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Author Topic: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?  (Read 1518 times)

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Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« on: July 08, 2013, 02:57:37 AM »
Has anyone tried Kevlar lined jeans sold as 'Draggin Jeans' by Fast Company of NC (US). There is also an Australian company selling them who promote it as Made in Australia.

Then there is 'Drayko Riding Jeans' lined with a combination of Kevlar and Dyneema, another high strength fiber.

Some of them have no provision of knee pads while others do have it.

Are they warm or breathe easily ? Any skin allergic reaction to the synthetic fiber ? Easy to wash ?  How are they for size, fit and do they shrink ? is any brand better than the other ?

« Last Edit: July 08, 2013, 03:24:15 AM by singhg5 »
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2013, 08:53:49 AM »
I have been wearing 'Hood' Kevlar jeans for a couple of years, and they are great, they have pockets for knee protectors and the kevlar lining covers all the vulnerable areas. I bought them about an inch too large, and washed them on the hot wash, and they now fit a treat.. highly recommended !! The only thing I cannot tell you about, is how they slide... As I have not 'tested' that out and do not intend to :)
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2013, 11:04:35 PM »
I had the opportunity to go to the Isle of Man this past June for the TT. Kevlar jeans seem to be really popular in Europe. I saw  lots of folks wearing them and several stores in the town of Douglas had them . The people I spoke to, who were using them, really liked them. However, they also hadn't tested the slide factor. I'm thinking of getting a pair. cochi :)   

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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 12:42:35 PM »
+ 1 for Hood jeans. Heavy denim and tough as old boots. They also have more Kevlar lining than any others I've seen - the whole of the inside all the way down past the knees.
I bought mine the day after I bought my Enfield and never ride without them.
Have a look at the testimonials on the Hood website -

http://www.hoodjeans.co.uk/index.html

(how do they stitch the Kevlar...? armour-piercing needles...? )
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2013, 01:05:56 PM »
(how do they stitch the Kevlar...? armour-piercing needles...? )

It all depends upon the fibers and weave, but sharp needles, like with any other fabric, push between the threads in the weave. It's not really bullet proof, it's slow and blunt bullet resistant and depends upon weave and layering to get that affect.  It's best use is stopping shrapnel from passing completely through you and wounding your mates.  :o
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2013, 01:50:54 PM »
I thought it must be something like that.
I know the emergency services have a hell of a job cutting through the stuff when trying to remove the jeans after an accident.. :o
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2013, 02:12:31 PM »
Just as a comparison basis, any Cordura that is 1000 denier or higher is considered equivalent to motorcycle leathers in abrasion protection. So, heavy Cordura is pretty good too.
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2013, 08:13:36 PM »
Cordura is great. I generally prefer it over leather, it's usually water resistant, has a better comfort range in varying temps, and does hold up well sliding on tarmac. However, it doesn't have the 'Style" of levis which makes the Kevlar Jeans popular, which in themselves, don't hold up to tarmac well, but the Kevlar does. But when you are parked  and not posing at your local motorcycle hangout, the levis look much classier!
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 06:12:45 AM »
I'll take Kevler over Cordura any day for it's flame resistance.
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013, 06:45:22 AM »
Kevlar is also more breathable than most cordura in my experience...cordura comes 99.9% of the time with an impermeable inner coating.

One manufacturer of mountain bike clothing used to use uncoated cordura, and it was awesome.  Then her supplier ceased to make the uncoated stuff and she closed down operations.  Haven't seen it anywhere else, but I loved the fabric.

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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 09:42:05 PM »
You guys are the best and helped me a lot in understanding Kevlar lined jeans and other fabric Cordura and their comparison with respect to leather.

I was able to find a store that I visited. They had 3 brands of such jeans - DRAYKO, DRAGGIN and SPEED-&-STRENGTH jeans. All of them were in the price range of $100 to $150.

DRAYKO - Designed in Australia (Made in China) - Very well designed, Good cloth, comfortable to wear, fit well.
Kevlar lined at the rear, front/sides knees and sides of legs.  No pockets for pads or armor. They get 4*/5. 

DRAGGIN - Designed in US (Made in US) - Good cloth, comfortable, fit well, deep pockets, good color.
This jean has the least amount of Kevlar coverage - only on rear and front of knees.  No pockets for pads or armor.  Though the company sells pads with Velcro that can be attached to Kevlar  :o. Not well designed.  They get 3*/5.

SPEED/STRENGTH - (Made in Pakistan).  They have Kevlar linning for rear and front of knees and also cloth pocket for thin knee pad - Idea is good but I was not impressed by quality and reliability.  They get 3*/5.

HOOD - (Designed and Made in UK). The store did NOT have these jeans.  But WillW and fxrskrsa have given very good opinion on them. I looked at their website (thanks WillW) and am very impressed.
They have the best design and most coverage for entire leg !! They get 5*/5. 

I  took some pictures of DRAGGIN jeans - front and back.
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 10:15:36 PM »
What did I buy ?

I was torn between Drayko and Draggin - though for different reasons.

Drayko is unquestionably better in every way but they had Hand Distressed Faded jeans with dark/light lines on them. I wanted something simpler, that looks like regular pants/jeans. So I ended up with Draggin. Will see if it shrinks on washing.

There was also a full sleeve, collar-less, mesh shirt made from 100% Kevlar.

Just a word of caution - Each company has more than one models with different cuts of cloth - straight legged, or baggy, etc. - some of them too wide at the feet (like bell bottom) that can easily get caught on the motorcycle frame / foot pegs.

There is no substitute for actually trying them on your body for fit.
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 10:30:30 PM »
Forgot 1 brand,
The Diamond Gusset Defender
http://store.americangusset.com/defenders.html

I've got 1 pair of gussets and 1 pair of draggin jeans.
The gussets win hands down for comfort, give you more room to store the jewels.
One thing I have noticed is with both of em a 300+ mile day will rub your ass raw. Lots of powder and some seamless sports boxers greatly extend your riding day.
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2013, 01:22:03 PM »
Thanks for the comparison Singh, thorough as ever.
Here's some pics front & back of the Hood K7 jeans for anyone interested. Heavy denim, 99.99, & pretty darn hot in this heatwave we're currently having in UK... :P
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Re: Kevlar Jeans Anyone ?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2013, 04:20:28 PM »
What kind of heat wave,.Will?
  I was enjoying upper 20's C. No need for rain gear or long johns.

 Think I need some hoodie's.
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