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Apr 23rd 2016, 09:28 PM   #1
 Pigs's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
Jeans?

Been thinking of getting a pair of riding jeans for my commutes. There are so many to choose from but most of the reviews are about fitment/style and not about how well they preform in a crash.
  • Have you ever been down in a pair? If so, how did they hold up?
  • Recommendations of a specific brand/make?
Apr 23rd 2016, 11:02 PM   #2
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
I have 2 pairs. One is made by Icon, the other by Teknic. They're both in excess of 10years old

Icons: they're made well, heavy material, flexible stretch panels in the crotch and knees, there's also some padding in the knees but nothing serious and definitely not armor. They breathe well. went down in these back in 2005. Ripped the outer material a little on the knee and lower leg area which is where they took the hardest impact. Did not rip all the way through. I still wear them.

Teknics: These are heavier than the Icons. They also have stretch panels and what I think is supposed to be Kevlar material in the seat area as well as the knees. They fit well and I feel like they could take a hit if I went down in them. I wear these when it's not super hot outside as they don't beathe as well as the Icons. I'd have to check them but I believe they have pockets on the inside of the knees that can hold armor.

I alternated these 2 pairs of pants on my cross country trip and found them both pretty equal in comfort while wearing them in excess of 12 hours a day for 4 days straight going there and coming back.
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Edited by Pavement Tested on Apr 23rd 2016 at 11:04 PM
Apr 24th 2016, 10:30 AM   #3
 larsvons's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '15 KLZ1000BFF (BEST FRANDS 4EVER!)
I have some Icon Hooligans. Very comfortable, but a little too roomy for me. Even before I lost some weight, my wife took in the lower legs. Were like raver pants before!

I went down in them once, but only going ~15mph. Held up well, only some small holes in side where my keys were.
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Apr 24th 2016, 01:46 PM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  2008 GSX R1000
Do any of the jeans style riding pants have hip padding? Would you want hip padding on these?
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Apr 24th 2016, 02:56 PM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

I have a friend that wears Carhart heavy duty work jeans as riding pants. He happen to be wearing them for work on a day that he went down on the way home. They held up amazingly well for a skid across the pavement. They didn't tear and were very durable. Of course there is no padding in them so he had a pretty big bruise but no road rash. I have seen Icon jeans shred like paper after a low speed lowside on a couple rides I've been on. In my opinion i wouldn't spend money on them
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Apr 24th 2016, 03:27 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Before you buy, take a close look at where and how big the Kevlar areas are on the jeans you are looking at. Some are pretty skimpy in the places you would likely need it. I also noticed that some allow for actual pads/armor, and others don't.
I see the Kevlar as a decent step better than regular jeans, but it's hard to beat good leathers and/or armor.
Thankfully I have not yet had test my kevlar jeans....yet...
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Apr 24th 2016, 06:41 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
A few years ago, on the other forum, there were pictures of a guy, who low sided at a track day, with kevlar jeans on. The follow up report was he didn't get hardly or if any road rash at all. Can't remember much of the details, but do remember the pictures, because they were multiple pictures, in succession of the crash. It was quite the photo shoot.
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Apr 24th 2016, 07:30 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Triumph Street Twin
I wear Dainese with woven in kevlar. Didn't crash, thankfully, but they're very comfortable.
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Apr 24th 2016, 07:32 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Other than the lack of real pads the only negative I've read and seen is that when the Kevlar is doing its job in a high speed slide down the pavement. You won't end up with rash but burns from the friction of the fabric sliding against the pavement. Ouchie!
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Apr 24th 2016, 07:59 PM   #10
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
I bought some Draggin's. They were pretty OK, but no armor. I ended up stealing soft velcro armor out of some First Gear rain pants to put in them.

Wasn't feeling that well protected, so I decided to pop for some Rhok jeans. I really like them. They fit snug, and the kevlar lined denim has quite a bit of stretch, which is really nice for a sportbike riding position. The knee armor is removable via a zipper pocket and is more or less a Dianese hard elbow armor knockoff. The hip pads look to be shoulder pads and I thought they were pretty dumb, so I replaced them with Forcefield hip armor which fits perfectly, better than the stock pads.

I use them every time I commute, with Icebreaker long johns added when it's below 45. Armor comes out pretty easily for washing. They are holding up well and once you pull the knee armor out they are very comfortable around the office. I kinda look girl hips wearing them with the hip pads in (you have to drop your pants to take them out), but WTF, I'm an old man and nobody really cares. One potential downside is the legs are fairly skinny and I don't think you could stretch them over boots (I tuck them in). The other caveat is order by your actual waist size, not your Levi jeans vanity size.

I wouldn't wear them for a track day (they actually let you do that?). But they are working very well for my commute
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Edited by DocB on Apr 24th 2016 at 08:05 PM
Apr 24th 2016, 08:15 PM   #11
 Pigs's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
Quote:
Originally Posted by skjeflo
Other than the lack of real pads the only negative I've read and seen is that when the Kevlar is doing its job in a high speed slide down the pavement. You won't end up with rash but burns from the friction of the fabric sliding against the pavement. Ouchie!
I'd rather have burnt skin than no skin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willow
A few years ago, on the other forum, there were pictures of a guy, who low sided at a track day, with kevlar jeans on. The follow up report was he didn't get hardly or if any road rash at all. Can't remember much of the details, but do remember the pictures, because they were multiple pictures, in succession of the crash. It was quite the photo shoot.
Found the thread, and I thought leathers are required at track days...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeames
Before you buy, take a close look at where and how big the Kevlar areas are on the jeans you are looking at. Some are pretty skimpy in the places you would likely need it. I also noticed that some allow for actual pads/armor, and others don't.
I see the Kevlar as a decent step better than regular jeans, but it's hard to beat good leathers and/or armor.
Thankfully I have not yet had test my kevlar jeans....yet...
Thanks for the heads up.
Apr 24th 2016, 10:05 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs


Found the thread, and I thought leathers are required at track days...
Nice find Pigs!
Apr 25th 2016, 08:25 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

"I wouldn't wear them for a track day (they actually let you do that?). But they are working very well for my commute"


Racing Orgs require leathers. Track days, not so much. I had one track day provider tell me "Whatever you are comfortable crashing in".

Racing also has like bikes racing against like bikes for the most part so they are more evenly matched. One of the reasons I went that way rather than doing track days.
When you see bikes with a 100 mile an hour speed difference at the end of the straight (track days) it can (and has) result in catastrophe.

On the street I usually ride with canvas insulated bib overalls. I bought expensive riding pants (Klim) and the knee armor slides around so it sits between my knee and tank. They are rain proof so I kept them but found a number of places online where people complained about the same thing.

I keep thinking about sewing armor pockets in some heavy bibs or work pants but have not done it yet.
Apr 25th 2016, 09:24 AM   #14
 wooden's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I've got a pair of Motto Wear Gallante jeans - they came with knee pads but no hip pads. There are velcro strips on the inside of the hips for pads if you wanted to source your own, however.

They're pretty decent - extremely warm because of the mix of kevlar and cotton, so they can get a bit uncomfortable in warm weather, but they're nice in the colder months. I've only crashed in them once at a low speed, and they ripped a bit in the knee but that was it. Been wearing them for about a year and a half now, there are a couple other holes from scraping them along the ground in my garage while working on my bikes, etc., but they're holding up well (the holes aren't expanding).

I'd probably buy them again if I needed another pair.
Apr 27th 2016, 08:08 AM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  GRANDVIEW, WA

  2007 Suzuki SV650 (naked)(The bike, not me)
Has anybody tried "Sliders" from Competition Accessories? I recently purchased two different sizes of their 4.0, casual fit jeans and am returning them because they are way to wide in the legs. I also bought their "boot cut" jeans and they are a little better.
I haven't ridden with them yet, though.
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