MC Tested

Sleek women’s rid­ing jeans, mod­u­lar ad­ven­ture mir­rors, and chain clean­ing sim­pli­fied.

Motorcyclist - - Contents - $190 re­vit­ —Ju­lia Lapalme

BE­FORE RID­ING JEANS be­came more main­stream over the past five to 10 years, my first pair con­sisted of my fa­vorite Levi’s worn over separate knee/shin guards. No Cor­dura, no Kevlar, no hip pad­ding. Not the safest gear choice, but it re­vealed the de­sire to have rid­ing gear that didn’t scream “I ride a mo­tor­cy­cle!” while run­ning in-town er­rands on two wheels.

Luck­ily, there are plenty of op­tions to fill that cat­e­gory to­day, in­clud­ing Rev’it!’s Madison 2 Jeans, which I’ve been try­ing out over the past few months. Cut just like my fa­vorite pair of jeans, the Madis­ons use a five-pocket de­sign, with front and rear pock­ets deep enough to make them us­able (un­like many women’s jeans, in and out of the mo­tor­cy­cling world).

The con­tour in the seat and waist area fits my curves well enough, with min­i­mal waist gap. A mid-rise waist­band that sits right at the top of my hip bone makes th­ese jeans plenty com­fort­able, with­out feel­ing like high-rise ’80s-retro jeans, or low-rise plumbers’-crack en­ablers. Nar­row straight-cut pant legs are just wide enough to go over slim-fit­ting rid­ing boots or shoes, with­out too much fabric to fold over and tuck into more re­laxed-fit­ting rid­ing boots. Plus the cuffs roll up to re­veal a strip of re­flec­tive ma­te­rial, adding ex­tra night­time vis­i­bil­ity.

Cor­dura denim pro­vides road-rash re­sis­tance (which, thank­fully, I’ve yet to test); and a Cool­max el­e­ment helps reg­u­late tem­per­a­ture on 80- and 90-de­gree days. With just a hint of stretch, the 12.5-ounce denim feels thick enough to be pro­tec­tive, but the slightly stiff qual­ity of the front panel in the hip

A Hip ar­mor be­ing op­tional is a small bum­mer, but other­wise th­ese are com­fort­able, pro­tec­tive rid­ing jeans.

crease is a lit­tle bother­some in the rid­ing po­si­tion. Other­wise the fabric is com­fort­able enough for long rides or walk­ing around. The CE Level 1 Seesmart knee ar­mor is made of a flex­i­ble ar­ray of rub­bery hexag­o­nal cells; the pli­a­bile, low-pro­file, breath­able de­sign makes them much more com­fort­able than other knee ar­mor. While this makes me won­der if it’s as pro­tec­tive as more rigid op­tions, it’s cer­tainly more dis­creet. No robocop knees here!

Avail­able in Medium Blue and Dark Gray Used, in waist sizes from 24 to 34, the Madison 2 Jeans go for $190 (plus $20 for hip ar­mor). That puts them in the up­per/mid­dle price range com­pared to other women’s rid­ing jeans. Con­sid­er­ing the fit and fea­tures, the Madison 2 Jeans are a smart buy, and I’m happy to keep my Levi’s for non-rid­ing days.

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