Macna's touring Iron Pants prove a strong option for a heavier winter and touring setup. Review by Kris Hodgson
If you’ve read my Macna Talon gloves review, you’ll know I’m currently testing a set of Macna gear, with the brand recently introduced to Australia by Link International. The next piece of gear I’ve been testing is the Macna Iron Pants.
The Macna Iron pants are a set of men’s touring pants, featuring a two-layer system including a fixed waterproof liner (Raintex membrane) with a removeable thermo-liner, ensuring flexibility in different conditions, but remaining waterproof at all times.
I’m particularly impressed with these pants now, having spent more time in them, because you can really see the input from real motorcyclists which has gone into the design. The initial set had a faulty waist adjuster, and had to be sent back, however the replacement has proven bulletproof.
There’s two rear pockets which you’d sit on, on most bikes, but still offer good storage for small items, like your keys when you get off, while two large pockets on the sides offer more storage space and will fit a large wallet or similar, and can be zipped closed.
There’s also a particularly noticeable zip that runs from the knees all the way down to the end of the legs, which can be zipped down at the knee for airflow or to remove the knee armour.
Or alternatively, it can be totally unzipped to allow the Iron pants to be pulled on over boots, although with full boots I normally just put them on after, to keep the inside of the Macna pants clean, and because it prevents anything catching in the lining. There’s also a zip from the knee that zips down, and one down at the boot that zips up, which is a cool feature!
The pants themselves are warm enough to provide real winter protection, and have been well and truly waterproof so far. Large Velcro flaps at the boot allow you to easily get the pants around full length boots, and tightened to help reduce water ingress.
Also of note is the inner liner zipping in at the waist and at the bottom of the pants, ensure it’s held securely in place.
At the waist a set of Velcro straps can be tightened to fit, with a zip at the front, and a click in button. There’s also points for suspenders to connect, although the pants can also be zipped into a matching jacket.
Overall the Macna Iron pants have proven warm, waterproof and while on the bulky side, a great winter option and with the knee zip system I can see them doing well in summer as well.
The Macna Iron Pants are available in Small to 4XL, in Black for $299.95 RRP. For more information on the Macna range in Australia see Link International, or visit your local Macna stockist.
Special thanks: Link International