Merlin Lynx Outlast jeans review

Review
Merlin Lynx Outlast jeans

Overall SBS Rating 92 /100
Reviewed by: Andy Davidson
 ALISSA POTTER
Review Conditions
Mileage
1000
Seasons
Spring-Summer-Autumn
Motorcycle
Yamaha XT660R

These are an action-packed pair of motorcycle trousers – perfect for touring and adventure riding whatever the weather and wherever you’re riding.

I tested my pair of Merlin’s Lynx Outlast during a jaunt round Japan and they impressed me the whole way.

They come with a removable quilted liner and an additional removable waterproof and breathable membrane. For long touring trips and adventure riding, I consider removable liners a must.

The problem with opting for a laminated membrane on a trip like this is when the temperature suddenly shoots up and you become too hot.

The removable membrane in these trousers means you can whip the liner out, unzip the two vents on the upper thighs and have a pair of summer trousers for the hot sections. There’s no bulk, stiffness or thickness and so standing on the pegs along country lanes or taking it easy on motorways is breezy and comfy.

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Japan’s climate is all over the place – the sun can dip and snow can fall in the space of an afternoon, and that’s where these trousers shine. Zip the thermal and waterproof layers back in and you’re good to go.

Liners and weather aside, these trousers have plenty of extra features – many of them to boost comfort.

They come with stretchy material on the backside, which makes long distance touring a doddle. There are also stretch panels in the knees, an elastic stretch section in the waist belt and a Velcro fastener up front.

They also come with a removable pair of braces, which makes a big difference on long rides (or after stocking up on sushi!). Just undo the waist belt and relax into the saddle as the braces keep your trousers up!

You can also adjust the trousers via compression straps on the legs, one on the thigh and one just below the knee – a feature I particularly like on trousers. You can also tighten up at the bottom of the trousers with a zip and Velcro tab, making it easy to get them over boots.

Another thing I really like about these trousers are the pockets. When touring or adventure riding, big pockets – and plenty of them – are so handy for maps, money, toll tickets and so on. These have big, deep Velcro pockets on either side of the thigh and two zipper pockets up top.

Overall, these trousers are very well made, come with a decent waterproof and thermal liner, handy features like braces, stretch panels, thigh, calf and ankle adjusters and decent sized pockets. They make excellent touring and adventure riding trousers and were perfect for exploring Japan.

Former MCN journalist Andy Davidson and his partner Alissa Potter are travelling the world by bike, and reviewing products for SBS Mag while they’re on the road. You can read more about their adventures at their Mad Or Nomad blog.

92/100
Textile jeans scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Protection
  3. Breathability
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Features

    1. Breathable waterproof
    2. Remove thermal liner
    3. Leg length options
    4. L2 knee armour
    5. Scotchlite
    6. Long connecting zip
    7. Anti-slip seat
    8. Ventilation zips
    9. L1 hip armour
    1. Armour position adjusters

Fit & Comfort

20/ 20
These trousers fit me perfectly and are all day comfy. They have compression straps, stretchy material and braces to get the fit spot-on.

Protection

18/ 20
Impressive stuff with decent knee armour to the higher CE level 2 and Level 1 hip protection.

Breathability

17/ 20
They’re not bulky or overly thick and use two zip-up vents. The ability to remove the waterproof membrane is a big bonus.

Build quality

20/ 20
Great build quality and tough material used throughout.

Features

17/ 20
Braces, an abundance of pockets, stretch panels – there are plenty of features.