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Best motorcycle riding jeans of 2022

Mar 03, 2022

A good pair of motorcycle riding jeans should be a staple in any street rider’s gear closet.

Top motorcycle riding jeans 2022

Riding jeans make it easy to ride with protection without looking like an astronaut once you reach your destination. Typically, you’ll find features like hidden armor, slide and abrasion protection, stretch materials, and reflective accents for low-light conditions. But which riding jeans are best for you?

The selection process

We considered the protection, appearance, and price of each pair of jeans in our 2022 guide. Our gear testers and experts get to know all the latest riding jeans from across the industry. We’ve also cross-referenced customer reviews and feedback from our own employees to evaluate the style, comfort, protection, and price of riding jeans on the market this year to choose the best options in four categories, sorted by fit.

New to motorcycle riding jeans? Don’t miss our How To Size & Buy Motorcycle Pants video to best determine the correct size prior to purchasing the jeans you’re checking out. Let’s get started.

The best motorcycle jeans of 2022
REV'IT! Philly 3 jeans
Best men's relaxed fit
    • Relaxed fit
    • CE AA rating
    BULL-IT Horizon Tactical
    Best women's relaxed fit
      • Lycra stretch
      • Water-resistant coating
      Street & Steel Oakland
      Best men's straight fit
        • Slight taper
        • 12-ounce stretch denim
        Rokker RokkerTech Mid Waisted Straight
        Best women's straight fit
          • D3O Ghost knee and hip armor
          • CE AA rating
          Klim K Forty 3
          Best men's tapered fit
            • Single-layer construction
            • Fabric meets CE AA rating
            REAX 112
            Best women's tapered fit
              • 12-ounce stretch denim
              • CE AA rating
              Pando Moto Boss Dyn 01
              Best men's slim fit
                • Slim, athletic cut
                • Superb CE AAA rating
                Pando Moto Kissaki Slim
                Best women's slim fit
                  • Single layer with stretch
                  • SAS-TEC hip/knee armor

                  Best men’s relaxed motorcycle jeans: REV’IT! Philly 3 jeans

                  Many riders want a casual, relaxed fit for their riding jeans, and we highly recommend the REV’IT! Philly 3 jeans for 2022. They’re an update to another popular model of jeans, and with this iteration, they’re better than ever with extra room in the seat and thighs before a very slight taper down at the cuff.

                  REV'IT! Philly 3 jeans
                  REV'IT! Philly 3 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The big news here is that the Philly 3 jeans now carry the prestigious CE AA safety rating. This was made possible with quality 15-ounce denim, bolstered with Cordura for abrasion resistance. REV’IT! took these jeans to the next level by including discrete SeeSmart CE1 knee and hip armor.

                  Best women’s relaxed motorcycle jeans: Bull-it Horizon Tactical Straight Fit jeans

                  The best relaxed-fit jeans for women are the Tactical line from Bull-it. We like their range of colors and fit styles to choose from, especially the Horizon Tactical jeans. (They are labeled as a “straight fit” pair of jeans, but we classify them as “relaxed” because of their Lycra stretch material. They’re one of the better options for curvy body types.)

                  Bull-It Tactical Straight Fit jeans
                  Bull-It Horizon Tactical jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  Covec poly fibers add abrasion resistance while also managing the heat from slide friction. Bull-It tops off their Horizon Tactical jeans with a water-resistant coating and armor pockets so you can add armor of your choice. Bull-It’s own armor is $20 for the knees, and another $20 for the hips. Even with the extra armor, the Horizon Tactical jeans cost less than many competitors, and they fit better.

                  Best men’s straight motorcycle jeans: Street & Steel Oakland jeans

                  The Street & Steel Oakland jeans are a perennial favorite here at RevZilla for their outstanding features and protection at a competitive price. The Oaklands have a slight taper from the thigh down to the knee, continuing with a straight cut from the knee to the ankle.

                  Street Steel Oakland jeans
                  Street & Steel Oakland jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  There’s a slight boot cut flare at the ankle to accommodate riding boots. These jeans use 12-ounce stretch denim for comfort and durability, backed up by aramid fiber reinforcements at the seat, hips and knees. We like that the Oaklands are available in a range of washed finishes, and they even include the armor.

                  Best women’s straight motorcycle jeans: Rokker RokkerTech Mid Waisted Straight jeans

                  Rokker’s top-quality jeans often win a spot or two in our annual Gear Guides, and they’re back for 2022 with our favorites in the women’s straight cut category. The RokkerTech Mid Waisted jeans utilize ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) in their construction, which Rokker claims is twice as strong as steel. Even better, Rokker integrates their denim with UHMWPE in a single layer, meaning the final product is less bulky and more comfortable than jeans made with two layers. 

                  Rokker RokkerTech Mid Waisted
                  Rokker RokkerTech Mid Waisted jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  The RokkerTech Mid Waisted jeans include D3O Ghost knee and hip armor. All in, these jeans meet CE AA safety standards, and they still look like a regular pair of jeans. Rokker jeans are an investment, but they’re worth it.

                  Best men’s tapered motorcycle jeans: Klim K Forty 3 jeans

                  For riders seeking a more modern cut, we recommend the Klim K Forty 3 jeans. These are an update to Klim’s popular line of riding jeans, featuring a taper that continues all the way down to the ankles without straying into skinny jean territory. Klim uses burly 13-ounce CONE denim with Cordura blended in for abrasion resistance and stretch, all in a single layer for maximum comfort and coverage. 

                  Klim K Forty 3 jeans
                  Klim K Forty 3 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  Klim equips the K Forty 3s with low profile D30 Ghost Armor at the knees and hips, which leads to one of the most important features of these jeans: CE AA safety certification, the gold standard for riding pants. Add the stealthy styling and reflective cuff accents, and you’ve got a winner.

                  Best women’s tapered motorcycle jeans: REV’IT! 112 jeans

                  The REV’IT! 112 jeans feature 12-ounce denim that packs three percent Dyneema for slide protection, and one percent elastane for ease of movement. The single-layer denim carries a CE AA rating for abrasion resistance. The jeans also boast CE level two armor at the knees. There’s a pocket for hip armor, but you’ll have to purchase the hip armor separately as it’s not included.

                  REAX 112
                  REAX 112 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  Our testers liked the 112s’ classic full rise, with a slim fit that tapers to the ankle. Between the protective features, contemporary cut, and price point, these jeans easily took top honors for their category this year.

                  Best men’s slim motorcycle jeans: Pando Moto Boss Dyneema jeans

                  Pando Moto is known for their stylish, protective moto-wear, and we fully recommend their Boss Dyneema jeans if you’re seeking a slim cut. Pando Moto uses an athletic fit that doesn’t restrict movement on the bike. They also add some extra rise at the back of the seat for full coverage. 12 ounce stretch denim features Cordura for slide resistance. Dyneema panels at the seat, thigh, and knees beef up the protection, and Pando Moto tops off the safety suite with adjustable CE1 hip and knee armor. 

                  Pando Moto Boss Dyn 01 jeans
                  Pando Moto Boss Dyn 01 jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  We tend to prefer single-layer denim for riding jeans, but Pando Moto did a nice job of adding those Dyneema panels, and they managed to earn an incredible CE AAA rating for the Boss Dyneemas.

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

                  Another winner from Pando Moto, the Kissaki Slim jeans are back after winning the category last year. They get single-layer construction that blends 13-ounce denim with 25 percent Dyneema for abrasion resistance. For impact protection, there’s adjustable, practically invisible SAS-TEC armor at the hips and knees. 

                  Pando Moto Kissaki jeans
                  Pando Moto Kissaki jeans. RevZilla photo.

                  Pando Moto’s attention to detail puts their denim above the rest. They’ve added reflective cuff elements and a waterproof pocket. They also rank as one of the most comfortable women’s jeans in our customer service feedback, so we had no difficulty choosing these as our favorites once again.

                  That concludes our selections for the best motorcycle jeans of 2022. Have some questions about sizing or features? Reach out to our customer service, and they’ll help you find your next favorite pair of jeans.