How is the quality of the Roadster Jeans

Motorcycle jeans in a comparison test

Here I stand, poor fool, and I'm as smart as before! That's what Goethe wrote, and that's what the author thought: when not only the eleven biker jeans that took part in the test, but also cheap fashion jeans from one of those trendy shops with the two letters were lying in front of him - at first glance almost unscathed after they were pushed onto the asphalt shortly before at 80 kilometers per hour.

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Are motorcycle jeans just a bluff and we would be just as safe on our bike with cheap pants? Is that what we learned from our test? Is this the bitter truth that we have to convey to you at this point? Of course not.

Impact protection. Knee and often hip protectors, possibly even a rump protector, protect against otherwise poorly healing bone fractures. In our test field there are clear differences here, in some cases the manufacturers rely on a full set of protectors, sometimes only knee protectors are installed as standard, and one participant even comes completely without protective padding. In some cases, for reasons of cost, cheap, thick and ill-fitting models are used, in some cases the manufacturers use tried and tested products, and sometimes they break new ground with ultra-flat and flexible protectors. But protectors are by no means the only difference.

1st place: Held Marlow MOTORRAD test winner

    • Providers: Held, www.held.de
    • Waist size: 28 to 40;
    • Price: 389.86 euros;
    • Weight: 1,422 g (size 34 weighed);
    • Construction: single layer, fabric made of armalite;
    • Material: Cotton, polyethylene, elestomultiester, elastane, cotton and polyester bags;
    • Protectors: Knee (level 1, continuously adjustable), hips (level 1); Tailbone can be retrofitted,
    • Certification: FprEN 17092-4: 2018 (Class A);
    • Country of Manufacture: Germany

SECURITY: Infinitely adjustable protectors on the knee, hip protectors in series plus a pocket for a tailbone protector - when it comes to impact protection, the Held Marlow is well positioned. The single-layer fabric made of armalite is relatively heavy, but also extremely abrasion and tear-resistant. If you want to tear it up yourself: The jeans come with a small denim sample on which you can let out your energy. In addition to abrasion and tear resistance, the jeans are also convincing in terms of cut protection, and their seams do not reveal any weaknesses either.

FIT AND COMFORT: Almost 400 grams more than the lightest pants in the test - you can feel that. Nevertheless, the Marlow is very comfortable to wear, and mobility is also very good. The fit is slightly in the direction of slim fit, but the continuous Armalith fabric offers a lot of stretch everywhere.

Conclusion: Due to its mass, the second heaviest pair of pants in the test creates trust, which it fully redeems thanks to its impressive impact and abrasion protection. Despite the extra weight, it also impresses with plenty of comfort in everyday life. Great jeans from the "not only leather specialist" hero.

MOTORRAD verdict: very good

2nd place: iXS Classic AR Jeans Cassidy

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The iXS Classic AR Jeans Cassidy is certified according to protection class AA, so impact and abrasion protection are correspondingly good in the test.
  • Providers: Hostettler, www.ixs.com;
  • Sizes: 30 to 48;
  • Price: 249.95 euros;
  • Weight: 1,206 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: multi-layer, denim plus two-layer lining made of aramid and Coolmax fibers;
  • Material: Cotton, elastane; Protective layer made of 50% aramid and polyester;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 1, continuously height adjustable), hips (level 1);
  • Certification: prEN 17092-3: 2017 (class AA);
  • Country of Manufacture: Turkey

Security: The Classic AR Cassidy does have some unsightly holes in the outer fabric after the fall, which is hardly surprising given the thin and light outer material - the aramid inner layer therefore provides reliable protection. The supplied protectors on the hips and knees fit perfectly.

Fit and Comfort: IXS offers a total of 35 sizes, including women's, long and short sizes. This allows a great fit and a high level of comfort. The comfortably stretchy jeans follow all movements, neither the two and a half layers of fabric nor the protectors pinch or otherwise disturb. In warm temperatures, the jeans also like their good air permeability. But she doesn't like the wetness on the outside, then the outer fabric quickly soaks up.

Conclusion: The iXS Classic AR Jeans Cassidy is certified according to protection class AA, and impact and abrasion protection are correspondingly good in the test. Thanks to the 35 available sizes and a sensible choice of materials, it also pleases with a high level of comfort. She doesn't like rain - it doesn't matter.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

3rd place: Rokker Rokkertech Tapered Slim Black

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The iXS Classic AR Jeans Cassidy is certified according to protection class AA, and impact and abrasion protection are correspondingly good in the test.
  • Providers: Provider: Rokker, www.therokkercompany.com;
  • Price: 389.00 euros;
  • Waist size: 29 to 44;
  • Weight: 1,292 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: single layer, denim fabric made of UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene);
  • Material: Cotton, polyethylene, polyamide, elastomultiester, elastane;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 1, continuously height adjustable), hips (level 1);
  • Certification: FprEN 17092-3: 2018 (class AA);
  • Country of Manufacture: Portugal
ROKKER ROKKERTECH tapered slim jeans black 44
Delivery time: 1-3 days

Security: The Rokkertech fabric is tough, but more susceptible to heat and abrasion than similar materials such as Armalith (for Held) or Dyneema (for Vanucci): the single-layer fabric showed a hole after the drop test, which would mean skin contact with the asphalt so it was the result. The thin protectors convince with very good shock absorption values.

Fit and Comfort: The single-layer trousers are extremely comfortable to wear, but the waistband is a little tighter than expected. Eleven narrowly graduated waist sizes are available for this, and you can also choose between 32, 34 and 36 inch lengths. The pleasantly soft protectors are hardly noticeable, so the trousers willingly follow your every move. Good for the bike: the consistent avoidance of rivets.

Conclusion: Production in Europe, great scope of delivery and very high convenience - of course that also costs. The protectors from D3O offer good protection, the UHMWPE fabric corresponds to class AA, but also showed a small weakness under high loads in our extreme test.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

3rd place: Vanucci Dyn

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The Vanucci Dyn impresses with its very high level of comfort and its inconspicuous appearance.
  • Providers: Detlev Louis, www.louis.de;
  • Price: 224.19 euros;
  • Waist size: 30 to 40;
  • Weight: 1160 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: single layer, fabric made of denim (warp) and dyneema (warp and weft);
  • Material: Cotton, polyethylene, polyamide, elastane; Lining made of cotton and polyester;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 2, continuously adjustable), hips can be retrofitted;
  • Certification: prEN 17092-4: 02-2017 (class A);
  • Country of Manufacture: Bangladesh

Security: As the name suggests, the Vanucci Dyn relies on Dyneema and processes this together with cotton into a single-layer (or if you will: one-and-a-half-layer) fabric. If the asphalt comes into contact with the asphalt, the blue cotton threads rub, but even then a complete fabric made of Dyneema fibers remains. In the test, a hole was nevertheless created in the area where the friction was increased by an edge. The thin and flexible knee protectors convince with very good shock absorption values.

Fit and Comfort: The jeans weigh relatively little and also feel light, so the wearing comfort is correspondingly relaxed. The waistband is clearly too wide, the great protectors are hardly noticeable in practice.

Conclusion: The Vanucci Dyn impresses with its very high level of comfort and its inconspicuous appearance. The already good protection with largely abrasion-resistant material and level 2 knee protectors can be increased by retrofitting hip protectors.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

5th place: Modeka Nyle Cool MOTORRAD buyer's tip

  • Providers: Modeka, www.modeka.de;
  • Price: 169.90 euros;
  • Waist size: 28 to 40;
  • Weight: 1,180 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: two-ply, denim with Cordura plus Kevlar lining on seat, hips and knees;
  • Material: Cotton, cordura, coolmax; Protective layer made of aramid;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 1, two-way height adjustable), hips can be retrofitted;
  • Certification: prEN 17092-3: 2019 (class AA);
  • Country of Manufacture: Pakistan
Modeka Nyle Cool, Jeans - Blue - 33
Delivery time: 1-3 working days
152,00 € plus € 5.90 shipping

Security: Since the certification process took a little longer, the first delivery of the Nyle Cool was marked as class A. In our test, however, it was able to show that it rightly carries the now certified protection class AA: It combines convincing abrasion resistance and good tear resistance with good cut protection. The comfortably thin knee protectors are height adjustable, but only twice. Protectors must be retrofitted on the hips.

Fit and Comfort: The jeans tend to be a little too tight, especially at the waistband. Otherwise, it appears to be a snug fit, but still allows the full range of motion on and off the bike. There is no moisture protection, the ventilation is only mediocre.

Conclusion: The very light Nyle Cool is very comfortable to wear both on the motorcycle and in everyday life and offers good protection. It owes this to the large aramid fabric, but also to the Cordura incorporated into the upper material. And all at an attractive price.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

6th place: Trilobite Parado

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The Parado by Trilobite offers a balanced price, many color and size variants.
  • Providers: Germot, www.germot.de;
  • Price: 199.95 euros;
  • Sizes: 30 to 46;
  • Weight: 1,540 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: two-ply, denim plus kevlar lining on seat and knees;
  • Material: Cotton, elastane; Protective layer made of aramid; Stretch inserts made of polyamide;
  • Protectors: Knee (level 2, continuously adjustable), hips (level 2);
  • Certification: FprEN 17092-3: 2019 (class AA);
  • Country of Manufacture: Pakistan

Security: The Trilobite Parado makes no secret of the fact that they are motorcycle pants. Level 2 protectors on the hips and knees ensure a high level of impact protection, while the large aramid fabric underneath the denim, which is already heavy, serves to protect against abrasion. Wherever there is no additional aramid layer, however, the only low tear resistance of the outer material has to be accepted.

Fit and Comfort: The large, flexible polyamide insert in the crotch as well as the accordion stretch on the knees and in the rear hip area bring a lot of comfort, the norm-compliant vents ensure fresh air on the thighs. Good fit, numerous sizes are available including women and men as well as short and long sizes. There are also several color variants.

Conclusion: Well-balanced price, many color and size variants, a version made from recycled denim as well as an even safer variant with Dyneema in the upper material, plus level 2 protectors, lots of stretch and ventilation openings. The Parado is great, but also pretty difficult.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

7th place: Highway 1 Denim III

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For less than 100 euros, the Highway 1 jeans offer a respectable basic level of safety, paired with largely pleasant wearing comfort and an appealingly clean appearance.
  • Providers: Detlev Louis, www.louis.de;
  • Waist size: 32 to 42;
  • Price: 97.46 euros;
  • Weight: 1,300 g (size 34 weighed)
  • Construction: two-ply, denim plus kevlar lining on seat and knees; material: cotton, elastane; Protective layer made of 60% aramid and polyester;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 1, two-way height adjustable), hips can be retrofitted; Certification: prEN 17092-4: 02-2017 (class A);
  • Country of Manufacture: Pakistan

Security: Even the comparatively thick outer fabric is tough - it hardly rubs open when it comes into contact with asphalt and usually only slight discolouration of the denim is noticeable. Only there where edges are created by protectors or belt loops does damage occur more clearly. An additional layer of Kevlar then protects the areas that are particularly at risk of falling. However, this aramid fabric is not used on the thighs and lower legs. The protector equipment is also kept narrow.

Fit and Comfort: Relatively heavier denim as the upper material plus a second protective layer made of aramid not only add a lot of weight, but are also noticeable in terms of wearing comfort. Mobility and fit are largely okay, even if the waist size is flattering.

Conclusion: For less than 100 euros, the Highway 1 jeans offer a respectable basic level of safety, paired with largely pleasant wearing comfort and an appealingly clean appearance. However, Kevlar is not used on the thighs, please note this when falling.

MOTORRAD verdict: Well

8th place: Alpinestars Victory Denim

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When it comes to abrasion resistance, the Victory is not exactly willing to win, the loss of points in the safety category catches up a bit in the comfort and equipment categories, but no longer catches up. The bottom line is that it remains “satisfactory”.
  • Providers: Alpinestars, www.alpinestars.com;
  • Price: 249.99 euros;
  • Waist size: 28 to 40;
  • Weight: 1,382 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: single-layer, fabric made of denim (warp) and double-twisted kevlar (weft);
  • Material: Cotton, 40% aramid, polyamide, elastane; Polyester and cotton lining;
  • Protectors: Hips (level 1, two-way height adjustable), knees (level 1);
  • Certification: EU 2016/425 Cat II;
  • Country of Manufacture: Tunisia

Security: The very flat, level 1-certified protectors on the knees and hips are barely noticeable, but the knee protectors are a little too far inside. The single-layer fabric separates denim lengthways from Kevlar crossways, which ultimately affects the tear resistance. In the abrasion test, the material chafed through completely in one area, so the skin would have contact with the asphalt.

Fit and Comfort: The waist size of the 34 trousers is a generous 35 inches, but comes without stretch. The inside leg length corresponds to the expected length. Thanks to the regular fit and single-layer fabric, the trousers are very comfortable and allow a high degree of mobility. At just under 1,400 grams, the trousers are rather heavy; There are pluses for the second coin pocket, which can also be closed with a zipper.

Conclusion: When it comes to abrasion resistance, the Victory is not exactly willing to win, the loss of points in the safety category catches up a bit in the comfort and equipment categories, but no longer catches up. The bottom line is that it remains "satisfactory".

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

9th place: Büse Denver

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The Büse Denver makes just as great an impression in everyday office life as it does on a motorcycle - as long as you don't fall.
  • Providers: Büse, www.buese.biz;
  • Price: 199.95 euros;
  • Waist size: 30 to 44;
  • Weight: 1,050 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: single layer, denim fabric with Kevlar content;
  • Material: Cotton, 6.5% aramid, elastane; Cotton / polyester lining;
  • Protectors: Knees (level 1, three-way height adjustable), hips can be retrofitted;
  • Certification: prEN 17092-4: 2018 (class A);
  • Country of Manufacture: Turkey
Büse Denver men's jeans pants 44
Delivery time: 1-3 days

Security: The label promises 6.5 percent Kevlar content in the fabric, which is not particularly high compared to the competition. According to the information, the jeans are properly certified, so everything is OK? Well, the tensile strength values ​​are on par with normal fashion jeans. The abrasion resistance could also be better.

Fit and Comfort: The lightest pants in the test are very comfortable to wear in everyday life. The waistband is a bit tight, but the mobility is very good.The leg length matches the size, the reflector on the inside of the trousers, which becomes visible when the leg ends are turned over, is smart. Thanks to the high cotton content and the clean five-pocket style, the Denver can hardly be distinguished from normal jeans - neither when wearing it nor when looking at it.

Conclusion: The Büse Denver makes just as great an impression in everyday office life as it does on a motorcycle - as long as you don't fall. Because the resistant Kevlar content is very low in comparison, so that it differs only insignificantly from conventional jeans.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

10th place: Spirit Motors aramid / cotton jeans 1.0

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The cheapest jeans in the test fully live up to their classification as protective pants against abrasion thanks to the aramid lining.
  • Providers: Polo, www.polo-motorrad.de;
  • Price: 49.99 euros;
  • Sizes: 28 to 40;
  • Weight: 1,306 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: multilayered, denim plus aramid lining on seat, thighs and knees;
  • Material: Cotton; Protective layer made of polyester and 27% aramid;
  • Protectors: Pocket for knee protectors (retrofitted, then infinitely adjustable), pocket for hip protectors;
  • Certification: prEN 17092-5: 2017 (class B);
  • Country of Manufacture: Vietnam

Security: Protectors are not included as standard, so these jeans can only be certified according to protection class B. The promised abrasion protection is made possible by an aramid lining at the critical points; this is pleasantly processed. After the crash test, the upper material looked worn out, but together with the aramid fabric, it would have protected the driver from abrasions. Retrofitted knee protectors can be perfectly adjusted in height using Velcro. The lack of tear resistance is critical where there is no aramid layer supporting the jeans material - for example on the lower legs.

Fit and Comfort: The waistband is figure-flattering about an inch too big, and the jeans are cut very wide in other ways. Ventilation, moisture and cold protection are only mediocre.

Conclusion: The cheapest jeans in the test fully live up to their classification as protective trousers against abrasion thanks to the aramid lining. For impact protection, protectors have to be retrofitted - these increase the price and further limit the already not lavish comfort.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

11th place: Course Heavy Duty Raw Denim

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The following applies to the very affordable course: try on several sizes and swap the knee protectors for more contemporary goods.
  • Waist size: 30 to 42;
  • Price: 54.99 euros;
  • Weight: 1,200 g (size 34 weighed);
  • Construction: two-ply, denim plus Kevlar lining on seat, side thighs and knees;