REV'IT! Carnaby Jeans
Protective but stylish
Overall, these jeans are remarkable – protective, but very comfortable and stylish. They work great on the bike, and I can walk around comfortably in them as well. From another person’s view, they just look like regular jeans so you can wear them in plenty of situations without attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Color: They are advertised as dark blue, but I would call them black, or possibly a dark charcoal. For me this is great, because I much prefer black jeans.
Airflow is about the same as regular jeans, possibly slightly less.
The pocket on the side looks bigger in the picture, but it is pretty small.
Size: I typically wear 30/32, I ordered this size and they fit perfectly. They are definitely a slim fit, but not skin tight. There is room for long underwear on colder days.
Comfort: They are very comfortable for the amount of protection. I can wear them at work and, while of course not as comfortable as regular jeans without protection, I can keep them on all day without getting bothered.
The knee protection is adjustable so you can fit it to your preference.
There are really only two things I’m not crazy about on these jeans:
1) The button fly. Just not my preference, but after a while I’ve gotten used to it.
2) The logo down the side of the leg. It’s annoying, but at least it’s printed in a subtle color. Ideally they should have just left it off, but if they had to put something they should have just used the Rev It symbol.
One note about the hip protection: I wrote to Revzilla CS because it’s a little unclear what to buy. They wrote back immediately and explained that this is an oversight on the part of Rev It – they do not make the specified hip protectors anymore. They recommended these:
These work great. If you buy them, they DO fit in the hips, but take a little maneuvering. I was having trouble putting them in, and was about to cut them when my wife figured out a way to get them in there.
Hope you enjoy these jeans as much as I do.
March 5, 2015
Lots of good. 2 iffy!
Had these since Nov 2014 and they still look brand new. No fading or shedding of the stitches. Well made. Really feels like if I need them to handle some asphalt wrestling they'll hold up. I'll start with not so goodish stuff
Thighs fit smaller than most people would be used to I wear a 32 had to go 34 to fit the thighs. I am Russian and Scottish so you can see the size issue.
Padding is good that is there. Just thought the hip pads would be included at this price. They aren't. Not bad.
Breathe good yet not enough to freeze when it gets down to 40F.
Construction is out of this world. I think they will kick the asphalts butt if needed.
Comfortable. No stretching or pinching on the bike or off.
Included knee pads are stellar. Hit my knee on a car that cut me off at 15mph and didnt feel it. No damage to jeans, pads or me.
I bought another 3 pairs and plan to buy more.
January 28, 2015
Good looking riding jeans, bit big in the waste, ordered a 30 inch with long.
Was keen on Revit jeans from when they first came out. Tricky to get the right sizes in Australia and Revzilla helped out greatly.
Good for the daily commute, do wear them in the office and I love kneeling when working on my bike in these jeans because of the knee armour. Armour wanders around a bit, but when on the bike it usually stays in place. The "denim" looks like and washes like denim. Opened up the stitches on the rear leather waste patch to form another belt loop to help cinch the slightly larger than expected waste fit in. Lots of favourable comments on the look.
October 14, 2014
Stylish and well-built.
First and foremost, they look great. I get compliments all the time on the style. I'm very happy with the Rev'it build quility and little design features. With the sturdy construction, reinforced butt, and knee armor, they feel safer than any of my other riding jeans, though certainly not leathers.
Fit is a mixed bag. I'm 6' 170lb and somewhat muscular build. usually wear a 32x34 in Levi's 514 or 501. Based on other customers I went with the 34. The length is JUST long enough, but not enough to roll up the cuff as I'd have preferred. Legs are tight in most areas, which I actually appreciate at the knee (feel the armor might stay where I want it), but too tight to sneak over a pair of shorts. And yet, the waist is very very loose. Feels like more of an actual 36" waist. But I think if I went with a smaller size, my thighs wouldn't fit. I like the pants well enough otherwise I just deal with it cinch them in with a belt.
Around town, they look good and are somewhat comfy, but especially with the knee armor in place (hard to get in and out), they aren't comfortable walking around for too long.
So, some drawbacks and they aren't cheap, but I'm overall happy with the product. If the sizing were a bit more normal and the knee armor were removable from the outside, they'd be perfect.
June 23, 2014
I purchased these riding jeans in a size 32 which I usually wear, but had to send them back for a size 30. The length (34") was perfect for me at 6' tall. Overall I really like these jeans, they offer style, protection and are very durable. They do run a little tight in the thighs, but this makes for a very tailored and racey look. The knee protectors are positioned well, and seem to offer good protection. They are great because they also look good off of the bike and I can wear them to work on causual Fridays. The knees and hips have extra padding/protection in addition to the CE rated armor- but the hips do require a seperate purchase for the CE protection. A little expensive, but worth it!
April 25, 2014
great mix of style and protection
Tried a couple of other brand riding pants and had hit-or-miss luck on size. These fit exactly comparable with the slim-fit Levis I wear. I am 6 ft, 170 lbs., athletic build--running and weights. The 32-34 fit perfectly, no hemming needed either.
Fabric is heavy enough to cushion a fall; knee armor looks sturdy; and I can wear these off the bike, even at work, without looking like a bike geek. These jeans aren't overly-padded or bulky.
Once I got past the price, I realized these jeans are a winner. I don't like looking like a Rocker, Valentino Rossi wannabe, or a cover-all clad nerd, and these give me style and some protection.
April 10, 2014
Great pants, but knee armor sits uneven. Needs Quality control
First, these pants are pretty cool. I love how they look and they fit well.Slightly tight around my upper thighs, but bearable, so for those who squat, be warned.
The knee armor is why I cannot give this item 5 stars. The left leg knee armor sits lower than the right leg armor...When I sit on the bike, the left knee armor it comes up to protect my knee cap, but not as much as the right knee armor. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this till after I took the tags off, but it's not a deal breaker. I turned the pants inside out and to no surprise, the stitching is not the same as the right leg and is off by a few mm.
Decent for 55 degree weather as long as you wear some type of under pants below. Wont protect from the wind as much as Kevlar pants however.
Overall good pair of pants. If Rev'it could improve the quality control and improve the knee armor positioning, it would be 5 stars.
April 9, 2014
comfortable, stylish and protective
Just got the carnaby's in the mail, I was worried about Anthony's description "aggressively euro" but i was pleasantly surprised that they imitate regular jeans really well, I actually like the "gypsy pocket" and the industrial look it gives to the jeans and the wash is so dark it's barely visible unless you're within a foot of me, they've already been enthusiastically approved by one pretty girl "I might get a motorcycle just for the gear, I didn't know stuff like this existed" came out of her mouth, so I'd say buy with confidence.
I am 6'0 190 pounds and I bought the 34x34 and the sizing is spot on, maybe the waist is a bit large but they fit really well, I have moderately muscular legs and they aren't overly tight. I'm probably going to leave them at 34" just so I can roll them up to expose the 3M reflective hemmed into the bottom and still have ample room to cover the top of my boots, but I can see someone my size wanting to hem them to maybe 33" or 32" depending on how you like your jeans to fall.
If you're familiar with G-Star, Jack and Jones or other euro jeans then the fit, cut and wash of these will be no surprise.
They are heavy and have a quality feel to them, like they would hold up in the event of coming off the bike, the knox lite armor is indeed light and flexible, somewhat like D30.
Overall I couldn't be more pleased and plan on adding more of the rev'it jean line to my riding arsenal.
March 5, 2014