The more jaded among us could easily think that if you’ve wore one pair of jeans you’ve worn them all. It’s not as if the formula is that complicated or the extremes of design that outlandish. Even so, a few small touches here or there can instantly remind even the most cynical jean-wearer that not all denim is created equal. Those little deviations from the norm are what make the Joe Rocket Accelerator Jeans really stand out.
The Accelerator Jeans are soft and comfortable to start. Sometimes riding denim can be rigid and inflexible when first worn, but the 12oz. Aramid reinforced denim used with the Accelerators has the well-worn feel of a pair of jeans that have seen some miles. There’s a cotton comfort layer inside that creates an even more luxurious feel and those together make it feel like you’re not even wearing denim, but something closer to sweat pants.
Add in the stretch panels at the knees and above the seat and a cut designed for the riding position and you have a pair of jeans that effortlessly forms to your body shape when on the bike.
If you do take a tumble, there’s reinforcement material in the hips, knees and seat for abrasion resistance. Pockets in the knees accepts armor also if you’d like to incorporate impact protection. Armor, however, is sold separately at $24.99 apiece for Joe Rocket’s O.E. kit.
The Accelerator Jeans are true-to-size in terms of fit. I opted for my usual 32 Regular size (there are sizes 30 – 42 Regular and 30 – 38 Short available) and everything from the fit of the waist to the length of the inseam was spot on. For reference, I am 6ft tall and weigh in the neighborhood of 180-pounds.
I also made more use than I thought I would of the two front zippered pockets, which are in addition to the traditional five-pocket design typically found on a pair of jeans. Perfect for keeping a house key safe, a cell phone secure or any such small item.
The only color option is Blue Denim, which is a nice look. In fact, the Accelerator Jeans are now among only a handful of items I’ve tested that consistently garner compliments. They simply look good. I wouldn’t be opposed to a black denim option, however, to help make the flex panels a bit more low profile.
No crash testing took place, but as for protection against the elements when out on the road, the Accelerators perform adequately. They’re not waterproof, so avoid rain showers, and when temperatures get too low you’re going to feel cold. But for a moderate to warm day in the spring, summer or fall, the Accelerator Jeans are a solid option.
And with an MSRP of $99, the Accelerator Jeans come in on the low-end of the riding denim price spectrum. Granted, if you want the knee armor it will cost a bit extra.
At the end of the day though, the Accelerator Jeans have a distinctive look, they fit true to size and are some of the most comfortable riding jeans I’ve worn. Certainly worth consideration if you’re in the market for a fresh riding denim.