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Bilt Explorer Air Adventure Pants

Good adventure gear adapts to the weather like a good adventure rider adapts to the terrain - effortlessly. The BILT Explorer Air Adventure Pants can go from insulated and waterproof for your early morning freeway ride to free-flowing mesh when you finally hit the trails in the afternoon. If you run into a summer squall, you can zip in the waterproof and breathable liner. The BILT Explorer Air Adventure Pants are ready to go wherever the road - or lack thereof - takes you.


  • 600 denier outer material with airflow mesh inset panels for maximum air cooling
  • 1200 denier abrasion resistant sections on knees and seat
  • 3-layer construction: Removable waterproof/breathable/windproof liner, Quilted detachable satin liner, Durable outer shell with air flow inner lining
  • Reflective details for increased visibility
  • Hip pockets with rubber tab pullers
  • Elastic waist with pull through adjusters and rubber grip strip
  • Stretch panels for comfort and movement above knees
  • Comfort stretch lumbar panel
  • Zip entry lower leg with hook-and-loop tab adjustment
  • Short and all-around connection zippers
  • CE approved armor at knees
3.9 / 5.0
23 Reviews
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Bang for the Buck
4.5 / 5
Would Purchase Again
3.2 / 5
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Protection & Durability
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Would you recommend?
Yes (3)
No (1)
A tale of two price points
I'll first list my comments and opinions based on the sale price for these pants, then make comments based on the full advertised price.

On sale, there are a good solid pair of pants with many useful features:

Rainproof Zip-in Liner - I used it on a ride in heavy rains and it kept my work clothes bone dry.
Insulated Liner - A nice feature for days that start off cold but warm up in the afternoon.
Mesh Pockets for Hip Padding - I immediately added CE hip armor since these pants replaced a pair that got thrashed during a low-side.
Stretch Panels - I can easily sit and bend over to remove my boots without feeling constricted.
Style - Many folks have commented on the looks of these pants in the Sand / Black color.
Fit - I have a beer gut and these pants still fit nicely. The bottom of the pants have enough room to wear over my daily riding boots and a pair of MX boots. I added suspenders to keep the pants up where they should be and insure that the knee armor is kept at the correct level for protection.

At the full price point, I'd nitpick about the following details:

The knee armor pockets have no adjustability. I find the armor to ride a little low on me and will need a bit of tailoring to get them where I feel more secure.
The ankles and front fly have liner gussets behind the zippers to keep out weather and debris. Unfortunately, the zippers are easily snagged in these gussets. I slide a finger in front of the zipper as I close it to push the material out of the way but still experience occasional snags.
The plastic D-rings on the waist adjustment straps are not tightly sewn into place, allowing the D-ring to turn sideways. This increases the waist size after the velcro straps are set. Some additional tailoring and / or suspenders takes care of this issue.
The liners in the thigh pockets are not tacked into place. When pulling out my wallet at a gas stop, the liner came out with it and had to be stuffed back into place. More tailoring...
The lack of hip pads (or armor) in a full-priced pair of pants is disappointing.

I tried them on and researched the features before I bought them and feel I got a fair deal. I'd definitely recommend these pants when they're on-sale but would compare them to other high-level competitive models at the full price.

PROS: Comfortable, Breathable, Stylish, Weather Resistant

BEST USES: Street Riding, Off-Road
August 15, 2013
Great Pants!
I like these pants... I wear 36 waist Wrangler jeans (32" inseam as motorcycle length jeans) and I think these pants were true to size and I can put them on over my jeans or wear them without. The cut is about 33" I believe (a bit longer than my jeans) but that brings them down low on my boots and I think the fit is even better than my jeans.

I went out with the liners in in 40F weather and got over heated so removed the quilted satin liner after I got home. I will reserve that for 30F or so.

You can open the leg to fit over boots or close it with zipper and velcro and wear inside boots. I wear a half leather boot and closing the zipper and velcro the pants fit snugly around my boot on the outside.

I wasn't sure of the armor certs (EN-1621 reportedly but could not verify) so I removed and replaced with D3O armor I trust. The knee pockets are a bit short foe the D30 and a an inch or two too low on my knee but I will adjust that later. There are hip pockets and I will put some SAS-Tec armor there but the pockets may be too far back and down and not really where the "wings" of my hips jut out so may have to make some custom adjustments there to position the hip armor too. No tail bone armor pocket but I will add one so I can use D30 there too. All pocket zip or snap. No back pockets but I put my chained wallet in the right thigh pocket and easier to get to then in the back pocket and may even stay dry in the rain. Seems the pockets are water resistant to some degree.

Front closure fans open and zips and velcro and also velcro belt. I had issues with my "plumpness" causing the snap on some pants to open but these pants seem to hold on nice and tight. I like them and they feel good all the way around.

They are built strong -- same Denier 600 and 1200 used in the best textile Motorcycle stuff on the market but at a much nicer price!

PROS: Abrasion Resistant, Well Insulated, Comfortable, Stylish, Weather Resistant

BEST USES: Safety, Bad Weather, Street Riding
November 23, 2014
explorer air adventure
These pants are somewhat bulky for every day riding, but when i rode 350 miles at temps starting at 28 degrees, they were warm and inpervious to the wind. The 3 layers are handy but if you remove the rain liner, you will find them very drafty even with the quilted liner left in place. The main problem I had with them is after a few hours of riding, the armour in the knees kept slipping down and became uncomfortable to my kneecaps. I plan on sewing them in place so they won't slide up and down inside the pants. The zippers are handy and so are the generous sized pockets, however, use care with all zippers because if you don't keep your finger inside the zippers, they will catch the liners and get jammed up. The fit is great in the waist area and are true to fit over by pants. The salesman was very helpful in allowing me to try on several pair until i found the 38s fit me perfect. (I wear a 36 jean). The long zippers in the legs are handy and will slip over my boots. They don't ride down my waist and the velcro belt is adjustable on both sides on the front of the pants, so you won't need a belt. I wear suspenders, but I think the pants would stay in place without them. The pockets are secured with velcro and the large size is perfect for concealed carry if you are so inclined. Just in case you fear loosing the contents of your pockets,the snaps on each side of the pocket flaps in addition to the velcro keep the contents very secure but accessable.

Over all these are excellent in spite of a few problems and are a great deal for the price.

PROS: Comfortable, Abrasion Resistant, Very warm, Weather Resistant, Stylish, Well Insulated, Breathable

CONS: Heavy, Stiff

BEST USES: Bad Weather, Street Riding
November 26, 2013
Great concept, poor craftsmanship
I got these pants because I loved the design and versitility. I like the large zipped pocket and particularly like the cargo pocket. I also like that the waterproof liner and quilted liner are modular so you can use one, both or neither as your ride dictates.
I have 2 other pair of Bilt pants I have been happy with. Both fit great and are size 34 waist, inseam is fine.
With the Explorer pant I couldnt even get a 34 over my butt. I ended up with a size 38 to fit my waist, which means they are very baggy and too long.
I've only had them a few months and the strap that holds the waist adjustment buckle has torn away from both sides. I have had to sew both sides once, one side twice. I'm running out of material, not sure how to fix them so they will not keep falling apart.
I am a street rider. I cant imagine these pants would last more than a ride or 2 if you were offroading/exploring in them!

PROS: Breathable, Weather Resistant, Abrasion Resistant

CONS: Poor Fit, Tears Easily

BEST USES: Street Riding, Casual Wear, Safety
April 1, 2015
Nice quality
Been looking for ONE pair of pants that has it all. I really like these/ They feel very well made, I was very impressed. I was expecting maybe more of a "generic" type of quality, but was very impressed with these. I really like that they have 2 liners, one thermal and one waterproof. Both zip out easily and fold for storage. I have rode like 400 miles in these so far and they get a THUMBS UP!

PROS: Weather Resistant, Stylish, Well Insulated

January 8, 2013
Bang for the Buck
5 / 5
Would Purchase Again
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
5 / 5
4 / 5
Would you recommend?
I wore them every day for three weeks in Australia
I toured Australia by dirt bike from Darwin to Melbourne in 21 days experiencing rain forest, desert, mountains and coastal roads in temps from the 70's to over 100degrees and these pants and the "Air" jacket performed very well. Protection from road debris and HOT air was good and ventilation was great. Held up well to constant wear except for seam in slash pocket which came apart probably from keys which i resewed on the road. Fit was good and true to my waist size and allowed jeans or shorts to be worn without the liners. Liners worked well in cooler weather but didn't encounter rain. all zippers worked well as did the Velcro patches. the length was just right, covered boots to instep when riding without "flapping". i think the tan color helped keep me cooler under the very hot sun. Would be nice if there were dedicated attachment points for suspenders. Sale price makes these a real bargain. very versatile.
December 6, 2016
Explorer Air Adventure Pants, good piece of kit.
Delivery was prompt and everything arrived in good condition.

PROS: Breathable, Weather Resistant, Comfortable

BEST USES: Bad Weather, Warm Weather, Touring, Street Riding, Cold Weather
May 29, 2015
Bang for the Buck
4 / 5
Would Purchase Again
4 / 5
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Protection & Durability
5 / 5
5 / 5
5 / 5
Would you recommend?
Great pants!
I wear these pants when I'm out on my Dual Sport. Protection feels good, and I haven't had any issues with a few minor spills; in which the pants held up excellently.

Airflow is very good, on a hot day these are far more comfortable than jeans, and are comfortable to wear with no base layer, or if it's 70-80f or so, a thin base layer (I like running tights - it may sound silly, but it works great, and nobody knows you're wearing tights under your pants.)

For the price, I would have expected the CE armor to be in the slots for the hips, but it's not. Disappointing.

The side pockets are very large, and seal up quite well, with flaps for water resistance, velcro, and buttons. Unless you're submerged these pockets are going to stay dry - and they might stay dry even then!

The hip pockets are nicely sized and easy to zip/unzip, even with light/medium gloves on. Might be tough with heavy cold weather gloves.

The fly is very easy to operate, even gloved, and works pretty with the built in velcro belt system to cinch the waist properly without having to re-adjust constantly. Nice design!

Liners come in and out reasonably well, and kept me warm for what I've tried with it. Haven't gotten out with it in anything below about 50f though, nor in any serious rain. Feels like it should work quite well though.

Since they zip up about 10" or so at the base of the pant, you're not going to put these on and off over your boots, so getting the right layers for your day is important, as it's tough adjust trail side. One nice thing about the cuff though is that you can leave the zipper up, and velcro the cuff open slightly, to get even more air flow!

Overall I'm very happy with these pants, and would recommend them, I only wish I'd gotten them in Sand instead of Black.
July 2, 2017
Very versatile!
I accidentally picked up these Air pants when I bought the H2O package (buy jacket at regular price, get H2O pants, helmet and gloves for free). So, I only wore them for one week in fair weather prior to discovering my mistake. Anyway, they are good summer pants, yet they have the versatility to wear in wet weather or moderately cold weather due to the additional two liners that are included. For the price, I think that they are an unbeatable value. Are there higher quality pants out there? Of course - for double or triple the price. I could not fault these during my limited use. They have a great warranty standing behind them too.

PROS: Comfortable, Weather Resistant, Breathable, Well Insulated, Abrasion Resistant

CONS: Heavy

BEST USES: Casual Wear, Bad Weather, Off-Road, Safety, Street Riding
November 14, 2013
Well constructed garmet
Very heavy fabric, should be great for Alaska Adventure.

PROS: Stylish, Weather Resistant, Comfortable

CONS: Stiff

BEST USES: Off-Road, Bad Weather
January 6, 2013
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Why does the description say 600 and 1200 denier but the tag inside the pants, NOT the lining says both the inside and outside shell is 100% polyester? That means1 00% not something like 60/40% denier in knees and seat as describes. I just bought this suit and feel decieved now that I am home and looking over it thoroughly
A C on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Denier is not a material type but a toughness specification for the polyester of which the pants are made.
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