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Review: Kevlar-Lined Skinny Jeans for Motorcycle Riding

Abrasion resistant protection and style from Draggin Jeans

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
12/13/2016

Longtime motorcycle apparel manufacturer Draggin Jeans has several new styles for women including the Drayko Racey skinny jean that I reviewed all season.

Draggin Jeans is the first motorcycle clothing company to incorporate Kevlar into its motorcycle gear. Kevlar is the brand name of the abrasion-resistant fiber made by DuPont that has revolutionized the safety clothing industry over the last quarter century. I’ve been a fan of Draggin Jeans pants since I first reviewed a pair in 2010.

My riding buddy Debbie Gould is modeling the Drayko Racey jeans (funny name, yes!) for me alongside her Harley-Davidson Road King that’s fit with a Motor Trike brand trike kit. Here’s my review after I wore the jeans all summer and autumn.

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Debbie is wearing my size 6 (US sizing) Drayko Racey jeans and they fit her just right. My previous Draggin Jeans were a size 4, but I found the Drayko Racey style size 4 to be too tight. So I ordered a size up. The 6 even fits Debbie who is smaller than me, so I recommend ordering one size larger from your regular jeans, especially if you want to add the knee armor.


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The Drayko Racey jean by Draggin Jeans is slim fitting against the legs. The denim is soft and broken in and only feels better with wear. The mid-rise waistline (as seen in the previous photo) is comfortable when standing, but you can see here that when seated on her motorcycle Debbie’s lower back is exposed a bit. The solution I found is to pull the jeans up high before sitting on the bike.

The jeans are made of 64 percent cotton, 35 percent polyester, and 1 percent elastane. The latter gives the jeans a nice stretch making them much more comfortable than my regular jeans, and ideal for riding when I’m in a bent leg position for a period of time.

The jeans are lined with trademarked fabric named Roomoto, which offers a level of “climate control,” taking heat and sweat away from your skin to keep you cool. There’s an anti-bacterial treatment on the lining, and the fabric is designed not to “burn up” should the jeans come in contact with the pavement.

The lining covers the Kevlar that’s sewn in to the jeans, as you’ll see in the next two photos. The Kevlar takes the brunt of the impact, lasting 4.4 seconds of abrasion resistance force, according to the specs on the company’s website. My older pair of Draggin Jeans did not  have a mesh lining so the semi-roughness of the Kevlar was on my skin. Plus the whole jean was very warm in the heat. It’s nice to see this huge improvement in design to maximize comfort.

kevlar lined skinny jeans inside front
The inside of the jeans are lined with a silky soft mesh lining that covers the Kevlar fabric. You can see the Kevlar underneath in yellow in this front view where it generously covers the knee area. The mesh lining also has a pocket in it to accept the optional knee armor.


kevlar lined skinny jeans drayko racy inside rear
The yellow Kevlar panels underneath the soft breathable lining in the rear view extend from the hip and butt area all the way down to the sides of the knees and beyond. Other pants I’ve reviewed have a gap between the hip and butt coverage and the knee area. No gap here optimizes safety. You’ve got safety coverage from your waist all the way to where your riding boots would end on your calf.


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Draggin Jeans Drayko Racey have standard blue jean styling with five pockets, including the little coin pocket nested in the right hand pocket. The photos on the website show a model wearing these pants that seem painted on her, but I like that the size 6 Debbie is wearing are not super tight against her legs leaving room for the armor if she wants. She’s normally a size 2-4, but she—and I—couldn’t get the size 4 over our hips.


kevlar lined skinny jeans drayko racy back
Only my friend Debbie (who rocks these jeans, doesn’t she!) would let me shoot her butt for my review. The pockets have a raised cushioned D, the signature of Draggin Jeans, sewn in. The brown leather patch at the waist says Drayko. There are generously-sized belt loops. Panty lines? You be the judge. Yes she’s wearing some. Hard to tell though among the wrinkles in the pants.


kevlar lined skinny jeans drayko racy armor
The knee armor stays put in a pocket in the mesh lining with little Velcro pieces at the top and the bottom. I’ll be honest. I should wear armor all the time, but I find knee armor restricting when my knees are bent when riding, so I only use the armor sometimes, when I feel like it. (Sigh, I know.) When I’m wearing high boots, the armor hits the top of the boots so the armor doesn’t work with all my boots, something to consider.


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The Drayko Racey is the only skinny leg style in Draggin Jeans’ women’s collection. This means the pant legs are tight around the ankles allowing you to tuck the pants into high boots.

Draggin Jeans has been making Kevlar lined riding apparel longer than any other modern motorcycle brand. I appreciate that the company continues to improve on its products giving customers what they want. One of my biggest issues about its Kevlar lined jeans in the past was the bulkiness and the fact that they didn’t look like my regular pair of riding jeans. I wore them anyway because I wanted the protection.

The Drayko Racey solves this problem with its skinny jean design—similar to many of our modern jean styles—and includes a high level of abrasion-resistant protection built in, along with being super comfortable—finally! The armor to me is a bonus.

OK, let’s get to the price. $232.17. I know. But these jeans are so worth it. I’ve had my old Draggin Jeans for six years now after many wearings (until I replaced them with these newer, more comfortable ones). The peace of mind I have every time I get on my motorcycle wearing these protective jeans is worth the dollar amount. Draggin Jeans has testimonials on its website where these jeans saved a rider’s hide in a crash.

These are well-made jeans, and so long as you follow the washing instructions—cold water, tumble dry low—they should last a long time, assuming they don’t hit the pavement in a crash.

Draggin Jeans is based in Australia but has been selling to the US and the world for two decades so there is no problem with buying and returning. They’re just like any other online retailer. My orders have taken only about four days to get to me from down under.

There’s a sizing chart with US sizes (see my note in the first photo caption about sizing up) that goes from size 2 to 14. The armor priced at $25 is currently being offered as a gift with the purchase of the jeans. Visit dragginjeans.net to order. Then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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