Best AAA rated motorcycle jeans | The highest level of casual riding protection

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Motorcycle jeans are becoming a far more popular choice among a large number of riders due to their comfort and casual look, ideal for a summer ride to the local pub or bike meet. I am sure that there are a number of riders with concerns over the safety that a pair of jeans can offer. Manufacturers in the industry have recognised this and more and more AAA safety rated jeans are coming to the market to give riders peace of mind when wearing more casual kit.

The AAA rating that I refer to is the CE rating of the garment, with trousers and jeans the rating is measured by either A, AA or AAA. This letter refers to the impact abrasion resistance and seam strength with A being the lower level and AAA the highest. There is also the armour rating to consider, usually this will be either level 1 or level 2, with level 2 offering more impact absorption capability than level 1. If you are interested in learning more about the safety ratings that kit need to match up to then you can read more here.

Something else that is worth considering when you are choosing which jeans are best for you, is the cut and fit. For example if you like to wear longer boots then you will want to ensure that you can tuck the ankle into the boot or if you prefer, that there is enough space in the ankle are to be pulled over the top of the boot.

Single layer jeans

Single layer jeans, as the title suggests, are a pair of riding jeans that do not require several layers of fabric to increase strength and abrasion resistance. This type of jean instead uses a reinforced material such as Kevlar to give the resistance required to meet the safety ratings. This inherently allows for a more comfortable and less bulky pair of jeans.

Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for 12 months and 3,000 miles

Price: £161.99 (was £179.99)
When it comes to this kind of summer and casual kit I’ve always aired on the side of comfort – using the theory that if I’m comfortable I’ll be able to focus on the ride better. But the Roadskin Taranis jeans let me keep that level of comfort with the added peace of mind that they won’t fall to bits in a slide.

No, they’re not the cheapest, but they look great on and off the bike and achieving a AAA rating for a denim garment should be applauded.

I would certainly spend my own money on a pair without thinking twice.

Read Ben's full review here

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Look like normal jeans
  • Peace of mind from AAA rating

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    3.0
  • Looks
    5.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    5.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Overall
    5.0
Construction Cotton, Kevlar, PE, Cordura, Lycra
Type Denim riding jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour CE-level 2 hip and knee
  • Available in three lengths
  • Stretch fabric
  • Single layer
  • Mesh lining
These PMJ single layer motorcycle jeans are made with Twaron, a ballistic material that strengthens the denim weave to offer the highest CE-rated level of protection from abrasion and construction, AAA.

The jeans are a traditional five-pocket design with availability in three leg lengths for each waist size with a casual fit and the Deux come with a leather belt. They also include Level-1 knee and hip armour.
Construction Denim construction with T-Tex Pro and Twaron single layer technology
CE Rating AAA
Armour Hip and knee
  • Casual fit
  • Leather belt included
  • Adjustable and removable CE approved protectors at knees
  • No external stitching
  • Removable CE approved hip protectors

Tried and tested by Michael Neeves for two years and 10,000 miles

Price: £89.99 (was £189.99)
Bull-it’s latest jeans have new pockets to keep knee armour more snugly in place and denim that retains its stretchiness for longer through wash cycles. They still offer the highest level of abrasion protection (AAA), like the old Coverts, and have CE knee and hip armour, so it feels like riding in more than ‘just’ jeans. Reassuringly thick, robust, and showerproof.

Read Michael's full review here

Pros

  • Showerproof
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Value
    5.0
Construction Covec high-performance AA stretch denim
Type Jeans
CE rating AAA
Armour Level 2 hip and knee
  • Covec "LITE" Reinforcement panels at High impact zones giving AAA rating
  • CE hip and knee armour included as standard
  • Water resistant finish
  • Adjustable protector pockets
These single layer jeans from Oxford are made in Armourlite stretch fabric, a breathable and moisture wicking fabric for protection and comfort. Featuring the classic five pocket design, these a a slim fit style which look great on and off the bike. The belt loops and pockets are reinforced for durability and the fly uses a YKK zip. Impact zones are reinforced and the seat panel is fully lined.
Construction Monolayer Armourlite
Type Jeans
CE rating AAA
Armour Level 2 knee and hip
  • Armourlite™ fabric features stretch characteristics for increased comfort
  • Naturally breathable and moisture-wicking outer fabric
  • Twin needle reinforced side seams
  • Jersey protector pockets for increased comfort
  • Classic five-pocket jean design
  • Internal overlock stitching reinforces all critical seams for improved seam strength
these lightweight single layer jeans from Bull-it are made from Covec Oneskin black denim with stretch panels for comfort. These mid ride jeans feature black/grey rivets, zips and other fastenings to complete the look. The armour is RE Zero breathable Level 1 at the hip and knee.
Construction Covec Oneskin denim
Type Jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour Level 1 hip and knee
  • Jet black denim with additional stretch panels and black/grey metallic fastenings
  • Waterproof pouch and faux Selvedge trims
  • Mid-rise
  • YKK zip
  • Faux black/white Selvedge trim for turn-up option

Other options

Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for three months and 1,400 miles

Price: £129.99 (was £189.99)
These use tough Cordura denim with a Kevlar lining and CE level 2 armour at the hips and knees to achieve a coveted AAA safety rating (the highest a garment can get). And the best news is that the added safety doesn’t come at the cost of comfort. They’re not as cool and comfortable to wear as a pair of standard jeans but they’re not far off and I know what I’d rather be wearing in a slide. The hip armour is a bit bulky and cumbersome and I often remove it if I’m just nipping out.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Value
    4.0
Construction Cordura denim and DuPoint Kevlar
Type Jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour Level 2 hip and knee
  • Aramid fibre reinforced liner
  • Classic five pocket design
  • Fixed mesh lining for comfort
These Aramid lined jeans from Weise have double triple stitched main seams for durability and protection. the CE armour at the hip and knee are removable to allow for a more low profile appearance. With the classic five pocket design there is space for carrying your essentials once off the bike.
Construction 440gsm denim with 210gsm Aramid Fibre lining
Type Jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour Level 2 Knee and hip
  • Double and triple-stitched main seams
  • Removable CE approved knee and hip armour
  • Classic five-pocket design
  • Traditional fit with semi boot cut

Womens

As we all know women are a different shape to men and therefore require motorcycle kit that it tailored to their shape. Ladies can also have protective jeans that allow comfort on and off the bike for that casual look and feel that many of us desire, especially in those summer months.

MCN have not yet reviewed the women's version of these jeans but Ben said this about the men's ones. "When it comes to this kind of summer and casual kit I’ve always aired on the side of comfort – using the theory that if I’m comfortable I’ll be able to focus on the ride better. But the Roadskin Taranis jeans let me keep that level of comfort with the added peace of mind that they won’t fall to bits in a slide.

No, they’re not the cheapest, but they look great on and off the bike and achieving a AAA rating for a denim garment should be applauded.

I would certainly spend my own money on a pair without thinking twice."

Read Ben's full review here

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Look like normal jeans
  • Peace of mind from AAA rating

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    3.0
  • Looks
    5.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    5.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Overall
    5.0
Construction Cotton, Kevlar, PE, Cordura, Lycra
Type Denim riding jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour CE-level 2 hip and knee
  • Available in three lengths
  • Stretch fabric
  • Single layer
  • Mesh lining
The Shield Spectra jeans from Knox are made from Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibres offering strength and durability. They have added stretch to make them comfortable and are tailored for a great fit on and off the bike. They feature invisible armour pockets which are easily accessed externally to allow the low profile armour to be removed. Four deep pockets allow space for the essentials to be carried.
Construction Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibres
Type Ladies Jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour Low profile Knox Micro-Lock knee and hip
  • Added stretch for exceptional comfort
  • Invisible armour pockets with external access for easy removal of low profile Knox CE protectors
  • Five year guarantee on Micro-Lock protectors on registering
  • YKK zips
  • Four deep pockets
  • Machine washable
These motorcycle jeans from John Doe are made with a stretch fabric that is also protective enough to earn the AAA CE protective rating. This fabric is also water repellent and breathable making these jeans ideal for summer rides where you might get caught it a British rain shower. With the classic five pocket design there is space for your bits and bobs and the YKK zip is strong and durable.
Construction Monolayer design XTM-Fiber and stretch denim twill
Type Ladies jeans
CE Rating AAA
Armour Level 1 hip and knee
  • XTM protector-ready Integrated height-adjustable knee protector pockets
  • Water-repellent and breathable
  • Multi stretch fabric for enhanced comfort
  • Classic five-pocket denim style
  • Strong YKK zips used throughout
  • Slim-fit - high-waist/slim leg

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