The Best Leather Motorcycle Pants for the 2021 Season

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Entry-Level

Priced under $300, these leather pants are ideal for new riders or value-conscious shoppers.

See: Entry Level Leather Pants

Mid-Range

Priced $300-$500, these leather pants are high quality and offer great protection for the pricepoint.

See: Mid-Range Leather Pants

High-End

Priced $500 and up. This category has the best of what is available when it comes to leather pants.

See: High-End Leather Pants

 

For Abrasion Protection, Leather Pants Are King

The cut and style of the best leather pants to meet your needs will depend greatly on the style of riding that you enjoy and the environment that you ride in most often.

Fortunately, gear manufacturers have greatly increased the variety of both sizes and styles of leather pants that they offer. And in the case of larger brands, there is a fairly good selection of ladies leather riding pants available (see my colleague Brittany’s list on the best motorcycle pants for women).

The recommendations below are focused on providing riders with some quality choices that offer durability and safety as well as a range of riding styles and uses. This information, along with riders’ personal preferences and intended use, will take the guesswork out of selecting a great pair of leather pants.

Stay safe out there!

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Priced under $300

Best Entry Level Leather Motorcycle Pants

Street & Steel Heavy Duty Chaps

Price: $199.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Chaps are always a great option for riders seeking a leather pant alternative because they can be put on top of whatever you are already wearing and can be taken off at your destination and packed away in your saddlebags.

These Street & Steel chaps are the heavy-duty version of their standard version – meaning extra slide protection – and also have a removable liner for when things get hot.

Specs

Specs:

Features:

  • Full-length side zippers ensure ease of entry and egress
  • Multi-snap leg bottoms accommodate any style of boot
  • Adjustable brass buckle belt in front with leather cord adjustment in back allow easy fit
  • Removable liner for winter or summer use

Protection & Safety

  • Heavy-duty leather will always provide a high level of abrasion resistance in the event of a slide compared to textile options or no motorcycle pants at all.

 

Icon Hypersport2 Leather Pants

ICON Hypersport2 / Hypersport2 Prime

Price: $275

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

High-level construction and materials capable of aggressive track protection with a price tag that blows competing brands away. Pairs natively with the corresponding Icon Hypersport2 Prime Jacket.

Specs

Specs:

Features:

  • Icon® Attack Fit
  • 1.1-1.3mm TrackSpec™ Leather and Textile Chassis
  • Pant Tested and Certified According to FprEN 17092-2:2019 Class AAA
  • D30® Removable Hip and Knee Impact Protectors – EN 1621-2:2014 / EN 1621-1:2012
  • Integrated Flex Zones
  • Elastic Waistband
  • Replaceable Nylon Knee Sliders
  • Waist Zipper for attaching Hypersport 2 Jacket (sold separately)

Protection & Safety

The Hypersport Prime™ pants are a blend of extremely durable 1.1-1.3mm TracSpec™ leather where it counts and textile in non-abrasion zones. TracSpec™ is a top-grain leather utilizing a pigmented outer surface for great wear characteristics, conforming to your body over time. A high-quality top-grain leather provides you with both the durability and reliability necessary for motorcycle use.

With ICON’s Attack Fit, there’s no bulk or bunching, making for a smooth slide-in and get-off. Fatigue is also reduced, even after an all-day canyon session, because maximum movement is achieved thanks to the stretch zones and a comfortable elastic waistband.

CE Level 1 D3O® knee and hip impact protectors come standard, putting these pants a leg above others in this price category. The Hypersport Prime™ pants accept replaceable nylon knee sliders and include a waist zipper so you can transform your pants into a track-ready suit in seconds.

 

Motonation Revolver Perforated Leather Pants

Motonation Revolver Perforated Leather Pants

Price: $220

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

These pants come highly regarded by real riders and are extremely affordable for entry-level track riding. These are designed for spring/summer riding, or for warm climates, as their perforation makes them quite cool.

Specs

Specs:

Features:

  • Perforated leather panels help to keep the rider cool in any condition
  • Soft and pliable 1.2mm (non-impact) to 1.4mm (impact areas) matte leather construction for optimum protection, durability and comfort
  • CE approved Level 1 knee protectors
  • Pocket for optional hip armor (sold separately)
  • Pre-curved legs for a perfect look, fit, and for maximum riding comfort
  • Multiple stitched seam construction for maximum tear resistance
  • YKK zippers with long leather zipper pulls
  • Two front handwarmer pockets
  • Accordion leather-Spandex stretch panels are located above the knees and at the back for a non-binding fit
  • Waist connection zippers for pant attachment, short and 360 degree
  • Replaceable and adjustable knee pucks
  • Hook and loop secured strap at the top of the main zipper
  • Highly breathable elastic fabric in the waist, crotch, down to above the knee, and also behind the knee for maximum comfort

Protection & Safety

The abrasion protection of 1.4 mm leather can’t be denied, and at this price point, we’re impressed. Real riders are also impressed, as these have some of the best reviews we’ve seen for entry-level track apparel. CE level 1 impact protection is included in the knees, but the hip armor pockets come empty, meaning you’ll have to purchase those separately.

The Motonation Revolver Pants include perforation throughout, making these pants appropriate for even warmer or more humid weather. The legs of these pants are pre-curved to make the sitting position more comfortable and less fatiguing.

Accordion leather-spandex stretch panels above both knees and at the lower back help create increased mobility and a tailored feel. Knee sliders are included. These can be worn alone or zipped to any jacket with a short or 360 connection zipper, creating an instant entry-level track suit that doesn’t break the bank.

 

Icon Contra 2 Leather Overpants

Price: $225

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The Icon Contra 2 Leather Overpants are a perfect balance between textile and leather.

Riders wearing these pants will get the best of both worlds: the protection and slide-resistance of leather paired with the maneuverability and breathability of textile fabrics (if you’re looking for textile, see our textile riding pant recommendations).

Specs

Specs:

  • Premium leather and textile construction
  • D3O removable hip and knee impact protectors
  • Inseam zippers provide easy on/off
  • Adjustable waist straps
  • Reflective accents
  • Certified according to FprEN 17902-4 Class A

Protection & Safety

  • While many legwear options will leave it up to the rider to purchase hip armor separately, these pants come fully equipped with D3O impact protectors in both knee and hip areas making these pants FprEN 17902-4 Class A safety certified
  • Reflective patches will keep you visible in low-light riding situations

 

First Manufacturing Smarty Pants

First Manufacturing Smarty Pants

Price: $190

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Leather pants that fit like jeans, have great reviews from real riders, and cost less than a pair of Nike Air Jordans – it’s a no brainer as long as your inseam isn’t longer than 32” and you have your own armored underlayer.

Specs

Specs:

  • Jean style
  • Stretch panel above the knee
  • Back stretch panel
  • Two back pockets with design stitch detail
  • Pre-curved knee detail for extra comfort in riding position
  • 31″ inseam

Protection & Safety

The First Manufacturing Smarty Pants are simple and contemporary for a rider looking for great protection in town or on backroads. They are styled like jeans, but with pre-curved legs and stretch panels where it counts, creating a comfortable situation that helps to fight fatigue and restriction. 

Abrasion resistance is a step up from textile, and several steps up from a regular pair of jeans. These pants do not come with any impact protection, so an armored under layer is suggested and will need to be purchased separately.

 


 

Priced $300- $500

Best Mid-Range Leather Motorcycle Pants

Rev'It Ignition 3

Rev’It! Ignition 3 Pants

Price: $439.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

While not purely leather, these Ignition 3 pants are designed for those in extremely hot climate areas like Arizona, Texas, California, and Florida. They have the abrasion protection of leather but with the breezy airflow properties of mesh. There is also a removable hydratex liner for waterproofing and wind-breaking when it’s cooler.

Specs

Specs:

Protection Specs:

    • Outer shell: Monaco Performance cowhide, dynax mesh, PWR|shell 500D stretch, wax polyester, Lorica
    • Waterproofing: detachable hydratex |3L
    • Protection: Seeflex CE level 2 protection at knees, Seesmart CE level 1 type B hip protector insert version RV33, safety seams
    • Visibility: reflection

Ergonomic Features:

    • Fit: Tour fit, regular
    • Adjustability: Adjustment straps
    • Ventilation: Ventilation panels
    • Features: Stretch lips, stretch panels, short and long connection zippers, adjustable protector pockets, hook-and-snap front closure, calf zippers
    • Pockets: Slit pockets

Protection & Safety

  • Full cowhide leather on the sliding bits, dynax mesh with PWD 500D rating combines to give you a pant that will keep you cool as well as give you excellent abrasion resistance
  • Seeflex CE II armor at the knees, Seesmart CE I armor at the hips protect against the most common impact areas of the lower body

Alpinestars Missile v2 Pants

Price: $469.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The Alpinestars Missile v2 and the Alpinestars Missile v2 Airflow offer riders CE-certified pants for peace of mind when spending a day at the track as well as the comfort that is oftentimes sacrificed when buying quality leather race-style pants.

Riders need a full range of motion and the ability to move quickly and easily to negotiate a tough track while cheating gravity and inertia and that is exactly what both versions of the Missile v2 provide.

Specs

Specs:

  • Premium leather main chassis constructed from 1.3mm genuine bovine leather
  • Accordion leather stretch zones above the knee offer improved flexibility
  • Extended high rear waist construction provides greater overlap with the riding jacket
  • Large stretch panels on calf and crotch area for improved fit and feel
  • Pre-curved leg construction helps reduce riding fatigue and improves fit
  • Zippered ventilation for air cooling
  • Jacket-to-pant connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding jackets
  • Hook and loop ankle adjuster
  • Internal mesh lining with stretch panel inserts work in conjunction with outer stretch zones for freedom of movement
  • Pocket for optional hip protection (sold separately)
  • Internally reinforced seat area
  • CE Level 1 Alpinestars GP-R protection on knee
  • Replaceable Sport knee sliders for excellent impact and abrasion resistance
  • CE certified pants

Protection & Safety

  • The main bovine leather component of the Alpinestars Missile v2 pants is internally reinforced in the seating area to offer added abrasion protection and durability in the high mobility area
  • Alpinestars GP-R knee protection which is CE Level 1 certified is included and riders can opt to add replaceable sport knee sliders for excellent impact and abrasion protection.
  • Pockets are located in the hip area to accommodate added impact protection as well if the rider chooses to purchase it separately

 

Dainese Delta 3 Perforated Leather Pants

Price: $469.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The Dainese Delta 3 are a tried and true leather pant option for sport riders looking for a breathable and flexible pant without sacrificing any safety features. The extremely high level of protection due to the EN 1621.1 standard Level 2 armor on hips and EN 1621.1 Standard armor on knees ensure these pants are ready for any spill on the track.

Specs

Specs:

  • S1 bielastic fabric
  • Tutu cowhide leather with perforated cooling zones
  • Double calf zip
  • Elasticated inserts
  • Hips adjustment
  • Inserts in elasticated fabric
  • Jacket-pants fastening system
  • Pant-to-boot fastening system
  • Nanofeel liner with Silver ion treatment
  • Interchangeable knee sliders
  • Reflective inserts

Protection & Safety

Safety Features:

  • Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard on knees
  • Pants certified to CE – Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • Soft protectors certified to EN 1621.1 standard Level 2 on hips

 


 

Priced $500+

Best High-End Leather Motorcycle Pants

Dainese Misano Leather Pants

Price: $549.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Dainese Misano leather pants offer the same great fit, comfort, and protection as the full race suit for riders who are not looking for a single, full-body piece of gear. Double calf zippers and a suit-to-boot connection system add to the great fit and comfort when you are in full gear and ready to push your bike and your gear to the limit, making the Dainese Misano a great selection for a race quality pair of leather pants.

Specs

Specs:

Protection:

  • Pants certified to CE – Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • Pro-Shape soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1 on hips

Ergonomics and Comfort:

  • D-Skin 2.0 leather
  • S1 bi-elastic fabric
  • Nanofeel liner with Silver ion treatment
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Double calf zip
  • Elasticated inserts
  • Inserts in elasticated fabric
  • Suit-to-boot fastening system
  • Microelastic elasticated inserts

Other Features:

  • Interchangeable knee sliders
  • Seamless thermoformed soft inserts

Protection & Safety

  • The overall safety level of the pants meets the CE – Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive
  • Pro-Shape soft hip armor is certified to Standard EN 1621.1.
  • Interchangeable knee sliders round out the abrasion protection

 

Rukka Aramos Leather Pants

Price: $1,149

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

Visually, riders will immediately see that the Rukka Aramos is a more relaxed pair of leather pants that are not really looking for the excitement of a day at the track. The Aramos is looking for adventures that can be found on the open road or maybe even a remote trail.

At over a grand, the Rukka Aramos leather pants are not going to fall into everyone’s budget. But for those riders looking for a relaxed fit in leather pants that still offer all of the protection of a leather race-style pant, the Aramos should be one of your first choices.

Specs

Specs:

  • Breathable, wind- and waterproof 3-layer fully perforated aniline leather Corium+ laminate
  • Elastic panels on crotch and back of the knee
  • Stretch panels above knee and back yoke
  • Jacket-to-pant connecting zipper
  • Waist with snap closure
  • Leg cuffs with zipper closure
  • Two external waterproof pockets
  • Rukka D3O LP1 knee/shin and hip protectors CE Level 1 EN 1621-1 2012
  • Detachable 60g thermal liner
  • Can be fitted with Rukka suspenders (sold separately)
  • The Rukka warranty is valid for 5 (five) years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship

Protection & Safety

  • Rukka D3O LP1 knee/shin and hip protectors, CE Level 1 EN 1621-1 2012, are included in these pants
  • Rukka suspenders, which are sold separately, can also be added for additional comfort and security when stretching your legs after a long ride
  • Warranty is valid for five years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship
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Mini-Buyers Guide

What To Think About When Shopping For Leather Motorcycle Pants

Leather and other animal hides have been used to make garments since the Paleolithic period. And after over 3 million years of trials and testing, leather is still the most favored material for durable, protective, and comfortable clothing.

The added durability of leather over manmade materials is because leather is a single panel of solid material while manmade materials are woven fibers. And when a single fiber breaks, the entire strength of the material can become compromised. In addition, the thickness of most commercially sourced leather adds to the ability to protect against friction burns and other injuries from severe abrasion.

Innovations in the safety offered by leather riding pants include the addition of a Kevlar lining and Kevlar panels, incorporating extremely durable armor panels which are much stronger and also much thinner than old-style armor; Kevlar thread is sometimes used to make the seams in garments less likely to burst on impact.

Be sure to check back regularly with us here at wBW to read about our latest hands-on reviews of leather pants and other great products for riders.

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