Alpinestars Ergo Painter Denim Pants
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by Rick K. and E. Markham for webBikeWorld
As much as we go on about high-quality leather or
textile pants for motorcycle riding, there's no getting
around the popularity of jeans.
They're comfy, they don't look goofy off-bike and
they can help make summer riding more comfortable.
But please - if you have to wear jeans, at least wear
something more than off-the-rack department store
We've reviewed a few types specifically
designed for motorcycle riding, including
Diamond Gusset Jeans (albeit without armor
or anti-abrasion lining) the ever-popular
a comparison review entitled
Joe Rocket Steel
vs. Sliders Kevlar Jeans and even a pair for winter
in our Flannel Lined Jeans Review.
If you're convinced that jeans are the only way to
go, don't forget to also take a peek at our reviews of
Underwear Body Armor and
Sport Shorts. Both of these work great under
jeans or other motorcycle pants that don't have their
own built-in armor.
I'll admit to two things: first, I feel naked if I'm
not wearing leather or at the very least, high-quality
textile gear when I'm riding. But I'll also admit
that -- so far -- there's nothing like jeans for comfort
and coolness in hot weather.
So I'll turn it over to Mr. Markham for his
impression of the Alpinestars Ergo Painter Denim
I had been looking for a pair of jeans to wear when
riding that would increase my protection level over
plain old Levi’s, but would be less noticeable than some
of the textile pants and armored jeans already on the
Since I live and ride in a coastal area along the
Gulf of Mexico, which has a tropical/semi-tropical
overpants weren't a consideration. With the temperatures
and humidity levels well over 80 degrees and 80 percent
for a large part of the year, I wanted something that
would be comfortable and would not require layering. A
lot of the existing armored jeans look a bit too “Power Rangerish” for my taste.
In the spring I saw an ad for the Alpinestars Black
Label Ergo Painter Denim pants and their Black Label
Street Cargo pants. Unfortunately, when I begin trying
to research them, no one, including their distribution
center, could give me much info. That’s when I contacted
Rick at webBikeWorld and suggested a review, and here we
A few weeks
later I received a pair of the Black Label Ergo Painter
Denim jeans as a gift for my birthday. I have now worn these jeans on numerous rides with
temperatures and humidity levels both over 90 and here
are my initial impressions.
The jeans are made of medium
weight pre-washed denim and they are partially lined with a black
The lining is incorporated through
most of the chassis of the jeans, being sewn into the
seams, with the exception of the diamond shaped gusset
area and parts of the legs. The lining is suspended down
through the legs, stopping at mid thigh on the back of
the leg and below the knees on the front (see photo
The front side
lining provides a hook and loop secured pocket that
holds the supplied removable CE-certified knee
protectors. The knee protectors are prevented from
moving around a lot be the lining being sewn directly to
the leg seams.
This makes them somewhat awkward-feeling when walking or
standing, and the act of sitting on a bike brings the knee
protectors up and into place over the knees.
The Alpinestars Ergo Painter Denim Pants also offer limited
protection through the use of CE armor for the knees. I
am unsure of how much additional abrasion protection the
polyester lining offers over heavier denim, although
Alpinestars claims that the lining is "abrasion
resistant". The pants have no
additional armor or padding.
The jeans are a loose fit, with a slightly flared
leg, which was very easy to wear over my riding boots.
Incorporating a button fly (a feature you either hate
or don't mind) with metal buttons, a traditional painter jeans
style with a total of 8 pockets, plus a hammer loop on
the left leg, these jeans don’t scream “Ricky Racer-boy”
and can be easily worn in a casual setting. They
do have a faded Alpinestars "A" logo painted on the
right-hand leg and on a single enlarged belt loop in the
back, plus "Alpinestars" sewn on the hammer loop.
style is just a bit too loose for my personal taste, I
would prefer a more traditional fit. The jeans seem to
run a bit large compared to Levi’s 505s or 501s.
Made in Macau the jeans appear well constructed,
although I’d like to see the hammer loop secured with a
hook and loop fastener on one end, instead of securely
stitched into the leg and rear pocket seams as it
currently is, should it get hung up on something on the
bike in a get-off.
The comfort level is high with these jeans, although
no jeans are comfortable when the humidity is high
enough to make them stick to your skin, the polyester
lining provides some help, allowing them to move fairly
easily as you do.
All in all I am favorably impressed with the
Alpinestars Black Label Ergo Painter Denim jeans.
Retailing for less than $100.00 in most places they
offer an alternative to other riding jeans.
better abrasion protection and others incorporate
additional armor, but like most things in life, they are
a compromise – less obvious as riding jeans, better
protection than regular jeans, less protection than
dedicated leather or textile riding pants.
By the way, the Alpinestars Ergo Denim Painter Pants
work nicely with the Alpinestars
T-Stunt 2 jacket or the
ACR Air-Flo jacket.
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Review: Alpinestars Ergo Painter Denim Pants
Retail Price: $99.95
|Colors: Denim blue.
Sizes: 28-38 waist.