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Bolid’ster Jean’ster: Motorcycle Armored Denim

Overland Journal, Spring 2018


When preparing for a moto excursion, it can be difficult to pack clothing not specifically designed for riding. Lack of space is the culprit, and many riders are familiar with this challenge. To create a more versatile, dual-purpose pant, some motorcycle apparel designers employ tailored cuts, muted colors, and low-profile zippers to suitable fabrics. at is one solution.

Bolid’ster surmounts this conundrum by weaving together a combination of denim, Lycra, and a proprietary ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene fiber called Armalith 2.0. The brand’s armored jeans are versatile and comfortable; they protect riders from high-speed abrasions and also let you dismount in style.

I recently tested the French company’s indigo blue Jean’ster for 4 months in temperatures ranging from 39°F to 106°F during archaeological eld surveys, camping trips, and in office mode. In the saddle, they logged time on- and off-highway. Although these jeans wear like soft denim, the feel is durable. There has been no fray from machine washing. The substantial pockets exhibit zero signs of wear from clip-secured pocketknives or other abrasive essentials. A stylish cut, robust build quality, and subtle, timeless design are all notable features. Superfluous ornamental stitching is absent, and the seam thread is the same found on vehicle airbags. The Jean’ster’s look is incredibly hip, well-suited to the urban jungle (sans bike), and available in styles for men and women. I can’t find a fault.

The product isn’t a replacement for fully padded trousers though. For impact protection, Bolid’ster offers a model with CE removable padded inserts. (BB)


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