When shopping for anything to do with motorcycle gear it’s not uncommon to hear people ask if something is even worth the price tag. Or for us to compare price tags and go with a less expensive option because we all like to save money where we can. But there’s a particular piece of motorcycle gear where the market is only filled with expensive price tags- Biker jeans. I prefer mine to be Kevlar lined and with armour in the knees but you’d be hard pressed to find a pair below £89.99 and you’re more likely to find them over £100. So is there a difference between an £89.99 pair of Richa Hammer Jeans compared to the £179.98 Rev’It Nelson Jeans beside the huge price gap?
Yes, there is a difference. On the outside you’re just looking at a pair of jeans but what do they have beneath the denim? Instead of just going by price, really consider what you want out of your jeans first so that you can compare apples to apples properly.
More often than not you can expect to be getting more features if you’re willing to spend more money. The range of features in the jeans can include reinforced materials, armour pockets, armour pockets with armour actually in them, waterproofing and more. So you can spend £89.99 on the Richa Hammers that provide an aramid lined pair of jeans with CE Level 1 armour in the knees. Or you can spend £199.98 on the Rev’It Orlandos and you’ll get a pair of jeans with all the bells, whistles and waterproofing.
So I’m going to outline some of my personal choices based on different price ranges- Under £100, £101 to £150 and £151+.
I’ve already mentioned my first pick as my choice for the under £100 range is the Oxford Super Sliderz SS2 Kevlar Jeans. For £89.99 you’re getting a really good pair of jeans with a great level of protection. Underneath what is already a really protective shell, with triple stitching, they’re lined with 100% DuPont Kevlar, some of the best and most abrasive resistant material if you ever happen to find yourself sliding down the road. For a bit of better impact protection the Oxford Sliderz come supplied with certified CE Level 1 armour for the knees too. They also have a heavy duty fly zip, something I really like about these jeans as I’ve always found buttons to be fiddly and not as secure. They’re an excellent pair of pants that offer most of what a biker needs out of a pair of jeans in this price range.
My next pick, for the £101 to £150 price range is the Furygan Jean 01 Textile Motorcycle Trousers. At £119.99 they offer a fair bit. Its reinforced with triple and quadruple stitching to ensure it all stays together in a slide, they have Kevlar aramid reinforcements and they come with armour for the knees. Honestly my only little gripe about these jeans is that they look a bit plain but I’m sure with a while of wear and some washes that will just fix it’s self and give them some more character.
And lastly, for my £151+ price range I have to choose the Rev’It Orlando H2O Black Motorcycle Jeans. For £199.98 you’d hope these jeans have a whole lot to offer and they really do. There’s reinforced materials like polycotton twill, stretch Denim and Rev’It’s PWR Shield lining- these jeans are tough and will save your skin. It has SEESMART CE Level 1 armour protection in the knees, is prepared with pockets for additional hip protection, tripple needle stitching- there’s so much these jeans dedicated to making them as safe as they look awesome. And the icing on the cake is that these jeans also have a waterproof membrane- so if it rains, you can leave your over-trousers at home and you can keep looking awesome.
So those are a few of my favourite jeans, currently. I hear one of our own brands, Black, may be doing jeans in the future as well so I really look forward to that and presenting those to you.
Thanks for reading, everyone. Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com