Join Date: Mar 2017
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Hood Jeans K7 Review (not tested thankfully)
With the riding season almost back up here in New England, I decided it was time to spend the money on better protection for my legs and a**. For the past 5 years I've always just worn regular jeans, even with going down once at low speed when I first started riding where jeans didn't hold up for sh**.
I didn't see any formal review of this product so I figured I would just do a new thread with my review/input. There are some other posts where people reference Hood Jeans, and I'm sure there are plenty of you who already have them.
Anyways, after doing research on various forums, including here I decided to go with Hood Jeans K7 in Black. They are not the cheapest, but they definitely offered the most protection after doing my homework. Cost with the d30 level 1 armour plates came to $197 USD, which included freight, taxes, etc.
Reasoning for this choice:
* Heaviest Denim Fabric that I could find, being at just over 14 oz.
* Full Para-aramid inner liner from the waist down to the ankles. Most other brands only do a liner patch aroung the waist/a** and at the knees.
* All para-aramid threading for seams
* Pockets/velco at knees and hips for armour plates
* D30 armour plates at knees and hips (I have other items such as beanies for snowboarding that use D30 and it is great stuff, more on this later).
* Fit like a regular Levi Jean, true to the size listed and ordered. Not a loose fit, but not a skinny jean fit. Regular is the only way I can describe it haha.
* Very comfortable overall, a bit on the heavy side which is to be expected. The Para-aramid liner is noticeable in that its not soft like cotton, but its not rough or scratchy either.
* the D30 armour plates are very comfortable and flexible. If you have not heard of this product before give it a google. Under impact it gets very hard. The knee plates are barely noticeable when walking around, kneeling, squatting down. The hip plates are comfortable as well, the only thing with these is that they obviously make you a bit wider, so the waist fitment of the jeans get a little more snug. Not enough where they aren't comfortable anymore, but just enough that you notice the snugness with the plates in at the hip.
* They look just like reagular jeans
* Fantastic service and customer support. Prior to ordering I emailed them with questions to verify the exact size I should order. Julie, one of the owner's, responded within the hour and gave me the direction I should go in. She stated to go off of my true size measurements as their jean is true size as well. She also recommended to add 1" to the length so that when on the bike/squatting the pants don't pull up. I normally wear a 34/32 and that is what I ordered, which I'm glad I did.
* They will modify their pants to accommodate any waist/length combination at no extra cost.
* Their website states about 10 days for delivery to the USA for in stock items, I received them in 2 days.
Overall, I am very happy with my decision and already feel more protected for when I will be out riding. I plan on adding a pair of their Cargo pants in the very near future as well.
I'm just at work now, but I will take and upload some photos when I get home.
2011 D675 Special Edition