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Kevlar Liners - review

Bought Draggin Jeans kevlar liners last year and thought I would post a review as these seem to be a unique item and I've had them long enough to comment.

They are basically long under ware/base layer made out of abrasion resistant kevlar. The knees and seat have a double layer of kevlar. The kevlar is non absorbent so wicks perspiration and does not make you a lot hotter in the heat provided the outer layer is a breathable material like jeans. They also work well as insulation when used with a wind proof outer layer like motorcycle pants.

I wear them as a base layer in the cold under my motorcycle pants and in mild to warm weather under jeans. The main reason I bought them though is so I would have some abrasion protection while wearing just jeans or street pants. As for the abrasion resistance they offer, I would say it is better than motorcycle jeans as there is more coverage but cannot really comment, as I have not crashed in them. I would suspect the Kevlar blend would be similar to Cordura or thin leather.

The only thing I would not recommend is the optional armor that comes with these. The liners have no pockets for armor and the armor pads come with velcro stickers which are supposed to stick to the kevlar but don't. If you want armor much better to look to something like the Icon strap on knee/shin guards that can be worn under or over jeans.


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The wife and I rode down to Hickory NC to their shop and tried on several jeans. Ended up buying a pair of those liners for me as well as my wife. We like them for the abrasion resistance they offer. We didn't really care for the style and fit of their jeans.. If they could have contracted with a designer company to make them a little nicer than the farmer look, I may have bought a pair.

The Draggin Jeans shop has a few pair of their jeans in the shop on display of actual crashes and slides. Even though the denim was torn, the kevlar held up. At the time we were their, nobody had wrecked in the liners under regular jeans.

They do get warm in the summer, but not as warm as thermals. they do breath quite well but another layer on a hot day adds up.

Overall, anything to help if we go down is good in my book!

P.S. Sprocket was correct on the armor.. Don't bother, we tried it before we bought and it was a no-go.

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Thanks.. Ive been looking at these..

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Love mine but I don't think they are really a direct replacement for good motorcycle pants, more like a nice to have warm to hot weather alternative/supplement. I would consider these a more versatile alternative to motorcycle jeans but not a replacement for motorcycle pants. In current cooler conditions jeans with liners are just too cool as they don't block the wind from penetrating to the skin (the wind penetration they allow is a good thing in warmer weather though). For dedicated riding I prefer vented/insulated/armored motorcycle pants but when what I am wearing at the destination is an issue these are really nice to have. They also work very well as a base layer under motorcycle pants and the extra abrasion resistance sure can't hurt.

They don't have the warmth or protection of good motorcycle pants but IMO are more versatile than motorcycle jeans and as Capt Kirk mentioned you are not limited to farmer jean styling. I throw mine on under dockers for wear to the office, and like the Depends ad says, only you know your wearing them

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I've been thinking about getting a pair of these for under my street pants during the warmer weather.

How true to size are they? Right on? Small? Big?

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I have the draggin jeans guys and am VERY HAPPY with them. I'm in Arizona and it's bitchin hot here, but can manage the draggin jeans okay.

had to return a pair of the "relaxed" fit recently, just too big and baggy. They gave me full credit, no issues. The regular they sent in replace fit perfect.

Honestly, knowing the kevlar is there is beneficial. Hope there's no need to test it out, but like having it
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How true to size are they? Right on? Small? Big?
Right on. I wear 32 jeans and I wear the Meduim (32-34) liners under them with no issues.
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Right on. I wear 32 jeans and I wear the Meduim (32-34) liners under them with no issues.
Thanks... that info helps...

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You say there is good air flow with theses liners do you think they would work well with mesh riding pants in the summer that you would remain comfortable with added protection.


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You say there is good air flow with theses liners do you think they would work well with mesh riding pants in the summer that you would remain comfortable with added protection.
Hard to say as it could be left up to personal interpretation. I can say it would be cooler than wearing thermal underwear or jeans along with the mesh pants. It is another layer... Hope this helps.
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