MO Tested: Massive Riding Jeans Buyer's Guide – Part 1

Motorcycle.com Staff
by Motorcycle.com Staff

Motorcycle.com puts 34 pairs of riding jeans through the paces to see what sets each one apart from the others

If the Google machine dropped you directly on this page without seeing the introduction to MO’s Massive Riding Jeans Buyer’s Guide, and you are confused as to what’s going on, you should click here to read the introduction and the full listing of jeans. If you’re the adventurous type who just wants to jump to our individual reviews of 34 pairs of jeans, the Table of Contents below will only give you a direct link to jeans on this page. So, we still recommend that you go to the introduction. There’s a lot of good info to cover.

MO Tested: Massive Riding Jeans Buyer’s Guide – Introduction

Table of Contents

Alpinestars Barton

Reviewer Ryan Adams MSRP $250 Construction and Key Features Black stonewashed denim, Cargo pockets, Reinforced seat, Alpinestars Bio-Flex Plus knee armor included, Optional Bio-Flex hip armor, CE - Category II prEN17092 draft standards - A class Available Sizes US waist 28-40 in. Size Tested 32 True to Size? Yes Armor Included Knees Armor Type Bio-Flex Knee Armor (CE Level 1), Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Black Care Instructions Machine wash cold, Do not bleach, Do not tumble dry, Iron on low, Do not dry clean

I’m either getting old or just being fashionable. I think I’ll pretend it’s the latter, but man, these cargo pockets are really convenient! The Barton jeans from Alpinestars definitely come in on the more fashion oriented side with the only protective bit being the Bio Flex knee armor (which you can also get for the hips). Some of the edges are lightly distressed and the denim has a slight patina to it. There is also an extra layer of denim at the seat.

Perhaps because these are just jeans with knee armor basically, they’re extremely comfortable. The denim is soft and the fit is spot on for swinging a leg over any motorcycle, no matter how big or tall it is. The inseam measured at 32.5 inches.

Alpinestars Compass Pro

Reviewer Ryan Adams MSRP $315 Construction and Key Features 14 oz High performance HDF stretch CORDURA denim with additional aramid fiber knitted inserts, Water-resistant HYDRO treated garment for protection against light rain, Rideknit stretch inserts, waist connection zipper, Zippers at lower legs to fit over touring boots, Two-position adjustable Nucleon Flex Plus armor (knees), Bio-Flex armor (hips), Certified to CE - Category II EN17092 standards - AA class Available Sizes US Waist 28-40 in. Size Tested 32 True to Size? No, runs long Armor Included Knees, hips Armor Type Nucleon Flex Plus Knee Armor, Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Blue, Black Care Instructions Machine was cold, Do not bleach, Do not tumble dry, Iron on low, Do not dry clean

The Compass Pro jeans are meant to be somewhat of a touring version of riding jeans. Features like the waist connection zipper, zippers at the hems, and water-resistant Hydro treatment all point to this. Compared to the other Alpinestars jeans here, I would call the fit “regular” and with the amount of stretch (which is substantial) in the Cordura denim and other stretch panels, they’re very comfortable.

My only issue with the fit is that the inseam is really long, even compared to the other Astars jeans. This also means the knee armor is slightly lower than I would prefer even in the higher of the two positions. Speaking of the knee armor, the super flexible Nucleon Flex Plus armor is easy to forget that it’s even there. I like the black colorway on these because the stretch panels and Astars branding is more subdued than the blue.

Alpinestars Copper Pro

Reviewer Ryan Adams MSRP $240 Construction and Key Features 14 oz High performance HDF stretch CORDURA(R) denim with additional aramid fiber inserts, Ergonomic pre-curved regular fit, External triple stitching for strength, Two-position adjustable Nucleon Flex Plus armor (knees), Bio-Flex armor (hips), Certified to CE - Category II EN17092 standards - AA class Available Sizes US waist 28-40 in. Size Tested 32 True to Size? Yes Armor Included Knees, Hips Armor Type Nucleon Flex Plus Knee Armor, Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Blue, Dark Blue Care Instructions Machine was cold, Do not bleach, Do not tumble dry, Iron on low, Do not dry clean

The Copper riding jean has been a staple of Alpinestars technical denim for some time now and has gone through multiple refreshes along the way. This latest version ups the comfort thanks to the stretch Cordura and pre-curved cut of the legs. The Copper Pro has a regular/tapered fit. Between the Astars jeans reviewed here, the Copper is a bit more snug than the Compass, but offers slightly more room than the other two.

In terms of protection, the Copper has your a** covered. From the Cordura denim backed with aramid panels in key areas, to the flexible Nucleon and Bio-flex armor, the amount of protective qualities in this garment is about as good as it gets from Alpinestars. Inseam measured at 33.5 inches.

Alpinestars Diesel AS-DSL Daiji

Reviewer Ryan Adams MSRP $300 Construction and Key Features Stretch denim with aramid inserts in key areas, Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus knee armor included, Bio-Flex hip armor (optional), CE Category II PPE EN17092-4:2020 - A class Available Sizes US waist 28-40 in. Size Tested 32 True to Size? Yes Armor Included Knees Armor Type Nucleon Flex Knee Armor (CE Level 1), Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Black Washed, Blue Distressed Care Instructions Machine was cold, Do not bleach, Do not tumble dry, Iron on low, Do not dry clean

Continuing the fashionable trend – and an ongoing partnership that has produced some unique gear from jeans to jackets – Alpinestars and high-end jean designer Diesel have collaborated to bring us the AS-DSL Daiji.

The Daiji is made from super soft stretch denim and has aramid panels in key impact areas like the seat and knees and comes with Astar’s Nucleon knee armor (hip armor pockets can also accept optional armor). These are the softest and most comfortable jeans that I’ve tested here. The Barton would be a close second, but doesn’t provide as much abrasion resistance. The inseam measured at 33 inches on these which makes them easy to wear cuffed or not for me and my 30-inch inseam. The Daiji is also precurved for extra comfort on the bike and has some stitching that wraps around from the front to the back around the knees that shows this. If comfort and style is key, Diesel and Alpinestars have you covered with the Daiji.

Alpinestars Stella Courtney

Reviewer Caitlin Maher MSRP $220 Construction and Key Features Regular fit stretch denim, Interior aramidic fiber reinforcement panels in the side hip and knee area. Knee armor and foam hip pads included. Available Sizes US 24-34 Size Tested 28 True to Size? No, runs small - sized up one from measurements Armor Included Knee Armor Type Bio Light Knee Armor (CE Level 1), Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Dark Rinse, Washed Blue Care Instructions Machine wash warm - Lay flat to dry.

These feel and fit like your favorite worn-in skinny jean, though with the added panels of Aramid abrasion resistant fabric, they lend a bit more protection than your Levi’s. The knee armor pocket is adjustable for those who may be shorter or taller than average, and the fabric feels light and breezy while riding in the sun.

I feel like these blend seamlessly into my rotation of motorcycle jeans that get worn out and about and are an easy choice on some of the hotter riding days.

Alpinestars Stella Angeles Denim Jeans

Reviewer Caitlin Maher MSRP $225 Construction and Key Features Straight fit constructed with a stretch denim cordura, classic 5-pocket style with interior pockets for knee and hip armor. Jeans have a regular rise and are single layer, with a cotton lined front panel incorporated into the adjustable knee armor pocket. Available Sizes US 24-34 Size Tested 29 True to Size? No, runs small - sized up 2 sizes Armor Included Knee Armor Type Bioflex Knee Armor (CE Level 2), Bioflex Hip Armor (CE Level 1) Available Colors Midtone Blue, Rinse Plus Blue Care Instructions Machine wash warm - Lay flat to dry.

These are a classic blue jean, and while you cant go wrong with the cut, I was hoping for the reinforced lining found in other AlpineStars jeans, specifically in the seat of the pants. These are the lowest rise of the sampled jeans and had a decent amount of stretch to the Cordura.

The included knee armor was soft and flexible, and though visibly flattening across the front of the knee while standing, it molded to the shape of the bend while riding the bike.

Atwyld Backroads Moto Jeans

Reviewer Caitlin Maher MSRP $389 Construction and Key Features Mid-high rise straight leg jean with Dyneema single layer abrasion resistance, includes pockets for knee and hip armor. Available Sizes US 24- 40 Size Tested 27 True to Size? Yes Armor Included Knee, hip Armor Type D30 Ghost Armor Hip and Knee Available Colors Midnight Blue Denim Care Instructions Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat.

These are lightweight, hip, and so soft you’d swear they’re already broken in! Breathable single layer means high temps are more than bearable on the bike, and the high waist and deep pockets keep you fashionable and practical no matter where your ride takes you.

Easily has taken one of the top spots on my daily riding gear list, and just recently went cross country with me earlier this summer.

Bull-It Covert Evo Slim Jeans

Reviewer Troy Siahaan MSRP $170 Construction and Key Features Single layer denim infused with Covec for abrasion resistance from top to bottom. Extremely stretchable material for a denim riding jean. Available Sizes 2830 in. (short) - 4034 in. Size Tested 3030 (short) True to Size? Yes Armor Included None Armor Type Bull-It 264 CE Level 2 Knee Armor, Bull-It 267 CE Level 2 Hip Armor Available Colors Black, Blue Care Instructions Wash inside out, with similar colors, use mild detergent, cold rinse slow spin, do not bleach, do not tumble dry.

Another single layer jean infused with Bull-It’s own proprietary Covec material from top to bottom (not just in impact zones) for abrasion resistance worthy of a AA rating up to 75kph. The Covec material also has lower thermal conductivity, reducing the chances of friction burns. The slim fit is true to the name, so I’m glad the stretch material is very stretchy so I can move around both on and off the bike.

Still, the slim fit limits my movement when really trying to get my lower body off the bike for spirited riding. It’s also a problem on ADV bikes with tall seats and wide tanks, making it hard to splay my legs enough to get a foot on the ground. Bull-It jeans are sold in the US without armor for a lower price point, but also resulting in a AA rating. The pockets for the armor are available, and if purchased separately will equal the cost of the jeans in Europe, where they are sold already installed in the jeans for a AAA rating. Nice jeans, but the slim fit isn’t my style.

Bull-It Mens Onyx Black Slim

Reviewer Troy Siahaan MSRP $130 Construction and Key Features Single layer denim infused with Covec for abrasion resistance from top to bottom. Extremely stretchable material for a denim riding jean. Available Sizes US waist 28 in. (short) - 40 (tall) Size Tested 30 (short) True to Size? Yes Armor Included None Armor Type Bull-It 264 CE Level 2 Knee Armor, Bull-It 267 CE Level 2 Hip Armor Available Colors Black Care Instructions Wash inside out, with similar colors, use mild detergent, cold rinse slow spin, do not bleach, do not tumble dry.

Another single layer jean infused with Bull-It’s own proprietary Covec material from top to bottom (not just in impact zones) for abrasion resistance worthy of a AA rating up to 75kph. The slim fit is true to the name, so I’m glad the stretch material is very stretchy so I can move around both on and off the bike. Still, the slim fit is too tight for me to truly move around freely during a canyon run. Bull-It jeans are sold in the US without armor for a lower price point, but also resulting in a AA rating.

The pockets for the armor are available, and if purchased separately will equal the cost of the jeans in Europe, where they are sold already installed in the jeans for a AAA rating. Overall, the Bull-It jeans seem like well-made denim, but the slim fit is simply not my taste. I have a hard time seeing myself wearing these going forward.

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  • DickRuble DickRuble on Sep 28, 2022

    "Machine was[h] cold, Do not bleach, Do not tumble dry, Iron on low, Do not dry clean" -- What's more delicate than a silk tuxedo, more expensive too, and you look like a sausage wearing them?

  • Old MOron Old MOron on Sep 30, 2022

    I noticed a pattern on this page.
    There are six jeans intended for men and three intended for women.
    The men's jeans all have CE rating information. Ryan mentions CE ratings under Construction and Key Features, and Troy discusses CE ratings in his narrative.
    The women's jeans seem to have no CE rating.
    Is this because the OEM don't bother to certify women's jeans?
    If the jeans are CE certified, why is this not mentioned?

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