Rid­ing pants that look like jeans and pro­tect like rain gear

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REV’IT CLAIMS the poly-cot­ton stretch denim of its Or­lando H20 Ladies Jeans is 100-per­cent wa­ter­proof. The as­ser­tion is hold­ing up: Light show­ers haven’t pen­e­trated the Or­lando’s lam­i­nated denim, and a mesh liner has kept the in­side of the jeans from stick­ing to my skin. To­gether, they’re traits that make the Or­lando jeans a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to pack­ing rain gear on short rides. Flex­i­ble Ce-rated Seesmart ar­mor at the knees con­tours well too. No more feel­ing like I’m suited up for bat­tle. Only the tini­est of the Or­lando’s five pock­ets is fit­ted with a wa­ter-re­pel­lent zip­per—but con­sid­er­ing how snugly th­ese jeans fit me, I wasn’t wor­ried about wa­ter sneak­ing into the other pock­ets.

Which brings up the fit. The Or­lan­dos didn’t ac­com­mo­date my curves very well. Or­der­ing my typ­i­cal jean size re­sulted in a snug fit in the hips and thighs but left a gap at the waist. That’s with­out op­tional hip pads; they wouldn’t have fit. A mid-rise waist­band is all well and good when walk­ing around, but when it came time to sit on a bike, the only thing keep­ing my butt cleav­age from see­ing the light of day was a rid­ing jacket and a long base-layer shirt tucked into my pants. Crack kills, peo­ple!

At $300 (not in­clud­ing the cost of a belt) they’re near the high end of the price range. But if you’re a lit­tle less curvy and the Or­lando’s keep you from buy­ing rain over­pants, they might well be worth the coin. — Ju­lia La­palme

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