I’ve come quite late to the ‘Kevlar jeans’ party.
Most, if not all, of my friends and colleagues use them. The majority of them rarely ride in anything else.
When they first appeared on the scene, I couldn’t really see that much point: wearing something that looked and felt like a bike trouser, but that offered less protection – or so I thought – didn’t seem very logical. I’d have to take off my jeans to put them on anyway, so what’s the point?
Well the point is that like most of us, I’m guilty of riding in fashion jeans way more than I should do. My justification is that I’ll ride more carefully without all the leather and armour on. I suppose there may be some truth in that, but that doesn’t account for all the other road users or the numerous other eventualities/situations that can be thrown at you on the road.
The evidence was definitely there that lined riding jeans would quite literally save my arse, so it made sense to jump on the bandwagon.
Draggin pioneered Kevlar-lined biker jeans way back in 1997. Since then their product and range has expanded and developed immeasurably. Next Gen are an older model, but still look fairly up-to-date in terms of the way they look, and there are no unsightly panels or seems where the liner is attached to the outer to give the game away that you’re wearing bike gear.
They have a mid-rise waist so there’s plenty of room to tuck in a T-shirt or base layer and to keep you covered up when in the crouched riding position.
The legs are a standard straight cut, so there’s plenty of room to move – the denim’s stretchy too – and they’re slightly flared at the bottom so they fit over boots easily; I don’t have a problem getting them over the top of my old TCX Gore-Tex race boots.
Draggin are the World’s first preferred licensee for motorcycle garments built with DuPont™ Kevlar® fibre and have used this to develop they’re own lining: Roomoto™. Draggin say it’s soft, breathable, flexible and non-allergenic and comes with an additional sports liner liner that draws away moisture in summer and keeps the wearer warm in winter.
I certainly can’t argue with any of that (aside from the warm in winter bit, I’ll let you know when I’ve used them over the full season), although they did feel a bit thick and heavy when I first put them on, I kind of forgot I was wearing something that was lined after a while.
They’re never going to be as light and airy as normal jeans on hot days, but I was impressed at how well they performed on a couple of the really sticky days we had in June; standing/walking in direct sun I did sweat a bit, but as soon as I was on the bike and moving, the moisture disappeared and I was comfy again. It does help insulate you a bit on chilly mornings/evenings too.
Protection-wise, I’m happy to say I haven’t tested that out yet and hopefully never will, but Draggin have performed very well in independent tests, with abrasion times bettering plenty of other makes, textile alternatives and even some leather trousers, so I can rest easy. I also had CE-approved knee armour supplied with mine, for a bit of impact protection. Hip armour can be fitted too.
Overall, I’m super impressed. Comfy, stylish and much, much safer than 501s.
Colour: Indigo Blue
Sizes: 28-44 waist (34 leg)
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.
We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.
But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?
(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)
The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.
Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).
With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.
There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.
But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.
We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.
If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.
BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.
Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.
Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.
You can even upload logos and words.
Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.
OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!