Any good? worth the buy
Any good? worth the buy
Might stand up a bit better than regular jeans in a simple slide down the road, but they offer no protection at all if you slam your knees into the road....and you will if you fly off your bike.
edit: Statement retracted about being told no good. See vid link below.
Last edited by grandshervee; 01-08-2008 at 12:35 AM.
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get some real Kevlar 29 fabric in richmond for $40, and cover the whole jean instead. BTW Cordura is better choice.
the only way Kevlar is good for riding jeans is if you have armor under it in all the right places.
I've got a pair of Draggin' Jeans. They came with Knox knee protection, but no protection in the hips or anywhere else. I rarely wear them, but they are nice if you want to go to the mall or somewhere without looking like a Power Ranger in your full leathers. I would trust them is a slow speed crash.
You really can't ask a question this general and expect a "good" answer.
If you're planning on gently sliding down the pavement (like in the video above) they are great!
If you're talking about highsiding, probably not as much. How much better are leathers? It depends. Same with nylon gear. It depends.
You're always going to find people who have crashed in (regular) jeans and had no injuries.
Just like you can find people (like my buddy Ken) who crashed at the track wearing full leathers, tore the things open and got significant road rash on his knee. Similarly, if your encounter a obstacle in a crash (think rockwall at 140+ km/h) there probably isn't much that will save your bacon.
So I think the real answer is always going to be "it depends".
Would I commute to work in them on a hot day? Sure. Hell if it's above 25 - 26 degrees I often commute in standard jeans (with "proper" gear everywhere else). So these would be an improvement.
I picked up some Coretech jeans when I was in Chaparrals (well worth the visit if you're in SoCal). They have a leather lining in the seat and knee armour.
Good for tooling around in.
I've been using kevlar for years now and it fits great. In perticular good for thick legged ppl which most leathers do not fit for non agressive rides.
When speeding run from the cops, it's a lesser infraction.
yah like jeckyll says, "it depends". I was just thinking of something between wearing leathers or textile to the grocery store and regular jeans. I don't own the kevlar jeans yet and was curious on others experiences like they shred just the same as regular Levis.
thanks for your inputs
The Jeans are really made for the assless pants crowd.....Jeans and Chaps kinda riders...slow speeds, usually end up sliding up on their asses. Not for Boy Racer getting Highsided or Lowsided into oncoming traffic.
Save the $300 and get some "Real" gear....Vented Nylon balistic is the cheapest, best cooling, water proof (in some cases), all season gear.
You'll never get better protection from anything other than Leathers with Armour.
Trust me...I've tested them all....
A crash can be major/minor and can occur anytime, anywhere.
This isn't a condemnation of kevlar jeans, as any protection is better than none at all....but armour's better.
sounds like it would be better than just regular jeans as you have some protection
So much work & so little time!!
I have been riding in jeans for well over ten years now , have gone down at 60-70 km/h in a highside , and the jeans were ok (surprisingly) , so for straight slide the Kevlar jeans are great , but think worst case scenario when purchasing gear , like posted above , armour or at least some padding placed in the key zones (hip and knee) , save the money and get some textile pants , you get protection ,waterproof and look decent when you walk through the mall , but if looks are your main concern , think of this , would you rather look pretty and limp the rest of your life or look like a "power ranger " to a bunch of strangers and ride till your 70+ years old ???....