REV'IT! Women's Madison Jeans
Nice jeans but for a certain frame
I have always loved Rev'it apparel so I was pretty stoked to find these jeans for casual riding and Fridays at work. Unfortunately, they fit me horribly. I am about 5'6 with a 31 inch inseam and these were too long and baggy in the thighs. This is pretty unusual since I have owned two pairs of Rev'it leather pants and they both fit me very well.
The length might not have been too big of an issue since the knee armor IS adjustable to a certain extent. There are basically two pockets in the knee section that you can use to reposition the armor just a little bit higher but sadly this didn't do me any good. Even in a crouched position the knee armor still sat at the top of my shin.
These jeans were very cute though with a nice dark wash and the material seemed pretty comfortable. I would say that these would be a good fit for a taller woman with larger thighs and a small waist. The denim wasn't as thick as some jeans I own (certain pairs of Levis), but it seemed to be fairly decent with the reinforced seat.
The product seemed to be pretty good quality but at the end of the day you are still buying a pair of jeans with some Kevlar lining and knee armor. How expensive can that REALLY be to make? I'd say these are worth about 100 bucks but any more is stretching it.
November 5, 2015
Good choice for city riding
Got this for my riding partner and so far she is happy. I just had to replace the knee pads as they were too big and bulky creating discomfort.
August 14, 2015
Nice but not for me
Ordered these in a 32x32. Lately I've moved out of an 8T into a 10T (curvy cut) in Eddie Bauer jeans, and a 10 in Lee super straight jeans (so they only go to my ankle bone vs the floor). Menopausal widening or something. 5'9", 160 lbs, 32 inches to the floor, 30 to the malleolus, 23" circumference thighs, 14.5" calf, 17" from top of pant inseam to far end of knee.
I found the Madisons attractive as 'regular' jeans and comfortable enough on. But they weren't ringing any bells for me. There is a bit of waist gap. There are really snug for me in the thigh. The thing that kicked these into return for me is that when I bent into a pseudo riding position, the back dropped below my butt crack.
I liked the idea of the kevlar woven into the denim vs a separate knit layer, but these aren't working for me. I have never fit well into Levi jeans as I've always found the thigh area rather tight, and instead have done better in Lee and similarly cut jeans. I think these are true to size, but in a style that isn't working for me.
I put photos on flickr, in this set,https://www.flickr.com/photos/74046857@N00/sets/72157654005985783 (couldn't upload them as they are only 480 pixels wide).
July 25, 2015
Look great but too long/big
I was surprised at how "normal looking" these jeans are...in a good way. Not bulky or cheesy.
I had to note "average" on some of the items above because i didn't get a chance to try out airflow or protection/durability. I had to return them as soon as I got them.
I am of average size (5'6", size 10, 45 y.o.). The jeans were too big in the waist (plumbers butt ensued) and knee pads weren't anywhere near my knee... standing and even on the bike, they barely touched my knee cap. So, they had to go back unfortunately. So for those that are a bit taller, size 10 hips, and maybe a wee bit bigger in the waist...you'll rock these jeans.
I'm going to give the Firstgear Women's HT Overpants a try. Revzilla...thank you for your help (specifically the ladies in this case)!
June 24, 2015
Comfortable and flattering
I agree with aewillia's comments on the Madison jeans. I haven't put them through the heat yet, but they are otherwise good looking and comfortable. I would describe them as a mid-rise jean which gives you enough material to cover your back. I'd assume that if you are buying protective jeans that you'd be interested in covering the skin around your hips and back instead of just trying to make a statement with a low cut style. Maybe? Size 32x32 works perfectly for me where I'm usually a size 12 in jeans. 5'8" and 150lbs. These jeans work well with a belt that attaches to my jacket.
One feature that I like that I didn't realize they had is the reflective strips on the inside of the cuffs which are visible when you roll them up.
April 19, 2015
The most stylish jeans for women with the most protection on the market
I ordered these after a tough decision between one other pair of women's riding jeans and the REV'IT!s. Ultimately, I chose these because they had the Cordura in the seat of the pants, which is more useful than hip protection in the event of a lowside.
When I got these pants, which I ordered in 28x32, I weighed 138 lbs, and they were very tight on me. I'm at 127 now, and they're very comfortable, and probably just a bit loose. I usually wear a 27 in jeans, but these come up higher than my regular jeans do, so I'd probably go up an inch or so from your regular jeans size when you order.
I've been riding with these in the Texas heat, and coming from regular jeans on a ride, they're fantastic. No more denim bunching up and getting sweaty behind your knee. The moisture wicking thread makes hot riding very comfortable.
These jeans are less tapered at the bottom of the calf than it would seem from the pictures; when I tuck them into my riding boots (the mouth of the boots are really big so the jeans can't fit over the boots) I have to fold a lot of material either toward the front of my foot or behind my leg, which can get uncomfortable after a while. However, I would think that if you had boots that didn't flare out at the top like mine do, you probably wouldn't have any trouble getting them over the boots. They are also pretty long; if you are planning on non-boots with them when you're off the bike, you might need to go for the rolled-up look.
The knee protectors fit me pretty well. They're not super obtrusive when you're off the bike, but you can definitely see that these aren't quite normal jeans. There are actually two pockets in the knee area, but the one that's slightly higher up (about an inch higher) is kind of hard to find, but don't be afraid to fish around in there until you find it.
Overall, I think these are fantastic women's riding jeans. They don't scream "I HAVE A MOTORCYCLE AND I RODE HERE," which is what I'm looking for. They're much skinnier than most other women's riding jeans, and they're cut with a more modern style than a lot of the other ones too.
My full review can be found here: http://brassbike.com/revit-madison-jeans-review/
September 17, 2014
great style, dubious protection, poor armor fit
On a 5'3" woman, knee protectors worked well as shin protectors, but barely reached the knees. Due to the way the pants are lined around (well, below) the knees, this didn't seem straightforward to fix though tailoring.
Nothing about the jeans conveyed much assurance that they'd protect well in a crash. The inner lining, where present, seemed thin and soft.
In short, and perhaps particularly because the fit and finish is otherwise really great, these were quite disappointing.
July 3, 2014