ResuR­gence Vin­tage BRown Voy­ageR PeKeV Mo­toR­cy­cle Jeans

£240 | www.resur­ | 0203 5142413 | Tested by Luke Brack­en­bury

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There’s no deny­ing that £240 is a lot of money for a pair of jeans, but I’ve paid more for mo­tor­cy­cle trousers – tex­tile and leather – and, as th­ese are for that very pur­pose, there’s no point in com­par­ing them with regular jeans. But I will any­way.

Most of us want to ride in jeans be­cause it looks cool and it’s less has­sle and faff when you get to wher­ever you are go­ing. But we all knowthat regular jeans are only re­ally protective when stum­bling over from a drunken stu­por, not for step­ping off a mov­ing mo­tor­cy­cle. De­spite be­ing well aware of this fact, I’ve ig­nored it for years. Well, say­ing that, I tried some ar­moured jeans a while back and, de­spite be­ing my size, they looked aw­ful and the pro­tec­tion wob­bled around. What was the point?

I hap­pened across the Resur­gence range of protective jeans at a showin Jan­uary. The first thing that caught my eye from the whole range – six styles, 13 colours, three fits and two cuts (even com­bats) was that they looked mega. The next thing I knowis I’mtouch­ing them. And then I’m try­ing them on; they look good, fit amaz­ing and are re­ally com­fort­able.

The Voy­ager jeans are one of the most ex­pen­sive Resur­gence of­fers. Damn. But they’re fully lined with their own in­no­va­tive ma­te­rial – Pekev – claimed to be over 200% stronger than Kevlar and hold­ing the hon­our of the world’s high­est abra­sion rat­ing for mo­tor­cy­cle jeans at 10.83 sec­onds. There’s also re­mov­able Knox ar­mour in the knees and hips, and a cut to fit them over boots, with Vel­cro straps to hook un­der boots to stop them rid­ing up.

Why I wanted them is be­cause I fly a lot for work and al­ways ride to the air­port, try­ing to pack light. The Resur­gence jeans have rev­o­lu­tionised th­ese trips. They’re thick enough to be warm and I wear only a thin and fold­able pair of wa­ter­proof trousers over the top if needed. When I ar­rive, I take out the ar­mour. I can re­move the hip pro­tec­tors while wear­ing them, but have to take them off to get the knee guards out.

The first trip was a cold ride to Heathrow, through the hus­tle/has­sle of se­cu­rity and on for five of the 11 hours of the flight to Thai­land. Then back on for a full days rid­ing in the Thai heat. No prob­lems. The last mission was to Gatwick in the rain and I had the jeans on for four days solid in Aus­tria – on the plane, in the hire car, in meet­ings and in the pub.

Hope­fully I won’t have to prop­erly test them, but they feel bul­let­proof. Also, you have to re­mem­ber to tuck the Vel­cro strap firmly out of the way when you don’t want to hold them in place – peo­ple al­ways tell me when I’mdrag­ging it. I can see the strap be­ing the first thing to wear away, though.

Comfy, protective, great fit, look good, proper ar­mour, fully lined – I love them.

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