Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Jeans

Apr 22, 2014 View Comments by

BUyers’ Guide: Motorcycle JeansFor a combination of comfort, style, and protection, it’s hard to beat a good pair of specifically designed motorcycle jeans. But, with the marketplace full of options, which pair is right for you? Manufacturers take a variety of routes to produce motorcycle trousers with the look, feel, and practicality of a pair of blue
jeans but with meaningful protection for the motorcyclist.
We’ve put together a handy buyer’s guide to help you sort through the stacks of reinforced denim. Each pair gets rated (1-5) in five different categories: style, protection, comfort, quality, and value. It’s important to remember that fit is an important factor when shopping since pants that are too tight or too loose won’t be as comfortable and may leave Kevlar lining and armor in the wrong location.

Alpinestars Outlast TechAlpinestars Outlast Tech Denim
Price: $169.95
Material: 12 oz denim with
Kevlar panels in seat, hips, and knees
Cut: regular/straight
The Outlast Tech Denim is comfortable, good looking, and obviously well made. Armor, however, is an optional extra. Like the REV’IT! Lombards, the Outlast appears much like a pair of designer jeans with the stitching around the knees looking more like a style accent than functional protection.
Comfort: 4 out of 5
Protection: 3 out of 5
Style: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Value: 3 out 5
What’s good: Quality and style at a decent price.
What’s not: Armor not included.
www.alpinestars.com

 

 

Dainese D1Dainese D1 Denim
Price: $219.95
Material: Denim with Kevlar yarn and internal reinforcements
Cut: regular/straight
The D1 from Dainese is a great option for motorcyclists looking for that Euro-jean style with first class protection. Kevlar is found throughout the construction, not just in specific areas, and Pro Shape knee armor is included. The D1 has a Dainese logo rendered in reflective material inside the cuff allowing you to increase your visibility at night by simply rolling up your pants. There are six exterior pockets.
Comfort: 4 out of 5
Protection: 4 out of 5
Style: 3 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Value: 3 out 5
What’s good: Lots of pockets, reflective logos, and advanced materials.
What’s not: Euro styling is not 
for everyone.
www.dainese.com

 

 

Diamond Gusset DefenderDiamond Gusset Defender
Price: $124.95
Material: heavyweight denim with Kevlar panels in seat and knees
Cut: regular
Good price, quality construction, and a few extra features make the Defender a compelling option. Velcro adjustment straps around the ankles make it easy to get the perfect fit around your boots while a built-in key loop and extra pocket are nice touches. Diamond Gusset’s namesake triangle shaped gusset is here for a more relaxed fit in the crotch area. There’s no armor option.
Comfort: 4 out of 5
Protection: 3 out of 5
Style: 2 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Value: 3 out 5
What’s good: Price, quality, and that
special gusset.
What’s not: No armor, Kevlar liner isn’t quite as soft as others.
www.americangusset.com

 

Draggin' Jeans Slim FitDraggin’ Jeans Slim Fit
Price: $119.95
Material: 14.5oz denim with Kevlar knee and seat panels
Cut: straight boot cut
The original Kevlar jean company, Draggin’ Jeans, does a great job of banishing the “dad jean” image while retaining the functionality of their classic Kevlar lined trousers with a new Slim Fit. Though armor is offered as an extra cost option, their affordable price, good looks, and high quality more than make up for it.
Comfort: 4 out of 5
Protection: 3 out of 5
Style: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Value: 4 out 5
What’s good: The combination of price and quality is hard to beat.
What’s not: Armor costs extra.
www.dragginjeans.com

 

 
Rocket Denim 3.0Joe Rocket Rocket Denim 3.0
Price: $99.99
Material: 14oz denim w/ Aramid
protection panels in seat and knees
Cut: regular
At around a hundred bucks, these are the most affordable here. The 14oz denim is only half an ounce shy of the thickest of the group (only the Draggin’ Jeans are thicker). Very nice materials, a generous cut, and stretch panels also make them extremely comfortable. Unfortunately, a lack of armor means that protection is limited.
Comfort: 5 out of 5
Protection: 3 out of 5
Style: 2 out of 5
Quality: 3 out of 5
Value: 4 out 5
What’s good: Cheapest riding jeans around and comfortable too.
What’s not: No armor protection, stretch panels create polarizing style.
www.joerocket.com

 
REV'IT! LombardREV’IT! Lombard
Price: $269.99
Material: 12.5oz Cordura Denim
Cut: regular/straight
The Lombard comes from REV’IT!’s new lineup of “urban” motorcycle gear, and the styling reflects these city vibes. An abrasion-resistant Cordura denim weave pairs with included Knox knee protectors to keep you safe. Though not included, they have pockets for hip armor as well. Of all the styles here, the Lombard looks the most like a pair of high-end designer jeans.
Comfort: 3 out of 5
Protection: 4 out of 5
Style: 5 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Value: 3 out 5
What’s good: Style, quality, and 
protection are all top notch. Reflective strips increase your night visibility.
What’s not: Not cheap. Getting the 
armor in and out of the knee pockets 
is a major pain.
www.revitusa.com

 

Rokker Revolution Waterproof JeansRokker Revolution 
Waterproof Jeans
Price: $549
Material: Schoeller Denim- Dynatec with c_change waterproof membrane
Cut: regular
That’s right, waterproof. The Rokker Revolution jeans certainly reside at the very top of the market, and it shows. The quality and protection are the best of the group. The Revolutions come in a very cool wooden crate with sets of D30 hip and knee armor. Though we haven’t yet been caught in a downpour in them, the waterproof material seems to work as advertised, though you lose the traditional denim feel because of it.
Comfort: 3 out of 5
Protection: 5 out of 5
Style: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Value: 1 out 5
What’s good: Just about everything, 
and they’re waterproof!
What’s not: Price (!)
www.revzilla.com

 
Rage with the MachineSpeed & Strength Rage with the Machine
Price: $129.95
Material: 12 oz pre-stressed denim w/ Kevlar panels on seat and knees
Cut: boot
With the lowest price for armored denim, the Rage with the Machine jeans are an attractive option. The removable knee armor is secured in place with Velcro, which prevents them from slipping around (a surprising omission on all the other pairs). Stretch panels above the knee aid comfort but are a “love it” or “hate it” stylistically.
Comfort: 2 out of 5
Protection: 4 out of 5
Style: 3 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Value: 5 out 5
What’s good: Great combination 
of price and protection.
What’s not: With armor installed, they become substantially less comfortable.
www.ssgear.com

 

 
uglyBROS MotorpooluglyBROS Motorpool
Price: $323
Material: 11oz stretched cotton
Cut: slim/straight
After fussing around with lots of “removable” armor the uglyBROS are a breath of fresh air. They come with both hip and knee protectors and the knee armor slides in form the outside. That means there’s no need to take them off to remove or install the armor. The Motorpools are the most comfortable armored jeans here. The thick cotton and included protectors should do just fine keeping you safe.
Comfort: 4 out of 5
Protection: 4 out of 5
Style: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Value: 2 out 5
What’s good: Unique style, obvious 
quality, and by far the easiest system 
for installing armor.
What’s not: Expensive. Unique design makes it obvious that these aren’t just “normal” pants.
www.uglybrosusa.com

 

 

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.