Most protective jeans have Kevlar liners sewn into parts of them. This is all well and good, but most of them feel bulky and like you are wearing a pair of Huggies pull-ups under your riding jeans.
The Jean’ster riding pants are a whole other kind of garment. The protective fabric is woven right into the fabric of the jeans themselves. Bolid’ster uses a composite material called Armalith for the jeans, and this fabric is the first of its kind. Armalith is a mixture of a reinforcement material known as UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene), which was developed for aerospace as well as defense applications, combined with good-old comfortable cotton and Lycra. This makes the Jean’ster pants a non-bulky single layer that provides the same abrasion protection as other riding jeans. But it does it over the entire garment.
Once I put them on they didn’t feel like I was wearing protective jeans, and I easily wore them in a myriad of warm and hot temperatures without getting monkey butt. Also, they look just like a pair of regular jeans, so I didn’t look like a puffy Kevlar-paneled-pants-wearing goon when I was off the bike.
I have been riding with these jeans for a solid six months and have found them to be a very legitimate pair of riding pants. I wore them on numerous daylong and weekend-long rides, and they did not bind or become uncomfortable at anytime. The cut on the Jean’ster is good and roomy but not baggy. Sorry to say, but I was not a big fan of the faux fading and wear of the fabric and prefer to wear dark blue or black jeans that naturally age themselves. But that’s just my personal style, as many of you will like the looks just fine. After my sting wearing these jeans, my synopsis is that if you are into getting some pants protection and don’t want to look like MC Hammer, check out the Bolid’ster Jean’ster riding pants.