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Motorcycle Jeans Project

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by j, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Ponyboy312

    Ponyboy312 Senior member

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    WTF!??? I've been wanting a pair of maples for a good minute now. I finally gave up and copped a pair of Ironhearts....and now there's a pair for sale. Day late and a buck short...

    Are they the slims or the regulars? Hemmed to what inseam measurement? Do you have any pics?
     
  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Which Ironhearts did you get?

    They're the regulars. I'll have to double-check the inseam measurement when I get home but they're probably around 30 or 32".

    No pics yet but I'll post up some when i get home tonight.

    I'm also willing to sell them without the Forcefield knee and armor pads if you already have some that you wish to use in the pockets.
     
  3. Ponyboy312

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    I got the 634 XHS. No rush on the measurements bro. I'm not in a position to cop them tomorrow anyway. Gotta wait till next month for my next clothing purchase...which I should do anyway since I just called myself getting my riding jeans.


    ...who am I fooling, I might still cop. :p Keep me posted bro, but if you decide to keep or end up selling, its all good.
     
  4. otc

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    I bought the AGV Sport Corsica kevlar jeans and a set of D3O knee armor.

    The jeans feel fine. There is a bit of senseless distressing, but they are the most inoffensive motorcycle jeans I have seen (barring things like Maple). The insides look pretty similar to the sliders that epb posted--supporting the story that they are made in the same factory--only difference is that the mesh comfort liner is present on both the front and back of the leg. Color is a not-beautiful electric blue...but it will be fine for its purpose.

    Cut is reminescent of a 501. The reviewers weren't kidding when they said these ran small/without vanity sizing. My 34x34 is on the edge of fitting. If this were raw denim or some 501STF (post shrink), I would certainly expect them to stretch and fit comfortably, so I am going to keep them and see how it goes. I'd say the thighs are maybe a bit tighter than a similar fitting 501. I think the 36x34 would be too big.
    Assuming they stretch a bit, they should be comfortable straddling the bike. Only other issue is I would have liked a hair more back rise...if you are going to be bent over a bike, you want your backside to stay covered. This might be a non-issue if I add a zipper to mate to my jacket.

    The D3O pads fit great in the pocket. On me, they seem to be in just the right spot and there is no room to move around in the pocket and get off center. The pants are slim enough that they stick in place--you can tell that I have them in, especially when sitting, but its not terrible and its better than no armor. The D3O knee armor are fairly wide and tall though, I can see how a narrower/shorter insert might drift in the pocket and not provide protection like some of the reviewers complained about (the obvious solution is to take some thread and baste-stitch an outline around the knee pad in its proper position...doesn't have to be pretty so anybody should be able to do it by hand in 15 minutes).
     
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  5. epb

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    OTC - thanks for the write-up on these. They definitely sound like the next pair of sub-$100 jeans I'll go for.
     
  6. TRINI

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    Hey - I'm gonna keep them in the end. When I laid them out to take the pictures, I realized that they show a bit more wear than I'm comfortable with selling them at.

    I just dropped them off to have the waist taken in and hemmed (again).

    They're good jeans but I wouldn't buy again. The whole shrink-to-fit thing is a pain in the ass, both from a sizing and finish perspective.
     
  7. Ponyboy312

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    Yeah. The company, Maple, is pretty new and they seem to be working out the sizing kinks on this first run; I've heard others complain regarding the sizing. At first blush, it seems that they overcompensated for the anticipated shrink by making the waist too big. I'd love to see some pics of the denim (and/or fit) if you find the time.
     
  8. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Here're some initial pics I snapped:

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    Sorry I don't have any from when they were new.
     
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  9. Ponyboy312

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    Nice..and thanks. I see you were able to get those over-the-top arcs off the back pockets. The look decent, I see why you decided to keep them.
     
  10. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Just gonna leave this here in case anyone ever comes searching for a Maple Moto jeans review.

    This is an email I sent to the owner of Maple outlining some issues I had with them:

     
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  11. Ponyboy312

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    Please post his reply. I read one or two other people who have expressed frustration with the sizing as well. At least one guy had to move his on over it. Banking on a 2" soak at the waist is extreme..but made worse by the fact that they don't really shrink. Great letter, it will be interesting to see his response.
     
  12. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Here's the response:

     
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  13. otc

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    Wore the Agv corsica jeans today on the bike for the first time.

    They aren't perfect...but they will do. Especially for the price.

    Couple things
    -don't really care for the wash in overcast daylight. its still dad-jean color even if the cut is better. I might try overdyeing them. I'd lose the contrast between warp and weft, but it would darken them up.
    -the hem on the bottom is kinda fugly. It is a little bit too tall (the stitches are maybe 3/4" from the bottom) and it just looks sloppy. I would almost consider pulling the stitches and making it more like 1/2".
    -the back rise isn't tall enough...especially without a belt.
    -I have pretty big legs but I almost wonder if the cut is too tight for me. Probably good for a lot of dudes. The cut itself is pretty good for me, but when you try to hide knee pads inside, they've got nowhere to go when you stand up off the bike. If there was a little more room or my legs were a bit smaller, the knee pads would be barely visible (and these are pretty minimal D30 pads). Will be interesting to see how they stretch.
     
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    Thanks for the follow-up.
     

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