Quality (comfort and fit): 5*
When considering what gear to take, I was consistently thinking dual-purpose, so when thinking of riding pants I wanted something that would replace my leathers on the bike , and also look OK off the bike. After much searching and review-reading I decided to give Hood Motorcycle Jeans a try.
Since I always have bother getting trousers to fit - I’m not the 6 -foot, 11-stone model type you see in catalogues and usually end up with a waist two sizes too big so I can get them over my hips - I contacted them first.
I was assured that my narrow waist and and muscular thighs wouldn’t be an issue as the jeans were a generous cut. In any case, I could order two sizes, keep the one that fitted better and return the other at no cost to me. Another big advantage is that you can order leg length to fit, hence none of this getting 36” leg jeans and having to take them straight to a seamstress to alter.
Julie at Hood was very helpful when I had difficulties paying online and promised to expedite my order when it did go through. The jeans duly arrived two days after I ordered.
Right away I was impressed by the the quality. The material was soft, quite unlike normal new denim. I was surprised at the weight and was worried that they might prove too hot for the climes I was heading towards.
The fit was perfect; my leg length is usually 29” so I had ordered 30” and 31” to allow the jeans to ride up when on the bike yet not expose my dainty ankles. 30” were plenty. Around my thighs there was plenty of space.
The D30 T5 X armour fitted as standard made them seem bulky, and after the first trial, I took the knee pads out because it felt uncomfortable. Maybe if I had tried it a few more time I would have got used to it. I now see on the website that you can order the jeans without any armour and save yourself up to £30, or you can upgrade to D30 T5 Pro X for an additional £12 (for both hip and knee)
I needn’t have worried about overheating; even in temparatures in the low 30s C, I was comfortable. The lining always felt cool, as advertised.
So far the jeans have performed well; it remains to be seen how they hold up to daily use over a prolonged period, but I’m considering leaving my leather dungarees behind as they are too hot for where I’m going. If I feel the need for a second pair of riding pants, I won’t hesitate to double up on my Hood Jeans. Oh, and one other plus I discovered is that they dry surprisingly quickly when washed - big advantage if you only have one pair on a long trip.
I have been wearing my jeans almost every day now for 3 months and have no complaints at all.
I have taken a few tumbles, low speed admittedly, and there is no visible damage.
I would amend my “quick drying” comment above and say it only applies to good weather. In less clement climes, the jeans do take quite a while to dry out.
Still 5* rating.