Dainese Montana 4D Jeans
Look Great, Very Comfortable, Protection Level Very Questionable
I just got back from a 1700 mile road trip, wearing these jeans the whole way. Overall, I'm very happy with them. But, the protection granted by these jeans is very questionable.
- These jeans look great. They are slim, fit well, a little bigger at the cuff. The cuff is just barely big enough to go over some Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots, with a bit of tugging.
- They are very comfortable. The cut and fit of these jeans is great. I wore them for 10 hours straight, never felt any binding, pinching, or roughness.
- Well made, stitching looks good, nice details.
- Knee armor is flexible, barely noticeable, and very comfortable. It takes a little adjustment when you put the jeans on to make sure they don't slide and fold up. But, once the jeans are on, they stay in place.
- The denim is some of the thinnest denim I've ever seen on a pair of jeans. I'm sure this contributes to the comfort of the jeans. But, I have a $20 pair of H&M jeans that have thicker denim than these. The product description states that kevlar is interwoven into the denim. Which is great, it just seems really really thin. And, kevlar fibers don't do anything to protect against those stray pebbles at 80mph.
- The knee armor sits way too high. On the bike, the armor mostly covers my lower thigh, top of the knee. If they dropped the armor about 3 inches it would be perfect on the bike.
- The armor itself is pretty negligible. If you come off the bike at anything more than slow city speeds, the knee armor will do pretty much nothing.
- The kevlar lining, again is really thin. It's very comfortable and looks like yellow cotton. Compared to some Hood jeans I have, I really question the protection level this provides.
I love these jeans, and would buy another pair. But, they are city riding only for me. I wouldn't trust them in a get-off over 45 mph, if that.
October 15, 2014
Straight cut, medium rise
Jeans fit a bit high, not really low rise jeans. I wear a 29 and bought 31 because i needed the jeans asap for a long trip and I wanted to have the option of wearing a thermal underneath in case i needed it.They fit true to their size and I don't find they really fit as skinny jeans. Over all they look great, I bought the knee pads as well and they fit just fine, they still give you airflow and some protection.
Definitely would recommend if you are looking for denims that you can also wear out to a bar or social event.
October 13, 2014
Great if you like low rise waist
The quality of these jeans are great, they have a really nice look and don't have seams at the knee like the Kansas do. I don't wear low rise waist so here is where I have the issue. I guess it's my own fault and shouldn't of bought this product, but I wanted a slim fit. Especially on the bike they ride too low and and I don't have enough room in my crotch.
September 3, 2014
Saved my skin.
When these came in the mail, I was excited to try them on and I knew I wasn't going to be worried about carrying around heavy overpants when I went out wearing them. They fit a little tight for the size (especially around the legs and butt, so if you squat maybe go a size or two up) but nothing uncomfortable. Unlike most denim they have a bit of stretch, especially through the knees so they are comfortable to ride in but don't look like hammer pants. The button fly is kind of a pain, but it's probably a bit stronger than a zipper.
Unfortunately about four days after these came in, I low-sided at about 40 mph (always pull over for tailgaters, kids) The pants held up astonishingly well, with only a few surface abrasions. Nothing made it through. I wasn't wearing any knee inserts and got a minor scrape on my knee from the inside of the pants, but overall they saved my skin. Aside from a sprained ankle and hand from the impact I am mostly undamaged-- I'll be buying another pair soon.
September 1, 2014
Stylish enough, get the job done, butt crack
OK. I am a NYC rider who normally wears dark or black skinny jeans (so now you know where I am coming from . If I lived on a farm in the midwest I would probably have a different style sense). So these are pretty stylish, not as nice as my regular jeans, but they are ok. They could be a little more slim on the lower legs, but it workable. The finish on the denim is only ok. But I love them. They are the best riding jeans I have found to date. I am 6 ft 200lbs..I am normally a 34 waist and these fit well but they are low cut...meaning that initially I put them on and they were totally butt crack jeans. But I had patience and they stretched out a bit and work well now.
June 2, 2014
i just don't feel safe in these jeans
I purchased both the Dainese Montana 4D jeans and the Dainese D6 Kevlar jeans at the same time. This review covers both.
I've owned all kinds of gear for various riding conditions. For my urban warfare commuting, I switch between Motoport Kevlar and Draggin Jeans. I feel reasonably protected in the Draggin jeans but wanted a more modern and stylish look.
Montana 4D - these jeans are less expensive than other models, look great, fit great, and feel like tissue paper. I have regular jeans from 7 for All Mankind that feel sturdier than these jeans. The "protection" seems to be extra sleeves of material extending from thigh to the top of the leg. I absolutely do not feel safe riding in them, except perhaps for a trip to the store a few blocks away when I can't break 20 mph and there's no traffic. Do not buy these jeans. Spend a little extra on something better.
D6 Kevlar - these jeans are expensive, look great, fit great, feel fantastic, and seem to offer the same level of protection as my Draggin Jeans, with armored butt and knees. They have some nice touches, like reflective logos on the butt, angled belt loops for a leaning riding position, and a zip fly. The dark wash is very nice. My only complaint is that they are long; it surprises me that a motorcycle apparel company would make a product with so much extra material because they can catch on pegs/shifter. I may get them tailored. Overall these seem worth the price.
April 7, 2014
Great Pair of Jeans
I just received my black (dark) wash pair on Montana 4D riding jeans. I'm 5'8" 160lbs. typically wear a 30" waist. These are spot on fit (ordered 30" waist). My idea of spot on means I can fit two fingers in the waist after the are buttoned. The rise is some where between 8"-8.5" which makes it a lower rise jean (most jeans are around 10"-11" of rise). They aren't going to sit far above the butt on the lower back because of the rise. The darker wash is closer to that of selvedge denim. The leg fit is close to an original straight bordering a slim straight. The 34" inseam allow the length to cover my riding boots (TCX X-RAP). The cuff opening (6.5") slides over the boots with out hassle. You might have some trouble with a bulkier technical boot. The interior of the jean has kevlar protection in the butt, hips, and knees with pockets in the knees for soft CE pads. From the knee up you get a soft and supple cotton liner that makes the jean that much more comfortable. Dainese has finished the jean off with flat Dainese embossed rivets and Dainese embossed buttons for the 4 button fly. To be perfectly honest my first though was, "I should buy a second pair so I could wear them all the time." My second thought was, "Wow, that a big change pocket." My third thought was, "I'm glad I don't have larger thighs." I have 23" thighs and if you were closer to 30"+ you might have trouble fitting in this style of slimmer jean (look at the Dainese Kansas). Overall super thrilled with the craftsmanship and fitment of the jean. Thumbs up to Dainese, a great addition to your line up. As for Team Zilla, Thank You!
March 25, 2014
Good casual jeans
I bought these at the local D Store after being disappointed with the fit of a lot of other brands of riding jeans. These fit like a pretty typical fashionable pair of American jeans, similar to a pair of Joes that I have. That is they fit snug but not hipster tight and have a button fly. I have the blue and they are a nice solid dark wash.
As far protection they have an insert with Kevlar panels on the seat, hips, and knees. The rest of the areas you are stuck with regular denim. There is also pockets for optional knee armor. No one carries the armor yet so I don't have it but from the pocket size it will be pretty small. Overall they are safer than jeans but definitely not a full technical jean. It tows the line between fashion and function that I was looking for for around town riding.
January 12, 2014