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 (52)
- Protekt JeansReview by Grant R
Aerostich quality, as usual. These jeans will outlast me, I'm sure--very comfortable and very well made. The knee pads slip into zippered pouches on both legs and are very convenient to remove for washing.
(Posted on 1/18/17)
- Excellent ProductReview by Jeffrey
- Purchased a pair of black Proteck jeans from my favorite moto outfitter. They are very well made and fit as advertised. Like the abrasion resistant material in all the right places, plus after a few times through the wash are comfortable. Buy the knee pads, too. Another value added product. (Posted on 1/10/17)
- Good quality but knee pads still too highReview by andy
- These riding jeans are very well built and fit just like 501's, maybe just a bit more baggy. Too bad they don't include the TF armour, and you'll have to purchase separately. Love the hidden zipper for them and the no wet butt layer. But as other reviewers have said, the knee pads still sit about 3 inches too high in the riding position. I emailed Aerostich to see if they could modify, but they said they don't make these in-house so they cannot do. Their advertising in a recent catalog even said that they had moved the pad pockets lower due to customer feedback, but they still are too high. I would suggest just making them adjustable like every other brand does with a few strips of velcro to adjust placement. I think they may work better for people with shorter legs < 34. If you are a 34-34, you may want to get the 34-36 so the pads are further down and just roll up or hem the bottoms. Would also be nice if they had 1 or 2 extra belt loops. 5 is just barely enough due to the weight and stiffness of the jeans. (Posted on 12/29/16)
- 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)
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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