Ever since my former life riding cruisers, I’ve always wanted a pair of protective motorcycle jeans. They were on my list of gear to get but for one reason or another, never made it to the top. Fast forward to a couple months ago when this video popped up on my Facebook news feed. These crazy Brits did a good job of torture testing a few pairs of moto jeans. Watch and you’ll can see, not all moto jeans are build the same.
I started looking on-line at RevZilla after seeing this video for a specific pair that meet my criteria. On my list were CE rated knee and hip armor, Kevlar lining( partial or full) and all completely hidden so you could never tell you are actually wearing protective motorcycle jeans. Only 3 of the 75 pair of jeans came close.
#1 The Scorpion Covert Pro jeans for $159 +another $50 for the knee and hip armor that isn’t included (all currently out of stock, stuck in a container due to a longshoreman dispute somewhere on the west coast)
#2 The Rokker Revolution jeans but at $550 a pair, a little more than I was willing to spend. They are waterproof though….
#3 Were the ones I ended up with and couldn’t be happier. The K fifty 1 jeans from Klim meet all of my criteria plus a few extra features. At $289 they are at the upper end of the price scale for jeans but they do come with a lot. From the 85/15 blend of denim and Cordura to the knitted Kevlar, tail bone pad made of Poron XRD and finally the D-30 CE rated flexible armor. It all comes together very well hidden in a pair of loose fit, stylish jeans. My Alpinestar Waterproof Scout boots even fit nicely under the boot cut legs. Most of the other jeans I looked at had a European or skinny jean fit, these are defiantly American cut.
All of my other Klim gear is a little long but the armor is adjustable ( Velcroed in place) and there is room at the bottom to be hemmed. I’ll need to take an inch or so off the bottom for sure.
As you can see by the pics below, they are very well made. The knitted Kevlar and armor are all sewn onto the black mesh liner, not much is attached to the denim. The buttons and rivets are all rubber coated to protect the paint on your bike, a nice touch.
I’m fully aware that these jeans aren’t the best to wear when exploring the back country or any of the BDR’s but for a day or night out on the town at possibly a Backfire or Grit City Moto nights over the summer, it’s just about right. ATGATT!!