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Old 02-10-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question Protective riding jeans?

Why doesn't anyone make reinforced jeans that look like Levi's 501's? I've researched all available options, i.e. Diamond Gusset, Draggin, Cortech, Sliders, Dianese, Alpinestars, Hood, etc, and none of them look like my normal everyday jeans. Additionally, I can't try on the pants in a store to get the right size the first time. I'm tired of mailing pants back to manufacturers because the product they sell either A. looks funny, B. fits funny, or C. is not sized accurately.

Does anyone else see a market for a service that takes your jeans, that you know fit and look good to you, and apply kevlar or perforated deerskin to the inside? It makes sense to me. That way you get riding jeans that you know will look and fit like normal jeans, with added abrasion resistance.

I'm not posting this to debate the merits of reinforced denim motorcycle jeans. They are more protective than plain jeans, and less than dedicated leathers.

So let's hear it. Who else wants normal looking, protective jeans?

I'm to the point where I'm willing to tackle this myself. Buy some leather or kevlar, a heavy duty sewing machine, and make my own.

What do you guys think?

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Old 02-10-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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I wear mesh riding pants in the summer over regular jeans. Nice and cool and better armor than the kevlar stuff.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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I wear mesh riding pants in the summer over regular jeans. Nice and cool and better armor than the kevlar stuff.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #4
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I think there's a lot of stuff out there, but little of it available locally to try and see how it fits, looks, etc.

I'm tempted to mail-order a CE rated pair of Drayko jeans and hope for the best.

I think a key to having the jeans look more like jeans is not using built-in knee armor. At least the ones I've tried with built in knee armor hung funny. And why would you wear questionable gear designed to look like regular clothes if it doesn't even look like regular clothes? I got a pair with no armor, and wear strap on knee armor underneath. More protective and better looking.

For me it's a warm-weather only thing, and usually I wear motorcycle pants. If I had a CE rated pair they might get more use.

Adding leather to jeans you like doesn't sound like a bad idea to me.
Thank you for the reply. I agree with your thoughts on armor. I also believe that close fitting armor is superior to armor sewn into looser fitting garments. Bohn armor would fit the bill, as would MX style knee / shin gaurds.

Would you be willing to mail a pair of your jeans to a company to have them sew in leather in the high impact areas (knee, thigh, seat area)?

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:03 PM   #5
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TWould you be willing to mail a pair of your jeans to a company to have them sew in leather in the high impact areas (knee, thigh, seat area)?

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Not sure. Still thinking it over.

I would have it what I wanted was like what I have but better. From that perspective it seems like a good idea. But if I'm gonna do anything else as far as riding jeans I was thinking it would be to try a CE rated pair: try something I know is proper gear.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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The DGs aren't that bad. That's what I wear these days. (I wear Motoport Kevlar if it isn't too hot out.)

Sizing: A little bigger in the waist and longer in the inseam than pre-washed 501s. Not by much though.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #7
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The DGs aren't that bad. That's what I wear these days. (I wear Motoport Kevlar if it isn't too hot out.)

Sizing: A little bigger in the waist and longer in the inseam than pre-washed 501s. Not by much though.
That's my point. Draggin Jeans may not be "that bad", but I'm betting they aren't you're favorite jeans.

I'm married now, so I don't care as much about how I look on or off the bike. That said, I would rather meet up with my mates for a drink wearing my Levis than Draggin Jeans. It would be even better if those Levis where as safe or safer than the Draggin Jeans. I think it is totally possible. Send you're favorite jeans, that you know fit right, to some company that would add protection to the seat and knee area.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:30 PM   #8
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Draggin does make kevlar liners. Basically long johns that you wear under your street clothes, only, they're kevlar. I'm thinking of picking up a pair this summer to give them a shot.

Oh, and here's a link. http://www.dragginjeans.com/ProductI...ductid=DLINERS
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:01 PM   #9
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Dude,
Check out Sartso jeans.
www.sartso.com
I have a pair, they are great.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #10
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Check out Sartso jeans.
www.sartso.com
I have a pair, they are great.
I wonder what the return shipping would be to Australia?
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Why would you want to bunch your nuts up with a pair of Levis?
Try a pair with the gusseted crotch. You won't go back.
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Bailey's Logger Jeans -- AKA "Wild Ass Jeans"

IMHO, when I wear jeans on the bike, there is only one brand I'll consider. These are USA made, and offered by Bailey's, a small logging supply company out of Laytonville, CA. Bailey's is a no-nonsense company with impeccable customer service. I equate their product quality to Filson in Seattle. Their stuff is very well-priced. ($29.99 USD for the doubles)

You can buy either the single jeans or the doubles. As is said in their description, the doubles take about three washes to become supple enough to move in. No Kevlar, but I can attest to the fact that they will take a skid on pavement and not wear through. As they are sized for loggers, the cut is roomy and made for action. You can wear strap-on knee pads comfortably under them, which places the armor where it needs to be in an off.

This is an excellent, US made product with great service and support. Compared with the "fashion" jeans you will see everywhere, these are the real deal.

http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdet...=P200WA&catID=
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IMHO, when I wear jeans on the bike, there is only one brand I'll consider. These are USA made, and offered by Bailey's, a small logging supply company out of Laytonville, CA. Bailey's is a no-nonsense company with impeccable customer service. I equate their product quality to Filson in Seattle. Their stuff is very well-priced. ($29.99 USD for the doubles)

You can buy either the single jeans or the doubles. As is said in their description, the doubles take about three washes to become supple enough to move in. No Kevlar, but I can attest to the fact that they will take a skid on pavement and not wear through. As they are sized for loggers, the cut is roomy and made for action. You can wear strap-on knee pads comfortably under them, which places the armor where it needs to be in an off.

This is an excellent, US made product with great service and support. Compared with the "fashion" jeans you will see everywhere, these are the real deal.

http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdet...=P200WA&catID=
Being an Oregon boy, I wear Prison Blues jeans out of Pendelton Correctional Facility. And looking at the Q&A from Baileys it appears that Prison Blues makes Wild ass jeans. If the Baileys jeans are anything like Prison blues, they are pretty tough. Prison Blues are made of 14.75 oz denim and make my Carharts seem wimpy in comparison.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #14
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Why would you want to bunch your nuts up with a pair of Levis?
Try a pair with the gusseted crotch. You won't go back.
Does the gusset increase abrasion resistance?
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Does the gusset increase abrasion resistance?
It depends on the girl.
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