Kevlar motorcycle jeans are a great choice if you want decent levels of protection when out riding but you don’t want to look too biker when you’re off the bike.
For those who spend a majority of their time under 40mph; riding to work, heading into town or just out for a weekend ride, kevlar motorcycle jeans offer more abrasion resistance than a normal pair of denim jeans and they can also carry armour making them a far better bet in the event of a spill.
While they’re not as good as a pair of leather trousers or a leather suit when it comes to impact and abrasion protection, they’re far more comfortable – not to mention stylish – when you’re off the bike and walking around.
LEt’s just clear up one thing around the term Kevlar. It’s used in motorcycle circles in the same way that Hoover is used to describe a vacuum cleaner.
Kevlar is actually a brand name trademarked by DuPont. Kevlar is ‘just’ another aramid fibre, which is great at resisting tearing and abrasion, making them great for motorcycle protective clothing. There are other similar brand names out there, including Kovec, K-Tech, Pekev and Dyneema. They’re all designed to do the same job as Kevlar.
The reason this review is titled ‘The Best Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans’ is that Kevlar is the term that us bikers are searching for but this review also covers jeans that use aramid fibres but aren’t Kevlar. There, I hope I cleared that one up.
There are some great protective motorcycle jeans out there but there's also a lot of rubbish. They need to carry CE approval in order to be a far better choice than just a thick pair of regular jeans.
For testing purposes, garments are divided into three zones: A, B and C. Each area is tested for seam strength and abrasion resistance. And, in each zone, certain parameters have to be met to attain a particular standard.
The EN17092 or the "Damstadt test" is the new standard set to replace the old CE test (EN 13595).
Essentially there are five different standards under the new rules. Class C is for off-road garments. Class B is for road garments where impact protectors are deemed not necessary. Level A is a standard for urban riding. Level AA is a standard deemed to provide sufficient protection for touring. The top level, AAA, provides the very highest level of protection.
The highest rating that kevlar jeans are likely to get is a AA standard. The AAA standard will pretty much be the preserve of leather motorcycle gear.
They have to be comfortable and easy to wear
You need your kevlar jeans to be a zero-hassle option; they need to be easy to put on, offer freedom of movement, not be too bulky nor too hot. If they don’t meet these needs, you’ll just never bother to use them.
We’ve created this review of the current range of kevlar motorcycle trousers that tick all of these boxes and are worth your money.
Lightweight Pekev construction
The Warrior jeans are our top pick but they’re not the most protective motorcycle jeans out there. So why are they our choice? They’re the lighter-weight jeans in Resurgence’s range but they’re still CE Level 1 approved and are 60% lined with Pekev with a claimed 5-second abrasion resistance, enough for most spills. There are pockets for Knox hip and knee armour should you wish to beef them up. For us, the Warrior offers a perfect blend of on-bike protection and off-bike comfort while not getting hot like other thicker motorcycle jeans. They’re the motorcycle jean for people who don’t wear them because they think they’re too thick, too hot or too geeky-looking.
Offering ultimate abrasion resistance
If you want a thicker pair of jeans with more abrasion resistance the Draggin Rebels are for you. Made from Draggin’s own Roomoto aramid fibre, they can withstand a 7.5-second slide which is higher than the time required to meet the CE Level 2 certification. There are pockets for optional knee and hip armour and they are rivet free so you don’t damage your paintwork.
The Cheapest Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans
Not everyone can justify £200 on a pair of motorcycle jeans. We went on the hunt to find the cheapest (decent-looking) set on the market. There are lots of dodgy-looking Chinese jeans out there but we found a couple of really good budget options.
The cheapest are these RKSports Kevlar Denim Trousers, at £35. They use Kevlar lining but only come with soft armour. They get really good user reviews and are a good option if your budget really is limited.
If you want to spend a bit more money but you’re still keeping an eye on the funds, then these Bull-it Covec SR6 straight-cut jeans are a great shout. Down from £130 to £65, they’re a quality motorcycle-specific jean with Covec lining, a waterproof coating, pickets for hip and knee armour, triple-stitched seams, and YKK zips.
Cheap isn’t always the best option when it comes to motorcycle jeans. With the cheapest motorcycle specific ones costing around £70, is it worth saving £30 to get a lesser quality set? If you crash, you’ll probably wish you’d spent the extra.
Women’s Motorcycle Jeans
Most motorcycle jeans are labelled at unisex but there are loads of options out there for the ladies.
In the pic above, Instagram biker, Candii Banks demonstrates Draggin Jeans women’s specific leggings. Proving that protective motorcycle jean can look stylish.
A women’s specific jean will fit better, look better and ultimately protect you better as the impact zones and abrasion-resistant fabrics are likely to be in the places you want them to be, rather than able to fold up as they might on an ill-fitting pair of jeans.
You can shop a great range of women’s motorcycle jeans here in all styles from vintage to skinny and leggings to regular fit.
Cheap vs Premium Motorcycle Jeans
This is a really good 5-minute video demonstrating the differences between a budget pair of kevlar motorcycle jeans and a premium pair.
The budget pair are made by Aldi and cost £30 while the premium pair are made by Hood and cost £120. Check out the video and scroll to the end to see the difference in the damage caused in the extended abrasion test.
Other great picks from our shortlist
There are over 500 different pairs of motorcycle jeans on the market. If our choices above don’t do it for you, then check out these other great picks below from our full review shortlist.
Resurgence Warrior Jeans /Our Top Pick From £180
The Warrior jeans are our top pick but they’re not the most protective motorcycle jeans out there. So why are they our choice? They’re the lighter-weight jeans in Resurgence’s range but they’re still CE Level 1 approved and are 60% lined with Pekev with a claimed 5-second abrasion resistance, enough for most spills.
Draggin Rebel Aramid Jeans / Recommended From £230
If you want a thicker pair of jeans with more abrasion resistance the Draggin Rebels are for you. Made from Draggin’s own Roomoto aramid fibre, they can withstand a 7.5-second slide which is higher than the time required to meet the CE Level 2 certification. They also won a RiDE magazine Best Buy award.
Bull-it Covec SR6From £65
They’re a quality motorcycle-specific jean with Covec lining, a waterproof coating, pickets for hip and knee armour, triple-stitched seams, and YKK zips. They’re not as protective as other jeans in this review but they’re a far safer bet than regular casual jeans.
Hood K7 InfinityFrom £130
British brand Hood make quality motorcycle jeans that have won many RiDE magazine Recommended and Best Buy awards. The entry level K7s cost £130 and are certified to class B but come without any armour. We’d go for the AA-rated jeans that also come with D3O knee and hip armour for just £30 more.
Rev’it Vendome 2 Cordura Denim JeansFrom £140
If you want more from your denim motorcycle jeans, then look no further at these Vendome 2 jeans from Rev’it. They use a 12.5oz Cordura denim outer construction with added stretch for comfort plus, the moisture-wicking Coolmax lining leaves you feeling dry. They also feature Seesmart CE certified armour in the knees with pockets for hip armour.
Motorcycle Jeans FAQs
Are motorcycle jeans waterproof?
Most of them, like Hood jeans, for example, will be water-resistant and some have been treated with waterproof materials such as Teflon coatings and other waterproofing measures to improve their ability to shed water before it soaks in.
You can buy products like Nikwax Fabric & Leather waterproofing which will hugely improve the waterproofing of your kit, from leathers to textile jackets or gloves but if you are caught out in a downpour and want to stay dry, you’ll need a pair of waterproof trousers.
Are kevlar motorcycle jeans any good?
Yes, if you want to look good when you’re off the bike but still have decent levels of protection when you’re on it then kevlar motorcycle jeans are a good option.
Are motorcycle jeans safe?
Broadly speaking yes but there are many different brands of jeans out there all with different levels of protection. Check before you buy that the jeans meet your needs.
Can you tailor motorcycle jeans?
Yes but not always. If your jeans feature a full kevlar lining then this will be harder to work with. Some motorcycle jeans are just thicker denim jeans with patches of kevlar material around the impact and abrasion zones. These types of kevlar jeans will be easier to adjust.
How tight should motorcycle jeans be?
Motorcycle jeans all have different cuts. You want to ensure that they fit in such a way that the additional kevlar protection and any armour can’t move so much that it doesn’t cover the major impact zones in the event of an accident.
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Aramid fibre is a man made organic polymer that has high strength & durability and is abrasion & heat resistant. The most popular example of aramid fibre is DuPont™ Kevlar® which has become so synonymous with the material that some people of refer to all motorcycle jeans as "Kevlar jeans".
This fabric can withstand temperatures as high as 400 C (the melting point of Kevlar is 420 Celsius), which is why firefighters use it. It's also why it comes so handy while creating motorcycle safety clothing (think abrasion and heat resistance when sliding on the tarmac, for example).
The reason why regular jeans are not a good choice for motorcycle riding is because denim on its own has very low tensile strength. This means regular jeans will shear and disintegrate almost immediately if you were to fall off your motorcycle at speed.
Jeans. Now many bikers prefer regular denim jeans or jeans made of special materials. Thanks to Kevlar fibers and other additives, such jeans are well protected from friction when in contact with asphalt pavement and gravel. Bikers prefer straight or boot cut jeans.
Fit. They should be a little bit long in standing position so that they aren't too short when you're sitting on the bike. If you ride a sportbike, touring pants will be uncomfortable.
The first thing to check when buying any motorcycle jeans is that they're properly tested and certified. Since 21 April 2018, all motorcycle kit has – by law – been required to have been certified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). That means it should have a label inside that rates it as A, AA, or AAA.
Some people ask about the difference between aramid and Kevlar. The answer is, no difference exists. Kevlar® is the trademarked brand name for the aramid fiber made by DuPont™. However, due to it being the first para-aramid developed, its name is synonymous with the term aramid.
Kevlar cannot be easily cut or punctured, due to the chain links that form the fibers of this material. That means even more protection for police and military applications. In addition, it makes Kevlar the ideal material for a variety of gloves, where workers handle sharp objects.
The Kevlar lined areas just feel a bit thicker, but still flexible and comfortable to wear. Regarding riding weather: We wear them in riding weather that ranges from very hot (mid-90's) to cold (above freezing) and we're fine with them. They're no hotter to wear than regular jeans.
There's Kevlar from the waist to just below the knee at the front and sides of the legs, as well as a panel across the bum. The interior lining is really comfortable, meaning you don't have to wear a base layer beneath them. The slim leg stretch fit is excellent and people often comment on how nice they look.
Full-length gloves, jackets and pants, over-the-ankle boots and full-face or modular helmets also protect the skin from the ravages of sunburn and dehydration. By all means, stay comfortable by wearing something that's well ventilated or has large mesh panels to promote airflow, especially in lighter colors.
A significant distinction of Bull-It jeans is the use of Covec for abrasion resistance instead of Kevlar or other more common materials. According to Bull-It, Covec offers better protection than Kevlar.
Just remember Kevlar® & Aramid jeans aren't bulletproof so don't do anything stupid! Amongst a huge range of helmets, clothing and accessories you can find a great selection of Kevlar Jeans to suit any style and budget on our website with Free UK Delivery, Price Matching, and interest-free credit.
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Do You Wear Jeans Over / Under Motorcycle Pants? Jeans are the least comfortable thing to wear underneath riding pants and they should not be worn over or underneath riding pants. They do not provide any of the mobility and body temperature regulating properties that base layers offer.
These are serious riding pants made of heavy textiles, with CE approved armor for strategic areas and tons of useful functionality enabling the best fit. All our Textile Motorcycle Pants are made of highly abrasion and scuff resistant Nylon, Polyester or Nylon Polyester Fabric (NPF) blend.
These comfortable overpants have articulated knees to allow full freedom of movement. Designed for bushwalking and skiing, The 25 millimetre waist belt keeps the pants snugly where they're meant to be, and is just elastic enough so the pants can be pulled up without readjusting each time.