Hood K7 jeans
From £119.99 I www.hoodjeans.co.uk I 01953 861166
Where’s the bright yellow stuff? For years, Hood’s bike jeans have been lined with a (lurid) yellow, military grade K-Tech para-aramid lining. But for 2015 Hood has sourced a new variety of aramid. There are two things to note about this: 1) It is more of a dull green, 2) the aramid is shaved and woven to make it feel softer.
The new aramid is instantly comfortable, feeling more like denim. Hood has managed to save costs with the new material, which it is passing on to the customer by extending the surface covered so the whole leg is protected.
There is a slight compromise however. The old lining was drag tested at up to 1200m. The new lining drag tests to just shy of 1000 – but if I am still sliding down the road at approaching the kilometre mark, frankly I have more to worry about than if my jeans lining is going to hold out.
My jeans feature the optional D30 armour at the hips and knees, although you would not notice it at a glance. Originally designed to protect Canadian athletes at the 2006 Winter Olympics, D30 is superb stuff. In a relaxed state, such as when riding and walking, the armour feels soft. But under impact the molecular structure changes, thickening and absorbing the force. It also hardens, massively reducing shock.
But what of the jeans themselves? Hood has been introducing incremental improvements for years And the 2015 K7s are the result of this. They are made of top-quality heavy denim and the styling has been improved so you would happily wear these down the pub and no-one would realise they were biking jeans and not ‘fashion’ items. The aramid layer means they’re a little warmer than a ‘normal’ pair of jeans, but riding in colder weather it would make sense to slip on a base layer.
The K7s are comfortable on and off the bike, look good and will protect me from both impact and a slide. To my mind, Hood’s jeans are the best you can buy – and the best just got better.