Clean, simple, old school straight leg blue jeans...with a great trick: TF3 Impact armor-holding pockets at the knees (sold separately), accessed via a hidden zipper. Armor is removed or replaced in seconds, easily, while wearing the pants. All the rest is classic denim jean spec., with fit and cut similar to Levi's 501s.
Specifically, these are carefully sewn of unwashed dark blue 100% cotton 14 oz denim fabric, which is a bit heavier-duty than the more common 10-12 oz denim, but it still shrinks-to-a-custom-fit after a wash or two, which makes these pants extra comfortable and wear a lot longer.
For protektion there are three generous hidden areas of abrasion resistant Breathable-Waterproof HT 500D Nylon (…as used in many Aerostich suits) located at the seat and knees. For ‘commando’ comfort this extra-abrasion-resistant fabric is backed by soft 100% cotton.
As you’d expect there are five traditional pockets, five belt loops and a reliable metal fly zipper, too. But as you wouldn’t expect, the hidden seat-protective breathable-waterproof abrasion layer means you can sit on a freshly rain-wetted saddle and not get a wet butt. Nice!
The optional knee armor (sold separately at right or below) is positioned in the correct location when riding, and when you’re off the bike it's comfortably flexible and easily removable.
Stitching is double and triple wherever needed, and a crotch gusset provides extra ease and comfort that’s great when mounting up and also as you move around in the saddle.
Fit, quality and protection that’s quick, easy and comfortable. They’ll quickly become your favorite jeans, both on and off your bike. Made here in America. Size 32–30, 32–32, 32-34, 34–30, 34–32, 34–34, 34-36, 36–30, 36–32, 36–34, 36-36, 38–30, 38–32, 38–34, 38-36, 40–30, 40–32, 40–34, 40-36, 42–30, 42–32. Choose Black or Blue.When I get to work I pull the pads out sitting at my desk. When it’s time to go home, the pads go right back in - two seconds - and I’m riding.” - Mr. Subjective 9/09
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Customer Reviews (49)
- Protekt JeansReview by Sam
- Very stiff initially but after 1K miles and a wash the jeans are fitting perfectly. Also the zipper on the left knee T3 armor pocket needed to be freed up due to several loose threads jamming the zipper. Otherwise a good value for the on sale price. (Posted on 10/25/16)
- PROTEKTReview by Bob
- I've debated about these jeans for well over a year before I finally bought these. Now I wish I wouldn't have waited so long. The fit is very comfortable. Knee pads fall into place for full protection. Very blue to begin with but afte a few washes this begins to change. Heavier denim yes but after wearing them for awhile the stiffness leaves and they are comfortable on the skin. Inner lining on top and knees add to the comfort level. Very pleased with these pants and intend to put a bunch more miles on them. Really hard to beat Aerostitch for function and quality. (Posted on 10/20/16)
- Great quality, I love themReview by Casey
- These are really nice, good quality jeans. The extra cotton layer against the skin makes them very soft and comfy, while still being tough on the outside. I wear a 32x34 Levis, so that's what a I ordered and they are nearly dead on. I would note that they are just a little bit tighter in the waist than my Levis, but only after coming out of the dryer. They "get right" after wearing them an hour or so. My only grief is that they are a bit baggy in the thighs on my skinny frame, but not so much so that I don't want to wear them. The quick zip in / zip out knee armor is extremely handy, and makes riding the bike to social functions much more easy. (Posted on 10/18/16)
- change pocketsReview by Gabby
- I have an older pair of these jeans, without the abrasive resistant materials, and now the newer with them. I feel more confident that I'll a little safer with them now. I do wish that the "change pocket", or auxiliary pocket, was about half as bit bigger than what it is now. I take priscription medication and put the pill box there and out of the way. Can't hardly get it out, or my earplugs when I put them there. I have a regular pair that I can put my whole fist in it, for no particular reason, just an example. And no, I don't have tiny Donald Trump hands. Otherwise great, solid jeans. Glad they're made in the USA! (Posted on 8/30/16)
- Blue jeans riding pantsReview by David
- I had always wanted protective jeans but most other manufacturers did not have my size (36w, 36inseam). When Aerostich offered theirs I bought them knowing that they always put out a great product. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable. They are not tight like the Levis 501's. They are also not baggy like "relaxed fit". They are somewhat warmer than standard denim due to the extra layer of Kevlar. My biggest complaint is that the knee protector pockets are not deep enough. This resulted in the pads riding too high on my leg when sitting on the bike with the legs flexed 90 degrees. Aerostich does not offer adjustments so I merely took them to my local tailor and had them extend the pockets downward 4 inches. This put the pads over my knees while seated, instead of on top of my thighs. It would also be nice to have Velcro in the pockets like on the AD1 pants so the pads would not slide sideways in the pockets. The zipper pull is very discrete and the jeans look like regular pants with the pads removed. Also you can stash emergency cash in the pockets while traveling to keep it safe. Overall I am very pleased with these jeans. I would recommend them. You may not have an issue with the pads like I did but for around $25 your tailor can alter them. Or you or your wife can do it for free. (Posted on 8/27/16)
- Protekt jeansReview by Richard
Nice jeans. Knee pads in correct place. I may buy a second pair soon.
2 minor issues:
1. Very dark blue for denim. I would like them to be less dark blue.
2. The waist doesn't come up as high as my usual denim jeans. I am over 60 years old and don't need low waist jeans like young women do. (Posted on 4/25/16)
- High Quality exceptional customer serviceReview by Randy
Perfect fit, they do actually look like a pair of conventional jeans but offer much better abrasion protection. Very happy with purchase.
I posed a question to a Stich employee who sent me to the owners voicemail.
Later that evening Andy Goldfine called me and took the time to answer my question in detail. Amazing Company! (Posted on 12/21/15)
- Knee Pockets too highReview by Chris
After reading several reviews I ordered the Protect Jeans one size to long figuring this might put the knee pockets in the right spot and I'll have the overall length shortened..
Still, they were way to high and sitting on the bike the knee pads are on my thighs. Hard to understand why after so many complaints about this it is still an issue. Pants seem to be of excellent quality and well made. Return was handled without problems and I liked the fact that I was able to talk to a courteous staff on the phone. What I really would have liked though is a pair of riding pants that work. Will try Aerostich again for other gear. (Posted on 6/19/15)
- ImpressedReview by Shawn
I bought these Protekt jeans during the winter and they had been sitting in the box until warmer weather.
My normal leg gear consists of wearing Dainese knee guards underneath my regular pair of jeans.
The Dainese velcro has started to loose its integrity and stay snug around my leg. So, today I opted to utilize the Protekt jeans with knee pads.
I was very hesitant to use the Protekt jeans with the knee protection, because I was so used to the full shin and knee protections of the Dainese.
I am a big guy and I was impressed with how the jeans fit. The jeans are of good quality. They do NOT have that "stiff as a board" feel at all. Just a solid jean feel.
The knee pads were easily inserted into the knee pocket. Pretty cool! The pads ride up high on the knee and quad area when riding. I was a little taken aback by this. Again, so used to wearing a Dainese full shin and knee guard. I had to tell myself that if I fell of the bike I doubt that my knees will be in a 45 degree position!
When the jeans are not bent the pads cover the entire knee area and then some!
I like the fact that you can remove the knee pads after riding. This makes the Protekt jeans look like regular jeans. With the knee pads inserted the knee area does balloon up a bit.
After riding for several hours and working all day in the Protekt jeans I have altered my opinion about Aerostich's "motorcycle jean."
If I do take a spill from my bike, and I pray I never do, I am confident that these Protekt jeans would most definitely survive a skid or slide and prevent road rash on my legs and knees better than a regular pair of store bought jeans.
If you have not tried or worn a pair of third party motorcycle jeans I say DONT! Do not waste your money on another brand. Stay with Aerostich. They made a believer out of me and that is hard to do. (Posted on 5/15/15)
- Well Made - Some CommentsReview by Mike
- The jeans seem to be well made. I feel pretty confident that I'd be protected should I take a spill. One suggestion I have though is to add one or two more belt loops. I don't feel five loops are enough. (Posted on 5/12/15)
- Knee pads too highReview by Richard
As with many other customers I've found that the knee pockets are way too high for me too. Normally I wear Levis 34-34 I ordered 36-36 to be sure they were long enough. They are long enough but when sitting on my bike (R1200GS) the knee pads are on my thigh and my knee is then unprotected...
I will have to wear knee protector under the jeans, exactly what I did not want to do...
I wonder when you will modify this part of the jeans after so many complaints since at least 2010...? (Posted on 2/3/15)
- Knee pockets are not positioned low enoughReview by Dave
Recently ordered this product. Seems to be well made, but the knee protection pockets are not positioned low enough to provide good coverage while sitting on the bike. I am fairly tall and ordered waste size 34 and length 36. In the standing position, the knee pads seem to be positioned OK, but they sit too high in the seating position.
I've never had this problem with MC pants. I need these pants soon for a scheduled trip, so I'll probably take a needle and thread, and some Velcro and fix the problem. (Posted on 1/4/15)
- If it were not for the label inside...Review by Superchicken
I ordered two different sizes since those offered on the website are what I normally wear in pants. I wear 32 x 34, and am 6'1" tall, 160 lbs.
The site will sell you 32 x 32 or 34 x 34. So I bought both to try each and we which fit best. Figured I'd just return the "other" pair later.
Got the pants and out of the bag the construction and features do not appear objectionable in any way. Tried them on and put the knee pads in. I bought both the tf3 and the tf5 versions, intending to return which ever pair did not work the best.
The 32 x 32 jeans fit a bit loose in the waist but these are claimed to be shrink to fit. The length was short though when seated. With boots on that would probably be barely acceptable depending on how much the length might change. Because the legs are too short the knee pads sit too high. As it was they made thought protectors more than knee pads. If I a shed them the problem would only get worse as the legs would shrink even more. Not acceptable so this pair is going back.
Tried the 34x 34. Length is great and the knee pads still a touch high but more liveable. The waist was like clown pants. No way would they ever shrink enough. This won't work either.
As I was packing these back into their bags I had to check which pair was which size so I'd get them in the correct bags. The label inside the 32 x 32 pair has a tag that lists 4 sizes for the length with this 32 waist size: 30,32, 34, 36. 32 had a check next to it indicating the length for this pair. ???? I need 32 x 34 and this tag suggests that is a size these come in. The brand on the jeans is aero stitch. Why list sizes not offered for sale? Hmmm.
Tomorrow I plan to call and ask about that. I hope that they can get me the size I need. if not, this whole purchase will need to go back. I hope to report back success. (Posted on 8/15/14)
- Knee Pockets Still Too HighReview by Nick
While the finish and comfort of these jeans is spot on, the knee pads are still too high on the leg. I'm 5'11" and 160lbs. Normally a 30x32 in jeans. Ordered a 32x32 as that was the smallest size available. Customer service claimed they would shrink to the correct size. Upon arrival and pre-washing they fit very loose. After 2 washes they shrank some but they're still noticeably baggier than my Levis 505's. They're very comfortable on and off the bike but I would have preferred a size 30" waist if it were available.
The main problem I have is that when my knees are bent in a seated position the bottom edge of the pads/nylon panels barely cover the tops of my kneecaps. I ride a standard so I'm not in any extreme positions. I called customer service again asking about alterations but was told Aerostich doesn't alter the jeans.
Overall the product is an excellent value compared to all other riding jeans I've tried. The knee pad solution is fantastic. (could we get similar TF5 pockets in the hips too?) I just wish there was 2-3 more inches of pad pocket below the knees. It would be great to have the tall/extra length custom fit options that are offered on the suits available on these jeans for those of us with longer legs; I'd gladly pay a premium for it. I would have bough a pair of 32x34's (if they were made) to get it. Heck, I'd even buy a 30x34 if it was ever offered. Hopefully Aerostich will provide more fit options for this product in the future. In the meantime I'm off to find a tailor since the washed jeans can't be returned. (Posted on 4/16/14)
- Riding JeansReview by Brian
- Wow, really pleased with these riding jeans. Was looking for something with more protection than Levi's yet wearable off the bike in social or casual work settings. These fit the bill perfectly. After the second wash I'm loving the 'shrink-to-fit', but sizing took twice to get right (don't wash 'em till you're sure!). I wear a 32x32 in prewash Levi's and found the 34x30 with these fit right. Good news is customer service is fast & friendly about returns! They were also helpful with sizing questions, so don't be bashful. Good on ya, Aerostich! (Posted on 1/20/14)
- What else can I say...Review by Robert
What else can I say that has not already been said by previous reviewers. The jeans seem like a quality product. Time will tell. Although denim is not the best protective gear on the market, and it certainly will not replace my Roadcrafter, it seems like just the thing for a quick run to the local coffee house. The waist is true to size relative to my other pants. The length was a bit long out of the box, but after the initial washing they shrunk about an inch and looks like they will be perfect when seated on the bike. Thanks for another American made quality product Aerostitch!
(Posted on 7/28/13)
- PROTEKT Jeans fit rightReview by Larry B
- Wanted to buy a pair of riding jeans for a long time but didn't like the design of the other brands. checked out the protekt jeans liked what I saw especially the knee pads and heavier denim and the fact they are made in the USA, but read the reviews and was concerned about the pads not fitting correctly then read the review that aerostich posted (thank you areostich for listening to your customers) and they corrected the problem. I bought a pair and I am very happy with the fit of the jeans and the knee pads stay in place and are very comfortable. I definitely recommend the protekt jeans to anybody thinking of buying a pair of riding jeans. (Posted on 5/24/13)
- Great JeansReview by charles
These jeans are great. They ran true to size for me. Out of the box, they were too long, but they shrink in the length and are now perfect.
You can see the workmanship and extra features, so I have no complaints about the price. Plus, they are made in America!
The material is a bit stronger/thicker that the run-of-the-mill Levis. It's stiff at the start, but they are softening up nicely.
I'm trying them without the knee pads for the time being, so I can't comment on those at the moment. I can say that the knee openings are in the right spot.
(Posted on 3/20/13)
- I Dig These Jeans.Review by Busta Brista
- I Like'm alot. The pads I use out of another pair of riding pants work perfect - not too high, not too low. Love being able to take the pads in and out through the side zippers but usually dont notice that I have the pads. Only complaint wouId be the price cause I'm a tight wad but I would buy another pair if I had the money and would recomend them to a friend. (Posted on 2/2/13)
- Wikileaks can be biasedReview by Big Rich
When I saw the pants in the catalog
i liked what appeared to be a different style moto jean. They're more blue than the photo. I like the color of the pants in the photo. I also should have read more closely to the descript " that they shrink to fit." I normally wear a 34x32 in all pants and have the luxury of cinching the belt to the last hole, but these have shrunk TOO much in the waist to a 32. They'll probably "stretch" some after several hours of riding and not washing for a week or two, but the color won't be that retro denim look that the pic suggests. Overall I'm disappointed. Not what I expected. Wish I could get my money back but deysbeen laundered. :-( (Posted on 7/2/12)
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Riding-specialized Jeans/Khakis…and Abrasion Characteristics
We don't have a lot of experiential feedback from customers on this yet (another year or two and we will), and we can't comment on anyone else's jeans other than ours. There are so many varieties available from so many companies there's probably a wide range of abrasion-resistances available.
Our jeans and khakis are made to feel and wear as close as possible to conventional street jeans and khaki pants. During their development we modeled several popular types including Levi's 'Dockers' for the khakis, and '501's' for the jeans. Then we added some motorcycle-specific features -- the same for both styles.
Through the entire seat area, from below the butt to the side seam, and up to the waistband, is an inner layer of the same fabric used in Roadcrafter Classic and R-3 suits, and Darien gear. The regular versions of this gear, not the 'lights'. We know from long experience as well as empirical testing that this is very good material for road abrasion protection. To help make the pants more comfortable to wear commando, there’s also a third layer of soft 100% cotton facing the wearer. When you look inside the pants it looks like they are partly lined, because they are.
This same three-layer construction is also used at the knee: Outer cotton denim or khaki twill fabric > seat-and-knee Roadcrafter/Darien fabric > seat-and-knee lightweight cotton inner lining. At the knee there's also a hidden zipper along the outside pant leg seam allowing one to quickly and easily add knee impact armor while still wearing the pants.
Abrasion resistance at areas other than the seat and knee is about the same as regular street jeans or khakis. Stitching is done with slightly heavier-duty thread, but it still is more similar to what jeans are sewn with than what Roadcrafters are sewn with.
Personally, I wear these for riding around town and commuting during the summer on warmer/nicer days, beneath a Darien Light jacket because they are cool, comfortable and still offer some useful protection. Here in Duluth MN this type of use means about 80% surface streets. Not a lot of time on multi-lane high speed highways, though there is some. If my everyday routines involved lots of time at 70-80mph on six lane freeways I'd be more comfortable inside an R-3 light, or a Darien AD-1 pants.
On the other hand, every day I see lots of helmetless riders zooming along crowded freeways wearing at most an inexpensive mesh jacket. There’s maybe five not-very-protectively-clothed riders for every one that is.
– Mr. Subjective, 4-15
Aerostich Khaki and Denim Protekt pants are a 100% cotton twill with 500D Cordura hidden in the high abrasion knee and seat areas. This means they are like all unwashed denim and cotton twill pants. They get a lot better comfort-wise after a few washings/wearings. Maybe two months of use, depending on how often they are worn.
These days some fashionistas talk about not ever washing their denim jeans, and putting them in a freezer occasionally to kill odor-causing bacteria. If you've never heard of this, Google it. The only thing I know about our Protekt denim and khaki pants is that for me personally, I'm not really happy comfort-wise until after they've been worn, washed and dried a few times, to soften them a little and shrink-to-fit slightly. After that one's personal taste can dictate the need for any further washing or freezings or whatever. Long-worn, seldom-washed pants do feel pretty great if you don’t get them filthy working on bikes, underneath old cars and stuff like that.
- Mr. Subjective, 5-15