Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Jeans
Very comfortable jeans for the price.
The jeans are a lot darker in person compared to the picture. They're more of a dark blue color. The fit is a little weird compared to fashion jeans. Im 5'7" 150 lbs and normally wear 30-32 depending on the brand but these are different.
32 fit me pretty loose around the waist and the kneepads were at shin level until I realized I was wearing them incorrectly. You have to pull them up to your belly. I usually dont wear jeans that high but these seem like they were designed to be worn at belly button level with your shirt tucked in Dad style. With the jeans at belly level and my shirt tucked and my belt on, the jeans were surprisingly comfortable. It looks goofy until you put your jacket on. Would probably fit better on a taller person. The styles nice the only thing I don't like is the frilly spandex denim patch above the knee. They're effective, but they look weird in riding position. Anyway my girl thinks they look great on me so no worries in that department.
I had to play around with the knee pads until I found the sweet spot, the pads have a velcro strip running down the center and the pad liner is also velcro so they're adjustable.
On the bike: They breathe really well, my legs don't feel like theyre choking and the elastic is in all the right places on the jeans. Only problem is that after an hours ride my left knee started to become irritated from the pad placement and friction, but I think I just need to reposition it because my right knee was fine.
Only thing I dont like about them, the fit and finish can't be compared to Levis or any big name denim makers. There are a lot of loose threads and stuff on the inside but nothing that really gets in the way of the function of the jeans. The kevlar liner looks like its in there pretty well and thats what matters.
February 20, 2015
Obviously these fit a bit better with the knee pads out, but when the protection is in they become tighter in the lower half. I'm 6'0" weigh 160lbs and normally wear 32x30 in Levi's 511 skinny jeans. The 32x32 i received fit pretty perfectly if you're used to a skinny jean fit.
January 26, 2015
Looks good, moderate protection, runs a bit small
For reference, I am 5'8", 175lbs, ~14% body fat. I originally purchased a size 32x32 (32x30 was out of stock), and could barely get them on/off. Returned and got a size 36x30 and they fit much better. However, I would probably have been better off getting 34x30, as with a belt on the jeans bunch up a bit at the waist. Unfortunately that size was out of stock as well. I'd rather deal with a bunched up waist that I don't feel and nobody else sees than have to cuff or tailor a pair with a longer inseam and smaller waist, so I didn't think it was that much of an issue.
The removable kneepads sit exactly where they should when I'm on the bike. These don't really feel any heavier/hotter than a normal pair of jeans.
Overall I'm satisfied with them, I feel they would provide a moderate amount of protection in a crash (definitely moreso than a regular pair of jeans) and I like the styling. If I had been able to get a better fitting pair (I think the 34x30 would be perfect for me) I'd even wear them off the bike (after removing the knee pads). Pretty good price for what you get.
November 25, 2014
Looks and Feels Great
I recently purchased a pair Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Jeans. After a I couple rides I am very happy with the purchase.
The first thing I really liked about these is they fit very well. I am 5'8'' and normally wear a 36x29 in jeans. I ordered 36x30 they fit a very well. These jeans a slim fit and stay in place well while riding and walking. They are a little tight in the crotch area though, which limited my flexibility a bit on my first ride with them (I ride a standard bike - 1990 Yamaha Radian YX600), but after a couple rides I feel way more comfortable with them.
On the protection side of things, the material seems very thick and sturdy. The knee pads seem pretty tough and cover my knees perfectly when I am on my bike. I have seen some other people who are worried about the pads being removable (which seems like a valid concern), but the pockets that hold them seem so tight that I doubt they would just fall out.
I think the style of the jeans look good. They go over my boots well and I actually don't mind walking around in them. The do get a little hot though do to the thick material.
Overall these seems like a great purchase. Hopefully they will hold up well down the road.
October 13, 2014
If these fit you, you might need to see a doctor ;)
Honestly, it feels like they sewed a pair of size 26" ladies lower legs onto these. Impossibly thin fit on shins/calves.
I bought the 32x30 since I'm more of a size 31" waist with short legs. I weigh about 158lb and I'm about 5'7". I do have well toned legs, so it's possible these are just meant for really skinny people. But, honestly, these were large in the waist and crotch, even the thighs. But I could barely get my calves into the lower leg portion of the jeans. And when I did, the armor was leaving massive dents in my shins.
I don't know if I just got a bad pair with a defective cut, or if this is a normal fit. I buy a lot of jeans, and I've never run into a fit like this before. At first I thought it might just be the armor, but... nah, those lower legs are like fork covers.
Gonna try something else I guess :\
p.s. The styling on these isn't bad, but it's a little bit like something you'd wear to a Bon Jovi concert in the 80's
October 4, 2014
It's unusual to have jeans fit this well without a fitting session but these did. They are super comfortable to wear and look like fashionable jeans.
When I first received these jeans I was skeptical that they would fit as well as my other jeans. I was wrong. These jeans fit like a glove and look fantastic. They actually wear better than my other jeans and if I remove the knee guards, they are actually a real fashion statement.
I love the flex in the small of the back and above the knees. Whilst practical these features actually add to the whole "look" of the jeans.
I haven't had the requirement to test the kevlar yet, I'm confident they will hold up and do the job.
September 29, 2014
Want good style with protection? These jeans are it.
First off, the photos on the site do not do these jeans any justice. They look great and they are actually darker than what's shown (which I prefer). Seriously guys, let me do your photoshopping work on your products. I wear 33's and if you notice, they don't have that size. The 34's fit perfectly. I tried the 32's and they were too tight. So err towards a size up. These jeans look good and can be worn out at night. They have good protection at the knees. Great product overall.
September 24, 2014
a little too long
I bought this a week ago and I like the slim fit it gives despite having a knee pad. The material isn't as heavy as I thought it would be - It feels like regular jeans but with knee pads.
I'm 5'8 150 lbs and I wear a 31x30 jeans and so I ordered a 32x30. I think 31 would've been perfect but 32 fits well and the smallest one available. It hugs the thighs and legs. It runs a bit long for a 30 that it bunches up to my ankles.
The knee pads just covers the front and it's Velcro into the pocket so you can adjust it to your comfort.
Note: It came with a hanger and I noticed there are 4 loops stitched on the inside part of the waist. I assume the loops are for the hanger for me to hang; but of the loops were badly stitched i just detached it without force.
I'd recommend this for the casual first time rider on a budget.
September 13, 2014