Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender JeansRegular cotton jeans are part of my preferred daily wardrobe, and it’s really tempting to wear them for short local rides in nice weather. However, we all know how the unexpected can happen.

Diamond Gusset brand makes Defender jeans designed by riders, specifically made for riding, with rugged built-in abrasion protection in the knees, hips, and seat. Their gusseted construction incorporates a delta-shaped piece of material sewn into the jean’s crotch, which allows tension on the cloth to be redistributed around that area, for greater comfort and strength. This construction is stronger and thinner, with three-ply leg seams.

Adjustable ankle straps secured by Velcro keep the cuffs from flapping in the wind. There’s a “coin” pocket on the right side, which works well for a cell phone, and a ring to attach keys near the waistband.

It’s best to wear all gear all the time (AGATT), but I know some folks are going to bend that rule sometimes. It’s far better to wear special jeans designed for riding with built-in protection, rather than riding with shorts or regular pants.

The blue Defender jeans I tried out came in a rockstone finish, which is done with pumice stonewash, not bleach. I wore them for thousands of miles, including parts of the coast-to-coast Cannonball Centennial Ride. They fit well, are nicely made, very comfortable, and still look like new.

Defenders come in a wide range of men’s and women’s sizes. Gusseted for durability and shaped for riding comfort, Diamond Gusset jeans are 100-percent American made. Suggested retail price is $124.95, but check prices as they may be discounted.

If you happen to be in Tennessee, you can stop by one of Diamond Gusset’s physical stores; one in Bon Aqua, TN and the other in Lynchburg, TN.

Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans
Men’s 29-44 waist and 29-36 length; Women’s 2-20 waist and 29-35 waist
Colors: Blue and Black
Price: $124.95 Men’s and $126.95 Women’s 


Text by Ken Freund

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