I have to confess, I’ve got a bit of a thing for bike jeans. I love the versatility and generally wear them day-to-day – and even in a downpour I would much prefer to throw on some waterproofs over the top of my denim than get togged up in some heavy duty textile clobber.
I do recognise that the level of protection offered by motorcycling jeans can sometime be a little bit lacking – but that’s why I opted for these Hood K7 jeans. The K7 jeans feature a full length K-tech para-aramid lining, which is highly abrasion-resistant. Unlike other bike jeans I’ve owned, the lining runs all the way from the waist to the top of the boots, instead of just in the areas most likely to meet the tarmac during a tumble. In addition to the lining, Hood also offers optional CE Level 1 and CE Level 2 D3O hip and knee armour for £30 and £42 respectively. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s money well spent when your safety comes into question. The armour is attached to the jeans with large Velcro strips, which makes them really easy to get into place.
Like many riding jeans available on the market, the Hood K7s look very much like a pair of ‘fashion’ jeans – aside from the obvious bulges on the hip and knee. And with regards to comfort, I can’t say enough about them – I’d wear them every day if I could.