When CMG did its riding jeans comparo, the Alpinestars Axiom pants we tested proved to be a great value for the money. Alas, they were discontinued shortly after the article.
Alpinestars has just announced several new pairs of riding jeans in their lineup, though. There’s four new pairs of men’s jeans (Ablaze, Hellcat, Outcase, Resist) and one new pair of women’s jeans (Kerry). All these jeans feature pre-curved leg construction, for a more tailored fit aboard a bike, and the women’s jeans are cut to fit female figures. They’re constructed from 12-oz denim, with Kevlar reinforcement in knee, hip and seat areas.
All the jeans have pockets in the knees where riders can insert optional armour; riders can customize the fit of their knee armour to allow for different leg lengths. There’s 5 mm-thick protection held in the hips with Velcro. Prices range from $170 for the Outcast jeans to $250 for the Hellcat jeans.
Alpinestars also announced their S-MX6 boot yesterday. This CE-certified boot is intended for street and track use. The uppers are mostly constructed from microfiber, for repeated abrasion resistance and durability, and a TPU lateral ankle brace provides a biomechanical support between the top of the rider’s calf/shin area and their ankle.
There’s a compound rubber sole (no word on whether or not it’s replaceable) and air vents in the heel and shin areas. The TPU sliders are easily replaceable. The boots have a wide opening to make them easy to put on; the lining is breathable textile, with an anti-slip suede reinforcement in the heel to keep your foot in position while riding. The removable anatomic footbed is made from EVA and Lycra.
We don’t have an MSRP for the new S-MX-6 boots. The new Alpinestars gear should be available in the coming weeks.