7Mesh Flightpath Pant review – MTB trail pant designed for all-year use

Lightweight pant with abrasion resistant protection to take on the toughest rides

7mesh Flightpath trousers being worn by a man
(Image: © Russell Burton)

Bike Perfect Verdict

The Flightpath might be designed to take abuse from trails but it’s comfortable and versatile enough for all disciplines.


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    Hefty price tag

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7Mesh has a well deserved reputation for combining fit and fabrication in some of the most coveted bike kit out there – check out our recent review of its Chilco Anorak for more of their recent gear. Comfort and following the line of the body on the bike is always foremost in its designs and in this respect the Flightpath delivers – and then some.

The style is intended to be worn all year round, with the benefit of providing full leg protection in the rough.

7mesh Flightpath pant knee

Articulation over the knee is bang on (Image credit: Russell Burton)

Design and Specifications

The Flightpath is made from a combination of rugged Cordura nylon with a textured handle through the main body and legs, with stretch inserts that run down the back of the calf. There is a zip fly that has a hook and ladder waist adjuster. It features two slip-in hand pockets and two zipped leg pockets that are angled for access on the fly. The right pocket has an additional secure inner sleeve.

The construction is a series of shaped panels that curve around the leg, it’s roomy through the thigh and slimmer at the lower leg, but with what is almost a ‘pocket’ that the knee goes into. 

7mesh Flightpath pant fastening

Hook and ladder arrangement to adjust the waist. (Image credit: Russell Burton)


Where to start on the fit of this pant? It could have been tailored for me. The overall effect is slim but not tight and the hook and ladder arrangement to adjust the waist is so much of a neater solution that Velcro tabs. The thigh feels looser, but it’s close through the calf, which does require a wiggle to get your foot through when putting them on. That’s an observation not a downside, because this isn’t a waterproof pant and doesn’t need to fit over shoes, the stretch insert down the back of the calf ensures full freedom of movement. The hem sat just above the ankle on me, (I’m a shade over 6ft) which feels immediately different to other riding pants I’ve tried, but actually works in the context of a ‘shorts alternative’ style. The articulation over the knee is bang on, it means they look a little baggy when standing, but once on the bike it works perfectly.

If I was worried that the back waist of the Flightpath is not high enough, two hours in and without the need of a single pull upwards to adjust the pants, I was reassured. The shaped cut means they simply don’t budge, following the curve from the waist down under your backside and through the thigh even at its highest upward point of the pedal stroke. Because the knee is also cut for active peddling the combined result is a barely-there and incredibly comfortable feel.

7mesh Flightpath pant pockets

Deep front hand pockets and zipped side pockets (Image credit: Russell Burton)

With the recent proliferation of designed-for-riding pants I have found myself wearing them more often than not. The Flightpath is a style that I can see extending its use into summer though and more than coming into its own on the local overgrown trails that usually inflict a good amount of collateral damage from thorns and nettles. At the other end of the thermometer I have tested them in three degree centigrade frosty starts with only a liner underneath, and while not insulating, they do take the edge off and were warm enough for long steady rides, without overheating when the sun made an unexpected appearance.

Although the Flightpath is styled for mountain biking, it is, in my opinion, versatile enough for just about any riding. It looks good enough off the bike for urban commuting, the same for bikepacking or gravel, and unrestricted enough for the all-day riding those disciplines might entail. Even weekend road riders that hate Lycra might appreciate the comfortable coverage. 

On balance I would say that the Flightpath achieves it objective of being a year round, (with perhaps the exception of the very hottest days) pant. If you appreciate a cut and construction that has clearly been honed to almost the last millimeter you will want this pant, but it is a combination of attention to detail and quality of fabric that doesn’t come cheap.

Looking for the 7Mesh advantage, but in an over trouser? Its Thunderpant is included in our round up of best MTB pants.

7mesh Flightpath pant side view left

Styled for mountain biking, versatile enough for just about any riding. (Image credit: Russell Burton)


With the Flightpath, 7Mesh raises the bar for bike pants in terms of comfort, cut and versatile ride performance. They may come with a hefty price tag, but are worth the added investment. 

7mesh Flightpath pant side view right

Full leg protection in the rough (Image credit: Russell Burton)

Tech specs: 7Mesh Flightpath Pant

  • Price:  $250.00 – $300.00 / £200.00 / €206.61 – €211.95 / CA$300.00
  • Weight: 267g
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Colors: Black, Peat, Bottle Blue
  • Available from: 7mesh.com
Russell Burton
Freelance tester

Russell has been heavily involved in mountain biking for decades. He originally started out designing and building trail center routes, but soon moved specializing in MTB photography and product testing. Over the years, he's shot and written for just about every British MTB mag and website in existence, including MBUK, What Mountain Bike, Bikeradar.com and most recently Bikeperfect.com. While Russ has ridden MTB bikes of all kinds, he mostly enjoys big days out on his e-MTB or gravel bike these days.