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...these are for the long-ride, admittedly. I put about 600 miles on them July 4th weekend and here are my thoughts. On their marketing alone, which I must give them marks for, Draggin' jeans are mostly-true to jeans the dimensions they've stated. What they don't mention is they must've used the legs of an elephant to measure the trunk of the pant legs- I have slack that I can comfortably roll/ taper 'round my thigh that of which I'll have to pay someone to tailor. You can read the numbers in their sizing chart and measure them out but you won't really know until you receive and look at them. They look better in your head than they do on you.
I'm 5'5", 165 lbs and decently athletic. I (road) cycle and spin during the week so I've got disproportionately larger thighs; 59 CM [23.2"] circumference, and calves; 38 [14.96"] CM, for my build which for the most part have been troublesome for me (I took a tape measure out to get those sizes). If I were to pick up a well-known brand-name jean founded in 1853 (I've obligatorily left the name out) or any other competing jeans-brand based on my size: they'd be just shy of tight and I'd have to opt for the size up. This is not the case for Draggin'. Waist is exactly where I wanted them to be and length was where I liked and expected them to have ended; without have to roll them up and that is good!
What I really dislike is how they're effectively clown-pants that balloon from the waist down and are effectively stumps that taper to the top of my boots. I've purchased 32x30 and when laid onto the ground flat: the jeans calves measure round with the tape measure at calves (I've measured just below the bottom rounding seam below the knee) to roughly 50 CM [20"], if I'm rounding down; there's NO way that I received the advertised size 18 cuffs (see their sizing chart). Waist is true to size and where my thighs are 23.2" the thighs are advertised at a 24.5" (I'm sure they're more generous than that just based on the calve-to-cuff sizing I've done). The amount of slack is ridiculous (compared to my 38 CM [14.96"] calves). It's hideous despite the true waist and length size.
Now, I'm looking at the male model of these jeans and, yeah- totally they're straight-legged, are proportional and looks aesthetically pleasing. I'm just thinking they kept that size of the male model and just cut the jeans to length with no bearing in mind for how much slack is left behind; à la: one-size-fits-all. It's a shame for an otherwise comfortable pair of jeans. I'll have to have these tailored to take off so much material. What I've ultimately learned from this is- wait, where did I get this tape measure from?
Now, that much I can work with (or have a tailor work with), again- please do measure yourself and try to imagine how much slack you think you'll be comfortable with. Over- it is ultimately my decision that I purchased these without forethought to measuring myself (because,... who does that before purchasing? It'd ultimately be the ride that decides not just because it's big) so I'm not dinging the jeans for that; one-star off just because those are ridiculous proportions for someone of that height; seriously: where did they pull averages from?
What I hate, hate, hate and dinging another star for is how the leg and armor set are supposed to be "integrated" into the jeans. I do remember reading somewhere on-site how the armor was to be affixed with velcro and attached to the velcro-like texture around the knees and hips for a "personal" fit. Rubbish. Now- the armor itself, I believe would do a fine job but if you've ever felt foam armor just imagine it against bare skin for the entirety of your ride. Now imagine that against your skin when you sweat. Now imagine sliding into your jeans to find that your feet kick at the armor affixed by two heavy-duty velcro dots (attached to top-and-bottom respectively) and having to maneuver your feet around them or kick your jeans out so that you're not having to inadvertently displace your armor when you're trying to get into your jeans; yeah- it's a run-on sentence but had to be said.
It's probably the worst implementation of armor into riding gear that I've ever had the experience to try and ride with. Now, I give a lot of slack when safety is involved so I gave this about a week of commuting and now they're chucked into the corner without second though. These are literally sitting on your knees and hips against your skin. They stick when sweated on. Now, most manufacturers of motorcycle jeans that I've utilized prior allow you to slide them into a pocket or a liner where you don't have skin contact against the foam. It's just a bit tighter but it's far more comfortable than having these on. When you're walking the knee pads just chafe and bump along your knee caps- doesn't hurt but it's really annoying. Draggin': please fix this, believe me, you have ROOM TO SPARE! I found the only redeeming ways to ride with the armor on is: ride when it's cold or wear a sports liner or biking tights under your jeans.
Now I have to give credit where it's due: these are finely produced jeans. The quality of the material is top-notch. There's no mind to the demographic they're supposed to be fitting which vastly impacts the desirability of these jeans. Draggin' has stated, in their defense, that it would be "...cost prohibitive [to the] customers,..." (FAQ) which is just plain nonsense. What really matters: would I recommend these jeans to anyone else with all this in mind? Probably not, with exception. For as much as I'm paying for these jeans, "motorcycle jeans" at that, I do not have the mind to purchase another pair of these jeans having received and thoroughly tested them through. The except being that these are definitively cheaper than the big brand-name riding gear with similar properties- you could buy two of these jeans for the price of one in this comparison. In which case it becomes quantity over quality, which isn't entirely too bad either if you consider the advantages to that.
DRAGGIN: Wow, this is a long review. First, we're going to do something most brands wont. We're going to agree with some of what this customer has said. Our classic jeans are cut with quite a bit of room in the leg. We do this for two reasons. One, to give the rider freedom to move on the bike, whatever bike they ride. You can imagine this differs from cruiser to crutch rocket. Two, to allow for the addition of armor. We also have a slim fit jean. Which we would have happily exchanged with this customer if they had contacted us. They did not. Now to the armor. Again we're going to do something most brands wont. We're going to agree. The system is not great. That's why we are changing it. This is in the process, and you'll hear more about that soon. As to the price. We make our jeans here in the US. With US sourced materials. We also use quality Dupont Kevlar aramid fiber. And a lot of it. We have 13.5 ounces per square inch at all major contact points. Many of our competitors use a thinner less affective grade, around 8 ounces. Which, in a slide, is just not enough. We try as hard as we can to keep our product cost competitive while at the highest quality. It is always a challenge. We appreciate this customers thoughts and will be contacting him directly. If you have any questions about sizing or which style will suit you best, please give us a call. We're always happy to help. Xiong Y. on 14th Jul 2017

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