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Armored Jean You'd recommend?

I am looking for a new pair of armored riding jeans. I have a pair of Cortech DSX jeans that I really dont like because the knee armor hangs really low, does not stay in front of my knee and seems like it will not be where its needed if I fell. So my question is: has anyone bought a pair of armored jeans that they really like and would recommend? I am also thinking of buying Bohn Armor as well and just wear that under a pair of levis or carhartts.
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Dont have a pair but i hear good things about ICON jeans

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Im going to check the Draggin Jeans, their stuff looks just like the old navy jeans i wear all the time that actually fit me. I tried Joe Rocket, and those things are made for women. The waist line sits right on your hips. Like the jeans you see younger girls wearing now, "hip huggers." Not a good look on a man, that and the space between the top of the jeans by your waist and down to your crotch is crazy small. You pretty much have to tuck your"self" into one pant leg or the other.
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I have a couple of pairs of Draggin' Jeans... love them, comfy as, i wear them too my work, and throughout the day. Ive had one small off with no damage to the jeans ...i would highly recommend the Bohn gear if your not wearing leathers tho as there is no real padding at all (except for the anti-abrasion Kevlar knit in the knees and butt area) in the jeans.
i have a buddy who has Hornee jeans, they are a slightly different cut but are basically the same thing.

http://dragginjeans.com.au/index.htm
http://www.hornee.com.au/site/

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Duluth trading company fire hose canvas pants

See http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/c...ure=product_15 I've had a pair since christmas- fit like a pair of man pants..

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Denim Pants

My wife might purchase the ALPINESTARS RODEO DENIM TEXTILE PANTS , they come with CE Armor, are available in two colors I think. ( Black - Blue ).
Personally I prefere regular motorcycle pants over my everyday jeans. Denim is a weak material for that " what if " occasion.

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+1 on Draggin Jeans super comfy and tough as hell
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Andreas, I think we all know that jeans aren't good protection. We are looking at the jeans with kevlar and appropriate pads. Check the video on the Draggin Jeans web site.
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I normally wear the Aerostich or the Motoport for commuting to/from work. On the odd occasion that I ride for pleasure and the day is not hot, I'll wear a Vanson jacket and a Diamond Gusset jeans (www.gussetclothing.com) with Bohn armor pants underneath. The Diamond Gusset has Kelvar patches all over (knee, hip/thigh, butt) and is cut a bit more generous so that the Bohn armor fits really well. It fits me better than the Draggin Jeans or regular Levis when sitting on the bike. But because of the Kevlar patches and the Bohn pants underneath, you will sweat if the ambient temperature goes above 80F and you're in bumper-bumper traffic crawl. But, the gusset patch along the crotch keeps the 'boys' relative stress-free. The waist is a higher cut and it has extra belt loops to prevent the plumber's ass-crack look while riding a sports bike. Finally, it has a velcro strap on each cuff to adjust the closure to the boot and prevent flapping while underway. Oh yeah for the protectionists among us , it's made in TN USA.
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Check out Hood Jeans. They are a UK company, but will ship to the US. Have much more protection that Draggin' Jeans or the like. Kevlar lining is down to boot top height. They even make a pant that I can wear to work and no one can tell they are motorcycle jeans. Optional Knox armor, both knee and hip, make you feel even safer. Cost a bit more than US made gear, but I went down in a pair and didn't get a hint of road rash. Highly recommended...

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I bought a couple pair of Sliders from compacc.com. They fit really well. What I like is you can buy them in Khaki or cargo pants of various colors with the kevlar as well as the jean versions.
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I have the Cortech and really like them. Bought them just before riding in 111 degree heat for 4 days. Worked great. Yeah, the knee pads are low when you're standing, but when sitting on the V they are just right for me.
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Andreas, I think we all know that jeans aren't good protection. We are looking at the jeans with kevlar and appropriate pads. Check the video on the Draggin Jeans web site.
Thanks - gave the info to my wife, she's looking at different pants. Now if I could only be smart enough to actually be an ATGATT. I'm waiting for cooler weather and that's just a lame excuse.

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The video on their web site is pretty cool. I looked at jeans for my gf on their website yesterday. Only bummer there is that they only offer one style for women. And the only negative thing I can see at the moment is the fact that the armor is velcro on. I'd prefer they fit into a pocket of some sort.

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If you wear jeans consider wearing something like the Icon Fieldarmor knee/shin pads underneath. Motorcycle jeans don't give you much protection on their own over regular jeans.

I bought the Draggin Jeans liners, basically Kevlar long underwear, and was very disappointed, they started to come appart and fray after only a few washes and don't look like they would provide any abrasion resistance as I can pull the stretchy Kevlar fabric appart with my hand - Kevlar's abrasion resistance is dependant on how it is woven together and blended with other materials.

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Motoport also has jean style pants...you can get them in mesh or stratch kevlar, armour included... Now only if their website would be working so I could link a picture
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Wear whatever jeans you like with riding overpants. Your jeans will be cheaper and more comfortable and your riding pants will offer better protection. Check www.newenough.com for great deal of pants and excellent customer service.


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I read good things about these jeans
http://www.esquad.fr/collection.php?...(M)&version=en

Pricey as hell (300euro) but they are made from ARMALITH® witch is as close to the leather as you can get.


Cheeper and probably my next jeans are above mentioned Alpinstars Rodeo Denim jeans.

http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--622552.html

Tried them once in the shop but other then that, not much experience. They don't give a lot of confidence and knee pads make them fill stiff for casual wearing. Or maybe they brake-in?

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I don't have any "motorcycle" jeans at the moment, but if I'm going to wear regular jeans I always wear this underneath
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...V--614093.html

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Thanks Sharrison56 I just ordered a pair. I figure for $80 i have little to lose. I recently bought a set of ICON shin and knee armor. Not too uncomfortable. Took a little getting used to at first as it harder to bend your knee. I do find myself not using them on short (most) rides due to the pain these are to put on and off, never mind if you even need to drop the kids off at the pool while wearing them.
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