Riding pants, that is. Ruben Torres has been running a series of articles on his Better Motorcycling blog about protective riding gear, most recently a summary of protective pants. He makes some good points, and I have to admit, proper riding pants are something I’ve been putting off. Part of it is expense, and part of it is I think it’ll be a pain in the ass to haul leather chaps around (and I’m way too big to be wearing leather pants all the time).
That doesn’t make a good excuse, of course. I wear a helmet, boots, and a leather jacket and gloves most of the time, so it’s pretty silly to neglect my legs. I’m looking at installing crash bars on Lenore, but they’re only going to do so much. Maybe they’ll help prevent a crushed ankle, but they’re not going to stop asphalt from tearing into my ass like a cheese grater if I take a slide. Over the winter I started browsing the web for crash gear just for grins, and I stumbled across Draggin’ Jeans on Amazon.
Made by Fast Company, Draggin’ Jeans are denim jeans lined with Kevlar. In a slide, the denim may give way, but the Kevlar layer holds up and prevents shredded flesh. I’ve been hesitant to buy because I wasn’t sure how well they’d really hold up, but Ruben’s post prompted me to look them Draggin’ Jeans again. This time I hit YouTube and found a good video of guys putting Draggin’ Jeans to the test:
Better them than me. There’s a longer video here, which also offers a better look at the denim damage.
Looks good to me. May have to start rubbing some pennies together and see if I can’t land a pair.