Rokker Revolution Waterproof Jeans
Cafe racer style
I have had the opportunity to test twice with heavy rains and have worked wonders . Comfortable and functional style cafe racer
June 17, 2015
Great, multi-featured protective jean, but expensive!
I highly recommend these riding jeans, despite the high price tag. They are extremely expensive, but if they meet your needs, then the quality and performance will be remembered long after the price is forgotten. I am not going to review the features because as usual Revzilla's product videos are outstanding and right on the mark. Instead I will give you my overall impression, experience with the jeans, and how they fit. This is a long review, so if you are looking for a short one you may want to move on, but if you are a customer who likes to gather lots of information before making a significant purchase, here goes…
First, about me. Living in Wisconsin I am a three season rider but I ride almost every day. I am not an aggressive rider, but will ride spiritedly at times. When I ride its for commuting, sport touring, or sport riding; but safety is in the forefront of my mind. That is one of the reasons I picked these jeans. I always rode with my helmet, leather jacket, gloves, and boots; but left my legs unprotected by just riding in cotton jeans. So I decided it was time to get some leg protection. I debated between leather pants and protective jeans. When it was all said and done I chose the Rokker jeans. Because commuting makes up the majority of my riding time, the jeans offered more practicality than leather riding pants. For what it is worth, if I had not purchased these jeans, I would have purchased the Dainese C2 Pony Perforated Leather Pants. I might add them to my gear down the road for times when all leather is more appropriate.
About the jeans. My experience is that they are exactly as advertised in Anthony's video review. They are a relaxed fit style similar to a Levi 501 and they are very comfortable. I have ridden them in temps as low as 38F (short 20 min commute) and while my legs got cold, they were not unbearably cold. I have ridden in temps as high as 85F for the same commute and they were reasonably cool and not much warmer than regular jeans. So Rokker's claim that the Revolutions keep you warm when its cold and breath more air when its warm are true. I ride with the hip and knee armor in. I would have been fine with the Rokker Original but I wanted to be able to install hip armor and that feature is only part of the Revolution. The pants do not feel bulky even with the armor installed. To be certain, they are heavier and stiffer than regular jeans, but not so much that it is bothersome. These are motorcycle pants after all and for me, my goal was protection first and foremost combined with practicality, with a smaller nod towards style. They feel good on and off the bike, but I switch to regular pants when I get to work. I would not consider these all day pants for a commute day. You will probably want to switch pants at work. They are comfortable enough, though, for a full riding day. On top of my riding boots, the pants (due to the knee armor and long length) do bunch up at the shin, but that’s okay. That means they are not perfectly styled, but if you buy these jeans I would imagine function will carry more weight to you than style. On the bike, they ride perfectly on my legs (length, width, and comfort). Some reviewers have commented about the swishing sound these make when you walk. They probably do a bit, but it is very subtle and not anything that would keep you from choosing them. I have not rode them in rain, so I cannot speak to their waterproofness. I will take Rokker’s word for it. I do not intend to use these as rain pants, but now if I get caught unprepared in the rain…no worries!
About the fit: I am 5’5”, 140 lbs with an athletic build (flat stomach, no love handles). For my regular jeans or pants, I will typically wear a 29” waist by 30” inseam pant. My waist actually measures 29.5”. Sometimes, depending on the fit, I might be as small as a 28” waist or as big as a 30”. For the Rokker’s I got both the 29” and 30” waist jean. The 29” was a bit tight and the 30” was just a hair loose (with the armor in), so I selected the 30. I could have got buy with the 29”, but the 30” was better. From a fit perspective, I would suggest buying the Rokker at the top end of the normal range you buy for your pants. Or from a measurement standpoint, if you are between sizes, go with the higher size. If you are right on a size, get that or size up. For length, I got the 32”. They are 2” longer than my normal length and you can tell off the bike, but they are perfect while riding. If you purchase two pairs with the intent to return the size that doesn’t fit, I would recommend you order your measured size and one size up. I would not recommend sizing down.
About the price. Wow! These are expensive. You have to swallow hard when you hit the purchase button. They seem very high priced when you compare them to a leather pant such as the Dainese C2 Pony, but they do have a lot of technology in them and the imbedded features cannot be found in competitive products. So at the end of the day you have to decide if they provide you the value you expect for the price. I feel like they should cost significantly less, but considering the alternatives and MY purchase objective, I decided that they were worth purchasing and keeping. When I am still wearing them 10 years from now, the original price will have been long forgotten.
Finally, hats of to Revzilla! They have won me over as a dedicated customer. Their video reviews are fantastic, customer service is knowledgable and top notch, shipping is super fast, and their return program is outstanding. They set the standard for internet sales and service, plus its great to know they have a brick and mortar store too.
May 30, 2015
A small compromise
These jeans look great, but there are a couple of drawbacks to be aware of, especially when shelling out this kind of dough.
1. The knee pads are at my shins when not on the bike. You cannot adjust the positioning of the pad pocket. Because of this, you can see the pads when you stand, and it is not comfortable. I take the pads out when wearing these to work and put them back in for weekend rides.
2. The jeans fit almost true to size. I ordered a 36, which is normally as big as I'll go. When I buy my normal Lucky Brand jeans I wear a 34. The Rokker in 36 are pretty tight, but they do fit.
3. While the jeans look like normal jeans, they make a rubbery whooshing sound when you walk, and yes others will notice it.
I may keep these for days with a risk of rain and try a pair of the originals for good weather days.
May 1, 2015
Remarkable Technical Product
About me : 6' 1", measure 37" max around the waist, 34" inseam 190 lbs. I could lose 8 pounds for my body type, then would be slender and have no extra weight. I ride a cruiser, dual-adv & sport tourer.
1) Very well made - lots of double stitching & attention to detail. A premium product for sure.
2) Surprising light weight. I'll have no problem with summer heat. I have a high tolerance for heat.
3) Length is good, I always buy m/c jeans 2 " inches longer so they cover my boots when riding.
4) Armour is well hidden.
5) Comes in a nice box.
6) I am motivated to lose 8 pounds.
7) Revzilla is just absolutely the best to deal with. Despite the currency exchange in Canada, I'll deal with Revzilla as I know if there is a problem they will make every effort to make things right. (these cost me ~$700 CDN)
1) The special low-rise nut-cruncher design is a real drag. I tried the Levi 501's as advised. Usually take a 38" waist and have a little room for pizza & beer. With these I ordered a 40" waist just to be safe. As it turns out, I am going have to lose those 8 extra pounds I have on me, there is no extra space. The low rise design would be good on the disco floor, I guess, however I am not concerned about making a fashion statement. The pant legs are the normal look for m/c jeans.
2) Sometimes I wonder if the manufactures of so many things made for motorcycles have ever actually ridden a motorcycle with their products on. I know a lot of guys would like to carry a wallet in their rear pocket, but these have shallow regular rear jean pocket and your wallet may fall out. And the bulk of the wallet adds to their special nut-cruncher design. The front pockets are normal jean like.
3) Nice box is a waste of money, would rather have a lower price.
4) If I can't lose those 8 extra pounds, these will not be wearable for long rides, just too tight in the crotch & waist area.
5) The knee pads hang at my shins.
April 24, 2015
Look like good looking jeans. Waterproof. Good armor. Comfortable. I went to the store and tried on Levi 501s and then bought my Rokkers in the same size -- spot on.
April 19, 2015
Great pair of jeans, amazing quality and attention to detail.
Anyone that purchases jeans at this price can be classified as a serious gear junkie. My opinion... Rokker Revolution are definitely state of the art in motorcycle riding pants. The outer texture is very smooth to the touch and the wear comfort is certainly discernible from that of my 501 Levis. The price of the Rokker Revolution jeans are expensive and certainly not for everyone. The quality is amazing and I'm sure I will wear them exclusively when I ride.
April 16, 2015
Light and Waterproof
I really like the idea of waterproof jeans. As I live in a rainforest, I always need to be prepared for wet weather. Always a pain carrying around an extra set of gear.
The good: Waterproof - I've ridden with these pants in torrential downpours, and I stay dry. Yay!
The not so good:
Price - at just shy of $1000 (Canadian $, after shipping, taxes, duty, etc.) you could buy a used car to keep you dry. lol
Fit is a little tight. Generally, 33" fits me perfectly, but I often wear 34 as they are more common and offer more layering room. These (at 34x34) have no extra room for me. Can barely use the pockets - certainly won't be putting my keys in there between rides. I don't think this is a huge issue, as it's probably better to have empty pockets in the event of a spill...but would still be nice to have the option for $1000.
Protection seems a little light, and the knee pads ride a little low when off the bike. Hope I don't have to test the protective qualities of these pants...but certainly better than regular jeans.
Although these jeans are waterproof, the outer layer does trap water. In cooler temps, I find that this causes a damp/clammy feeling inside the pant. I originally thought I got wet, and had to verify my underwear were still dry. This is also a bit of an issue when you come in from the rain, as everything you sit on will get damp. Should probably avoid fancy furniture when you come in from a wet ride.
Overall a very good pair of pants. There are certainly cheaper options, more comfortable options, and more protective options...but waterproof jeans are just generally awesome where I live. If these pants were half the price, I would likely rate much higher...but at this price I expect perfection.
April 10, 2015
Comfortable, demure, and capable
Cost aside, these check all of the boxes for me. Riding jeans that not only provide adequate protection from abrasion and impact, but a quiet overall design execution that doesn't draw too much attention with seam lines, graphics, and the like. Will likely pick up another pair Rokker soon.
March 23, 2015