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Shark motorcyclist cargo jeans good value

Shark protective riding cargo jeans
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Shark Leathers don’t just make leather riding gear, but also textiles such as these kevlar-protected cargo jeans.

They describe these pants as “distressed cargos”, but they look more like tiger toast to me. I’m not really a fan of the look, but maybe I’m just too old-fashioned.

They come in sizes 26 to 42, but because they are made of stretchy denim, even in the waist band, they fit around my expanding 34-inch tummy quite comfortably.

They also feel comfortable on just about any bike because they stretch with you, yet they don’t leave saggy knees if you’ve been riding a sports bike with your knees bent.

However, the kevlar inserts don’t have a mesh lining, so the rough material sits right up against your skin. It’s prickly and hot, even though they describe it as “soft-knitted”.

Shark says they are made for Australian conditions, but they aren’t really suitable for a Queensland summer.

I rode on a cool night and the heavyweight denim cargo pants feel quite warm and, even though they are breathable, they are fairly wind resistant, so they may be better as cooler-month gear.

The jeans are a slim design so they don’t flap around uncomfortably in the wind, yet are wide enough at the bottom to fit over your boots and there is plenty of extra leg length so they don’t ride up over short boots when you bend your knees.

“Cargo” probably refers to all the cargo you can fit in the expandable two rear and two side pockets featuring velcro flaps. There are also two deep front hand pocketsShark protective riding cargo jeans

Protection is provided by 330gsm DuPont Kevlar strategically placed in the most vulnerable positions to abrasion (backside, hips, outside of leg, thigh and knees).

While there is no protective armour, there are pockets provided in the hips and knees for optional armour inserts.

Currently Shark has marked them down from $179 to $159 which is good value for protective riding jeans with DuPont Kevlar.

  1. “They come in sizes 26 to 4,” ? 4? are these for kids? OK Website says 26-50 …
    Not sure I’m a fan of the look either, but the price is ok.
    There is some debate re the Kevlar in some jeans – woven (fabric) vs knitted – where draggin uses the knitted style (unsure if that’s the correct term, but it looks knitted). Interested if they are CE approved …

    1. Hi Rob,
      Sorry, that should read 42.
      There is no mention of CE approval. They also don’t come with armour, but you could buy CE-approved armour.

  2. Rant mode activated
    Once apon a time you could buy shoes that were actually sized to fit your feet and be comfortable and good looking and last a lifetime but not anymore unless you can afford or even find a quality shoe maker. The same goes for just about every other item of clothing you buy these days. If you are stocky you get pants and shirts that have legs and sleeves that can be a foot too long and you can never do up the top button unless you are suicidal.
    And why is this when a sweat shop in some poor country churns stuff out by the literal ton (I heard of one sell jeans at $3us a ton) why can’t they have fractional fitting if they are selling for $70+ in the stores.
    I went to a Triumph A BMW and a multi brand superstore and not one had either boots or gloves or jackets that fitted properly. The gloves from BMW fitted nice around my large hand but not being an alien or basket baller the fingers flopped loose at the tips by nearly an inch.
    Aldi actually had boots that fitted ok and look ok but they were the only ones apart from Rossi every body else failed to have something that fitted ok and didn’t need a mortgage to pay for.
    But the real point of my rant is why in this day and age with no reall barriers to global trade
    Do we not have standardised correct sizing? A large can mean anything from small to extra small and a xxxxxl can be a medium but most brands will stop at xxl which in most cases jockeys have trouble squeezing into.

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