Icon 1000 Rouser Denim Jeans
Great Pants With Awful Armor Pockets
First off, as other reviewers mentioned, these run small. I am 5ft 10in and I usually wear a waist 30 or 31 levis 559. The size 32 fit me well. The inseam was ~33 inches, which I had hemmed.
These jeans are great for riding around town <45 mph. The 3DO armor is excellent and offers knee protection which is missing in many other kevlar jeans. Unfortunately, the armor pockets are too big causing the armor to move around a lot. The armor was also positioned too high for me. All of these issues were an easy fix. A tailor extended the armor pockets and sowed in a sort of "V" shaped stitch at the bottom to keep them in place and a 2-3" horizontal stitch above the armor to keep it from sliding up your leg, while still being accessible through the armor pocket zipper.
1. The jeans seem sturdy and well made, with excellent workmanship
2. The zippers used to access the armor pockets are excellent. You can easily slip the 3DO armor in and out. Once you get to your destination you can take them out and store them somewhere or put them in a bag and walk around without armor rubbing your shins.
1. The armor pockets are absolutely awful. The knee armor sat on my thigh while riding offering no protection to the knees. Also, as other reviewers mention the pockets are too big causing the armor to slide around too much. However these issues were easy fixes for a skilled tailor.
In conclusion the jeans are pretty good and their very serious flaws are easy to fix with a good tailor.
November 27, 2014
Way Too Small!
I bought these on closeout. I saw a few other reviews saying they ran a little small so I ordered a 36 instead of my typical 34. Who ever said they ran a little small was extremely under exaggerating. When I got these and took them out of the box I knew they wouldn't fit. I could barely get them over my thighs. In the picture you can see them compared to a pair of size 34 BKE jeans. They are no where near big enough for anyone who would typically wear a 34. I got the last pair for that size and there were no larger sizes available so I will just be returning them.
If you did find a size that fit, aside from the waist, the rest of the jean fits very well. They seems very well made and very durable. Like others have said the knee armor pockets are quite large and the jeans would probably need hemmed. I never got to ride in the jeans so I can't attest to much else.
November 12, 2014
I like these pants...worth the money
As a few others have pointed out, the knee pads will move around as the their pocket is bigger that the pad. I have not corrected this yet but should be an easy fix. Pants are really comfortable and look great. I bought a size bigger that my regular jeans and the fit is good. I would recommend these pants if you want jeans vs textiles or leather.
May 12, 2014
Fit is way off.
I was wearing a pair of slim fit size 34 jeans with a belt when I ordered this jean in a size 34. Well, the Rouser's got all the way up my legs at least, with more room in the legs than my other jeans (which still accomodate my Sidi Adv. boots), but while they were slightly more snug in the butt, the waist was impossibly small. You can see just looking at them that they curve sharpy inward (to the inside of the pants, i.e. getting smaller in circumference) at the waist, with the angle of the belt loops and the drop and rise of the waistband from one side to another making them resemble hip huggers. Maybe this is some voodoo to make them fit right in the saddle, but I haven't noticed any issue sitting down in my normal jeans, from a Honda Interceptor to a Yamaha Road Star for hours at a time...
Will update when or if a size 36 comes back into stock. Otherwise, appears to be quality material. Protection has room to move like others say, but I think it might fall into place on bike (but will it stay there when you need it? I don't think so). Would prefer they more closely matched the look of normal jeans but for now this is my favorite combination of casual and protection.
May 12, 2014
A nice option would be to have different legs lenght. I'm 6'1" and wear 38" size but the legs lenght is 5 inches too long...
May 5, 2014
Good looking and protective
I have several pairs of kevlar/armored jeans from different manufacturers. Always trying to find the "best" pair. These are becoming my favorites after wearing them for a few weeks now. They look good and aren't baggy. A feature I did not want. I was a little put off by the warning that the dye in the fabric could come off on light color cushions or seats. Watch where you sit in the house. There is a long list of "do not" items on the fabric care label but if it means keeping the kevlar protection at it's peak then I'll comply. I still don't really get the idea that riding jeans shouldn't be washed or cleaned. After a few summer road trips they need to be laundered. The color is dark and not likely to fade much. The lining is a nice touch and the fit makes them perfect both on and off the bike. I remove the armor after riding and am able to walk around without looking like Robocop. I did not give these jeans a 5 star Bang for the Buck simply because of the placement of the knee armor. As other reviewers have noted, the pouch holding the armor is way too big so the D3O will slide around. Anthony mentions this in the video and hopes Icon will fix it in the next release. Me too. I took to needle and thread to fix it but should you have to do this to $200 jeans? The benefits of these jeans greatly outweighs this flaw.
April 21, 2014
Good and bad... bad is correctable
Got my rousers yesterday, and am pretty happy with them. I wear a 33 waist x 32 inseam in Levis. I ordered the size 34 and they fit perfectly. Inseam will need to be hemmed but I knew that going in. Jeans are very comfortable, fit is similar to Levi 514's. They seem to have decent air flow like any other jean. Now for the bad; the pocket that the armor sits in couldn't be a worse design. Even if you position the armor correctly after getting seated on the bike, it shifts to the inside of the leg and rises up on the thigh within a few miles. Not sure what Icon was thinking. Fortunately, if you have even basic sewing skills, this issue is pretty fixable. Turn them inside out and you can easily access the pocket to stitch a custom placement. I have no reservations recommending these jeans, as long as you realize that some sewing will need to be done to the armor pocket.
March 15, 2014