Icon Hooligan Denim Pants
For low-speed trips to work and back only.
I like the idea of these more than the execution. It is nice to be able to remove knee armor (heavy and dense) without having to take the jeans off in a bathroom. That is the primary benefit, other than the look like just nice regular jeans you could wear anywhere.
Downside: The are manufactured extremely poorly. I got a grey pair and a blue pair... They grey pair was ok upon opening, but the blue pair had white threads coming out everywhere and the seam was already falling apart - could stick a pinky finger through the hole in the side-seam, right out of the box. Held the jeans up to the light and could see the sun through every stitch-hole. That does NOT inspire confidence. I have had $30 Old Navy jeans that were built better.
Sees like these would be of more benefit if you were to fall/drop your bike over onto yourself. Or tripping in your driveway on your way TO the bike. I cannot see these being abrasion-resistant whatsoever. In fact, I can imagine the entire seam coming apart down the leg. The knee armor is nice and molded, however, unlike the flattened kind you encounter in other jeans.
The bottom line is: ICON - put about $50 more of materials / workmanship into these (kevlar, better stitching) and charge $200. I just bough a pair of Alpinestars Resist kevlar jeans for that. I'd love to have that exterior armor removal option.
October 18, 2013
I'll wear them anyway
First let me say that these are among the lowest quality pair of pants I've ever owned. At the same time, I do like them, so this is not an easy review to write.
The bad: Others have mentioned the button looking flimsy- mine came off before I even tried the pants on. Threads shooting out here and there. They're slightly too long, even for riding pants. The Field Armor in the knees is CE rated, but it's uncomfortable enough to tempt removal.
Here's what these pants have going for them: They look excellent in grey, they're fairly comfortable with the knee armor removed, and they seem to be about as tough as a normal pair of riding jeans. If you're a bit of a chub- and especially if you're tall- the knee armor and length might work well for you.
Do I regret purchasing? No. They're not horrifically bad at this price point, and they do offer good protection. On the other hand, they're still low quality pants manufactured on a tight budget with lax quality control. I'll wear them without a second thought, but I definitely won't suggest that anyone should rush to give their hard-earned dollars to ICON for shoddy work.
October 16, 2013
First off I didn't order these from Revzilla. Have used them for various riding gear and great service! Just wanted to let others who are thinking about these pants to save some trouble.
I love the fit and style of these jeans! I'm 6' 205lbs and 34 in waist. The removable knee pad is great!! I was a bit suspect when i got these jeans home with the button. it looks super flimsy and could come off at any moment. The stitching is kinda poor but I was still ok with the jeans until i put them on again and discovered a hole developing on my hip where the stitching starts. OK , these things are junk! goin back asap! For $120 I'm disappointed enough to write this and warn others. Love Icon but they need a quality control check on these. Style 10/10 quality 2/10.
October 1, 2013
Awesome pants! Plenty of room in the back for comfort on the bike, but it's subtle enough to wear into a restaurant, bank heist, or whatever. The removable (while pants are worn) knee armor will quickly spoil you, especially if you're a habitual backpack wearer or have some place to stash them. Air flow is poor, but the material feels very durable. I haven't crash tested these yet (knock on wood) but the material easily slides across some furious cheese-grating. Skinny dude warning!!! Icon's pants seem to fit on the large side. I'm a 30 inch waist, but ordered the 32 so I could easily tuck in an insulating layer. Bad move. The 32 fit more like a 34. Trade in was necessary.
September 21, 2013
Great Summer Pant and Even Better Value
After reading the RevZilla reviews I bought the Icon Hooligan Denim Pants in blue.
Per other reviews, I bought it one size too big and then washed it in warm water and dried it.
Very comfortable and looks great.
Some reviews say you'll need to hem the pants, but I didn't and looks and wears great.
the protection in the knees is superbly comfortable sitting on the bike.
It really exceed my expectations.
September 2, 2013
The Jeans and their function are really great. If you're looking for something that's going to add a little bit of protection for your street riding without wearing leathers I would suggest these. The waste area fits quite large but it's a good thing for when they shrink... and they will. After a while in the saddle and your legs getting sweaty, the pants will tend to bunch up behind your knees making it a little uncomfortable at times.
They come from the factory completely untreated. That means when you wash them for the first time they WILL blead onto anything else that is in the wash/drier with the jeans. The other thing too is the vent holes on the knee pads need to be cut out. The holes are like half way punched out but still have material in them. I may buy another pair if i get to start riding more often soon.
July 30, 2013
Great Pants - Just don't wash them..
I've been using these for a month or so and they have been great overall. I took out the knee pads and use the side zippers as vents when it's hot out, which provides good leg ventilation.
I'm a tall guy, 6' 3", with long legs (34" inseam) - at first I thought these would cover my ankles because while standing they folded nicely over my shoes. But upon riding my bike they hike up and just furiously slap my leg above my sock line.
Very stylish pants. At first look you wouldnt asume they are motorcycle specific pants, even in grey. Overall I like these pants, and the price is alright.
EXCEPT - They got dirty, and I washed them carefully. First round through the washing machine the rubber gromet came off of the fasener. Second time through the fasener came off. Now I have to hold my pants on with a belt and the zipper. Causing me to think that the manufacture quality is low. I was concidering exchanging them. But instead I'm fixing to sew some elastic and a hook style fasener onto them in order to elimintae my need for a belt.
If you want stylish pants with a higher level of protection than plain jeans, here is a product for you. You just have to weigh your wants and needs with the cost of "motorcycle jeans".
July 24, 2013
great look, average protection and cool features.
nice pants. I have the blue ones and they are very dark. I assume they will lighten up with some washing. the removable kneepads are very nice and easy to remove and replace. The reflective seam on the underside is a very nice touch. Other than the knee pads and being told that it has reinforcement in critical areas it doesn't seem to be more than a denim pant. Price was right with my zilla cash.
July 16, 2013