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Old 04-25-2012, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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draggin jeans k-legs and knox knee protectors review

What a combination! After some exhaustive research to come up with a generic solution to ride somewhat protected (but not in leather) during the warmer periods in jeans, I decided that this would be the best combination for me.

draggin jeans's k-legs is a kevlar undergarment which provides abrasive protection in case of a fall.

Knox knee guards provide impact protection on the knee and shin, with three straps on the long version. They are a good fit and stay in place and seem to offer reasonable protection. There is always a trade off in bulk/weight/materials vs protection and knox are light and comfortable. they do not encapsulate the knees on the side but offer protection on the front and front/sideways. I was sceptical if they would stay in place, but on multiple occasions I have worn them for a long period during the day and at work, walking etc and they stay where you put them (a HUGE plus for me)

the combination of these allow me to ride in whatever 'normal' pants I like (mostly jeans) and ride to work or leisurely withouth too much fuss or the need to change clothes when I arrive at work. I don't have to have specialized pants to wear the combo so I can just put on regular clothes instead of having to buy multiple protective jeans.

The knox protectors are hardly noticeable under your pants and I can wear them (over the k-legs) all day without them irritating. The combination does build up some heat when inside and will be on the warm side in the summer I guess. Knox things are easily fitted and taken off. Depending on how baggy your clothes are, you don't even have to take of your pants but can just strip it up to your knees.

The k-legs don't have heel straps, I sowed them on myself with an elastic bandage. I will also sow on (or velcro on) some hip protection for impact and then I'll be totally happy.

The advantage over kevlar reinforced jeans would be that you have way more options for your outer garment (jeans, suit whatever) and a double layered kevlar underpants all over the legs (jeans are often only reinforced in specific area) and also an extra outer layer offering a little littlebit of extra slide protection. the double layer also keeps you somewhat warmer than regular pants which might be good if you live in the UK, northern europe/somewhat colder temperate climates.

I'd rather combine specialized stuff (knee guard, abrasive protection) offering specialized protection than buy a dedicated thing which is probably not my style anyway and is a compromis of functionality.

I'm really happy with this combo. As I said, I looked at a lot of options in knee guards, jeans, mesh, kevlar etc and this is the best for me.

I highly recommend it

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a pair of Draggin Jeans and crashed back in 04 and they are still going strong. I think I bought them like 10 years ago lol.
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+1 on the k-legs and knox knee armour
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+1 on the k-legs and knox knee armour
It's good stuff. what's your experience with it?
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I Wear draggin jeans but got the k-legs to go under my other non-kevlar jeans or double up under the draggin kevlar's.
Just got the knox knee guards. Nice and comfy.

No experience with any in an "off" situation as yet
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Good to hear. I've been thinking about a pair.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So here's my update after 6 months of wearing them!

I've been commuting about 180 km per day and have put about 20k on my bike with the k-legs and knox protectors on. I've worn them exclusively on every ride I've taken with my stree triple and here's the deal:

THEY ROCK!



If you don't like riding in riding clothes or leathers, these will suit you fine and give you extra protection.

I've worn them during commuting, fun rides, track days, trips to the store, my holiday in the alps (france) where I rode La marmotte (200 km ending on Alpe d'Huez) and to some trips to geneva, Switzerland (see video here
), in the rain with rain pants over them etc.

At work, no one noticed I had on full protection the whole day under my jeans and they thought I just hopped on the bike with a leather jacket and gloves as my sole protection. I never took them off, too much work to do so (took of my knee protectors once or twice) and so have been sitting in them for at least 9 hours a day and I've been totally fine with that. At the height of the summer I took of my boots and wore flip flops at work, else it would have been too much warmth for the legs and feet.

I've even had other riders comment on me that I should wear more gear when talking at stoplights, and they were amazed when I grabbed my knee protectors to show them 'I am just fine thank you'

I've ridden with these in temps ranging from 10 Celcius to 36 Celcius and when you're riding it's just fine, the extra warmth they added did not bother me a lot. When I stopped for breaks it sometimes was a bit warm but nothing I couldn't cope with. On the colder days it helped my on my long rides (an hour to commute via the highway gets (c)old soon)

Sometimes I had a tiny amount of irritation in the kneepits, especially after walking around a bit or if it had been especially hot.

I've worn them once under leathers during a track day (just because I could, makes no sense to do so) and this highly irritated the piece above my knee because my hair was pulled out because of the kevlar and the way the leathers pressed them against the knee. A later track day with only leathers this did not occur. My conclusion would be to not wear pants that are too tight so they pull/push the kevlar tight agains the skin. But this is a minor thing and fully explainable and I think this won't be an issue during normal use.


Wear is negligable so far. both pieces of gear hold up very well. Easy to wash and did not shrink.

One thing I did not do so far was road testing the kevlar so I can't comment on that
I did on multiple occasion sit down on my knees on the knox protectors and they offer a somewhat softer experience than sitting down on the knee.

I'm not sure if knox are the best protectors out there, but that's just because I don't have any other experience with standalone knee protectors. I guess other ones would be fine too. They are just very slim and hardly noticeable.



I have been very happy with both these items and recommend them to everybody that wants to wear casual pants so they don't have to pay extra for casual looking motor pants but still want WAY better protection than specialized motor pants (way better since they are double layered thick kevlar that go from waist to ankle all the way around the legs)

If you want to go atgatt than this is a very very very good option and gives great value for the money.
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Thanks for posting the review! Are they similar to long underwear in terms of bulkiness and do the sizes run pretty true?
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don't know about sizes compared to other products. I have a large which is fine for me widthwise, but too short lengthwise (I'm about 1.97 and 'european' physique, not fat anyway)
They are bulky, they are double layered and each layer is thicker than thermo underwear. that said, I wear them tight and they don't get in the way in terms of movement or thickness.
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I'm also thinking along these lines for summer gear. Can't seem to find jeans I really like and it would be great to be able to wear any of my jeans on the bike. I had one concern and It may be unfounded- Unlike leathers or jeans, which sit tight over the hips and are unlikely to ride down, the leggings (from the pictures at least) look to me that they could do so, as they don't not have waist cord or equivalent.

This is probably me being paranoid, but I welcome your knowledgeable opinion on this!
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