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Old 03-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Cheap lightweight crash jeans?

Hey.. so i'm new round here.. been reading these forums for a while but thought i better create an acount. Been riding for 2 or 3 years, mainly just comuting to work ect ocasional green laning, got an xr400 05 plate a few months ago and am planning on touring from england to and around portugal and possibly morroco in may and june. Obviously it's not an ideal bike for such distance but people have done stupider things... Got the bike geared up a little from stock and gonna make the seat a bit more bareable with some sheepskin and im gonna be travelling slow, no more than a few hours a day, but anyway, due to practicallity i normally just ride in jeans, which i know is pretty dim so I'm looking for suggestions. I am on a very tight budget as it is so need somthing cheap, lightweight (somthing i can wear while riding in a portugese june without cooking myself) and offers a bit more protection than just jeans.

I was looking at these not sure how much protection they would actually offer, or if they would be too hot in portugal. Anyway sorry for rambling, just looking for opinions, suggestions ect
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Work jeans seem to be up your alley. Since you are in Europe, maybe Blaklader.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #3
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I rode for years in "Upland Game Jeans". These are regular blue jeans with Cordura Nylon overlays sewn on the legs. The nylon is basically like "chaps" sewn on top of the jeans. They are made for hunters who are shooting birds in fields full of brambles & burrs. I used to get mine from Cabela's sporting goods, here in the states for $29.00 (USD). The nylon only goes up to about pocket height, so your gentleman's cabbage & buttocks are totally unprotected & there is no impact protection, just abrasion resistance. However, that's better than nothing, and the price is certainly right. Shipping them to your sceptered isle would probably be expensive, but you lads have a lot of pheasant & grouse shooters over there (in Scotland anyway) so I'm sure you could find the same thing locally. They are even mildly rain resistant & they leave your wallet, keys, change etc. just where they usually are in your regular jeans.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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I got a pair of Sliders Kevlar Jeans from competition accessories. $79 and they are made to put knee armor in them and have a kevlar layer in all the impact areas. Not tested them in a crash and hope to never do so, but they look like good slide protection.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:02 AM   #5
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Another vote for low end kevlar.

I have crash tested kevlar jeans, I did get a few strawberries from rubbing the kevlar from the inside, but no wearthough and very little damage to me. Comfortable and good enough looking that you can wear them most places without looking like a power ranger - good odds that you'll actually be wearing them when you do crash in other words.

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Old 03-21-2013, 03:37 AM   #6
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If you are handy with a thread injector just buy a bolt of kevlar and make as many as you like.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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Check out BroshtecCrgo pants. Made in Israel but seem heavy duty for around $119 or so shipped with options you can add or delate.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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Not jeans, but look at the BMW Summer pants. They've got knee and hip armor, and are relatively lightweight. They probably won't do a whole lot for abrasion, but they'll help keep you from busting a knee.
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