Protective riding jeans?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Burninator, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    In a 'comfort' way. :D
    It's not gonna save your skin when you are sliding on the pavement at 50mph, but all the time up to that will be less abbrasive.:deal
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  2. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    I like my Draggin' Jeans, but yeah, they ain't at all fashionable. I always feel like I'm wearing a diaper when I'm in the jeans. Plus, you still need to wear kneepads (their idea of velcro-sticking their armor to the Kevlar is cute, very cute... why they don't sew in pockets, I have no idea).

    Don't waste your money on the Draggin' Jeans liner. Thing fits like pants made of scratchy rope. I imagine in a get off the liner is going to take a big chunk of your flesh with it.

    I really like my AGV Kevlar cargo pants. Comfy, more pockets and better-looking off the bike. Still have to wear kneepads, however. (Again, why can't manufacturers put in armor pockets?)

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...M/AGV-Sport-Excursion-Kevlar-Cargo-Pants.aspx

    Lastly, I've lusted after some of these jeans, they look seriously sharp:

    http://www.uglybros-store.com/products/MAN/AEAA0000/

    Trouble is, those prices are INSANELY STEEP, and shipping to and from Asia in the event of fit issues... yeesh.
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  3. ph0rk

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    I can't really imagine any jeans that are decently protective (impact and abrasion) and don't also look dorktastic.

    Taking armor out of your jeans at a stop? What's the point then? Bonus points for information-free website.
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  4. tjk2134

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    I've looked at riding jeans for a few years, i like the idea of showing up at whatever location in jeans as opposed to motorcycle protective pants. I bought very tough lined jeans, cut a slit in the back bottom hem and slipped in full shin and knee protection that wraps around to cover the front half of my shin and knee, and secured it in place. Later I inserted hip padding. They look like jeans but are super protective. I've ridden in hot hot weather and they are surprisingly not hot, I guess the cotton liner wicks away and provides a soft interior. Unfortunately crash tested 2 times, once high sided over 60mph, only broke some shoulder parts, knees and shins only grass stained and torn by barbed wire, next hit a deer on the right side. i think the padding at the knee and shins saved me from broken leg parts when the deer head hit my right shin. It pushed my foot back enough for my boot (bates 9inch goretex) to break foot peg and brake bracketry. Sore heel for a month.
    Ive tried lots of motorcycle pants, Motoport, Teknic, Tourmaster and others. These jeans seem to keep my armor in place better than others, looks good, has good pockets and I believe are protective.
    The downside is not waterproof. but after my last leak on the teknic gore tex, i think I am done with water proof claims. I will just carry rain gear. I hate stopping more than anyone to get waterproof but i guess its a trade off I'm ok with.
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  5. trc.rhubarb

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  6. PeterW

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    Try eBay and some of the cheap Chinese/Indonsesian kevlar lined jeans.

    The price is about 1/2 of name brand and surprisingly, quite durable. Finish isn't as good, but I'm still getting two years wear out of them.

    Big advantage, more variety in terms of style.

    Pete
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  7. DAKEZ

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    I have several pairs of Sliders (compacc.com) They are the only ones that come long enough for Tall People.

    They also have the best coverage of Kevlar from what I have seen.

    I have not tested them as yet. I am confident it will be better than denim if I ever do.
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  8. motorat

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  9. duck

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    Not true. Diamond Gussetts come with inseams up to 36".
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  10. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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  11. DAKEZ

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    Good to know.
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  12. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    :lol3Just saw your post.... I think it certainly is doable and I'm doing that with some of my favoite riding jeans. I'm an American living in Malaysia and we do tend to have lots of tailors here... most people taylor something vs. back in the US I thought it was rarer.

    I really didn't like the fit and look of the dainese Los Angeles pants but I did love the way you could throw in hard knee armor in 5 seconds and take it out in 3 seconds and put it in your Givi box while walking around.

    So the pants I'm making are based on that Los Angeles pant:

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    In addition to these pants though I'm sewing cordura on the knees, a bit on the butt and even "a stripe" up the thigh connecting to the waisteband. That's because I'm not using jeans as a base but some real light weight synthetic pants as here in the humid jungle they are much cooler and dry much faster but I wasn't sure if the fabric was strong enough to even hold the knee armor in a slide.
    I'm got some KLIM D30 hip armor that I've been messing around with making a quick release pocket inside the pants so I can take those out almost as quickly as the hard knee/shin gards.

    Malaysia taylors are the least creative people on the planet, but the best copiers in the world. It has been really difficult to walk them thru what I want, why and how but I know once I"ve got it down any taylor will easily be able to immitate it.

    When I've got them like I like them I have kicked around the idea of starting a service of customizing other pants for +/- $40. That would be expensive for some I know as the total cost would be:

    The cost of the jeans
    shipping
    Dainese deep V knee gards ($70 US retail)
    Klim hip pads ($30 US retail)
    Tayloring ($40)...

    That would be close $200 for a pair of 501's. It would probably work something like you take your favorite jeans, put them on where you are most likely to let them sit, sit on your bike while someone holds it and mark with chaulk a certain part under the knee, put some chalk on paper on the ground and fall on your knees on the chalk, spray clear coat it and send them in. Buy the kneeguards/d30 pads yourself.

    For mine I've added "secret side zips for the legs to go over boots and I've got some straps inside the pant legs holding the pocket that holds the bottom of the knee armor and then it comes outside the pant leg with a small cam lock that makes it fast to tighten the armor to the leg at the bottom from the outside if you are not wearig tall boots. If wearing tall boots you can shove the knee gards down the boot tops via the leg zipper...

    I've been thinking about this way too much!
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  13. wipe-out

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    i went all in on a pair of esquad jeans and couldn't be happier. they are expensive of course, but they look like a regular pair of jeans and seem to be bombproof. pockets for hip and knee armor, too. tested them once when i dropped a street triple, no wear, no tear (mind you, i wasn't going 100 mph but still, pretty happy with the jeans).
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  14. Noth

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    I boought a pair of the Draggin Jeans last year with the armor.. What a waste of money.. I saw something else here.. but want to emphasize that the armor is simply velcroed to the inside of the jeans .. In the event of an impact, I'm not sure that the armor would stay where it's supposed to be.. si $100 more or less wasted.. I've never worn them.. I ended up buying a pair of mesh pants that I throw on over everything and also an Aerostich Roadcrafter when the weather is not too hot.. :rilla
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    $149 + $25 shipping, and a 15% return fee.

    Ummm, don't think so.
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  17. Burninator

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    Is the cordura to be sewn on the inside or outside of the pants. I've been debating the feasibility of buying some 1000 d cordura to be sewn on the inside of my jeans, covering the seat and knee area. Cordura ought to be easier to work with than kevlar or leather.
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  18. Burninator

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  19. jings

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    maple jeans from the uk
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  20. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I'll third the maple jeans. Saw them for the first time a few weeks ago, and the cut seems to be near identical to my current favorite pair of regular jeans. The only US supplier I've seen has them for a staggering $400... but good designer jeans can cost upwards of that much and won't last or work on a bike either. If I was still riding everywhere everyday, they'd be high on my list.
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