Originally Posted by BostonHedonist
Why no kevlar jeans? Way I see it, if you go down you're going to wreck any jeans, kevlar or not. Besides that, kevlar jeans are stiff and have bad breathability. I say keep some nicely perfed kevlar next to your balls, armor around your knees and cool jeans to hide it all.
As someone who's actually crashed in kevlar jeans (https://www.dragginjeans.net/), my opinion is that they are worth their weight in gold.
Yeah, they're stiff and hot. I used to ride into work and live in the jeans all day, and that was bearable in the AC but not ideal. After you break them in they get softer, but they're never going to be light and breezy. Also, there's no structural armour in them, so there's no impact protection or support for your leg or knee. IE, you hit something hard, and you're going to feel it.
Personally, I was hit from behind on the highway - traffic slowed down to around 80kph, guy behind me wasn't paying attention and locked the brakes straight into the back of the bike. The bike low-sided onto me, trapping my leg underneath as we scooted down the bitumen. Bike eventually went into the centre divider, I scooted on my butt into the outside lane. The 18-wheeler next to me luckily saw what was happening and got out of my way. The car in front of me didn't have a clue and kept driving. My knee was hurt, but the abrasion resistance of the jeans was phenominal. The denim shredded quickly, of course, but there was only a thumbnail-sized hole burnt in the kevlar (and consequently, my kneecap). The skin all around was burnt from the friction, but no skin off save that one spot.
In a lot of ways, it was the perfect scenario for kevlar jeans - no impact, no debris to collect, an easy fall and slide. But I'd argue that a lot of in-traffic accidents are similar. They're not the most stylish things to wear, but I'd imagine jeans baggy enough to hide knee armour aren't exactly going to be form-fitting either.
Jacket was a RJays textile, scored scrubbing all done one arm and across the back, cosmetically damaged but functionally fine. Gloves were probably RJays as well (because they would have been cheap), and were similarly damaged but functionally fine.
I agree with the rest of your gear choices - good stuff. Good gloves and a jacket are my absolute non-negotiables. I've ridden without any gear before, but I don't feel comfortable. Even if I have to go without the jacket, I buy a pair of gloves - first thing you do is put your hands down, whether you want to or not. The rest of it changes depending on what I'm doing - leather jacket is good for over a t-shirt, textile jacket over work clothes, textile pants over dress pants if wet/cold, etc.
Good work on the Street Triple too - awesome machine. I've just sold my 1050 Sprint, and have already been looking at Tiger 800XCs, just for something different.
My $0.02 - worth considerably less that you paid for it.