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You Ask/You Answer: Are Kevlar Jeans worth the cash?

"Summer's coming (well, maybe), which means I'll be ditching the GoreTex and getting my leather jacket and Kevlar jeans out again. I always get a lot of grief from my mates about wearing Kevlar jeans, they say they're actually no more protective than a pair of Levi 501s. Is this true, or do they withstand abrasion about as well as...

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Aug 10

Posts: 10

Cavetroll87 says:

Good Compromise

I agree with the other guys here really, I wear mine for my commute so I dont have to change in and out of gear before leaving as I can leave them on in the office but if I am going out for a proper blast I leather it up. I have come off the bike and am aware of what can happen but if I worried about that all the time surely I would never ride in the first place!

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Aug 02

Posts: 3271

eatcs01 says:


I wear normal jeans. I crashed in them at 30-40 mph. Nothing more than a small abrasion to the jeans. I had more damage caused to me by the armour in my jacket rubbing through my skin...

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:

Worth it

Not only do you feel cooler in kevlar jeans on hot sunny days but you look cooler too! Textile trousers are fine and work well but don't win over the fashion police and leather gets too hot and sticky, plus when you want a blast to the coast who wants to be sat in sweaty leathers? You look like a gimp! Of course there's some cheap rubbish out there but as with anything you get what you pay for. I can't fault my Sartso jeans.

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Jul 09

Posts: 11

JTceltic says:

You ask/you answer - really?

Surely this is a better subject for a proper article with actual facts and statistics, written by a materials expert, not for a you ask/you answer? Come on now MCN...

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Oct 11

Posts: 2474

Piglet2010 says:


Around town in warmer weather and/or on a tiddler, I wear Kevler reinforced jeans with Dainese knee pads underneath. Longer/faster trips on the highway, Aerostich Roadcrafter one-piece suit with hip and knee pads. At the track, A-Stars two-piece Carver leather suit.

* <groan>

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Sep 10

Posts: 120

daveire says:

I highsided a sv650 about 2 years ago. I was going to work and wearing snickers workpants and a textile jacket. The textile jacket ripped at the shoulder, my helmet had deep scrapes on the back, the leather on my right steel toe boot wore trough but the snickers pants were perfect. Just a bit of dirt. I had a bit of road rash on my back where my jacket came up. Luck ya can't beat it.

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Mar 10

Posts: 2

ir0nage says:


Take a look at the Draggin Jeans website for info on how kevlar jeans stack up in wear through time tests. I've been wearing Kevlar jeans for years and although they're heavier and hotter on hot days (Australia) they're worth the money because they last longer than jeans both in a crash and in general wear. Beware of fake kevlars though where the 'kevlar is actually just dies cotton. I frequently use articulated knee guards under them for real impact protection especially when doing MotoGymkhana stuff.


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Jul 08

Posts: 165

Carlosoul says:

I love Kevlar jeans...

just bought some ones with armour, no doubt my race suit is more protective but who wants to wear that all the time in town, also at 30mph you would have be really unlucky to seriously injure yourself lowsiding etc

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Feb 08

Posts: 55

rgvyan says:

Of course he sells them so bound to be a positive result for kevlar jeans but it makes sense. Wouldn't wear mine on a trackday but for nipping out they're much more practical than my leathers. Armoured knees and hips so should be ok (relatively) in a low speed off.

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Mar 13

Posts: 1

Horneejeans says:

Hornee Jeans - Please check out the official test results on our jeans We are Hornee Jeans and wanted to give abit of info on our product. The difference between wearing a Kevlar jean to leathers is being comfortable, that is our main aim. We have produced a jean that is like wearing a normal pair of jeans but due to the 100% DuPont Kevlar lining it gives breathable protection. Obviously leathers are fantastic hence why racers wear them but not everyone wants to be dressed in leathers every time they ride their bike especially in the summer (what little summer we do have). Normal jeans offer no protection (I should know as I have crashed in them and have the scars to prove it). We believe that you will get more wear out of a pair of Hornee Jeans than expensive pair of leathers. Hornee Jeans are made by bikers for bikers. If you are interested in looking at our range then our UK distributor are now taking delivery of new stock. Safe riding everyone :-)

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