Riding Jeans Shootout: Icon 1000 Rouser vs. Rev’It Campo

It’s baggy vs tight in this battle for denim supremacy

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Motorcycle apparel manufacturers have really upped the game when it comes to combining comfort, style and protection in a pair of riding jeans. Of course, pricing is significantly more than your average $47 pair of Levi 501s, but the protection afforded by the moto-specific denim is worlds better than regular jeans, making them well worth the entry fee.

We recently acquired a pair of Icon 1000 Rouser and Rev’It Campo riding jeans. Outward appearances show the two being quite similar, and they are in many respects. However, once worn, there are some significant differences. Here’s the breakdown between the two when compared against one another.

Fit/Comfort

I wear a 33-inch waist size, but the Rouser’s 34-inch waist fits as snug as a 32-inch waist. For my 34-inch inseam, the jeans get caught under my heels when walking.

I wear a 33-inch waist size, but the Rouser’s 34-inch waist fits as snug as a 32-inch waist. For my 34-inch inseam, the jeans get caught under my heels when walking.

If the jeans don’t fit, you must acquit. Regardless how protective they might be, if you’re all muffin top because the waist is too tight, you ain’t gonna be wearing them. Why sizing is such a difficult thing to get right never ceases to amaze us. You’d think a 33-inch waist would be the same whether it’s Icon, Rev’It, Levis or True Religion, but for some reason, it’s not. Case in point, the 33-inch waist measurement of the Campo jeans fit just right while the 34-inch Rousers are as tight as if they are a 32-inch waist.

Then there’s the inseam, which, for Icon, is the inverse of its waist measurement. The claimed 34-inch inseam of the Rouser has enough extra material you’d swear it’s more like 36 inches. You can roll the pant legs up, but the wide, bootleg-like cut had the Rouser’s flapping in the wind and catching on motorcycle hard parts. The Campo’s 34-inch inseam and tapered cut is preferable in both length and fit.

My wife thinks the tight-fitting Campos are sexy, but their skinny jeans hipsterness isn’t for everyone. The narrow-cut leg keeps the jeans from flapping in the wind and are great for ankle boots, but anything taller and you’re gonna have trouble getting the Campos to fit over the top of.

My wife thinks the tight-fitting Campos are sexy, but their skinny jeans hipsterness isn’t for everyone. The narrow-cut leg keeps the jeans from flapping in the wind and are great for ankle boots, but anything taller and you’re gonna have trouble getting the Campos to fit over the top of.

When it comes to overall fit, the very Euro-cut Rev’Its feel like a tight-wearing pair of skinny jeans, whereas the more loosely fitting Rousers hang in baggier fashion. What makes the tightness of the Campos tolerable, especially when riding, is Rev’Its use of mechanical stretch.

Construction

According to Rev’It, the stretchability of most garments is found in the fabric comprising the garment, whereas the Campo’s stretchability is in the weaving of the fabric. Okay, sure. Whether it’s the fabric or the weave, the stretchability of the Campos certainly adds an additional level of comfort.

Icon uses contrasting gold stitching throughout, while Rev'It uses various colors of stitching. More importantly, Rev'It triple stitches all major seams.

Icon uses contrasting gold stitching throughout, while Rev’It uses various colors of stitching. More importantly, Rev’It triple stitches all major seams.

Icon’s Rousers use a 30/70 Kevlar denim blend throughout the jean’s entire carcass, allowing for simpler construction without any extra protective panels or liners. Rev’It’s Campos are constructed with an outer shell comprised of a Cordura denim with CoolMax, with a PWR/shield knit protective layer in the areas around your knees and arse. Rev’It claims this combination is more abrasion resistant than leather.

Rev’It made an interesting adjustment when the company’s designers decided to relocate the crotch seam from its historically centered location to higher up the trousers’ backside. While the arrangement makes for some interesting seam lines, it does help to relocate pressure points you’d otherwise be sitting atop of.

Hard to see in this image, but there is some extra stitching around the knee where the internal body armor pocket reside in the Campo jeans. The Icon Rousers have no visible exterior stitching but there are zippers on the side of the knee for removing the body armor.

Hard to see in this image, but there is some extra stitching around the knee where the internal body armor pocket reside in the Campo jeans. The Icon Rousers have no visible exterior stitching but there are zippers on the side of the knee for removing the body armor.

Protection

Both jeans are made to be casual-wear-acceptable by downplaying the fact that both are built to protect motorcyclists from bodily damage if involved in a crash. But they are made to protect a wearer in the event of a crash – courtesy of not only the materials the jeans are constructed from, mentioned above, but also by the included body armor within. Icon chooses to provide knee protection using D30’s T5 EVO while Rev’It uses Knox Lite protectors, both of which conform to CE Level 1 protection.

Easy access to Icon’s knee protectors is granted via external zippers. The Campos also have hip pockets for the optional Knox Lite CE-approved hip protectors; Icon does not.

Easy access to Icon’s knee protectors is granted via external zippers. The Campos also have hip pockets for the optional Knox Lite CE-approved hip protectors; Icon does not.

While seemingly equally protective, the big difference is Icon’s knee protectors just kinda float within the compartment while Rev’It’s fit into into a smaller pocket that holds them in place and are adjustable to two positions. The snug placement combined with the Campo’s tighter fit is important because body armor than can move away from impact areas won’t fully protect its wearer in the event of a crash.

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Icon 1000 Rouser

Editor Score: 81.5%
Aesthetics 8.75/10
Protection 7.75/10
Value 7.5/10
Comfort/Fit 8.25/10
Quality/Design 7.75/10
Weight 9.0/10
Options/Selection 7.75/10
Innovation 7.5/10
Weather Suitability 8.5/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 8.75/10
Overall Score81.5/100

Rev'it Campo

Editor Score: 89.75%
Aesthetics 8.75/10
Protection 9.25/10
Value 8.5/10
Comfort/Fit 8.75/10
Quality/Design 9.5/10
Weight 9.0/10
Options/Selection 9.0/10
Innovation 9.0/10
Weather Suitability 9.0/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 9.0/10
Overall Score89.75/100

In terms of quality, we found Icon’s Rouser to have an abundance of loose threads, lacking the same attention to detail as Rev’It gives to its Campos. However, at $230 the Rousers are $40 less than the Campo’s retail price of $270. The bad news is Icon is sold out of the current model Rouser. An updated version should be out soon with possibly more features.

For more information on these products, other riding jeans models or other motorcycle apparel availble from either manufacturer, check out rideicon.com and revitusa.com.

Nap testing proved the Icon 1000 Rousers to be an effective barrier against the jaggedness of this rock wall.

Nap testing proved the Icon 1000 Rousers to be an effective barrier against the jaggedness of this rock wall.

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4 Comments

  1. imprezive
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    How do you not have a single picture of a person standing up wearing up both jeans.

  2. Koczk
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    AGV has a new pair of Kevlar jeans, the “Corsicas.” Just got them and added d30 knee armour. Kevlar lining throughout, not just in certain spots. The pants are not baggy but not skinny cut either – simply straight down the leg.

    $109 Canadian, which means you folks south of the border could grab them even cheaper. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

  3. Steven Green
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Best fit is to send a pair of your Wranglers to Motoport USA. You mark where you want your knee armor. A few days, weeks or months later your Kevlar or Kevlar Mesh pants show up. I got tired of baggy rear ends with Draggin Jeans. These jeans shown ain’t cheap. The BMW City Denim jeans are another one to look at made of a “cordura/cotton blend” great armor in them but not sure about the fabric. In the end leather is the best but kevlar/Cordura 1000 might be even better and stronger. Bottom line is that a pair or regular Levi’s are about worthless in the event of a spill. The most expensive pair of riding pants pale in comparison to one day in a hospital with a nice skin graft. Dress for the crash and better to sweat than to bleed.

  4. scott
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Cycle Gear had their Iron Workers on sale for $79.99, so I picked up a pair. They come with kevlar, knee pads, slots for hip pads, and although normally I wear a 30in inseam, a pair of their 36′s fit nicely with my boots on.
    Very comfortable

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