Motorcycle Riding Jeans That Won’t Cost You A Kidney

Perhaps the most misunderstood piece of gear in a motorcyclist’s closet is riding jeans. If the rider even has them at all. Attend any motorcycle rally or bike night and I’d say fewer than half the riders are wearing bottoms that are designed to provide any abrasion or impact protection. We’ve all seen it. A rider wearing a full-face helmet, leather riding jacket, riding gloves with plastic knuckle protectors, leather boots and a pair of blue denim jeans. Sounds normal right? If denim jeans were tough enough to protect the farmers working in the fields during the war then they’re tough enough for me on the bike, right? Wrong. Today’s typical denim jean is made of cotton. Cotton. That’s like surrounding your legs, knees and naughty bits with a cotton tee-shirt. A thick tee-shirt, but a tee-shirt nevertheless. As riders, we need better.

Another reason riding jeans are misunderstood is our belief that they cannot be both protective and stylish at the same time. Riders have destinations. And few of us wear our helmet or our gloves into work or the local café after the ride. Not so with pants (for most of us). With pants, what you wear on the bike is what you wear off the bike. And for most of us, what we wear off the bike should have some style.

The Speed & Strength Call to Arms riding jeans have held up well to several months of wear. 

The final reason riding jeans are often misunderstood is the price of many riding jeans can be exponentially higher than what riders are used to paying for non-riding jeans. Or what riders are used to paying for rent. Or the price of an organ transplant. Hell, I’ve seen motorcycle riding jeans priced higher than the price of a used motorcycle, causing many riders to ask: Am I paying a premium for function? Or for fashion?

The complex calculus of shopping for motorcycle riding jeans: Protection, style and price, equates to misunderstanding. As a result, many riders forego adding this critical piece of gear to their riding ensemble. Many motorcycle gear brands recognize this, and are working towards filling the sweet spot of protection and style at a reasonable price.

This is why the Speed & Strength Call To Arms Armored Moto Pants are not just another riding jean. It is a revelation. Not only is it in the sweet spot of protection, style and value, it might be the bullseye.

The knees on the Speed & Strength Call to Arms riding jeans are Aramid-reinforced and Vault CE-approved knee armor is standard fare. 

Starting with protection. The Call To Arms jean is constructed of four-way canvas, which albeit is cotton-based, but it is a denser, tighter weave which is more abrasion resistant without being rigid. The saddle and knees are Aramid-reinforced which not only delivers more abrasion-resistance, but also durability. If you’ve ever worn a pair of jeans to the point where they fail at one of the saddle seams, you know what I mean. After riding over 1000 miles in a pair, in high heat, rain and cold, there is no seam wear.

Another smart design cue is the addition of 2% Lycra to the material. This offsets the rigidity of canvas, enabling easier range of motion when wearing the jeans. The moment of truth is when you throw a leg over your bike. Even with the small addition of Lycra, the jeans move with your leg over and in the riding position. The material doesn’t fight you every time you move your leg. This little detail matters, especially on multi-day rides where I’ve worn these jeans for 18 hours-a-day on and off the bike for several days.

Unlike other riding jeans at this price point, the Call To Arms comes with removable Vault CE-approved knee armor. The knee armor is surprisingly inconspicuous enough that you can leave it in all day at the office and no one but you would notice. The knee armor also comes in handy when asking HR for additional paid days off to ride.

Ample-sized, easy-to-access cargo pockets are a handy feature of the Call to Arms riding jeans. 

Style is, of course, a personal thing. But when it comes to riding jeans, most riders style motto is: The less they look like riding jeans, the better. Because you are wearing these on and off the bike, ideally your riding jeans would be styled like ones hanging in your closet. Speed & Strength had this in mind when they designed the Call To Arms. The cut is not too trendy, not too narrow in the leg and not too baggy. The finish is neutral, not overly distressed with just the right amount of pre-washed effect. The pockets have details riders will notice: Deep pockets so items don’t fall out in a riding position and two cargo-eske mid-leg pockets for access on the bike with button closures to secure items. But don’t confuse these jeans with cargo pants. They wear like jeans, fit like jeans and look like jeans in the best way. Unfortunately, the Call To Arms is like the Ford Model A: You can have any color you want, as long as its black. These would be as great in blue as they are in black, and maybe even more stylishly versatile. So consider this an official request Speed & Strength. Bottom line (get it?): The Call To Arms is one of the few pairs of riding jeans most riders would wear on and off the bike on a weekday, weekend day and into the evening.

Finally, and importantly, is value. Some riders don’t think twice about paying $200+ for a pair of jeans. Most of us, however, have a bike loan, insurance or girlfriends with top shelf taste to contend with. This is why the $159 price of the Speed & Strength Call To Arms Armored Moto Pants is so revolutionary. You can spend twice as much for other riding jeans, but I’ll wager you wouldn’t get twice as much protection, durability and on and off the bike style. Kudos to Speed & Strength for hitting the elusive riding jean sweet spot right in the bullseye.

No flare, here. The straight cut riding jeans keep air from creeping up a rider's legs.