Alpinestars Hellcat Kevlar Jeans
These Should Be Rated Higher!
The Alpinestars Hellcat Kevlar Jeans are everything I have been searching for in a riding jean. You may be put off by the price, but rest assured these are worth it--especially if you are looking for a protective pant that you can wear on and off the bike.
Sizing / Comfort / Style: I'm 5'11 170lbs 32 waist. I wear Dainese Hard Shorts when I ride so I usually get a 34 pant to accommodate them. 34 in the Hellcat fits perfectly--not too snug. The stretch panel at the back isn't something you find in typical riding denim and definitely aids comfort and motion when seated. Cut and style are just what I was hoping for. The dark wash isn't accurately captured in the product photo. It is a nice deep dark wash with gold/amber contrast stitching. But probably the best feature of all is the ZIPPERED HEM! This allows you to wear protective boots such as the Sidi ST's with your jeans. Most other jeans I've tried were too fashion focused and the boot opening wasn't large enough to fit over my Sidi's.
Protection: I was comforted to see the large Kevlar panels on the seat that also continue down the sides. I previously tried the S/S Run with the Bulls Jeans that seemed to have the absolute bare minimum amount of paneling to be called kevlar jeans. The absence of CE hip protectors isn't that big of a deal to me since I usually wear armored shorts (although 5mm hip pads are included). What impressed me the most however were the CE knee protectors included with these jeans! They are 3 layers thick, layered in a design similar to the Rev'it Seesoft back protector. They offer great coverage of the knee and continue somewhat down the shin. They are much more substantial and inspire greater confidence than the Dainese pro-shape knee protectors I am most familiar with. The Astars knee protectors line up perfectly for me, but for those for whom they don't, sell them and consider getting a set of strapping knee guards!
So to sum up these pants were everything I was looking for in a riding jean. In my view the Hellcats strike a great balance of style and protection, and are way more versatile than a more focused textile touring pant or race leathers. I think I may need to go and sell my Dainese Nevada 0K jeans now. . .
May 30, 2014
No body wants nasty road rashes, this jeans is stylish, convenient and most importantly protects you from those road rashes and most common leg impacts upon an accident.
May 26, 2014
Not your average 501s
you know.... i've got to say, "i love these jeans".
very cliche to say for a 'hardcore kneedragging greese monkey' right?
it's true, i will say it again, i love these jeans. they fit well, they do not look awkward, they ARE NOT all skinny leg nut huggers, and they are made of HIGH QUALITY jean material. the knee and hip padding do not feel too bulky and i am able to wear these jeans for an entire work day around the office with no discomfort.
I am 5'10" 160 with and normally wear size 33 jeans for a looser/baggier fit. i went with a size 32 and it worked perfectly for me waist-wise.
my 1st complaint is the length which i would guessimate is around 34/35, too long for me to wear with normal shoes without dragging on the floor but works perfectly with my smx-plus.
my 2nd complaint is that the pants sit too high on the hips, and pretty much comes up to my belly button, but i have to remmeber that this is protection gear after all.
April 8, 2014
Very comfortable, go-to riding pants
I live in Florida and heavy riding pants are not always great in the heat and humidity. I wanted some jeans that offered better-than-jean protection so I bought these. The fit is right on, they breath well and they're not too heavy. Quality product but you get what you pay for.
February 1, 2014
I love this product feels like a casual jean with all the protection you need
the fit is perfect I am a 34x32 in regular jeans I got the 34 waist is perfect with the hip protection it is a bit long but with a motorcycle boots (sidi adventure) the length is perfect
a casual looking jeans with all the protection you need. very comfortable even on long distance rides.
November 12, 2013
A Little Baggy and Thin, but Protective
I got these jeans because they seemed to offer more protection than the other motorcycling jeans -- Kevlar down the sides, knee and hip pads. They are a bit baggy, run a little large in the waist (34"). They are definitely long enough. I was surprised by how thin the fabric feels. The hip pads are also quite thin, compared to the knee pads. I think they are somewhat overpriced for what you get.
October 12, 2013
A all weather comfortable armored pant
I have had a tough time finding a riding jean that fits me and has the features I was looking for. I am on the skinnier side and these pants fit me great. There is also a good amount of airflow even in hot temps. The hip armor is not noticeable and the knee armor is very comfortable. Great pant.
October 7, 2013
New and Fits
I'm 5'-10" 155lb and wear a 32-33 pant/shorts size.
I got the 32" and they fit perfectly. They are also long enough. All the armor sits in the right location when in the riding position. To me, they also look good.
September 25, 2013