Remember when jeans used to be, well, just  jeans? When they weren’t all selvedge this and indigo that. When they didn’t have to be worn for 18 months before they looked good and felt comfy right off the rack? As much as we like the new-wave of denim that’s hit the shelves in the last 10 years, we do kind of miss the ‘classic blue jeans’ style. So Australia’s Draggin jeans, clearly reading our minds, has just released their retro-tastic ‘Rebel’ stretch jeans. James Dean, eat your heart out.

As one of the very first companies to make and sell protective jeans to motorcyclist in 1997, Draggin are considered by most to be a world leader in keeping you safe should your bike’s rubber ever leave the road. I’ve been riding with a pair of Draggin’s black Slix Jeans for almost a decade, and they the only pair of riding jeans I have quite literally worn out from overuse.

[superquote]“I’ve been riding with a pair of Draggin Jeans for almost a decade, and they are the only pair of riding jeans I have quite literally worn out.”[/superquote]

The ‘Rebel’ offer the same level of abrasion protection, but with a much more classic look. And their relaxed fit and pre-worn denim means that they offer pyjama-levels of on-bike comfort without all the usual hard work of wearing them in for years beforehand. Countering one of our own personal bugbears, the protective lining has no visible seams or stitching on the jean’s exterior. Nice.

Safety-wise, the Rebels have it all covered. The protective lining is made up from DuPont Kevlar and Dyneema, known as being the world’s strongest fibre. All your major crash points are fully covered, including your butt, hips, knees, the sides of your legs and your thighs. And if you’re an armour sort of a guy, there’s additional hip and knee pockets for CE approved armour that’s easy to remove and replace if need be. Check them out now.


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