100 Percent Airmatic Pants

$179.99

FEsports.com.au

100 Percent are a big players in the MTB market and the Airmatic Pants are for trail and all-mountain use. Their R-Core X pants are aimed at gravity use and are popular globally.


Materials, fit and features

The all-mountain focus of the Airmatics is immediately noticeable by their lightweight and flexible construction. Made from 4-way stretch mid weight polyester with a DWR coating they conform nicely to a set of pads. The material breakdown is 96 percent polyester and 4 percent elastane. Weighing in at 332 grams in a 32” size the difference between the Airmatics and the more gravity oriented pants on test is noticeable. The stretch mesh back panel provides a secure and comfortable fit with the 5 point mountaineering style buckle. There are two 45-degree zipped pockets for small items. $179.99 isn’t an insignificant sum of money, but these are a top quality item for the price.

On the bike

The Airmatics are a tighter fitting set of pants that are clearly aimed more at pedalling than pure gravity usage. They’re comfortable to ride with and without pads but work best with soft pads such as 100 percent’s own Teratec knee pads, as opposed to a hard-shell pad. They’re breathable and comfortable, although I imagine they wouldn’t hold up as well as some heavier trousers in the event of a crash, that's where their R-Core pants fit. 

Who do they suit?

These are for rider who wants a set of pants they can pedal in all year round, either with or without pads, more in the all-mountain category than pure gravity. They’re priced sharply at $179.99, which will appeal to many. 

Hits:

  • Comfortable 
  • Reasonably lightweight 
  • Well priced 

Misses:

  • They don’t feel as durable as some