Hey everybody! I’ve been looking into getting myself a pair of protective jeans for riding in the warmer weather and decided to treat myself to a pair of the Richa Hammer Motorcycle Jeans! Today has been raining quite heavily so I’m a bit disappointed I couldn’t wear them as I make this blog post but I’ll do my best to say all I can about them.
I’ll be honest, when I first did my research into finding a decent pair of motorcycle jeans I was turned off the the idea of getting the Richa Hammers. looking at the website made the jeans seems as though they were just regular jeans with a Richa price tag. So I avoided them for quite a while, thinking that for £90 maybe just a regular pair of jeans was all I was going to get. But then I managed to get a look at a pair in person and I was so pleasantly surprised that I tried them on and bought a pair the same day.
Despite what the website may say and how it may make these jeans look- you’re getting a lot more in the Richa Hammer Jeans than it leads you to believe. I bought the black pair to see how they are and when I can I’ll definitely be investing another pair, probably in one of the blues to mix things up a bit. Compared to the blue options, the black jeans may seem a little plain but with a bit of wear, a bit of oil from tinkering and a few washes, they’ll soon earn themselves some character.
Now on to the inside- the part that surprised me. I turned the jeans inside out to see what we’re dealing with and I got a good look at the Polycotton lining inside. Its there mostly for comfort’s sake as jeans constantly rubbing on bare leg flesh can get a bit irritating but its also quite effective at wicking away moisture. But what surprised me was the inclusion of the Kevlar, a feature completely missed by the website listing. The Kevlar covers the rear, sides of the thighs and knees on the inside of the pants to offer you some brilliant abrasion resistance- which is part of the whole reason for getting bike jeans in the first place.
The next surprise was a bit more obvious as they came in a little bag of their own and had I had to put them in the jeans myself. The jeans came with knee armour, another feature that the website failed to mention! It was a nice surprise though and part of the reason why I decided that I wasn’t going to find any others at better value for money. The knee armour pads come in their own sealed pouches, covered in a comfort material with plenty of stitching. They secure to the inside of the jeans using loops and poppers that I thought were quite weak looking at first but when I purposely tried to pull one of them off- it didn’t tear even a little bit. I do have to say though that the poppers are quite noticeable while wearing the jeans with the armour installed, you can feel them from time to time and if you catch them just the wrong way, they’ll dig in a little bit. Personally I think this is something I’ll either get used to or I’ll find a way to hack around it by putting something over them. Perhaps it may not be as noticeable after wearing them for some time and the materials have all worn in a bit for some extra room around the knees.
The Richa Hammer Motorcycle Jeans are a straight cut in shape, nothing tailored or fancy like you may find in other designer jeans of the not-suitable-for-motorcycling sort but they’re still very comfortable. I got myself the 34″ Waist in the Regular leg length, which equated to 33″ if I recall, and it fits me just right. Even if they were a little short it wouldn’t have bothered me too much as I tend to tuck my jeans into my boots anyway. Oh and the last pleasant surprise of these jeans, as silly as it may seem, is that the fly has a zipper instead of buttons. Buttons are always so fiddly and I find they pop open sometimes so knowing that they have a zipper is a luxury.
Honestly, I really love them. The only thing that could make these jeans any better would be the inclusion of a small, YKK Vislon Zipper at the back of the jeans to accommodate the zipper of my Rev’It Masaru Jacket. I actually have the other half of that zipper still on my Masaru so I could always sew it onto the jeans myself if I wished. But if I wear a belt and use my jacket’s belt loops, its not really a problem. Such as they are, the Richa Hammer Motorcycle Jeans would go excellently with a number of other summer or casual riding items we have and they’re just one of a whole selection of Motorcycle Jeans we sell at Ghostbikes.com. So if the Hammers aren’t for you, there’s sure to be something else that suits.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com