Beyond the utility of motorcycle gear there’s considerations of function, style and comfort. Need lots of pockets and weather protection? Check out some textile touring kit. Thick leather options are in abundance for track day riders and serious canyon carvers. And for more casual, clear weather riding there’s all sorts of lightweight, fairly priced options from mesh jackets to riding jeans. I needed a fresh pair of the latter, so acquired the AGV Sport Alloy Kevlar Jeans for use during the waning summer and early autumn months.
A Few Highlights
One of the best features of the Alloy Kevlar Jeans is that I forget about them. Not in a neglectful way in the back of the closet, but when they’re on, riding around or sitting in my chair at the desk at work. The Alloy Jeans are not bulky or stiff and look every bit like a standard pair of stone washed denim.
There’s also more to the Alloy jeans than the Levis you pull off the shelf at a department store. DuPont Kevlar fabric provides additional abrasion resistance to vulnerable spots such as the knees, hips and backside. AGV Sport also includes CE-certified knee protectors as standard, an amenity many companies ask customers to purchase separately when buying riding jeans.
That extra step can easily result in riders going with no leg impact protection, since they’d rather get on with the ride than log another order and wait for the armor inserts to arrive. I was thankful to have them and the flexible pads form nicely to the knee, meaning there’s no mentionable discomfort or awkwardness to the fit of the jeans when inserted.
Additionally, the interior features a 100% polyester, anti-bacterial fixed mesh lining that is soft and comfortable – extending from the waist down to mid-calf. The fabric is a light/medium-weight 12 oz. stonewashed, hand distressed denim comparable to most standard jeans.
It’s not the most robust denim we’ve encountered so if you’re looking for a bit more abrasion resistance you might want to consider opting for a higher weight, something rated 16 oz. or more.
However, a heavier weight means a much more rigid pair of pants that typically require a longer break-in period before they’re as comfortable as the Alloy’s.
How’d They Fit?
I’m a six-foot tall, 195-pound rider with a 32- to 34-inch waist (depending on how many doughnuts I’ve had for breakfast). I got a pair of Alloy Jeans with a 34-inch waist and 32-inch inseam and fit was nice, but a little snug at the waist and the thighs. If you’re used to having some room to move in your jeans, the Alloy’s may be a bit too slim. But they’re also not skinny jeans by any stretch and break in well. A few washes and wears and now the Alloy’s feel like a pair of jeans I’ve had for years.
Length is decent when in riding position, with coverage down to just above the ankle. I was able to get by with a pair of high-top riding shoes without showing any bare leg. The cuffs are also wide enough to fit over any typical full-length road boot.
There’s nothing fancy about the waist closure, just a standard 20mm brushed steel waist button and YKK zipper. Simple is good in my book, especially when it all stays closed as it should.
In fair weather, the Alloy jeans are great. There’s enough breathability to keep airflow moving on hot days when you’re riding and enough material to keep you from freezing if the temps start to drop. They’re not going to keep you dry if the skies open up, but AGV Sport doesn’t claim the Alloy’s to be waterproof anyway so there’s nothing surprising there.
On bike movement is as easy as if these were a run-of-the-mill pair of jeans. The only indication that you’re wearing a pair of riding pants comes from the feel of the knee pads, but it’s an innocuous sensation that’s soon forgotten.
Thankfully I’ve not had to test the durability of the jeans in a crash, but as mentioned above there’s peace of mind afforded by the additional impact protection.
After a few months’ wear, none of the seams have opened, the cuffs are still intact and construction generally is exactly the same as when I opened the box.
Sizes, Price and Colors
In addition to the pictured Stone Wash, AGV Sport offers a Dark Wash option as well. Waist sizes range from 30 up to 36 in Stone Wash and 30 to 38 in Dark, with inseam lengths from 30 to 36 in both colorways. The AGV Sport Alloy Kevlar Jeans price at $129.00.
Photos by Shanda Hurst.
AGV Sport Alloy Kevlar Jeans
Sizes: Waist 30-38; Inseam 30-36
Colors: Dark Wash or Stone Wash
Warranty: One year limited