Drayko Hole Shot Jeans
Heavy, protective, warm
When you first receive the shipment and feel the weight you're going to think they messed up and sent 3 pairs. These are heavy jeans.
BUT, that's why I got them - for cold weather riding. I noticed with some of my other kevlar jeans that I was a little warmer than normal jeans, so I figured with a full liner it would be really warm. I was right.
These jeans are really 3 layers - denim on the outside (medium to heavy), the kevlar/dyneema liner in the middle, and a mesh on the inside against your skin (like the open mesh on the inside of a riding jacket). There is also a loop at the bottom of the legs that goes around your shoes/boots to pull the pant legs down. I get warm easily, but when wearing the jeans inside I do get warm, just on the edge of uncomfortably so. But when riding in 20 or 30 degree weather, these take the bite off the cold. Don't get wet though, they soak through as easily as any other denim.
The knee and hip pads are OK. I ended up taking the hip pads out, if you want to wear them I suggest going up a waist size. The hip pads fit snugly and aren't adjustable, but I found they're in the right place, they just made the pants a bit too snug for me. The knee pads work as well as any other insertable knee pads in pants. The positioning is a little tricky and if you're slightly OCD like me you'll adjust them 20 times and still not be quite perfect. The knee pads have velcro that seems to stick to I guess the Dyneema liner, though Drayko provides 4 little velcro pads that I guess you can sew in if you were so inclined. But I didn't use them and they seem to stick reasonably in place.
I haven't worn these on warmer days, I see some other people used them in warm weather but I think I'd be too hot in them. But I can't say for sure, maybe the mesh liner lets them breath ok when moving.
Overall these are one of the most protective jeans you can buy, and should be almost on par with true riding pants other than not being water-resistant in any way.
January 7, 2015
Initially surprised at the thickness of the jeans. After wearing them for a bit I was very satisfied with the look and the feel. Normally wear a 32" therefor Ordered a 32". Slightly bigger at waist and will need a belt when not on the bike. Very comfortable jeans with the confidence of "safety features" built into them, The perfect compromise for those short dry-day rides. Looking at the Rukka Armaxion pants for the long rides.
December 9, 2014
Great protection in a traditional Jean form factor
Did a lot of research and these Drayko's came out at or near the top of the heap. CE 2 level protection, with hip and knee armor included. They come in a standard length of 34" so I had to get the pair hemmed. Also, if you are in between sizes, I'd go down a size. I wear 33" and got the 34". Should have gotten the 32". Had to get 1.5 inches taken out of the waist. Since you can only wash these in cold water and tumble dry in low heat, the jeans will not shrink over time.
The jeans wear warm so 75 degrees or cooler works best....can't imagine wearing them in 100 Texas heat. But a textile is probably better in that situation anyway.
November 10, 2014
High end equipment that offers high end protection.
Extremely well made. Heavy duty, thick material. Looks like jeans but protection like track leathers. Not for summer riding. Armor in the knees and hips.
October 8, 2014
Nice product but with a few drawbacks
Out of the package these are really well-built jeans. They have a full liner inside so they are very heavy and sturdy. The feel alot like those flannel lined jeans, including the additional weight and heat. They do not breath, especially in August traffic. I am looking forward to wearing them in the fall and winter.
The good is that they come with really excellent knox armor for the knees and hip, Both slide into pouches and with the full kevlar protection they are by and far the most protective jeans I've ever seen. The armor stays in place on the hip perfectly and provided your velcro placement is good, they seem to stay pretty well at knee level.
The downside, the armor pockets in the knees are not incredibly well thought out and the fabric opening is right in the middle of the pouch, so your knee ends up rubbing directly on the armor and not the fabric. Also, they do run a tad small, especially once you put hip armor in them. If you're a size 34 in Levis and your jeans are snug, then you might try a 36 in these. I wear a 34 in Levis but I guess I would be a perfect 35 in these jeans.
Otherwise, they seem great and the CE2 rating can't be beat. Hopefully, I'll never have to test them but its nice to know its there.
September 3, 2014
Great coverage. Traditional Fit. Least obnoxious design.
I'm quite happy with my Holeshots. The coverage is thorough and comfortable. Fit was dead on. I usually wear a Levis 501 34/34. These feel much the same although they appear just a smidge bigger to accommodate the full lining. These fit perfectly over my engineer boots
No stretch denim here. Jeans feel durable yet soft.
In the past, I've been turned off by protective jeans because of the style of the fit (usually too baggy) and the look (Obnoxious stitching, stonewash finishes). These jeans are the most traditional I've come across. There is a touch of intentional fading over the front upper thigh and knees that didn't really show in the promotional images
August 19, 2014