12 Best Motorcycle Jeans in 2017
While you will occasionally see someone riding a hog with shorts on, it is a rare sight and for a good reason. The road hurts, and jeans provide you with protection in the event of an accident.
Leather pants or leggings have always been a wise option for bikers, but not ideal for everyone for obvious reasons. Regardless of your style of bike, you may want to consider looking for the best motorcycle jeans. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of 12 pairs of pants that are tougher than most and built especially for consumers with motorcycles.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Motorcycle Jeans Comparison Table
- Jean Buying Tips for Bikers
- Type of Protection
- Top 5 Best Motorcycle Jeans Reviews
Top 12 Motorcycle Jeans Comparison Table
|Design||Name||Additional Protection||Multiple Colors||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Juicy Trerdz Men’s Denim Motorcycle Motorbike Sports Jeans||Aramid||No||4.4|
|2. Joe Rocket Men’s Accelerator Jean||Kevlar||No||4.1|
|3. ScorpionExo Covert Pro Jeans Men’s Reinforced Motorcycle Pants||Kevlar||No||4.1|
|4. Newfacelook Mens Motorcycle Protective Lined 14OZ Jeans Pants Trousers||Aramid||No||4.1|
|5. BILT IRON WORKERS Steel Motorcycle Jeans – 36, Distressed Denim||Kevlar||Yes||4.1|
|6. Newfacelook Mens Motorcycle Urban Jeans Pants Reinforced||Aramid||No||4.1|
|7. HB Men’s Bikers DuPont Kevlar Jeans – Motorcycle Motorbike Jeans||Kevlar||No||4.0|
|8. Newfacelook Mens Motorcycle Protective Lined Jeans Pants Trousers||Aramid||No||4.0|
|9. Juicy Trendz Men’s Textile Trouser Motorcycle Armour Biker Motorbike Waterproof Black||N/A||No||3.9|
|10. Newfacelook Men’s Motorcycle Cargo Jeans Pants Reinforced||Aramid||Yes||3.9|
|11. HB Men’s Bikers DuPont™ Kevlar® Jeans||Kevlar||No||3.9|
|12. ScorpionExo Covert Jeans Men’s Reinforced Motorcycle Pants||Kevlar||Yes||3.7|
Jean Buying Tips for Bikers
Once upon a time bikers just wanted to look tough on their hogs, but that’s not the case anymore. You can still look Macho, but plenty of consumers also want style and protection when rocketing down the road.
Type of Protection
If you have never purchased anything other than chaps or just ride your bike in regular pants, the exotic materials used in the best motorcycle jeans can be confusing. All will have a measure of regular fabric like denim, but more often than not you’ll encounter Kevlar, Aramid and other types of protection woven or worked into the jean. They are not a substitute for padded leather pants or armor, but will definitely do the trick.
An Aramid is a type of “Superfiber” that is known for its heat-resistance and strength while Kevlar is a para-aramid, made in a similar fashion. For general use, you shouldn’t worry about the differences as it’s like a sibling of Aramid’s, and either will suffice in these types of jeans. Overall, these materials provide much more protection than heavily padded pants made from cotton, and while we hope it never happens, you’ll need all the help you can get if you do skid across the pavement.
Once you wrap your head around the “buzz words” manufacturers are going to hit you with the on the material front, it’s time to take a look at how the jeans are made. While there are several areas, you will want to look at the quality of the stitching should be at the top of the list. If there are pockets for armor, they will be stitched in as well so keep an eye out for solid seams and double or triple stitching.
Great motorcycle jeans are reinforced in several different areas including the knees, seat, and crotch. Pricier biker jeans can also have water-wicking capabilities to keep you dry in a drizzle or pockets built-in for armor. The latter is important if you truly want some extra padding where it counts, and well worth considering if you ride a bike that leans into the curves and not a cruiser or hog.
When most people head off for a ride on their bike, it’s not a short affair. People plan trips through scenic locations and even take their bikes on vacation. In other words, you want to be comfortable on the road as making adjustments while going down the road at a high clip of speed is not ideal – or safe. As with any pant, start with your waist size before considering the style of the jean itself.
The fit is an area where you will want to play close attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to sizing. Most of these will have a wider leg opening to accommodate boots although some are snugger than others due to their style. If you plan to wear armor or anything else underneath your bike jeans, you may want to size up. The same goes for cold weather climates where you may want an additional layer for rides in the fall.
Top 5 Best Motorcycle Jeans Reviews
Juicy Trendz is not a brand name that will be familiar to many outside of the online world, but they do make some great jeans for motorcycle riders including our top pick. These pants don’t have a cool moniker although they don’t need one as they perform where it counts and come with a few nice extras.
These blue jeans are made from thick Grade A Denim weighing 14 ounces which put it in the middle of the pack when it comes to thickness. By comparison, those thin, lightweight jeans many of us enjoy can weigh 12 ounces or less while “heavyweight” is usually considered anything over 16 ounces. In other words, these will be comfortable but are not what we would consider thick. That will not be a concern in this has, however, considering the reinforcement with Aramid lining at the knees, hip, and thigh. They aren’t fully lined, just in the places where you need it.
Overall, these are a great pair of jeans for bikers even if they may be a little too lightweight or loose for some. They aren’t a tight-fitting jean, but far from what we would consider “saggy” and come with a set of free protectors you can slip in as well. They are only available in one shade and waist sizes 32, 34 and 36.
Many jeans geared towards motorcyclists are going to be pretty plain aside from a bit of fancy stitching or a few vents here and there. If you want something with a little more flair, you will want to consider the Joe Rocket Accelerator. They are just different enough to stand out in a crowd, but not too wild in the design department, so your buddies won’t laugh you off your bike.
The Accelerators are made from heavy denim but are still in the lightweight class as they clock in at 12 ounces. That’s a far cry from thick designer jeans with the 21-ounce material, but the Kevlar reinforcement more than makes up for that. The jeans get the special treatment in the common areas of the knee, seat, and hip. Stitching is top-notch, and you’ll get an extra set of pockets on this pair with little zips placed under the regular front pockets. Last but not least is the flexible section above each knee which adds a bit of pizazz to an otherwise ordinary jean.
You won’t get any extras with the Joe Rocket Accelerator’s, but they do have pockets on the inside for knee armor if you want an extra measure of protection from the road. There isn’t any choice when it comes to the color with the standard blue wash. Sizes range from 30 to 42-inches with a “short” inseam of 31.5-inches and a regular inseam of 33.5-inches.
While our first couple of choices lacked in a few areas, but stylish, these are the best motorcycle jeans all-around in our eyes. They are in the next tier when it comes to pricing as well, so think Diesel instead of Levis.
Scorpion produces some excellent gear for bikers including their ScorpionExo Covert Pro Jeans. These babies look like something you would buy off the rack at a high-end clothing store as there are no crazy stitching patterns, ribbing or vents to suggest otherwise. They live up to that “Covert” moniker, so you’ll be shocked by what is on the inside. They are fully lined from the seat to the ankles with armor pockets set at the knee. The jean part is made from Cordura 373 GSM, which is a strong mix of cotton and T420 nylon while the linking uses 250 GSM DuPont Kevlar. Another cool perk is a Hook & Loop system for Sas-Tech armor and reflective material on the inside of the leg hem.
When it comes to the fit, these are standard and should hit the sweet spot for most as they won’t be skin tight or fall of your frame – a belt may not be necessary. The ScorpionExo Cover Pro’s are the only way to go if you want motorcycle jeans that look just as good off the bike and you can get them in two different washes sized 30 through 42-inches.
Newfacelook’s Motorcycle Jeans are similar to our first choice in the style department. It has the same paneled look with stitching shown on the outside of the pants, but with a nice contrast between the black fabric and orange stitches. They also offer up a similar form of protection.
These stylish jeans are lined to keep you safe from the road and tough due to the popular Aramid fabric. They are lined in the hip, thigh and knee area while the “denim” part is made from 14-ounce fabric. That means the jeans will let your legs breathe a little when it gets humid, and the fact they are loose fitting helps as well. Throw in pockets that allow you to pop in armor at the hip or knee, and you’ve got yourself a solid pair of biker jeans.
While we are fans of the style and that you can get them in black, there are other pants at this price point that offer up better protection. The size selection is also a little sparse compared to similar jeans in this range. It really comes down to the design and overall fit although the free hip and knee pads kicked in by Newfacelook certainly help.
All the jeans we chose for our list offer up a measure of protection where it counts, so the style is what helps set them apart. Well that, and the quality of the jean itself which sometimes comes down to the manufacturer. You will get both quality and style from the BILT IRON WORKERS Steel Motorcycle Jean, which are perfect for riders with boots.
Most of our jeans will work with tennis shoes if you are riding a street bike, but some have larger leg openings specifically designed for those big leather cycle boots. The Steel Motorcycle Jean is that style of jean, so you’ll get a wide leg and a looser fit overall. They are in the “relaxed” fit class and are probably the most comfortable jeans on our list constructed from 100% cotton. That’s just the outside, as the inside has a Kevlar and Polyester blend for the seat, hips, and knees. Other features to note include two-part zips and CE-approved armor for the knees.
There is a lot to love about the Steel Jeans, and you can scoop a pair up in the normal waist sizes which range from 30 to 38-inches in this case. There are two washes available in dark blue or distressed denim although the latter almost has an “acid washed” look which may not be ideal for some when combined with the stitching unless you want to go retro.