Rokker Revolution Waterproof Jeans
High price , yes , worth it maybe
Waited to post my review until I had a chance to encounter some serious rain. After a trip up the east from Orlando to New york and spent a day riding over to see Anthony at Reveilla then took the Auto train back to Orlando from Virginia there was still no rain. There Was HOT riding a plenty and stop overs to Niagra Falls IN GEAR showed the shortcomings of water proof jeans on a hot day . Not good , no breathing I've read so much about when you are not riding .
That said this past weekend we did our annual trek to Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge from Atlanta with our little group of Beemer and Triumph Explorer crowd and it rained down on us the entire time and the ride back would prove the jeans to be able to keep you dry in litterly ANY downpour for pretty much any length of time. They do get pretty soggy on the bottom ten inches or so and I'm not sure if that was how water got into my Revit water;proof boots but I think it was the boot toe box because the water and wet sock was pooled there.
Caveat Emptor on Anthony's suggesting not washing them. These maybe be best not washed often but if you are traveling for twenty days in them you will need to wash them a couple of times as they're not going to have any anti microbial properties that I could discern. Talk about a rotten crotch smell after sweating in them for even two days they are rank and must be washed and there's the rub. If you are riding long distance you will need a whole day for them to air dry after washing. They take a LONG time to dry , minimum 24 hours or more depending on how humid the area is . One stop they took two whole days to fully dry after washing so bear that in mind.
Comfort is excellent , the fit is tight for me and my legs are not that thick , and someone suggested the knee armor is punitive on long rides and I agree.
Overall , I would give them a five if it weren't for the lack of breathing in the hot and the painful knee armor.
October 5, 2015
Wet Coast Review
Quality: The jeans are well made, & purpose built, for sure. I got these because I live on the wet west coast. On the one occasion I got caught in the rain, it was a friggin monsoon. I was thoroughly dry underneath, not a drop. The inner liner protects the wearer from water, while the denim skin gets soaked. Got to the motel at the end of the day, and the denim outer shell was dry by the time it came to depart the next morning. In warmer temperatures, the jeans don't breathe that well when walking around town, but they do breathe well enough when riding. I ordered mine an extra size longer than I normally would, and the jean covers well down my bent leg & over my boots.
September 21, 2015
Good product but has some issues
Overall review, good fit, waterproof and seem durable so far. Con, not very comfortable in hot/humid weather.
I just got back from a 4 day trip to NC from FL with these. First, wearing them in FL and into GA was not to pleasurable. In hot humid weather these tend to stick to your legs and create tension on the skin as they aren't able to move when you sit or change seating position. This became an issue with the knee armor installed. I wore the armor the whole way from FL to NC (over 740 miles) and by the end my knees were in bad shape. Due to the inability of the pants to move when seated (mentioned above) the armor dug into my knees and when I finally got them off in the hotel I had divots in my kneecap until the next day. I rode locally for the next two day and the trip back to FL without the armor and the experience was much better.
While riding in NC where the temps were much lower the jeans were much more pleasurable to wear. Felt like I was wearing a normal pair of jeans.
I also rode through 2 severe rain storms and these things are definitely waterproof. Didn't get wet at all.
I really do like these jeans. Happy I bought them but they are pretty expensive. Not to happy that I will only be able to wear the armor on short trips or in very cool weather (not to often in FL). Also the box they come in is a waste. Maybe my wife and kids can find a use for it.
August 17, 2015
Unless you need waterproof or light weight jeans pass on these
At $550 these are extremely over priced. You are paying a premium for that fancy wooden box that will most likely just end up taking up space in a closet somewhere.
The jeans themselves are not very attractive. When I put them on and asked my wife how they looked she simply said "well they aren't going to get you laid".
They are very thin though so if you are looking for a very light weight jean this is it. The flip side to that is that they don't offer as much abrasion protection as a more bulky Kevlar jean.
They do come with the knee and hip protectors though which is a plus. They are built well and waterproof. Also they are machine washable unlike most riding jeans which should not be washed.
Unless you really need a waterproof light weight jean and don't mind sacrificing protection skip these ones. There are far better jeans at a fraction of the price like the Klim K Fifty 1 or Scorpion Cover Pro.
August 6, 2015
Pricey but hopefully worth it.
These jeans are by far the lightest protective pants that I have come across. Luckily I have yet to test their protective abilities.
Although they are described in places to be sized exactly the same as 501 jeans, they are about 1/2 size smaller and that's without the armor installed.
For anybody buying them, I am sure that you will not be disappointed.
August 3, 2015
the fit is very tight , I usually wear a 34 to 36 and the 36 are too tight with the hip protectors in so I had to order a 38", I maybe could have got away with 36 on a short ride however I was afraid they would be uncomfortable on a long ride, the knee protectors are too low as other people have commented on, even when sitting... I usually wear a 30 inseam but the shortest available is a 32. overall they feel pretty comfortable and if they can keep my legs dry in the rain then I will deal with the low knee pads
July 22, 2015
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