As a year round daily commuter I have gone through many combinations of waterproof gear, usually out of necessity; needing to replace a leaking jacket or pair of pants after a winter season or so. This has not been the case with the Sedici Vento Waterproof Textile Motorcycle Pants. I am in the middle of my second winter with these pants having paired them with the Sedici Napoli Jacket, and they have not let me down yet.
The Vento pants are a 600 denier material with 1200 denier reinforcements in the knees and thighs. There is a removable quilted liner in addition to the built in waterproof/breathable inner material. I find the Vento pants are very warm (I have ridden on days below freezing) without the quilted liner, but I should point out that my motorcycle has full fairings and an undertail exhaust; my legs are never cold. Even though they are waterproof pants, there are zippered leg vents on the upper thighs which are covered by a small storm flap. The pants have CE approved knee armor that has a supplemental molded plastic and titanium cap on the outside for extra durability in case of a crash. The armor lines up with my knees and remains snug without being uncomfortable. There is a full circumference zipper allowing the Vento pants to attach to any Sedici Jacket with the same zipper. I found that the zipper also worked with another brand leather jacket that I had, so it might work with a jacket that you already own as well. Even though they are black, they are quite visible at night thanks to a bit of reflective piping down the back of each leg.
But are they Waterproof?
I must admit that the small storm flap overlap on the vents did not inspire much confidence when I first saw it. I thought for sure I would be soaked through after even a light misting. I was 100% wrong. I have worn these pants almost every ride that I have been on for one and a half winters and the rainiest Northern California summer I have experienced without a single leak. They have seen rain, hail and snow and have left me warm and dry mile after mile, storm after storm.
Are they Perfect?
There are a couple of shortcomings, but nothing that would prevent me from buying another pair. I am 6 feet tall, and I would have liked to have seen “tall” sizing. Once I am in the riding position the bottom of the pant legs are up a little higher than I would like them to be on my boots. I have hit some large puddles that splashed a little water up into the space between my boots and pants but have been fortunate to not have any spillover into the boots. They do not have a full-leg zipper which would have made the transition from “motorcyclist” to “guy walking around the mall” a little simpler. I do not get much benefit from the leg vents due to the fairings on my bike, but I did get a good amount of airflow when riding a friends Monster. I also managed to scratch up the titanium knee caps the first day I had them when knelt to check my tire pressure.
The Sedici Vento pants have a Lifetime Guarantee, and I can see why. They have kept me dry in situations were much more expensive gear has failed me, and I would put them head to head against gear twice the price.