|03-16-2008, 03:40 PM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Kevlar or Aramid Motorcycle Jeans
Been looking into denim jeans lately, and I have seen a few options, but the best seem to be sold outside the US. I figured I would post the companies that produce kevlar or aramid M/C denim jeans (or something you could wear to work all day) in this thread, so that folks have a consolidated list. So, denim, chino, white/tan/grey cargo pants...no Power Ranger stuff.
I'd like to keep this thread limited to just company names, and avoid adding multiple pages of reviews and opinions, but that is obviously out of my control. Still, its worth trying. PM me with new submissions/corrections to the list, and I will edit the post and add them.
DragginJeans - US Site - Impressive abrasion resistance. Available with CE!
DragginJeans - AU Site - better selection than US (cammo, jeans, chino, cargo, zip-off cargo!) Available with CE!
Hornee Jeans - AU Site - Nicely styled.
Hood Jeans - UK Site - (cammo, jeans, chino) Available with CE!
Sliders - US Site
Diamond Gusset - They look kind of "Farmer John" to me.
Alpinestars - US Site - Not bad looking painter style jeans. Available with CE!
Icon - US Site
Joe Rocket - US Site
Tour Master - US Site - They look kind of "Farmer John" to me.
Shift - US Site
Brosh - Israeli Site - Optional Armor inserts.
Triumph - US Site Link - Nice looking stuff, but no armor.
Held - US Site does not show jeans. This vendor carries them.
Duluth Trading - US Site - Weird. Pants made from fire hose material. I'd like to see these in person.
Motoport - US Site - Unique, as they size and make them based on jeans you send to them.
ESquad - US Site - T'aint cheap, but they look reel nice!
Undercover Jeans - US Site
Red Route - US Site (Actually CycleGear's website. Not sure who makes these). They look like nice, casual jeans. One pair has CE, the other not.
Dainese, Rukka, Revit - NADA! No jeans. What gives?
BMW - No longer makes the Ino-Tex jeans. Maybe some old stock are still out there.
WebBikeWorld has a lot of reviews. See the right side of the page.
I will probably order some of the Hood Jeans, as they have the Knox CE built into the jean, as opposed to being added as a clumsy insert. Kevlar is all well and good, but I'd rather not crack my knee on the pavement. The Alpinestars look good as well.
Most do not include CE. If you want it, make sure it can be added, and make sure you select it on the order form.
Try to see them in person before you buy. Maybe someone locally has a pair. Some of these jeans are damn ugly.
Check return policy. If they are totally shapeless, you don't want to pay a restocking fee.
Machine wash and dry? One brand has leather pads sewn in, and must be line dried.
Think about length while sitting on a bike. Do you need an additional inch? (Get your mind outta the gutter.)
I know protection is the goal, and that we're not showing these off on a catwalk, but if you feel like you are wearing cheap K-Mart special jeans, you won't wear them. You'll wear jeans with no protection, and you'll have wasted your money, so buy something that you'd wear when you are not riding.
Thanks to those of you sending in additional info. I am adding it as it arrives. This thread, like many things, is a group effort.
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|03-16-2008, 05:59 PM||#2|
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Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Wow, that is one comprehensive list! I don't really have anything to add, other than my experience with Draggin Jeans and Icon jeans.
+ Large kevlar panels
+ available in long sizes (so the leg doesn't ride up over your ankle while riding)
+ armor available (attaches with velcro to kevlar knee panel)
- pretty tight cut, not really a 'motorcycle' cut
- no pockets for armor, no extra room for armor
+ stretch panel in knee area, which helps prevent pant leg riding up
+ stretch material in waistband, making for a comfortable fit
- no real protective panels as in Draggin Jeans
- no armor available, no armor pockets
- no long sizes available
Ideally, Icon would make pants with the Icon cut and stretc panels, and the Draggin Jeans sizing and kevlar lining. Add to that armor pockets and you have the ideal pair of motorcycle jeans.
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|03-16-2008, 06:32 PM||#3|
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Joined: Feb 2008
At the risk of starting pages and pages of reviews, this company has a bit of a following on this site:
I have a pair of these:
I have no issues, except for one. The zipper on the side looks kind of funny. I belive they will be like wearing jeans in the summer, good air flow.
|03-16-2008, 07:15 PM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Sarasota, FL
Thanks for the list, I wasn't aware that there are so many out there. I got two pairs of BMW Black Denim, they are great if you disregard the price. As far as I know they are not available any more.
|03-16-2008, 07:39 PM||#5|
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: SF Bay Area
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|03-17-2008, 12:38 AM||#6|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Alpharetta GA
I have been wearing these lately... haven't been down in them yet but know someone who has. He had a get off around 40mph and they held up... no CE protection though.
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