Reviewed by: Mikko
RRP: From £122.99
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I have only recently started to use riding jeans instead of leathers or heavy-duty textile trousers. The biggest reason for my hesitation was always the level of protection (or the lack of it) offered by motorcycling jeans. So, no prizes for guessing what particularly drew me towards the Hood Jeans. Yep, it was the impressive level of protection they offer.
The K7 jeans feature a K-tech para-aramid lining, which is soft to touch, but highly abrasion-resistant. The lining runs all the way from the waist to the top of the boots, which was an instant plus for me.
In addition to the lining, the jeans also feature optional D3O hip and knee armour. There are two options to choose from: armour certified to CE Level 1 or CE Level 2. The first option adds £30 to the price of the jeans, while the second option costs an extra £42. The armour is attached to the jeans with large Velcro strips, which gives plenty of room to adjust the position for perfect fit. In particular, I like the way that you can move the knee protectors sideways, as I often find that the protectors slide to the inside of my knee. With these, I can make sure the armour is exactly where I want it.
Aside from the protection and the looks, what I really like is the service that Hood Jeans offers. The jeans are made in the UK and to make sure the fit is exactly right, the leg length is altered at no extra cost, which for me is a real boon as I always seem to be in between the standard sizes.
These are a premium pair of jeans, which don’t cost the earth. Well worth considering if you’re after some riding jeans.