Super comfortable, possibly across a wide range of temps
For the past 15 years I have ridden both my Harley and sportbike wearing primarily a pair of BMW kevlar jeans with knee and hip pads. After over 200,000 miles in every kind of weather, the kevlar continues to look new, but the lining is torn to shreds. And I've had some concerns about the knee pads being too loose. When I bought them, those BMW jeans cost $300. A fortune for me 15 years ago, but they turned out to be the best money I ever spent on gear.
So I saved my nickles, burned incense, crossed myself, and bought the Rokkers. So far I have ridden them in temps from 41 to 65 degrees F, in overcast and sunny weather, and in light rain. Longest ride has been about 3 hours.
Biggest surprise so far has been the comfort. I have worn them with Hot Chilis long johns every time so far, since temps are still cool around here (Colorado). Only when it was 41 degrees and raining did I feel a little cool. Not cold enough to shiver, just a little cool. The rest of the time, with my legs in the open breeze because my Harley has no fairing, my legs were very comfortable. I felt no difference between 45 degrees overcast and 65 degrees sunny. That's what surprised me the most, and leads me to believe they'll still be comfy at 85.
During the light rain, about 10 minutes of it, I did not feel any moisture through the pants, even though they did get pretty wet. If the temps had dropped into the 30's I might have gotten cold, though, since I've noticed that waterproof gear that gets wet on the outside has an effect similar to air conditioning.
I ordered size 38, which fit great while standing and, according to my wife, transformed my middle aged self into a sexy beast, but when I sat on the bike they were too tight. So I exchanged them for a size 40. (Thank you for making that easy, RevZilla!) Size 40 felt a little roomy standing up, but was much more comfortable on the bike. (Not roomy enough to make a biker fashion statement by wearing them below my butt, but not country-western snug, either.) I did notice that they got a little roomier the more I rode in them. For reference, I normally wear size 36-38 jeans, depending on the cut. I weigh 235 lbs, have an athletic build, but have also eaten a few too many pizzas.
The pads are terrific. Can't even feel 'em. The knee pads feel like they're too low until I sit on the bike. Then they're fine. And I'm not worried about the pads shifting around my knees.
Will they last as long as my BMW kevlar jeans? I don't know, yet, but I'll update this review if I see any degradation in the material. I ride about 15,000 miles a year on average. Will they be comfortable in 80 degrees F, given the waterproof lining? I expect so, but I don't know yet. Ditto for 90 and above. As for cold weather, below 40 degrees they'll probably feel cold. But so did my BMW kevlar jeans.
I wish they cost $300 instead of $550, but given how well my BMW jeans served me, I figured it was worth a try. Time will tell.
April 7, 2014
No true abrasion resistance. Waterproof. Seem overpriced.
I tried both Rokker’s Revolution Waterproof jeans and their Original non-waterproof jeans. I also tried Rev’It Lombards, but this review is primarily about the two Rokkers.
Personally, the Revolution jeans look nicer to me with their ‘new’ medium blue finish (kind of like the Lombards), which is quite different than the ‘worn’ or stone-washed finish of the Originals. The fit of both Rokkers in the waist, seat and leg is the same however – similar to a 505 Levi jean and quite different than the Lombards, which have a more Euro cut: tighter in the leg, lower on the hip and much bigger in the waist (like two inches bigger in the waste than the same size Levi’s).
Everyone will have their own preference in look or fit of their jeans. However, there are some differences between the two Rokker models that are important but not mentioned in the RevZilla video reviews. In particular:
1. The REVOLUTION MODEL weighs about 30 ounces but really has no special abrasion resistant features. It does have, as advertised, a lightweight waterproof membrane bonded to the inside of the denim for the full length of the leg. The Waterproof model also comes with flexible Rokker D3O hip and knee protectors that fit pockets built into the jeans (but see my comment 4 below). The point here is that the waterproof membrane is NOT abrasion resistant.
2. The ORIGINAL MODEL weighs about 46 ounces (1 pound more than the Revolution Waterproof) because, while it lacks a waterproof membrane, it has a heavy internal layer of 100% Schoeller-Dynatec fabric for the full length of the leg for abrasion resistance. The Original model has pockets built into the knees for Rokker D30 knee protectors, which are available from Revilla separately (but see my comment 4 below).
3. What this means is that the Waterproof model offers no more abrasion resistance than standard jeans like Levi’s, but is windproof & waterproof. For serious abrasion resistance the Original model is the way to go, but then you must forego the waterproof feature.
4. For both models the Rokker D3O Knee Protectors are a nice touch but are a bit problematic. If you look at RevZilla’s picture of the knee protectors you’ll see two stuck-on Velcro pads for adjusting the fit of the protectors inside the provided pockets. This may work as intended but unfortunately the knee protectors that came with the Waterproof Rokker jeans DO NOT HAVE the Velcro pads. The result is that the knee protectors slip down to the bottom of the deep pocket that holds them and thus, at least for me, don’t protect your knees, only your shins. A serious glitch in $500 jeans IMHO.
Fortunately the pockets that hold the knee protectors are fairly large and deep, so other knee protectors or protective material of some sort could be inserted to offer true protection for the knees, I believe.
Because I’m a new rider I decided to keep the Originals and return the Revolution Waterproofs, since I really valued abrasion resistance over a waterproof membrane. I do prefer the lightness and look of the Revolutions though.
March 7, 2014
Good quality and comfortable pair of jeans but…
Just received my jeans today. I was really looking forward for it. Thank you Revzilla for the excellent service.
The packaging and presentation of the jeans is definitely top-notch. Overall impression of the jeans is the same as the other reviewers. It fits nicely and was really comfortable.
My only complain is that the cut was too high on waistline and too loose from thigh to ankle for my liking.
It would be perfect if Rokker can make a slim cut.
January 9, 2014
Excellent quality, fit and look
These are great pants. High quality, Fit well and do not look like armored motorcycle pants. Look good around town as well as functional on the road.
December 28, 2013
Pro - Performed better than expected in cold/wet weather riding. Looking forward to trying the jeans in the summer. Easier to care for than leather.
Con - Lack of adjustability in the armor pockets.
November 18, 2013
Closest Option to Levi's for Fit...but, Uber Protective
If you want a pair of protective Scholler Dynatec pants that fit like your 501s, then look no further than Rokker. Of course, for the same money you could buy about 12 pairs of Levi's denim. But, even if you could wear all 12 pairs at the same time they wouldn't offer the same protection as the Rokker's.
Fold the D3O knee armor and slide it into the interior leg pockets where it stays in the correct position while riding, no velcro necessary. There's actually a flap over the armor's pocket - I think the previous poster didn't realize this. The armor pocket is shaped like the armor and is narrower at the bottom to prevent the armor from moving inside the pocket, or sliding out - the pocket, itself, is what holds the armor in position. The hip armor pockets are designed to flip down inside the pants, ensuring the D3O isn't going anywhere when you're on your bike. The knee armor included with the Rokker's is thicker than the other sets of D3O knee armor I have from competing products, like Kyrano.
True to size. Wash in cold. Line dry. Be advised, the material is not cotton. In that sense, the Rokker Revolution aren't really "jeans". But, visually, they appear to be a high-end selvedge type denim, thanks to the subtle "washed" finish, which isn't overdone. I'm 6' 3", 165lbs, slim build. I wear a 34"x36" in Levi's, and ordered the same in Rokker. Perfect fit.
November 15, 2013
scored for a first
for my first pair of protective jeans i decided to go long. most pants have only patches at the most obvious places. these are completely lined and comes with knee and hip armor. true to size and extremely comfortable. i have yet to try the rain test.
October 28, 2013
All weather jeans
I purchased the jeans based on the product blurb expecting them to deliver maybe half of the claims. I would have been happy with that..... but they delivered on all of them!!
My ride is a clean skin, no fairings at all so I was surprised when I took off on a cold morning of 6 degrees Celsius that developed into a very warm 30 later in the day and the jeans kept me warm then stayed cool, comfortable, flexible and looked great! In typical Melbourne style a thunderstorm developed late afternoon and it rained hard enough to cause flash flooding. Guess who stayed dry, even with the 100% humidity the jeans allowed my legs to breath!
The armour is easy to insert and flexible enough to blend in with the jeans making them still comfortable long after you get off the bike.
This product is a true all rounder and delivers on its claims, they are the most expensive jeans I own but they are now the only pair I ride in!
October 25, 2013