried to kill a decent human being named Yuri.

nsmb.com/almost-lost-yuri
  • + 11
 That's no decent human,that's a moron risking his life.
  • + 12
 I just heard fox is one upping specialized in the pants department with their revolutionary design called the groinair system. They are completely crotchless. The upper version comes with bottoms that detach by undoing 2 rows of 10 buttons. Shram has hinted they are going to get into the pants design game and change this design and go with a single row of 13 buttons made of carbon with a new button size which will save you an immeasurable percentage of a gram but will improve the speed of being able to take the bottoms off and store them in there detachable fanny pack design called the XYZ (examine your zipper).

I wish I was making this stuff up...
  • - 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I think the "water repellent fabric called VaporRize" would have kept the contents of his drawers in after that episode.
  • + 2
 THESE PANTS ARE LITERALLY GOING TO KILL SOMEONE. HOW DOES SPECIALIZED SLEEP AT NIGHT!!!!111!!1
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Major contender for Darwin Award there.
  • + 1
 Too funny
  • + 34
 Is there an Amateur version?
  • + 41
 Specialized decided that 99% of amateur riders lacked the skill to utilise the features of a "pro" pant. A comp version will soon be released, made of paper and shoelaces.
  • + 25
 I'll be doing boner airs in my jeggins if you need me
  • + 17
 How do these comare to the Demo pants? Sorry, I mean the Fox ones. Wait, doesn't Spesh sue companies who are already using names they want to use for their products? Fox Head better watch out...
  • + 17
 Fox should just rename their product now ... the Litigation Pant?
  • + 3
 Also, using VaporRize as a fabric which is copyrighted to Rab already, however it's spelt VaporRise
  • + 27
 Add the matching top and you have the Law Suit
  • - 2
 Spec should release a bike called Litigator or Litigante or Lo-suit
  • + 2
 As I said in another reply, Specialized has been using that name since '06.
  • + 15
 Does no one use the word 'trousers' any more? These are clearly trousers.
  • + 3
 Not in Murica
  • + 6
 @multialxndr: oddly enough though, we do use "drop trow"
  • + 2
 how about dungaree........these look like Dungarees to me.
  • + 9
 "To further test the pants' durability (ok, that's probably not really the reason...) I got tossed off"

Now then
  • + 5
 "resistant enough to keep a light drizzle at bay"
  • + 10
 Do they make a 'husky' size?
  • + 3
 They come in 38
  • + 6
 Yeah, look great. I'm going to pick a pair up. But wait. I can't. Because they aren't available in Australia... Not sure when they will be either, no mention of them can be found. I can't fathom why they wouldn't be made available in Aus, seeing as the guy that helped make them is Aussie and is basically a hero at this point for us.
  • + 1
 Seems they are only available in the US... Frown
  • + 22
 It's because they'll have to charge $260AUD because of mumble mumble reasons market shipping so probably people would just torrent them instead.
  • + 2
 @PhillipJ: Yeah, I get it. But I would still pay that for them...
  • + 2
 Extremely poor showing by Specialized AU not to be bringing them in.
  • + 8
 What no farmer john back panel? I can't be wrestling Velcro pants after pitchers and nachos....
  • + 6
 Perhaps I haven't found the perfect pair of knee pads yet but these don't seem practical should you need to adjust them without getting all naked on the trail.
  • + 7
 Vapoorize fabric, you say? Noice!
  • + 3
 I bought some Chinese bike pants on Amazon in this style for $30. Slim fit, tapered ankle, zippered pockets, stretchy knees, quality was pretty good, in a bike store theyd probably be $100 pants.
  • + 7
 Got a link?
  • + 6
 ^^^^ please?
  • + 3
 @jojotherider1977:
I have been running these at £32 - unbelievably good, nice ventilation and waterproof and you can get thin knee pads underneath. The big plus are the zips on the lowers though.


tenn-outdoors.co.uk/collections/mountain-mens-trousers-pants/products/mens-driven-trousers
  • + 2
 @aharris bring that linkypoooo son
  • + 6
 I bought the "4ucycling" pants for cold weather riding www.amazon.com/4ucycling-Windproof-Athletic-Outdoor-L-gangsuo/dp/B00AQDTTBC (I havent tried the lighter weight versions)

Theres a lot of different no-name brands making basically the same pant so its best to do a search. The sizing is asian, read the reviews for the size to get and dont trust what they say in the item description. The material looks like sweatpants in the photo but its a water resistant matte-nylon material with some neoprene-like areas for stretch. Its great for cold weather so I imagine the lightweight versions are also good, it feels really good when pedalling thanks to the stretchy knees.
  • + 6
 Is it metric?
  • + 1
 What specialized failed to mention, is that these use a proprietary system that only works with specialized brand socks. The socks cost $749. The pants are completely worthless without the socks. Specialized holds the patent on the sock technology for another 29 years.
  • + 3
 Plenty of stretch ..and if you need more, the crotch will rip out.
  • + 2
 For the record, it was 98°F here yesterday... pants! Just in time for summer!
  • + 1
 Our Bikes are 5000$ because companys make pants that are 130, no one buys them and the money is wasted, thus they have to make up for it by having nutty bike prices.
  • + 1
 And thus hire lawyers to sue other smaller companies for petty reasons all while using Fox's name for one of their pants that has been out long enough.
  • + 2
 @ktmrider173: I'm a Specialized Dealer and looking at a 2006 Apparel catalog with a Demo Short, Enduro Short and Atlas tee in it...when did Fox start using those names?
  • + 1
 @sutherland77: well I was referring to the demo pant,
don't care enough to waste my time looking into it.
  • + 1
 @ktmrider173: Ah, so not interested in facts, just accusations of plagiarism. Ten years using the name "Demo" on mountain bike clothing...no chance that Fox could have copied it, huh?
  • + 1
 @sutherland77: I am referring to the PANTS!!! Did specialize make demo pants prior to this year?
  • + 2
 No thanks..They look like hipster skinny jeans..ill stick with my MC Hammer puffy pants..
  • + 1
 if they are as comfortable as the shorts I'm all in on these as well. I have the shorts and they are super comfortable, lightweight and it has airflow for my balls Wink
  • + 3
 Anyone else see a dark navy colour not black?
  • + 9
 I thought they were white and gold???
  • + 2
 Waistband pocket is the perfect size size for a stick of chapstick..... Or a doobie
  • + 3
 Look homoerotic.im getting someWink
  • + 1
 We’re getting a little too close to the skin for my preference. Gimme some room!
  • + 3
 Wear those in the office
  • + 3
 they look like a pant the manager of burger king would wear...........

or is that hungry jacks for you?
  • + 2
 And the shoes look like crocs. I think we might have actually passed that magical milestone where we look worse than road bikers...
  • + 1
 @Trailsoup: oh no! I have those shoes! Oh wait... I also have two pairs of Crocs. I'm on the way to old man slippers, I guess.
  • + 1
 Judging by Troy's stature, this is yet another pair of pants that will not be an option for the 6'2" tall crowd like me
  • + 3
 I'm 6'2, got a size 32 and they are the best fitting and feeling downhill pant I've ever worn.
  • + 3
 @BrockTwitch: YEEEESSSSSSS. That is music to my ears. I had pretty much all but given up my hope for riding pants that won't look like capris. Thank you Specialized!!!
  • + 3
 ninja please...
  • + 1
 skinny jeans& velcro clogs
  • + 1
 "well excuse me Mr. Fancy Pants"
-Ash
  • + 1
 Are those f*cking crocs in the first pic?! lol
  • + 0
 no they're not
  • + 3
 I wish they made SPD Crocks .... they would be a sweet replacement for my SPD sandals
  • + 2
 I thought so to at first glance.
  • + 1
 Why is everyone ragging ony new favourite shoes? They are brilliant on winter mornings.
  • + 1
 GET PICS OF TROY'S PINK RACE KIT ON THE GO ,
  • + 2
 they are very skinny
  • + 1
 sizes 30-38? Fat people need love too Specialized Frown
  • + 4
 38 isn't fat?
  • + 1
 38 is fluffy
  • + 0
 Where are the plus sized sizes. I mean...
  • + 0
 Specialized demo pants.... fml this april fools or what FML
  • + 0
 Make em look like black denim pants...
  • + 0
 I'll still choose my Levi's over these
  • + 0
 would wear if didn't have specialized s on the side
  • + 0
 Is that the same vapour rise that Rab use?
  • + 0
 April fools?
  • + 0
 mind the gap.
  • + 0
 Inseam?
  • + 3
 Its self adjusting ... the stitching will rip to fit you!
  • + 0
 jogging pants? :v
  • - 3
 130$, but hey they say specialized and make you go faster right?

Ill stick to my fancy pants i bought from Value Village boutique (thats right,boutique quality!) for 2$.
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