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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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PSA - Kevlar Jeans (inc injury pics)

I have a warning for anyone who uses kevlar jeans. Make sure you have a set that are fully lined with kevlar, if they are only partially lined then they don't protect you where the kevlar isn't! I recently lowsided and my jeans split above the kevlar at the knee so my knees got pretty chewed up.


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I hate to see your knees like that but it's good that you posted the pics. I've worn the cheaper partially Kevlar lined pants in the past but I only wear fully lined Hood Jeans now.

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Haha, ironically I have a pair of Hood jeans but I can't fit in them atm so was wearing my cheap backup pair!
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Thatís why they come (or should) with knee pads. Guilty as charged, sometimes I donít put mine in for city rides, but I almost always do. And I have extra sets for all my Kevlar jeans. There is little point to wear the gear without the impact protection.
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What jeans were those?
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They were Held, can't remember what type
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 08:47 PM
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Damn, that looks pretty bad mate. I've ordered some fully lined jeans but the makers haven't got back to me yet.
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Thanks for posting this. It looks like my agvís are not fully lined either...
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I was wearing a pair of Lean Angle jeans (lined from the waist all the way to the cuff with Kevlar) when I was hit broadside by a pickup truck and knocked 100 feet. My lower left leg was punctured in two places by the gearshift lever and foot peg... but there were no holes in the jeans. So, the jeans either rode up to expose my calf, or the jeans themselves were pushed into my calf. I also have Rokker jeans, which are also lined from the waist to the cuff, and I'm sure those would have performed just as well but I wasn't wearing them at the time.

I had a massive hematoma on my left calf, and another on my right hip where I hit the ground. I spent a month in the hospital.

I don't know how, but I didn't break any bones. Even without broken bones, I had a lot of injuries... hence the long hospital stay... but I do know how I escaped without ANY road rash. My Lean Angle jeans, a heavy Fox Creek leather jacket (with armour), heavy boots, Dainese race gloves, and an Arai helmet.

My left hand was crushed between the handlebar and the clutch lever. I did end up with black fingers and lost several nails... grown back now...but I still have my fingers because of the carbon fiber knuckle protection in those gloves.

Wear good gear. I don't know what else to tell you. You're not saving any money buying the cheap stuff.

ALL of that gear was cut off me. Sigh. I miss my Speed Triple.

I know they're pricey, but I can't say enough about my Rokker and Lean Angle jeans.
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Kevlar is no longer considered the best material for riding. The Dyneema (aka Spectra aka Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWP) ) materials typically get much better slide time ratings. I wear a knee/hip armoured Dyneema/cotton blend jean from Saint which carry 6 sec slide & CE rating. These are a single layer material so less bulk and better breathing in heat.
Another brand at a lower price point is the US made Bullitt jean made of Covec. These claim even better slide protection than Dyneema.

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