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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
One month ago I received my jeans but they were too small so I asked for a larger pair. They are finding a new supplier and it is taking a long time. I'm anxious to get my jeans since it has been a month and I am still waiting. Don't know when they will find a new supplier and my jeans have already been paid for. (Posted on 7/1/12)