There’s nothing quite like riding a motorcycle. The open road ahead of you, the wind at your back, and perhaps best of all—people look at you like you’re a badass as you pull up to your destination. But just because you look like a badass doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind. Motorcycling is serious, and can result in serious injuries if you’re not wearing the right gear.
And while you’ve already got the helmet and jacket, you’ve long resisted investing in any type of below-the-waist gear. We get it. A lot of motorcycle pants or leather chaps aren’t practical and make you feel like a Hell’s Angel when that’s not really the look you’re going for. Never fear, wayward motorheads—there are several companies that make motorcycle jeans that will take you from the bike to the bar without making you look like Harley Davidson, but will also protect you from road rash. And trust us, you don’t want to mess with road rash. Ever. Check out 10 of the very best out there.
Icon Hooligan Denim Pants
These relaxed-fit Hooligans from Ride Icon look like any other pair of pants you own, but take a closer look—made with heavy-duty denim chassis, the pants are abrasion resistant, and come with removable Field Armor knee protectors, which are easily removed with barely-there zipper compartments at both the knees.
Motto Wear City X Grey Jeans
California-based Motto Wear’s City X Grey Jeans are made for the open road as well as an open bar. The high-quality blue/gray denim is lined with Kevlar, and has extra abrasion-resistant lining at the hips, backside, knees, and thighs. Removable armor for the knee joints come included, and the jeans are modifiable if you want to add extra hip protection. And, big bonus here? They’re machine washable.
Speed and Strength Gear Rust & Redemption Jeans
Made from thick, pre-distressed denim, these Rust & Redemption Jeans from Speed and Strength Gear are stitched together with Kevlar fiber thread, have an articulated knee and stretch panels at both the knee and the seat to allow better movement.
Icon Insulated Denim Pants
Another offering from Ride Icon, these Insulated Denim Pants look like regular dark-wash jeans, but these guys are anything but regular. Featuring a removable insulated liner, these pants are perfect when you want to go riding on cold days. In addition to keeping you warm, they’ll also keep you safe—they’re fortified with D3O knee impact protectors and Aramid reinforced knee protectors.
uglyBROS Echo-K Jeans
They might have the word “ugly” in their name, but everything they have on offer is just the opposite. The straight leg, dark wash denim jeans cuff to show off your motorcycle boots, and are made with Kevlar Weave Yarn to keep you safe.
Dainese Bonneville Jeans
You might balk at spending over $200 on one pair of jeans, but investing in these Bonneville Jeans from Dainese is guaranteed to be money well spent. Cut to give you a relaxed fit, the jeans have Kevlar Jersey lining in all of the high-impact areas, adjustable Pro-Shape soft protectors on the knees, and light-reflecting inserts when you’re riding at night (or early morning). Bonus: you can choose between a dark wash and a lighter wash (or buy one of each).
Deus Ex Machina Albero Skinny Jeans
Australia-based Deus Ex Machina has a dizzying array of gear on offer that’s sure to make motorheads salivate, but one of the brand’s best offerings are the Albero Skinny Jeans. While riding gear can get bulky, these are ultra-slim. Sporting a dark black wash, the jeans have elastane fabrication to make them stretch, and copper oxide hardware to keep them classy.
Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Riding Jeans
Constructed out of heavy-duty denim (you can choose from a distressed wash or a wash that makes them look like they just dropped off the assembly line), these Oscar Charlie Riding Jeans from Alpinestars feature Kevlar reinforcement panels in the seat and knee areas and boast removable CE-certified knee armor to give you extra piece of mind while riding.
REV’IT Lombard Jeans
With a name like REV’IT, it has to be good, right? These Lombard jeans from the brand with the motorcycle-centric name are made with ultra abrasion-resistant Cordura Denim and feature Knox Lite CE protection at the knees. The pants look like they’re no-frills but they are also rigged to accommodate hip protectors, and if that’s not enough, they’re lined with moisture-wicking Coolmax and have 3M ScotchLite reflection on the cuffs to keep you visible during night rides.
Maple 1979 LA Kevlar Jeans
These jeans from Maple will make both denim aficionados and motorheads rejoice. Crafted out of premium Japanese Selvedge Denim, the jeans are lined with Kevlar to provide protection while still looking amazing. Premium Italian-made buttons, sturdy rivets, and a beautiful leather patch round these out, making them perhaps the best jeans you’ve ever owned, off-bike or on-bike.