The riding pants a.k.a the “test subject” is a comfort fit 4 pocket production specimen. Sans the armor that will come with other designs, these have a layer of Kevlar infused fabric that lie beneath the stretchable fabric. This yellow layer is meant to be the rider’s final line of defense should he or she takes a fall. The 4 pockets, the two at the rear are a snug fit without giving you jitters about the thought of your wallet falling off while the diagonally crossed front pockets are deep enough to accommodate a phablet.
Being a 1st impression review i’d like to talk about the look, feel and comfort to begin with. While the stretchable materials allows the rider to kick as high ones flexibility allows in order to get into the saddle in the event of luggage, and as the riding pants can be worn for over 12 hours at a go without feeling uncomfortable. For a basic pair, they can manage the cold and the heat too. While the hot and cold factor lie solely with the rider’s resistance to hot or cold environments this indeed keeps one on the go.
Be it riding, trekking, going to a party or attending a board meeting for that matter as long as your journey is on a 2 wheeler, these riding pants are indeed something to look forward to.
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Riding jeans with Knee Sliders
Comfort test: with the onset of IBW 2016 and the sweltering heat of Goa at its best there was no better occasion than this to take the Cafe Racer riding pants to the next level. While it ensured that the heat did not get the better of during the day while still keeping the heat of all engines (including the motorcycle I was riding) from burning my feet as we tiptoed through traffic it also made sure that the sudden drop in temperature in the night did not affect me while allowing me to pocket everything between the phone and wallet in it pockets.
Long distance Riding Comfort: to ensure that I got a fair review of the riding pants I set out from Goa at around the same I moved from Pune, however with the exception of reaching Pune sooner that I got to Goa. While clocking over 600 kms I spent about 11 odd hours of which 234kms of non-stop riding took away a sizeable chunk of the miles munched. The only discomfort came in the form of the pain from the tightened Velcro bands of the leg guards I was wearing. Loosening them on the go did the trick and saved the otherwise possibility of getting a cramp.
Rider Testimonial – Anshum Rastogi
Anshum Rastogi, an IT professional and avid rider from Pune recently purchased a pair of the Kevlar jeans before a long trip back to his hometown. Enroute he had an accident, this is what he had to say …
I was going from Pune to Bhopal. In mid way near Dhule, I met with an accident, where my front mudguard got broken down as it went inside the back of a truck. The mudguard hit the bottom bar end of the truck. I was at 100+ speed and I applied brakes, but still hit the truck at 20-30 kmph. The impact resulted in a small skid on my left side. The left side crash guard along with clutch level and handle fender got the hit. I was saved as I was wearing gears. CAFE RACER jeans, just a small hole in jeans (as shown in pic), saved my knees, I got small bruises above my knees, which may be due to rubbing of knee guards. LS2 jacket too gave me bruises on my left elbow, but it saved me a lot together with the ASPIDA spartan gloves. All in all I recommend wearing complete gears while riding as they can take the maximum beating and leave the rider with small bruises.