These are well-constructed jeans. I think the knee pad position is just fine - they ride in the appropriate place when in the riding position on the bike. The pads are the same as in my Roadcrafter suit, so I decided to try to just use the same pair, but that is a mistake. It is hard to get the pads in and out of the Roadcrafter, so a second set of pads is well worth the price. I am a little disappointed in the fit. I wear Levi style 501 in 36-32 so I ordered these in the same size and found the waist on the Protekt jeans pretty snug. Also, while the protekt jeans are a good length for riding, my inseam is actually a 31, so I think these Protekt jeans run a little bit on the small side. With repeated wearings they have broken in a bit, but take this in to account if you are "between sizes" and size UP.
(Posted on 5/10/11)
Very high quality jeans with one exception, the "knee pads" sit on top of my thighs instead of on my knees. And since I washed them (they are like jeans 20 yrs ago - stiff until washed), they are not returnable. After paying $130, I have to sell them on ebay to recoup some of my loss. (Posted on 5/9/11)
These jeans would be great with a few more features added. I won't name names but there's another US company making riding jeans which use Kevlar, a Diamond Gusset crotch, and add a leg pocket, a very secure "D" ring and velcro cuff closures for about the same price. And they come in black.
No knee pockets but then strap-on knee and shin protection worn under the pants is far more effective than a floating pad which would probably end up twisted around the side of the knee in a fall.
With a few more features these jeans could really be called riding jeans.
(Posted on 5/6/11)
I would really like to buy a pair of these but like everything else in america they are made for folks on the chunkey side. I believe in evolution and as a species we are getting taller. So, if you want to market to the future of motorcycle riders maybe you should offer a 34 waist 37 inseam? Please? Maybe call it the Protekt Svelte? Or just Skinny Punk Jeans? I don't care.... (Posted on 5/5/11)
Absolutely love these riding jeans. You can't go wrong with them. Every where I go, I get stares, questions, and complements in regards to these. The one knock on this is that I can't get the knee pads to stay where I want to at times. But the ability to wear decent looking jeans, that are comfortable, protective, and durable you can't go wrong. (Posted on 12/2/10)
The knee pads are WAY ouf of position - more like thigh pads. Aerostitch, did you consult a set of anthropometric tables or just eyeball it. It's a shame because they are great pants otherwise. (Posted on 9/21/10)
Have to repeat what many of the others experienced. The pads ride high when riding. I have a VStrom and FZ1 and on both find the pads out of position. This is a puzzle as I don't have the problem with my Roadcrafter II. I also agree they run large. I got a 34" length figuring they would shrink up, but even with hot water and high dry, I have to hem them. Last issue I have is that because they are loose, the 5-loop design feels inadequate for the belt vs a 7-loop. On the plus side, I love having a set of jeans I can run quick errands on and not have to crawl into and out of my Roadcrafter, while still having some protection for my knee caps. (Posted on 8/13/10)