10 of the Best: Kevlar jeans

Stay stylish and safe whilst riding, check out these Kevlar jeans

Posted: 23 August 2012
by Robin Goodwin

Denim and motorcycling have gone hand-in-hand since the days of the Rockers in the late 60s and Kevlar jeans go one better for keeping you protected in a spill than a pair of Levis.

Looking like regular denim jeans on the outside, internally they are lined with abrasion resistant material and are often held together with tough stitching to keep them from tearing up as you slide down the tarmac.

We’ve pulled together 10 of the best and most stylish motorcycle jeans priced between from £69.99 to £199.99 that have the appearance of regular denim and feature Kevlar lining, pockets to insert armour and when available CE-approved protection.

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nice article, but we need to know how they stand up to abrasion...that's the most important part right?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 20:39

Yes indeed, what an utterly pointless and lazy article!

Reminds me of those 'articles' in tech mags like Stuff - a nice picture and a few chatty sentences of drivel from someone who's clearly never had to shell out their won money for it or even used the product in most cases.

Anyway, how about eleven of the best kevlar jeans? I've a pair of Sartso jeans, a major brand you've totally ignored, and although I haven't crashed with them on, they are well made and comfortable.

Many bike jeans makers use a kevlar substitute too, so even the title is inaccurate.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:43

Sorry, "own" money it should be...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 06:44

Not a lot of effort gone in there really. Also managed to miss out that Draggin also produce a pair of jeans that are themselves CE tested and pass abrasion and burst tests which are the only Kevlar jeans available that do so.

Come on guys if you are going to do it, then do it properly.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 10:27

I totally agree - some people may make buying decisions on this kind of crap.
It's one thing to be lazy, it's another to abuse a position of authority.
They've got a great big database of subscribed users - even if you can't afford lab testing - why not survey us on which jeans we use, comfort, fit, crash resistance etc?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 02:21

And has nobody thought to make these in bigger sizes, for the larger biker amongst us....

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 13:23

to concur with the other comments, the only use of this article is to be made aware of the various brands, other wise its pointless.

I had to try on several different pairs and brands to go with a pair that felt a good fit, the variety of cut was huge, to small, to big or to tight or baggy.

an accuracy of fit for the average (probably slight paunch) of most riders today say 38" waist would have been a help as would be comparison testing.

Most poor for visordown being a respected wealth of resources web site

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 14:08

Andrew. Draggin make their Classic jeans upto a size 60" waist. Is that big enough? They call them Oversize & are available in the UK.

I just wanted to clarify the issue concerning Kevlar jeans. All because jeans say they are Kevlar lined doesn't necessarily make them better. Almost all the Kevlar jeans on the market use woven Kevlar which is designed for stab or slash resistance. Draggin use knitted Kevlar with Dyneema which is designed to dissipate heat & improve abrasion resistance. Draggin cost a little more but will protect you better if you're sliding along the road! Just check out the Satra test results on the Draggin website to see the independent test results. Also Draggin are the only company in the world to make CE approved jeans EN-13595-1.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:22

many thanks for pointing that out, I dont own a pair of kevlar jeans yet as I've been using leathers for a while now. The other half wants kevlar jeans for next summer .....?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:30

Woah guys... I didn't think it was that bad! Haha.
However they did miss out on the only jeans I ride in.

Rockers58 - Yes I recommend you get some kevlars for summer as you would end up dieing of heat exhaustion in leather! :P
Take a look at this mob:

They are Aussie but I think they ship world wide.

Capt Insano - I have owned 2-3 pairs of draggins now and they only ever last me 6 months, the stitching comes apart and I just do not trust them as far as I can throw them... The guys I mentioned above have the knitted kevlar that you are talking about too btw.

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:10

I bought a pair of Dragging Jeans several years ago. Very comfortable, especially in warm weather.
As for protection, not as good as decent leathers or Cordura, but a lot better than a pair of Levis I'm sure.

The only caveat is that only lasted for about 10000 km of riding, and just wore out along the seams at the knees, the denim literally wore through and fell apart.

Given the cost, I buy Cordura trousers with armor now. The price is the same or cheaper, and they last longer.

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Posted: 22/05/2013 at 08:08

Just a note re: Draggin Jeans... there are two different companies out there - one in the USA which is not the same as the original Australian company, which I believe manufactures a superior product. The Australian are the only one that have the CE approval and use the combination of Kevlar and Deneema. Not sure what the entire story is, but believe there was a split and the company that formed in the US got the rights to manufacture and distribute under the name Draggin Jeans in the States only. The Australian company distributes under Draggin Jeans everywhere else in the world and uses the name Drayko in the US.

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Posted: 26/08/2013 at 13:08

Hey bud, I picked up some Kevlar Jeans, Kevlar Gloves & a Kevlar Hoodie today at Finnmoto in West Gosford. He has shipping all over Australia & He had sizes up to 10XL, prices are very good, GSM is heavy. He was talking about how he has sent Kevlar items to the U.K. for testing but didn't mention any numbers. Hope this helps, try youtube for a demo on strength, I found a video comparing it to Leather and some other material, very strong!

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 14:26

While I recognise that this is quite an old thread, I feel I must point out that DynaRider has it exactly wrong, with regards to Draggin Jeans USA vs Draggin Jeans Oz / Drayko.

Draggin Jeans USA (dragginjeans.com) started selling their Kevlar-lined jeans first. According to their website, they were formed in 1996 and started selling the Kevlar-lined jeans 'shortly thereafter', whereas this article suggest it as April 1996: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-22/travel/9706220107_1_jeans-bulletproof-vests-kevlar. Likely needed time for testing / planning distribution / etc. Unfortunately, the inventor passed away in 2001.

The Australian company (dragginjeans.net), on the other hand, was only set up in 1997. The owner apparently licenced the concept from the US guy on a handshake deal. When the US guy passed away, however, there appears to have been some sort of rift between the two. The Australian company is barred from operating in the USA under the 'Draggin Jeans' name (due to the US-specific trademark held by the US company), and hence uses Drayko instead.

While this may be immaterial to the current line - it does look like the Australian company has spent on product improvements (or, from a cynic's POV, marketing-speak and technobabble...) and has a much more diverse selection - the history of the two companies is clear. The US company is the original, the Australian company is the licencee.

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 20:02

I bought these and they are roomy enough. Comfortable. And I like the name :-)

Got kevlar allover compared to other brands.

Have not tested them for abrasion yet.

Feeling cool in it so highly recommended :-)

Eat your heart Draggin ahahahaha

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 17:30

I bought a pair of sartso cargo's, seemed well made & good quality. Until I had a very low speed lowside... About 20mph tops, onto the road & ripped the arse outta them! I am talking the outer fabric, not the Kevlar inner. So I was protected, but surely abrasion resistance should be better than that! When I emailed Sartso, they never even bothered to reply...
Will not use the product again!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:36

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