Opinions on Riding Jeans?
April 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm #2684WeaponZeroParticipant
I don’t yet own any riding pants even though I own everything else under the sun gear-wise. I know that in general denim is no better than a pair of fruit-of-the-looms but what about these riding jeans such as Draggin’ Jeans? They even have optional CE-approved armor in the knees. I know they’re not as good as riding leathers but let’s be honest, riding leathers simply aren’t as practical as jeans.
Any idea on how things like these
http://www.dragginjeans.comApril 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm #17643briderdtParticipant
One pair of Icon Recon jeans. They’re okay, fit-wise. Never been down in them (or anything else, for that matter), so I can’t attest to their abrasion resistance.
I also have a couple pair of Rigg’s Workwear Ranger pants. These are cool. Ripstop cordura, double layer at the thigh and knee, cargo pockets (which I really like), gusseted crotch… Check Denim Express for good prices on them ($33, if I remember right).
But whenever I wear these, I have a pair of strap-on CE knee/shin guards that I wear underneath.April 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm #17644japac1Participant
I recently bought a pair of Sliders. They look and fit great. Of course, as was already said, they’ll be useless in a major crash, but for my parking lot practice and slow neighborhood streets, I think they’ll work.April 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm #17645Sangria7Participant
wear mine all the time!! I have Sliders and Shift RacingApril 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm #17729RupmiscParticipant
Just ordered the Draggin jeans, which are no big deal, just kevlar in the knees and butt. They do now sell knee and hip armor that attaches with velcro. What I found more interesting, and ordered, were Kevlar long johns with stirrup straps at the bottom. Attach armor to those and you can wear them under any pants, jeans or Khakis.April 13, 2009 at 11:26 pm #17735KellisanthParticipant
I have Fieldsheer Mercury pants… For me, they’re a bit bulky. Then again, maybe they’re just oversized a bit too much for my liking.
Been looking at jeans myself lately, or something cool for the humid/heat of Chicago (unless I decide to really move to texas which is about the same *haha*)
Will look into what’s suggested here.April 20, 2009 at 9:39 am #17870muffinmanParticipant
is there anything worth putting on under a tux to protect you? so u dont haveto dress out when going somewhere formal? u feel me?April 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm #17871MunchParticipant
Actually …uh…no. Not quite sure what your sayin’April 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm #17873DKParticipant
There are some things like padded underwear and such that you could wear under your clothes, but why would you want to put your protection under your clothing when your clothing consists of formal wear? You would then be mingling and dancing in a lumpy tux. And if you are taking a date your girl is not going to be thrilled with a wind blown dress and helmet head.April 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm #17878SantaCruzRiderParticipant
I think Mr. Bond would likely go for a black textile oversuit that you can zip off, drape over the tank (mind the exhaust), and then head off for the baccarat tables.
Just be sure to watch the martinis.April 21, 2009 at 1:46 am #17907RupmiscParticipant
I have recently purchased a pair of Draggin’ Jeans, just denim except for Kevlar in butt and knees. They sell knee pads that velcro to the Kevlar. They also sell full kevlar long bottoms (with a stirrup to go under foot in boot. The pads will velcro to these too. Most riders will go without full gear some time. These things are better than plain jeans. I suspect, however, that they can move around and will never offer the protection of real gear.
I don’t want to argue about leather vs. textile, but for me its ATGATT (all the gear, all the time-or almost). A friend with 30 years riding and racing experience is in the hospital because he got hit from behind by a car ricocheting off another car. He swears that he is alive because of his leathers.
Riding jeans will provide some abrasion protection, but I suspect not as much, and way less impact protection, than full gear. All the Dianese stuff now provides slots for back protectors, or you can buy a standalone. It’s better if your pants zip to your jacket.
I don’t mean to be preachy. I wore jeans with knee pads to ride a mile to meet a friend for lunch. I wouldn’t on highway, or for any longer riding. Just me. Any gear works best when you don’t need it.April 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm #17936BuddhaDogParticipant
Hey, come on. I laugh every time I think about them, but really they could provide some good protection. Except for the ego; that could still get easily bruised even without the crash.
I’m still doing PLP and neighborhood back streets (25-45 mph), so I’ve got the helmet, leather jacket and gloves, but still wearing regular jeans.April 22, 2009 at 12:19 am #17944MunchParticipant
I wear chaps actually… as some one here pointed out they will not protect your arse should you end up sliding on it. However for the rest of ya your well covered. For me its more of a convenience to have the upper portion of my lower half accessible for that one to many Mt dew Situations. Try peeling outta a full leather racing suit while doing the pee pee dance….lol. I wear my chaps all the time without exception. I will also be getting some draggin’ jeans as re enforcement behind that for just in case.
As far as ego or image… if you carry yourself well and explain to the person grinning the purpose that grin fades into a head nod.
Ofcourse… me looking like I do … I rarely see the grin.April 23, 2009 at 5:40 am #17972IanCParticipant
I have sliders, Kevlar in the seat and knees. I wear them if I’m just running around the neighboorhod or errands at low speed. Not as good protection because no armor but certainly better than regular jeans. It’s all a trade off. If I’m hitting the twisties it’s the real riding pants.
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