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Best motorcycle riding jeans of 2021

Mar 04, 2021

Motorcycle-specific riding jeans are a relatively recent development in protective gear. They strike an ideal balance between casual style and serious protection. With so many options on the market today, how do you choose the right pair for your next ride?

Top motorcycle jeans of 2021

Fortunately for you, we wrangled up all the best moto jeans, compared them, and selected our favorites for four different fit categories: relaxed, straight, tapered, and slim, for both men and women. Make sure to check out our How To Size and Buy Pants video to understand how to determine a correct size prior to purchasing a pair of jeans.

The selection process

To choose the best option from the four fit types, we evaluated the style, protection, and price of each pair of jeans. We extensively test jeans as we prepare for our annual Gear Guides series, but we also relied on our own experiences, because we use motorcycle-specific jeans for our own rides, too. You’ll often spot them around the RevZilla offices… if you know what to look for! Style and comfort are critical both on and off the bike, and we wouldn’t recommend something we wouldn’t wear ourselves. Rest assured that these jeans have been thoroughly evaluated both on and off our bikes.

You'll notice that single-layer construction is an emphasized feature for several of our picks this year. Once restricted to fabulously expensive riding jeans, single-layer construction is now used by a few moto jeans manufacturers, and these days, the technology can be found in jeans under the $200 mark. Generally speaking, single-layer jeans provide more protection and comfort, although you'll see a few layered construction jeans among our top picks, as well.

The best motorcycle jeans of 2021
Scorpion EXO Covert Pro
Best men's relaxed fit
    • Kevlar reinforcements
    • Roomy, not baggy
    BULL-IT Icona II, Eclipse, and Horizon Tactical Women's
    Best women's relaxed fit
      • Women's-specific cut
      • Covec fibers resist abrasion
      Klim K Forty 2
      Best men's straight fit
        • Single-layer construction
        • Ghost CE 1 armor
        Street & Steel Oakland Women's
        Best women's straight fit
          • 12-ounce stretch denim
          • CE 1 armor included
          REAX 267
          Best men's tapered fit
            • Single-layer construction
            • Fabric meets CE AA rating
            REV'IT! Moto Women's
            Best women's tapered fit
              • Single-layer with stretch
              • AA slide rating
              Rokker Rokkertech Tapered Slim
              Best men's slim fit
                • Premium single-layer
                • AA slide rating
                Pando Moto Kissaki Slim
                Best women's slim fit
                  • Single-layer with stretch
                  • Knox CE hip/knee armor

                  Best men's relaxed fit jeans: Scorpion EXO Covert Pro Jeans

                  Scorpion’s Covert line of jeans, available in several styles and models, usually make an appearance in our Gear Guides, and 2021 is no exception. They continually impress with their protection, price point, and style. Scorpion does an excellent job of adapting the traditional relaxed jeans cut — roomy in the seat and thighs without being too baggy — to the motorcycling world, and they’ve done it again with their Covert Pros.

                  Scorpion EXO Covert Pro jeans
                  Scorpion Covert Pro jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  These jeans pack an abrasion-resistant exterior of Cordura (85 percent cotton, 15 percent nylon), undergirded with DuPont Kevlar lining from the knee to the waist. Scorpion places these abrasion-resistant materials in the critical abrasion zones, right where you want them in the event of a slide. They've also incorporated a mesh lining to promote airflow and comfort. Now, you’ll still have to buy hip and knee armor for the Covert Pros separately, but even with that additional cost, the Scorpions punch far above their price point. We highly recommend the SAS-TEC Flex armor ($40) that fits perfectly in the Covert Pro’s armor pockets.

                  Best women's relaxed fit jeans: BULL-IT Icona II Tactical Women’s Jeans

                  BULL-IT revamped their women's Tactical line of jeans for 2021, and their improvements landed them our top choice for relaxed women’s jeans. The three new designs use more stretch around the seat and thighs for optimal comfort. Yes, we know that BULL-IT's "slim fit" jeans seem like an odd choice for our top "relaxed fit" women's jeans. When we say relaxed, we're looking for jeans that are either relaxed in their cut or relaxed in their materials. In the Icona II Tactical's case, it's all about the stretch materials, which help those who want a curvier or plus-size fit, as well as riders who prefer some "give" while in the riding position. While the Icona IIs are shown below, you should also consider the Eclipse and Horizon jeans from the Tactical series. They offer the same protection and price point with variations in cut and color.

                  Bull-It tactical jeans
                  BULL-IT Icona II Tactical jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  We think BULL-IT knocked it out of the park with their revamped line. The fresh designs are both tasteful and safety-oriented. Even better, they don't announce to the room that you arrived on a motorcycle. Abrasion resistance is now provided by ultra-durable Covec fabric that increases the jeans’ ability to endure a slide. BULL-IT’s Icona II jeans earn an impressive CE AA rating in abrasion tests. The protection can be further upgraded with BULL-IT’s optional CE Level 2 armor for under 20 bucks.

                  Best straight fit men's jeans: Klim K Forty 2 Jeans

                  The K Forty 2s are related to Klim’s popular K Fifty jeans, but with a comfy single-layer construction like the Scorpion Coverts above. Klim’s sturdy 13-ounce denim is augmented with Cordura fibers to boost abrasion resistance well beyond the abilities of normal jeans. Their fit is similar to Levi’s 501s: straight, simple, and suitable for pretty much everyone. They even look like a regular pair of jeans, which is a benchmark test for this class. Nice work, Klim.

                  Klim K Forty 2 jeans
                  Klim K Forty 2 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The K Forty 2s even include D3O’s new Ghost CE 1 armor at the hips and knees. This armor is very low-profile and flexible. We think it’s a big improvement over D3O’s previous armor, especially when you’re looking to blend in while off the bike. Add a few more points for built-in stretch and optional tall sizes, and we’ve got our straight leg jeans winner for the gents. (Check out the K Forty 3s if you want these jeans with a little more taper.)

                  Best straight fit women's jeans: Street & Steel Oakland Women’s Jeans

                  Street & Steel’s Oakland jeans won our top pick for women’s straight jeans, and it’s easy to see why. The Oaklands feature 12-ounce stretch denim for excellent comfort and range of motion while riding. They feature additional abrasion resistance using aramid reinforcement at the seat, hips, thighs, and knees.

                  Street & Steel Oakland women's jeans
                  Street & Steel Oakland women's jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The stretch denim and the traditional cut mean these jeans will work well for lots of riders. The Oaklands are straight through the thigh and calf, with a boot cut at the cuff. (We’ve heard from lots of customers that the Oaklands run large, so order about one full size down from what you’d usually choose.) 

                  The Oaklands come with knee armor for some impact protection, and although it isn’t the slimmest or most flexible armor, it’s great to see any armor at this price point. For our money, the Oaklands are the straight-leg women’s jeans to have for 2021.

                  Best men's tapered fit jeans: REAX 267 Jeans

                  For a tapered, modern fit, the REAX 267 Jeans take our top spot. They also feature the single-layer construction we’ve praised in other categories. This has been a huge advancement for the entire segment, and we’re glad to see this improvement from REAX, too. Their robust 12-ounce denim blend incorporates slide-resistant Dyneema and stretch providing an outstanding combination of protection and comfort. One of the best features of the 267s is their AA safety rating; this is uncommon for riding jeans of any price point. 

                  REAX 267 jeans
                  REAX 267 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The 267s look clean and contemporary, both on and off the bike. The included SAS-TEC CE Level 2 knee armor is fully adjustable. (No hip armor is included but the pockets are there to add it if you’d like.) 

                  Best women's tapered fit jeans: REV’IT! Moto Women’s Jeans

                  The REV’IT! Motos utilize a 12.5-ounce Cordura denim, which provides greater abrasion resistance than your standard denim without sacrificing the comfort. The jeans also feature REV’IT!’s Powershield in high-impact zones, such as the seat and knees. Normal Cordura’s good for two or three seconds of sliding before it wears through, but with Powershield reinforcement, that time is effectively doubled. 

                  REV'IT! Moto Women's jeans
                  REV'IT! Women's Moto jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  REV’IT! does an especially good job with their fit and finish, a trend we’re happy to see once again with the Moto jeans. They’re thoughtfully designed with triple stitching on some seams and an accordion panel above the knees for improved mobility. Even better, the included CE1 SEESMART knee armor is very stealthy and comfortable.

                  Best men's slim fit jeans: Rokker Rokkertech Tapered Slim Jeans

                  If you’ve followed RevZilla’s Gear Guides in the past, you’ll recognize the Rokker name. They make some of the finest riding jeans available, including the Rokkertech Tapered Slim jeans. They’re our favorite slim jeans on the market today. Of course, you’ll get a single-layer denim construction with Rokker’s Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene technology woven right in. In terms of abrasion resistance, Rokker says it outperforms steel, yet it breathes nicely and weighs about the same as other reinforced denim. Rokker adds about 25 percent elasticity to further boost comfort. 

                  Rokker Rokkertech Tapered Slim Jeans
                  Rokker Rokkertech Tapered Slim jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  Adjustable D3O armor is included for your hips and knees. Yes, the RokkerTech Tapered Slim jeans are the most expensive pants on our list this year by a wide margin. We chose them because they’re worth it! 

                  Best women's slim fit jeans: Pando Moto Kissaki Slim Women’s Jeans

                  For slim-cut women’s jeans, we recommend the single-layer Kissaki jeans from Pando Moto. They offer a combination of 13-ounce denim with 25 percent Dyneema for abrasion resistance. They also come with adjustable, low-profile SAS-TEC armor at the hips and knees. 

                  Pando Moto Kissaki Jeans
                  Pando Moto Kissaki Women's jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The Kissakis have a few standout features that we especially liked. There’s a waterproof pocket on the back and reflective cuffs, for starters. In addition, we’ve received a lot of praise from the women on our team about the overall comfort, the level of protection provided, and the style. Keep up the good work, Pando!

                  That rounds out our picks for the best motorcycle jeans of 2021. If you have any questions about these jeans, don’t hesitate to reach out. Choosing the perfect pair of riding jeans can be a challenge, but with this guide, and a word with our gear experts if you’d like, you’re sure to find your next favorites.