Gear: Deth Killers Asphalt-Resistant Jeans

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Gear: Deth Killers Asphalt-Resistant Jeans

I’ve got a confession to make: I like to be with beautiful women. In pursuit of that goal, I’ve learned that showering at least once a week and dressing well can give me a huge advantage. The problem is that I also crash motorcycles, pretty regularly, and traditional motorcycle gear is almost universally styled in a manner that would hugely impair my ability to do the one thing I enjoy doing more than riding bikes. Enter the Deth Killers asphalt-resistant jeans. They don’t use those tacky Kevlar inner panels, instead the denim weave itself is 16 percent Kevlar. More importantly, they’re the nicest pair of skinny jeans I’ve ever owned.

Photos: Grant Ray

For those of you heading directly into the comments section to write things like “Hipster!” “How about you review some lumpy, baggy, cheap Firstgear mesh jackets?” Or anything else similarly narrow-minded, I give you this video.

 

I rest my case.

Remember the Deth Killers fashion show we covered back in September? The one with models hitting a punching bag and being dragged out across a concrete floor by a mini dirt bike if they didn’t punch hard enough. Well, that show launched these jeans.

Here’s the thing with any product like this — they’re not going to give you anything like the protection offered by a real pair of leather motorcycle pants with hidden stitching, double panels and chunky armor in the hips and knees. If I’m going to do something dangerous on a motorcycle, I’ll wear my Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex Pro Shell pants or a one-piece leather suit or similar. If I’m going to ride to a bar or a party or a restaurant, I’m going to wear these Deth Killers jeans or my Ironhearts.

Like the Iron Hearts, these Deth Killers jeans should give me something more than a normal pair of thin Levis. Unlike those Ironhearts, these are thin and flexible and cut skinny instead of straight leg.

Anyone else that wears skinnies will be familiar with the traditional problems — being too tight, stretching out or putting too much material in the ass so it looks like you shat yourself when you sag them. None of those problems applies to these, they’re just perfect. Every waist size comes in a 36-inch inseam, so they’re more long enough, the butt is cut slim so they look best when they’re below your hips and after about a month of solid wear, they haven’t stretched out or become misshapen. I think they get better looking every day I wear them.

They’re also really high quality. All the belt loops, the pocket liners and the hardware feels like it’ll last through years of constant abuse.

When you first get them, the Kevlar in the weave makes them a bit stiffer than normal jeans. I slept in mine for two or three nights, which broke them in nicely. I was also careful to smooth the extra length in the legs down to my ankles and away from the back of my knees so now they don’t bunch back there, which could make them uncomfortable while your legs are tucked up on a sportsbike.

With the strength of Kevlar across the entire construction, really nice looks, great fit and a credible brand, these are my new favorite jeans. Tattoo models agree.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    $215? That about $50 cheaper than a pair of Eurotrash Diesels. Win-win.

    • Jason

      Serious? I was choking on the cost I guess i didn’t know how much it costs to be hip

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Hip has nothing to do with the cost of raw materials and US production.

        • Jason

          Jeans last a long time so it’s not like thats the issue I just think I have never spent anywhere close to that on a pair. I am sure they were crappy and made in china in comparison but even 40 bucks felt like a lot :P

          I wonder if these would be good for skateboarding also to look cool and retain some protection from a skin flailing fall

        • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

          EXACTLY!!! I’m so sick of Walmart shoppers thinking US-made clothing should be as cheap as the toxic, slave-made Chinese crap they’re used to wearing. grrrr.

      • andy727

        $215 is pretty cheap for a decent pair of jeans. My actual inseam is 36″..I’m gonna order a pair! Thanks for the review.

        • DAVID

          decent Kirkland jeans are $12.00 at costco

          • mb

            decent? the cut of those things borders on wearing a potato sack.

            • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

              seriously! My 78 year old dad buys his jeans at Costco.

              So do the sort of men I wouldn’t have sex with in my worst nightmares.

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

    Would the Kevlar impede having these altered by a tailor? I need the inseam to be MUCH shorter than 36″

    • http://dethkillers.com megadethkiller

      not at all, the denim looks and feels and sews just like normal denim. any tailor or anyone with a sewing machine for that matter should have no problem hemming them

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        Excellent. Any plans for a straight leg, or slim/straight cut?

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        next question- A women’s cut, perhaps? Although I have found men’s YSL jeans fit me perfectly, the thought of wearing jeans cut to be worn anything lower than 0.0025 cm below my crotch is appalling. I wonder if I can try them on at the Coop in Bev Hills… I don’t even know where the men’s department is.

        • Natasha

          I’m with you for the women’s cut! And preferably for the thin-petite types…

  • JonB

    Any guy that calls a fashionable man a hipster is assuredly a hypocrite.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Or jealous.

      • JonB

        Indeed.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Been searching for some skinny jeans I can wear on the bike that won’t disintegrate in a crash. Was going to try the Ironhearts but these look more my taste. I’ll be picking up a pair directly. Anyone know if I they are stocked at Barney’s Co-Op, or Barney’s proper? I know I can get that question answered at Barney’s but I’m lazy.

    Lazy update: Jeans are available online but stock at the Co-Op stores varies. They are not at my local OC Barney’s Co-Op. You can buy the jeans online and return them to the store for a refund if they don’t fit.

  • markbvt

    Skinny jeans on men should be illegal.

    • jeremy

      Definitely. Have fun sleeping with girls you meet jeans shopping at walmart.

      • aristurtle

        If nobody will sleep with you unless your pants cost over $200, the problem is not your clothes.

        I like this magazine (obviously, I mean, it’s the only Internet publication I currently pay actual money to) but I can’t remember a time when you guys ever reviewed a piece of gear that’s remotely reasonably priced for what you get. It’s either $250 denim jeans or $15,000,000 Gore-Tex pants.

        • JonB

          If you can read and appreciate articles about Eric Buell, Hammarhead, those goofy carbon wheels, custom Ducatis and the like—then certainly you can appreciate well made gear—fashion or not.

          Why is it that well made, one-off, high end apparel has to be removed from the same conversation as Mule, Jack Pine et al?

          • aristurtle

            Oh, certainly, but there’s usually a good mix here between articles on “aspirational” bikes like custom Ducatis or the EBR 1190RS and articles on bikes I might someday actually own and ride. I like having a nice mix of both sides. For gear, though, the articles always seem a little one-sided, that’s all.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          We cover gear that’s noteworthy. It’s hard to find anything noteworthy in a $150 Firstgear jacket.

          Oftentimes technical innovation (like gore-tex pro shell) takes place in high-end gear. The idea is that you’ll learn about it here, then maybe in a couple years it’ll trickle down to more affordable stuff. That means that reading about it is interesting even if you can’t afford a $1,250 pair of pants. I know I can’t, but I’m still interested in them.

          • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

            +1 im with grant and wes on this one. I mean – $1’250 is cheap compared to the bikes i cant afford – but im still interested..

        • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

          because guess what? it costs a lot to make motorcycle gear. especially quality gear. Add to that the FACT that a tiny percentage of the global population actually buys this stuff, and apply basic economics (low quantities must be sold at higher prices to cover the cost of overhead not offset by massive quantities). Why are people so clueless about this? The cost of clothing (inflation-adjusted) has actually DECREASED in the past 30 years, thanks to our sisters in China and other countries which clearly don’t care nearly as much about their people as they do about getting graft from corporations who bring “jobs” to them.

      • X

        those of us who shop for skinny jeans certainly don’t do it at walmart.

  • Kirk

    I would absolutely love to have a pair of those jeans. Only problem is, skinny jeans don’t go past my thighs. Thanks to all of the squats and deadlifts I do, I’m restricted to either loose or boot cut.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Yeah, I’m pretty much in the same except I usually stick to straight cut. Thunder thighs run in the gene pool.

      • Jon

        Bingo. As much as I’d like to wear skinny jeans, when you lift regularly, you’re screwed.

        • Paul

          Bingo. As much as I’d like to wear skinny jeans, when you drink regularly, you’re screwed.

          • mb

            just another reason why whiskey > beer

  • CG

    Nice jeans. About the price my daughter pays for hers I think. But, anyway, Wes? Seriously, get married, have kids. Don’t wait too long like some I know, because you will get too old to enjoy them. Or not be able to handle the problems, like divorce or war. Alas, if you get to 60, you better have a lot of zero’s after the first number in your bank account if you still want 23 year olds around. I promise I will stick to the issues from here on out…

  • Todd

    Man wearing skinny jeans = douche

    Man wearing skinny jeans so they “sag” below his hips/ass = double douche

    Man wearing skinny jeans while riding a motorcycle and pretending they are protective riding gear = moronic douche

    Oh, and great thought riding your bike to a bar or party. [thumbs up]

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Hey, different folks, different strokes. This is how people in the city dress. But if you want to be the guy in a Aerostitch one-sie at the party, be my guest.

      • Surj

        I live in The City (San Francisco, not sure which The City you’re referring to) and yeah, some people wear shit like this. Lots of people don’t, too. LOTS. I don’t recall having seen anyone on a real motorcycle in skinny jeans in quite some time. And there’s a lot of bikes in the city.

        The skinny jean types are always posing next to their fixie or buzzing by on some shitty moped-turned-”cafe racer” abomination.

        • Wilbur

          I wear these and ride a 690 SMC.

          • http://dethkillers.com megadethkiller

            i wear these and ride a gsxr-1000. hey wilbur!

            • Wilbur

              I miss that bike.

        • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

          I’m in Boston. The style is fairly common on everybody in the city, and certainly on the bikes that congregate on Newbury St. in the summer. Though that’s mostly foreign exchange students on nice Ducatis. But yeah, I see it on more mopeds, less CBRs.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        they don’t call the ‘Stich “birth control” for nothin’. And I own one myself. But as soon as I can get my hands on the Schoeller fabric I want, I’m makin’ a sexy version.

    • markbvt

      I actually read the whole post assuming that Wes was being facetious. It was hard to be sure though. Sarcasm and irony can be difficult to detect in print if you don’t actually know the author.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Ha, Im always a little tongue in cheek. I wear jeans like this because I like them. I also like making fun of people who act like fashionable young men are the second coming of Hitler.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Todd, watch that finger pointing, there. You might just find the other three pointing back…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If loving women is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

      • JonB

        By the way when are we going to see some good H4L merch?

        Love,
        The Asshole

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Until we find a viable merchant solution that fits our needs, HFL gear remains low on the To-Do list.

          • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

            https://www.audiocotton.com/index.php

            Tailored for musicians, but seems pretty applicable. Its nice not having to place huge orders/deal with shipping, etc. I bought one of their Boston Band Crush shirts, and they are high quality. Good people, too.

        • Mr.Paynter

          +1
          SO if I ever crack in to the bike-journo party scene here in South Africa they’ll all know that I know where they get their stories!

    • Erica

      Just throwing in a female’s opinion…

      Hey Todd, you sound like the moron/douche in this situation. I like a guy in skinny jeans.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        yeah, me too. As long as he’s got some long, slim legs under them. Skinny jeans are best on skinny people. male or female.

        ;-)

  • ktaisa

    shopping at barneys will get you laid

    • T Diver

      So will prison.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Win

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    The maximum waist size they sell is 36″.
    I was so ready to order a dozen until I saw that. Oh, well. Guess I’ll be rockin’ my Dockers on my commute. My, apparently, “fat man” unstylish Dockers.

    Sigh. The high of the Big Butt article is gone. Dethkiller = buzz kill.

    • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

      remember, they’re ‘skinny jeans’. I wore them up until last summer. I just tried them on.. Unfortunately, I’m at that awkward moment in life when you’re no longer a medium, not quite a large. heheh.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        yeah. sorry guys. skinny jeans are for skinny people. It’s discrimination, but hey, that’s fashion for ya. Besides, Brammofan, I think your daughter would be mortified if her dad showed up dressed like her friends. ;-)

  • Tim

    Nice one Brammo.

  • Kirill

    36″ inseam? You’re going to end up with a lot of material bunched up on the leg, especially if you sag em, unless you’re like 6’6″

    You gotta model this sort of thing, man!

  • tomwito

    Queer Eye for the motorcycle guy. Cool name though. Except skinny jeans are for 14 year olds with Bieber hair and dudes being made fun of in Miller Lite ads.

    • a hipster

      or the guys in ever commercial, print ad, and fashion magazine.

      are we really looking at miller light ads to express our opinions about fashion?

      we’ve accepted your tommy bahama shirts and your need to wear socks with sandals, how about you stop worrying about how big the pant legs on our jeans are?

      • tomwito

        Ok hipster, the last thing you would ever catch me wearing is a Tommy Bahamma shirt. And the Miller Lite ad was to point out even the way behind advertising world is making fun of your lame style. By the way sorry you take fashion so seriously it was a joke. I really dont give a fuck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I

        • jeremy

          you sure sound like you don’t give a fuck

  • Steve

    What is it with the hipsters and not washing their jeans? Do they not do any work while wearing them?

    Anyway, here in Houston the skinny jeans wearing hipsters are getting around on fixies or scooters, and ATGATT is thought to be a genetic marker for early onset male pattern baldness and a tendency towards excess adipose around the midsection.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Throw them in the freezer when they start smelling. All the oil and grease and unmentionable stuff just gives them character.

      • Kirill

        That’s just straight up gross. I don’t mind most hipster trends but raw denim is where I draw the line.

        • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney
          • Kirill

            Still gross. Just because they don’t become a petri dish for bacteria doesn’t mean they don’t get coated in all kind of crud. Maybe its cool in clean air areas, but in LA they’ll just get a nice layer of particulate matter on em in about a month.

            • Miles Prower

              Despite what the many fashion geeks from Williamsburg would argue, LA (and I believe Silver Lake in particular — before Echo Park was hip) was the birthplace of the contemporary hipster fashion/lifestyle.

        • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

          the hipsters didn’t start it, the Hells Angels did. You didn’t read HST’s book on the subject? His description of how they prep a prospect’s jeans will stay with me forever.

    • a hipster

      it preserves the color and is the way raw denim is supposed to be treated.

      and graphic design or writing screen plays rarely requires much physical activity.

      • Miles Prower

        LOL!!!

  • T Diver

    There is a tag I saw that said, “Fight mediocrity, kill a hipster.”
    It was funny. What does ATGATT stand for?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      All The Gear All The Time. It’s a fascist cultural movement.

      • Kirill

        Hah, great way to describe it. I gear up pretty heavily most of the time (sometimes I skip the pants) but the ATGATT nazis are second only to pirates in terms of driving away people from motorcycling.

        • a hipster

          at least when they start bothering you, it’s easy to throw your helmet on and ride away. it takes em a good 10 mintues to get all that gear back on to try and follow and keep harrassing you

          • T Diver
            • a hipster

              those are $5 at the swap meet and even come with lenses. great for keeping bugs out of my eyes while riding with my non DOT puddin bowl helmet.

              if i eat shit, hopefully i’ll die because it wouldn’t be worth living and not being this pretty.

              • T Diver

                Word. Plus you will look awesome while actually going down. It’s a win either way.
                Just please promise you will not wear knee guards on the outside of your skinnies. They are only appropriate on the outside of jeggings.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        totally! and only really relevant here. In Europe and other places where people actually (for real!) pay attention while driving, it’s so much safer you can ride all over town in nothing but a sundress and strappy sandals. I could not believe the amount of respect Roman motorists gave me when I pushed my way past them on a 10hp Vespa in rush hour traffic.

    • Steve

      ATGATT is also a snippet of a genetic sequence, i.e. DNA.

      • slowestGSXRever

        Are you saying we can breed these people out of the gene pool?

        • Steve

          It seems to be a random mutation, so you cannot breed it out.

          Interestingly, when both parts carry the sequence and it is fully expressed, their children will show no sign of the condition and will even go the opposite extreme (flipflops and oakleys)

          Currently the unexpected behavior of the ATGATT gene poses the greatest challenge to Darwinist evolutionary theory.

          • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

            Its got to be a random mutation. I can’t imagine anything clad head to toe in neon yellow and orange Cordura mating with anything.

        • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

          skinny jeans reduce sperm count.

          • Kirill

            For some people that’s a positive.

            • Miles Prower

              LOL!

          • a hipster

            ya, about that. having kids kinda gets in the way of pretending we’re interior designers.

            …and they throw up all over our apple products

  • Dennis

    Very young guys put burpy mufflers, giant wings, and a fake “turbo” badge on their Honda Fits because they think its the only way they will ever get laid too.

    Listen to an old guy: Women are everywhere (not just in hipster hangouts). There are all kinds of women (not only hipsters). They can all smell phony a mile away. Even hipster women.

    • Steve

      Suicide Girls dig my Brooks Brothers suits. (says the other old guy)

    • Myles

      Hipster women also grow tired of hipster dudes very quickly. You see, hipsterism is all about perceived superiority.

      Hipster chicks LOVE a straight up normal dude with a decent job. It allows them to display superiority over their peers (Look at me, with my adult boyfriend! Your boyfriend picks butts out of ashtrays, rides a fixie, and fucked your best friend a month ago – my boyfriend has a 401k and isn’t part of our incestual bullshit!) and also superiority over the man in question (oh man, you don’t even know “xpoet, xband, xartist, xshittybarthatsalwayspackedlookslikeshitandisntevencheap, etc”!). They love that shit; and you play dumb, get laid, get bored, move on, break hearts. This article is a really good example of “putting the pussy on a pedestal”.

      Hipster chicks are easy, and chasing them (or any other group of women) with fashion is a waste of time.

      One more thing, why the long pants? I wear my jeans super short while riding – makes me a lot more comfortable without shit blowing in the wind.

      • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

        I don’t think you quite know what the word hipster means. You’re clearly talking about douchebags.

        Douchebags wear all manner of jeans. This unfortunately makes them hard to spot. You actually need to get to know them. Its a pain ;)

        • Myles

          I don’t think anyone knows what hipster means.

          I do know from personal experience that the women described in this article match the women described in my post pretty well. Those same women also love them some bikes, especially if it’s not a repliracer.

          • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

            They do love them some bikes. Know what works? “Remember ‘Top Gun’? This was the same bike as in the movie”

            Of course, its not true, but they don’t know that!

    • a hipster

      @ Dennis

      listen to a young guy: all women (not just hipster women) are into us.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        and thus the Great Delusion is revealed. Women have eyes and aesthetics and we really do prefer someone who’s appealing to look at. Dressing (and grooming and exercising) well is indeed a big part of that, no matter how much you tell yourselves otherwise.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    Weird day on HFL today fellas… Especially some of the comments.. Gee.
    Speaking of hipsters, who s gonna get the first HFL Skully tattoo? (did you/we ever find a decent name for it?)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Why is it weird? Did we ever decide on a name? I’m down with whatever you guys decide.

  • Nik

    My ‘Busa is in the shop getting a new sticker job, so my extra baggy Icon jeans are hanging in the closet. What will I do?

  • JonB

    Best thread ever!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I love that we’re all essentially discussing my sex life.

      • Thomas

        A skinny jeans debate? Whats next a lip gloss comparison test? FTW, skinny jeans are fab of you have legs like a girl.

      • an idiot

        we’re talking about skinny jeans, not assless chaps.

  • a hipster

    those can barely even be called skinny jeans, what’s all the bitching about?

    • robotribe

      Seriously. Those are “slim cut” at best.

      And the video…be still my heart.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        They aren’t jeggings, but they are skinny, trust me, I’m wearing them as I type this.

        • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

          Did you have to hem them? 36″ inseams are a bit over and above the average, I would think.

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Nah, it just ruks up the fabric around your ankles and calfs.

      • http://dethkillers.com megadethkiller

        i would wholeheartedly agree with the term SLIM CUT. Skinny is a stretch.

        It should also be noted that the legs and butt get disproportionately roomier as you go up in size so if you wear a larger size you won’t look like a fat guy in skinny pants.

    • Rob

      Sean/Wes- Honestly, this ^ is what I have been wondering about most. It says this comment is 3 years old, but I hope you guys still get notifications. I would be very happy if you guys could help me understand the fit.

      I have recently tried the following jeans on. Here are my thoughts, please tell me how the fit compares to the DK slim guy.

      Levi 510- too slim for me
      Levi 511- Seemed to be as slim as I would want to go, but doable.
      Levi 513- Seemed perfect, bought a pair, now I could even try a 511.
      Rev’it Lombard- Great, other than the line above the knee, and knee armor that only protects your shins.

      Your thoughts might cure my indecisiveness and protect my legs. Thanks.

      • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

        My new Ugly Bros have the best fitting knee armor, but lots of their line is just regular 12 oz denim with armor, no abrasion resistance. My REV’IT Carnaby’s look like G-Star (which I happen to like), but the knee armor still doesnt fit great

  • Alicia M

    “I’ve got a confession to make: I like to have sex with beautiful women.” Honesty sure is attractive! lol

    • Nik

      A/S/L?

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Oh no you didn’t.

      • Alicia M

        23/F/LA

    • dux

      Haha – gotcha! You got Yahoo chatted-up, circa 1997!

      • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

        those were the days, haha

      • Roman

        AOL son, get it right!

  • Ducky

    Hey Grant, I like the gear reviews and everything… but how about a more full body shot. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the “ahtsy” angle shots, it’s just that I don’t get anything more than a brief glimpse of a part of the gear…

  • Skank NYCF

    Love the tatted up chics. Type of girls you can bring home to step mom.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      This is why you and I get along.

  • Mattro

    extremes of fashion have historically not aged well. there are several times this century that “skinny” jeans have come and gone — as well as every other alternately bizarre, lamentable, and nondescript style reasonable or unreasonable to slide a pair of human legs into.

    the point, here, is that it is, indeed, this style which is most stylish (this ridiculous shit has GOT to be on the decline by now, though) at this point AND you may now indulge in this style without losing two inches of ass when you lay your bike down.

    i’m not sure reminding yourself how above your own fear of not being fashionable or reminding yourself how above you are of your own aboveness of your own fear of not being fashionable and the getting into an internet slapfight about it is really the most pragmatic reaction to the article.

  • Deep6Dive

    you guys always blow me away, best motorcycle magazine around. Consider this a buy. How does the freezing trick work with the jeans? Mine need a good washing, but I’m trying to avoid it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Kills the bacteria that cause stink. Just throw them in there overnight.

      • Michael

        My landlord won’t change my fridge and it’s crazy beer-can popping cold on the lowest setting. Damn. I can fit a whole weeks worth of laundry in there and never do a load of wash again. Just rotate it all through. It’s not like there’s actual non-moldy food in there, anyway.

        Oh man, HFL I freakin love you.

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    I’ve ridden around the block with skinnies/converses, obviously a bad choice. Damn, and I just bought Icon’s Stryker series armor!

  • Emil

    How are these size-wise?
    I most likely won’t be able to find these in store in Yurop and would have to order online.
    Size 31 APC New Standards are about the same as a pair of Size 33 Nudies, it’s not that straight forward…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      They’re true to size. Ie a 32 is actually a 32.

  • kat

    WOW. this was by far the most entertaining comment thread i’ve read on here in a while. and it’s not that gross not to wash your jeans all that often, unless you’re going commando in the suckers. now someone just needs to make women’s versions of these things, please.
    i’d rock em in a heartbeat.

    • Erica

      yes please

      • kat

        apparently they just need to make two pairs. one for you and one for me. ;)

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Oh come on. Everyone knows girls don’t ride motorcycles. Clearly there wouldn’t be a market for such a product at all.

          • Erica

            I mean, yeah. Girls? ride? that’s a laugh.

        • Erica

          Kat, now that I can sew the shit out of some thangs I’ll just make us some. Maybe when I come visit you in Philly… maybe.

        • http://www.karinajean.com karinajean

          three pairs! I would like one too.

        • Erica

          I suppose I could do that… now to source the fabric. ugh.

  • EdB

    Anybody willing to take paypal and ship a pair over to the uk..? Just askin’.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, try contacting Dethkillers directly:

      http://dethkillers.com/

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      If that doesn’t work let me know and I’ll do it.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        If you want me to connect you two via email, just let me know.

        • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

          Cool with me. It’s likely Dethkillers can help him, but if they got stuff going on then I’ll take care of it. You can send him my contact info if he requests it.

  • Ben

    Hey Wes, What is the fit like compared to other mainstream brands? i.e. size 32 Levis “skinny” jeans hang off me, where as my size 32 Carhartts feel like my waist is in a vice.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      They’re true to size. I should wear a 32 and these 32s actually fit.

  • tomwito
  • Devin

    100+ comments on an article about skinny jeans on HFL. I don’t even know what to think about this.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      Agreed. Two things the readers of this site take seriously: motorcycles, and pants. :)

    • slowtire

      +1 I’m old(er). I don’t even know what skinny jeans are. And please, don’t tell me.

    • Restless Lip Syndrome

      +1 Of all the topics brought up here on a weekly basis, this is what got 100+ comments?

      On that note, I don’t mind skinny jeans as long as they are worn by skinny people. Plus-size “skinny” jeans on a really big girl isn’t flattering.

    • Taco

      Don’t leave me out of the prolific amount of comments happening here.
      PS. I hate skinny jeans.

  • dan

    Wow, Barney’s sells motorcycle gear! Who would thunk it?

  • http://twitter.com/hagus Luke

    I reckon there’s a fairly narrow window specific motorcycle jeans are useful in.

    Somewhere in there is a narrow window where you have a nice controlled lowside for long enough to wear through regular jeans, in which case some kevlar weave will work.

    Would be fascinating to see some research in this area, but given that there is zero chance I’m rocking up to a bar in a one piece suit, I’ll just wear whatever is fashionable and comfortable and try not to fall off.

    Alternatively we can send Wes on a “fact finding” mission to bars wearing a one piece race suit and see whether his pickup rate is adversely affected.

    • http://dethkillers.com megadethkiller

      I partially disagree with the window size. If you’re like many men who are into jeans or are a dirty biker, you will likely wear the same pair of jeans every day or maybe you have a two or three pair rotation.

      I wanted to make these jeans cause I’m one of those dirty bikers and I wear the same pair of jeans every day. If I’m gonna go riding on a particular day, i don’t wanna think “am i gonna go riding today? do i want to wear my RIDING JEANS?”

      The fact that I ride pretty much every day aside, I want the jeans I wear every day to also offer me as much protection as a pair of jeans could possibly offer. Let’s be real, anyone wearing leather pants or a race suit riding on their daily commute is someone that most of us here would never want to hang out with, so that’s not an option.

      So, we made these jeans. If you like them, I’m happy. $215 is a totally legit price for them. If you don’t want to pay that much, then don’t. I just know that a lot of people have been buying them and love them like a hot blond daughter.

    • BMW11GS

      I like the last suggestion! Science to the rescue!

  • Hien

    Nice jeans, but i’ll keep looking for my bmw denims

    http://holan.pl/images_mce/ubior/city_2_pants_denim_.jpg

    • BMW11GS

      they’re a solid pant, at the shop i’ve seen some guys who had some pretty big get-offs wearing them. Skin under the hip pad was unbruised except for a ring around them, amazing and eye opening how violent an impact can be. I really like the anthracite version too.

      • Hien

        Ya, they look like the proper kit for wearing around the city or on a long trip, if your not going to wear your fancy suit. I saw the anthracite version at the local bmw shop, and the cut seems pretty good, not baggy like icon/shift/draggin jeans, and with real armour. The denim 2′s weren’t in stock, so can’t comment on fit.

    • Miles Prower

      These look perfect for those occasions when your paint-splatter parachute pants are a little too much.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/1962_cb77_restore/ Scott Pargett

    Wow, so much insecurity.

  • Benjamin

    If it’s not for you, just move on. If it is for you, go buy a pair. Likely, there will be a female willing to have sex with you regardless of your denim brand, or how you chose to react to this article.

  • Skank NYCF

    Im a Old Navy jeans guy. When I ride its full Dainese. These jean remind of the style pants in the UK. I like them but they wont look good on 6’1 235lbs frame.

  • CalamariKid

    This review makes me feel old.

  • Michael

    This review makes me feel fat.

  • Paul

    Jnco’s compared to my man leggings. These things are waaay too loose!

  • Kevin

    These sound great for commuting back and forth to work, but what do you do when it rains?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Get wet?

  • Lawrences

    What color do they come in?

  • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

    I don’t know about ATGATT being a turnoff. I find walking into a cafe in dirty touring gear, having not bathed in days tends to get me some curious eyes. I think the badboy pirate image has been so debunked that it only attracts a few aging cougars, but a guy on a GS in well used, exotic gear, just in town for the night, of course…

  • Jon

    Late to the party here, but whatever. Wondering a couple of things: while nobody likes an overzealous evangelist, why the antipathy for ATGATT? I don’t usually go quite that far (helmet/jacket/gloves guy), but not wanting to need skin grafts in a bad get-off is pretty reasonable in my book. Also; skinny jeans? Don’t get it. As a straight male, my opinion on the matter holds about as much water as a sieve, but they look terrible on guys, even leaving hipster fashion backlash aside. Maybe it’s just my blue collar talking, but I’ll happily wear my double-knee Dickies or canvas Carhartts over most anything else I’ve put on my legs. Except for a pair of JNCO-style 23″ pipes I’ve had for over a decade. Love those pants…

    Signed, a skinny guy flying the straight-leg flag.

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    Naked & Famous makes excellent raw denim jeans. Their Slim Guy cut is a nice compromise between skinny and straight leg. They even have a kevlar pair, but I think they were discontinued.

    Dressing like you care how you look tells people that you might give a flying fuck about other stuff in life, too. This applies to guys especially, because we tend to get a free pass to look like slobs. Women get shunned and ostracized if they’re not 100% hairless and in full makeup at all times. Manocracy.

    This thread alone was worth the subscription.

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    ALSO, it’s okay to wash raw denim. Use Woolite Extra Dark and cold water every week or two. Hand wash if you’re really that worried about the color, but by all means WASH THEM. A little bit of fade shows off all the awesome lines and creases you get from living in a pair of jeans.

    No offense to freezers, but I like for my jeans to be suitable for sitting on furniture, such as my bed. Road grime, smog, and trapped fart have no place on my sheets unless I’m giving the wife a Dutch oven.

  • philn

    About 9 or 10 years ago when I was going to school in Austin, my brother had me go to this boutique to buy him a couple of Deth Killers and ICR shirts … and that he was going to pay me back. I didn’t realize I was about to purchase two $60 t-shirts – two faded-black, moth-eaten t-shirts about two fictitious MC gangs. It’s amazing that they are still around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    A week or so after the debate over the legitimacy of skinny jeans, I wonder: how do you wear them without abusing the boys?

    I ask this without any subtext or challenge of manhood. I’ve worn or tried on slim fit Lucky, Gap, and Levis also. Low rise, regular rise, you name it. Whenever I’d sit, out came the frog eyes and occasional gut-wrenching pain as two eyes became one.

    I can’t help but wonder: is the fit of the Dethkillers so different? More generous, as they say. I’m intrigued by them and I’m in the market for a good pair of riding jeans, but I refuse to assault my brave soldiers any longer.

  • Steven

    action report: the scrambler’s arrow exhaust has melted a discoloration into the right ankle. If only I had bought some Gasolinas.

  • Ali

    American made doesn’t have to be that expensive. I’d look to Barney’s as a possible explanation. Either way the single sided logo on the back pocket is lame. Reminds me of hip-hop fashion jeans. I’ll stick to my 511′s with a pair of long-johns thank you very much.

  • David

    Skinny hot chick vids > wes talking about ‘sagging.’

  • 85gripen

    Just checked and Barney’s has them on sale for $129 now. That’s a lot cheaper than Levi’s made-in-America jeans. http://us.levi.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=11326985&cp=3146842.4305630

    • 85gripen

      Bummer. I told my wife I wanted a pair for Fathers’ Day. At the time I told her (a few weeks prior to FD) there were three sizes still available on Barney’s website. The next day there was only one size available. They had two pairs in my size at the Barney’s Co-Op in L.A.

      About a week later my wife finally decides to buy them. They’re gone from the Barney’s website and Co-Op is all out of them. Looks to me like all the Deth Killers stuff at Barney’s is on clearance. Any idea where I can buy a pair of these jeans? Nothing about “where to buy” on Deth Killers’ website.

      • Myles

        Email them, they’ll provide paypal and ship to you directly. $215 even for everything plus shipping.

  • ike6116

    Skinny jeans are the height of fashion?

    Also who gives a fuck about fashion?

    Yes you can not give a fuck about fashion and not walk around in costco sweat pants.

    Im pretty sure chicks will sleep with dudes in regular pants, and the ones who wont tend to have the same bodies as 12 year old boys. Im a breast man myself.

    Jeans with kevlar sewn is cool.

    I ride my motorcycle to bars and parties and I wear regular jeans, it’s amazing I havent burst into flames for violating the ATGATT karma law.