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)
a little disappointed jeans are not as thick as led to believe......therefor a bit pricy ......the knee pads are too bulky to keep from moving around.....**** the fix would be to use a less bulky and more form fitting knee pad and use Kevlar material in other critical areas. I hope this critique may help you develop a better product (Posted on 5/23/12)
I love these jeans and pads. Fit is perfect for my 5'11" frame. I now ride protected almost all the time, whereas before I didn't always. It was such a pain to get into/out of my riding pants. (Posted on 5/22/12)