Drayko Renegade Riding Jeans
Comfortable but HUGE, knee pads very low
I normally wear 38 waist, 32 inseam pants. Based on other reviews, I opted for size 36 pants. When they arrived, the 36 pants fit my 38 waist perfectly, but the inseam on these pants was easily a 36, maybe a 38 inseam. If these were normal jeans, that wouldn't be that big of a problem, just hem the leg and good to go. However with the kevlar protective pad on these apparently positioned for a giant, when I am standing, the seam for the top of the knee guard was directly in line with the middle of my knee cap. When I sat on the bike, it did pull the pad up and over my knee, but with the way these fit, I imagine it's about a 50/50 chance that my knee stays bent enough to stay behind the protection. Unfortunately had to return these because of poor fit.
May 25, 2015
I bought these for riding to work. My waist is 32 but my legs are generally too big for size 32 pants so I got size 34 and wear a belt. Got them hemmed at the local tailor, they look fine, kind of bland but whatever. I change at work anyways. Pockets are a little shallow, not terribly so, but I'd like a little deeper since I tend to get nervous about losing things from my pockets on the bike. (lost a wallet once that way)
May 25, 2015
Saved my hide
Was riding off a car ferry when an impatient a$$hat in an suv decided he should go first, he nearly drove over the attendant and knocked me off my bike at the top of the ramp, not going fast but the ramp had traction paint so it was akin to sliding down sand paper, my jeans were trashed, the denim was worn and ripped in several places right through to the kevlar underneath. I slid for about 15m (45ft) and didn't have a mark on me aside from a couple of bruises. I cannot praise these pants enough.
April 28, 2015
Love them so far
So far so good. I hope to never have to "test" the the protection, but the airflow is wonderful. I'm able to lift my legs, squat, and stretch with now problems. I haven't had them hemmed yet, but they were only a few inches long.I bought my actual waist size which makes them a little big, but nothing that my buxkling my belt an eaxtra notch didn't resolve.
April 27, 2015
Wash, let shrink, then hem!
The advice and reviews are right. The initial fit is a size too big but once you wash them they size down a bit more reasonable.
They are not a fashion statement, just plain relaxed-fit-like jeans. I hope I don't have to test them on the ground, so I'm not too sure how it'll perform the task, but the liner is very serious looking. I bought some knee guards as well for an extra measure and they fit a little snug under, so I may keep those on the outside.
They breathe okay, but if you're sitting around on a hot day in traffic not moving it may get schweaty. On a 50 degree day some long johns might be a little much.
Getting them hemmed is not a big deal, dropped them at the cleaners and two days and $5 later I had jeans that fit right for once (I have a 27in inseam).
April 14, 2015
Good product, appearance reduces value
I wasn't a fan of the look or design of it, since I mainly wear more washed or faded colors, but I preferred the extra protection over the better looking pairs. They do run pretty baggy so you'll definitely need them hemmed and tailored if you're an average or smaller build.
April 13, 2015
Solid Riding Jeans
After reading other reviews, I ordered a 32" waist (I typically wear 32"-33"). They were really tight on my thighs. Even with the stretch fabric. With the fabric being, mostly cotton, I did not want to risk any shinkage during wash/dry. So, I returned for 34" (wish they were made in odd sizes too). The 34" fit much better in thigh area but is a little loose in waist. After a wash/dry, waist fit much better. Keep in mid that these are listed as "traditional waist" which is a HIGH waist compared to typical jeans. Overall, solid riding jeans.
January 27, 2015
Great buy for the price, and it will save my butte....!!!
January 5, 2015