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Momentum Mag reviews the Novara Express Rain Pant.
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A lightweight, packable rain pant for men available in sizes S-XXL in black. This waterproof, breathable over-pant is constructed with a 2.5 layer nylon blend and rated windproof to 60 mph. Covered under REI’s 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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Many rain pants stand out with heavy graphics and reflective elements, but The Novara Express stands out by taking the minimal approach. The reflective piping is subdued, yet effective in low light and the slim lines and light branding make these a low profile choice when in need of protection from the elements. The lighter weight material helps a lot with temperature regulation. The breathability is becomes evident on longer rides when moisture might build up inside – this is not a major issue with these pants. These pants also feature well-designed details you will appreciate while riding: easy to slip over your regular pants with a generous ankle opening, smart Velcro tabs to cinch up cuffs near the drivetrain, and reticulated knees.
An exterior pocket would be a nice addition for those small items you may need fast access to.
The Express pant does the job in wet, foul weather. They are light enough to pack up tight and carry with you on stormy days or when it’s uncertain if a cloudburst may happen during your ride.
David Niddrie is the Photo Editor at Momentum Mag @davidniddrie