In the past few years the motorcycle world has embraced the abrasion resistant motorcycle jeans and a slew of innovations in the field have meant that the humble riding denim is now coming very close to the protective properties of leather trousers, with the added benefit of allowing you to park the bike and walk around without looking like you're geared up to go win the Moto GP. A pair of riding denims fully lined with an aramid (usually Kevlar) can get mighty hot though. With a summer like the one we're having, you're going to want something a little more lightweight. Have a look at our selection of riding trousers that will keep you safe without roasting you on a sunny day.
The Resurgence Warrior is the perfect motorcycle jeans for the everyday rider. The warrior jean is equipped with a waist-to-shin Lite version of the PEKEV anti-abrasion liner that is used in the rest of the Resurgence collection, making it thinner, more breathable and more comfortable to wear. Considering PEKEV is twice as strong as Kevlar, that's still a whole lot of protection for your nether regions. Don't just take our word for it though: these jeans have passed and exceeded the CE level 1 abrasion test. They've got your ass covered should you come off the bike.
The Warrior jean utilises a technical denim outer layer called Promodal, making it light, soft and comfortable due to the stretch in the denim. It also means these jeans remain cool on the hottest days. Resurgence have even included an anti-bacterial agent, so the filthy amongst you don't need to wash their jeans as often. £139, armour optional.
The latest development in riding denims is the use of Dyneema: a lightweight fibre with impressive abrasion-resistant properties that can be woven into the fabric. This means manufacturers can now produce protective riding jeans in a single layer construction without adding the bulk, weight and warmth of an added aramid fibre liner.
The first single layer jean in this line-up is the Pando Moto Steel. Pando Moto is a European brand, founded in 2011, that embraces the single layer Dyneema philosophy and introduces the Steel Black: a slim fit pair of jeans made of stretch denim interwoven (55%) with Dyneema. This results in a 6.5sec slide time in accordance with EN17092. Impact protection is provided by Knox CE Level 1 knee armour and there are pockets for optional hip armour. These impressive stats are backed up by the fact that the Steel Black is a stylish, comfortable, slim fit jean that you can happily walk around in all day without overheating. Contrary to what the name might suggest, the Steels aren't actually Black. They're a very, very dark navy. Works for us! £330, knee armour included.
Another brand to produce a single layer jean is Knox. The Knox Dalton combines absolute top of the range components to create a stylish, comfortable jean. It is constructed out of high performance 13.7oz Dyneema stretch denim, offering outstanding abrasion resistance. Impact protection is provided in the shape of Knox's very own Micro-Lock armour in the hips and knees, indubitably some of the most advanced motorcycle armour available today. The result is a tough as nails motorcycle trouser that because of its single layer & stretchy design is also one of the most comfortable ones we've ever tried. One of our favourite features are the invisible external zips on the side of the knees, allowing you to easily remove or insert the knee armour. Anyone who has ever walked around in protective jeans knows how uncomfortable the knee armour can get when off the bike, so being able to just remove it and re-insert it in a matter of seconds is awesome. The Dalton's fit is between slim and skinny. £280, knee and hip armour included.
Ladies version also available: check out the Knox Dakota
Third and last of the single layer abrasion resistant jeans in this list is the Rokkertech. From the get-go Rokker has been impressing us with their state-of-the-art products. When it comes to safety and durability, they took their range to the next level and designed their take on a Dyneema-based riding jean. These jeans are constructed from ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE, because that rolls off the tongue a little better...) with fibres twice the strength of steel. The cotton is woven around these UHMWPE cores, meaning Rokker managed to cram a whole lot of abrasion resistance in a single-layered jean. The Rokkertech jeans are lighter, more comfortable and still stronger than most comparable protective jeans on the market. Making them an ideal fit for all-day use, even after you park the bike. Pockets for armour are of course incorporated in the design. £349, armour optional
The Motorpool is UglyBROS' most popular trouser and it's easy to see why. The combination of the elastic shirring on the knees and lower back panels, the cargo flap pockets and external knee armour pockets make for a striking design that stands out from the vast range of motorcycle trousers on offer today. The Motorpool is constructed from sturdy 11oz stretched denim and has pockets for the included Powertector CE-approved knee & hip protectors. The pockets for the knee armour are on the outside so the armour is easily inserted or removed. Perfect for when you get off the bike and decide you'll want to wear your Motorpool for the rest of the day. With a pair of trousers this good-looking we wouldn't hold it against you. They are nowhere near as abrasion resistant as the other jeans in this list, but will protect you from impact while riding through the city or exploring your favourite countryside roads. £319, knee and hip armour included
Kevlar-lined version also available: check out the Motorpool-K