Troy Lee Designs Rider Jeans Review

Adam Waheed | December 16, 2010
We love the lipstick red color of the steel frame.
Troy Lee Designs Rider Jeans are my favorite pair of motorcycle riding denim.

Many motorcycle gear manufacturers make street bike specific riding jeans. However none have the slim fit or trendy look that the Troy Lee Designs Rider Jeans offer. These premium denim pants are designed for modern urban motorcycle riders seeking a stylish pair of jeans that offer more protection than a standard jean.
With retail price starting at $119.00 these American-made jeans are comparable in price to other premium denim on the market. The Rider Jeans stands out by the fit that has been designed specifically for when the rider is seated on the motorcycle in the riding stance.

The jeans are form fitting through the thigh and knee areas, which reduces the occurrence of material shifting or flapping around. The bottom of the leg is a bit looser fitting and the pant cuff is tapered to mitigate the chances of it getting caught in the chain as well as coinciding with the latest fashion trend.

The jeans run a little long which was welcome as it still covered the ankles of my lanky legs when riding. At the front, there are two main and a stash pocket as well as two back pockets that are secured with metal buttons. Additionally the fly and waist are secured with metal buttons as well.

An undercarriage shot of the 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750.
Troy Lee Designs Rider Jeans are my favorite motorcycle specific riding denim on the market due to its excellent (but slim) fit and construction.

Material wise the TLD jeans are cut from 12.5-ounce cotton denim. The material doesn’t feel as thick as other riding jeans we’ve worn but the denim has a tough feel to it when touched. All of the major seams are doubled stitched and the knee panels and butt panel are reinforced with additional double stitched paneling for added durability in case you’re sliding across the pavement.

Although the BMW S1000RR reigned supreme in this years Superbike Smackdown shootout test rider Adam Waheed actually prefers the Honda CBR1000RR due to its powerful mid-range performance and overall chassis feel.
Leave it to the design wizards at Troy Lee Designs to create a riding jean that not only looks cool but has added protection too.

Further styling comes in the form of distressed fray marks on the thigh and back pockets. The jeans come in waist sizes 30 through 38 and fit slightly big, so a 34-inch waist should wear size 32.

The Rider Jean won’t be loved by everyone as it favors folks with more slender body types. However, if you fit in to this audience you’ll be hard pressed to find a more comfortable or better looking denim for use on or off the bike.

The Troy Lee Designs Rider Jeans is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $119.00 – $129.00 


Adam Waheed

Road Test Editor | Articles | Adam's insatiable thirst for life is only surpassed by his monthly fuel bill. Whether rocketing on land, flying through the air, or jumping the seas, our Road Test Editor does it all and has the scars to prove it.

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