First, I'd like to give credit to the threads that inspired this one. If you have info on textile or leather pants it would seem, there are threads right here on this site that could use some support.
- Going Pants Shopping
- Gear Help: Pants
- Riding Pants For Commuting
- Drayko Renegade CE Approved Riding Jeans
* I know, I know, you're likely wondering (some of you are likely irritated
) "well why didn't you just post in those threads?" and the answer is simple; it'd be beneficial to have a thread dedicated to compiling information about motorcycle jeans (and some of my content was actually deleted
from the Drayko thread, last on that list, by the sponsor
). It's something a lot of people don't have a lot of information on or a good place to start. In my recent exhaustive research, I also found it to be a surprisingly in-depth topic... that or it was just plain annoying how much digging on Google I had to do to get the information I needed.
As prerequisite info on riding pants in general, there's 2 other options besides riding jeans we all know - textile and leather. I'll tell you why for many of us, they just don't cut it.
PRO: You can wear whatever you want underneath and they contain armor built in.
CON: Adds extra gear to figure out what to do with when arriving, not at work, not at a friend's house, but shopping, a restaurant, anywhere that a freakin' extra pair of pants is a pain to securely store.
PRO: Best abrasion protection used by racing pros.
CON: Not exactly the coolest (in the stylistic or
temperature sense) pants to wear for normal activities... also see above con if overpants.
Motorcycle jeans FTW... & also better with mods!
This leaves motorcycle riding jeans as the most practical pants for us commuters, and dare I have the balls to say, for 80% of motorcycle riders... world wide.
That said, as a disclaimer for those not familiar with this topic
(as I certainly wasn't), riding jeans can often require a trip to a tailor/alteration shop. A lot of the pants are sold with a very long length and high-rise waist as a generic fit (accommodating the lowest common denominator, keeping the cost down, and allowing tailoring to preferred fits), so getting them hemmed and taken in to adjust length, looseness, and rise height is required to custom fit them to your body. Mine are at the tailor right now, and the total was $32. This is why many people say they can't find motorcycle jeans that fit them or look good on them.
The run-down on Draggin Jeans & Drayko
So to start, there's another bit of prerequisite knowledge to the world of motorcycle riding jeans that I feel is necessary to share, particularly since this is an international forum, and it's in regard to the most popular name in the game in the world - Draggin Jeans. There's an American company and
an Australian company by the same name. I infer from what I've read that they used to be associated with each other and now they're not. They both have websites...
(US based company)
(Australian based company)
The Austalian Draggin Jeans is far more fashionable and also is affiliated with Drayko. Draggin Jeans Australia sells Drayko jeans on their website, but have a distributor here in the US. I like to think of Drayko as the US branch of the Australian Draggin Jeans, thus costing less. The American Draggin' Jeans (with the apostrophe) sells less styles of jeans and they're much less fashionable, however, you can get CE rated armor shipped with them, the sizes are supposedly accurate, they cut them for the waist AND length before sending them to you (Drayko come in a standard long length that needs to be hemmed), and they're cheaper.
Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to say that the Australian Draggin Jeans / Drayko are my favorite. They're actually some of the most comfortable jeans I've ever put on - seriously
. Here in the US, Drayko jeans are sold in many bike shops and online and go for around the $150-$170 range. Their website, to get a look at the styles up close, is www.drayko.com
. To my knowledge, they're the only jeans that are CE certified for abrasion resistance. The competitors just have CE certified armor plates. In the other Drayko thread (listed above) I had originally posted 2 good videos on the brand before they were removed.
This one for the durability...
And this one for the different styles...
Now, there's also...
Sartso: Arguably the most fashion-forward riding jeans on the market
My next favorite is Sartso Jeans (www.sartso.com
). They have a larger variety of styles and washes, come with optional CE rated armor inserts, and
have internal pockets for said armor already built in (the tailor would have to add these to the Drayko jeans). The downside is the seams of the kevlar liner is more apparent and the jeans themselves are not CE rated.
I will say that Sartso has, IMO, the best selection for women!
If I were a lady, my favs would be the "Sartso Jade" jeans...
There's other brands out there, and this post is long enough, so... yeah. The thread is here if anyone else can add info about this topic. Some other good brands to add info on would be Sliders, Shift, and Alpinestars. My advice for those looking to buy motorcycle jeans is not to get too hung up on armor pockets or needing a tailor. The tailor is not expensive and can add armor pockets if you want them
. The investment in your safety is worth it and I hope I've provided a good starting point. I feel like I just did a research paper for you guys!