Riding jeans

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

Spidi Furious Pro

When wearing the Spidi Furious Pro jeans, you won’t be mistaken for wearing street jeans. These are unmistakably techinical riding gear. From the slim, leg-hugging fit to the knee accordion panels to the stretchy crotch to the Spidi logo on the outside of each thigh, the Furious pro mean riding business. The fit on the legs and waist is snug but slightly stretchy. This is great for eliminating leg flap and keeping you flexible on the bike, but once you’re off the bike, the jeans feel like technical riding gear. The fabric is slightly stiff and feels like it will take some time to break in completely. However, the lack of internal protective layers means that the jeans breath a little better, garnering Spidi’s highest level claim of transpiration, the ability to allow sweat to evaporate. The 34-in. inseam places these jeans on the longer side, but those who, like myself, don’t like to fold up jeans will find that they bunch nicely around the boot. A good choice at a reasonable price for all this protection.

Spidi J-Tracker

If it weren’t for the knee armor, I’d swear I was wearing a pair of my old, broken-in jeans. That’s not to say the armor is uncomfortable. It is soft and flexible and easily removable through an external zipper. The construction of the crotch keeps them from binding, despite the slim fit.

The 34-in. inseam is a little long for my 32-in. legs. There is a horizontal loop in the center of the rear belt loops for attaching to a jacket to keep it from riding up. The airflow through the fabric is better than most riding jeans. I really like these jeans a lot for day-to-day riding.

Spidi J&Dyneema Eco/3D Slim

The Spidi J&Dyneema have the feel of new, unwashed denim, though they do have a slight stretch. Although the jeans are stiffer than the J-Trackers, they are quite comfortable, and with the jet black color, they could almost pass as dress jeans. The construction of the crotch keeps them from binding, despite the slim fit. Airflow is good, so they don’t retain heat.

The knee armor is comfortable and offers plenty of height adjustment to accomodate different length legs. Additionally, the knee armor extends down the shin more than on some jeans. Great feeling jeans, and they should be at this price.

Stellar Moto Brand Comet Commuter Jeans

This is the first pair of moto jeans I’ve tried on where the waistband doesn’t cut in uncomfortably. While I will end up hemming the length to fit my short legs and love of lace-up boots, this pair of skinny stretch jeans fits as well as your trusty old pair of Joe’s.

The Eclipse colorway initially felt stiffer than the blue washed indigo, but after a hot days ride, they feel more than broken in.

Stellar Moto Brand Utopia Utility Pants

I’ve never had a pair of moto pants turn so many heads, but here we are! Utopia Utility Pants live up to their name.. Yes, that’s a hammer loop! And more pockets than you’ll know what to do with. The single layer Dyneema is cool and smooth on the inside, and robust as your old canvas workpants on the outside.

My number 1 choice when the temperature leans toward the triple digits, and they’re roomy enough to throw a pair of leggings under when the temps dip back down. Bonus feature – They can be dyed to order, so if you’re itching for blood red or mint green riding pants, these are the golden ticket!

Trilobite Micas Urban Slim

Hey, acid wash may be no longer cool in the West, but it’s never gone out in the Czech Republic, where Trilobite jeans come from. Anyway, they’re also available in a solid grey. Whatever color you choose, these are great, stretchy-comfy jeans with a high-waisted cut out back to keep drafts out. Kevlar lining is the original way of backstopping jeans, before Dyneema came along. And in these it adds almost no bulk, mostly because the Kevlar doesn’t extend past the bottom of your bottom in back, and only down to the knee on the sides.

There’s more Kevlar in front of your knees, in addition to the CE level 2 knee armor. Trilobite markets these as more for city and scooter riders. One outstanding feature is a hidden zipper under each accordion knee panel, which makes getting to/adjusting the included knee armor a snap. Super comfortable, stretchable and flexible.

Trilobite Parado

These stretchy, form-fitting jeans moved directly to the top of my heap when they showed up 2.5 years ago, and they’re still among my favorites to wear. Sewn from a 98% cotton/2% elastane fabric, they’re even more form-fitting thanks to the accordion panels in the knees and at the back – and AFAIK these are the only jeans with an elastic crotch panel: That not only gives increased flexibility, it lets a lot of air in where you need it most. Even more airflow comes in from the long outer thigh vents when you unzip them.

For protection, we’ve got Dupont Kevlar inside the knees and seat for abrasion resistance; CE level 2 hip and knee armor are included, along with a cool embroidered Trilobite. Great jeans and solid construction.

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