Gear: Rev’It Broadway Ladies Jeans

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If you thought Wes was a tough customer for jeans, that was nothing. As a woman with a couple decades of experience making patterns for some of the top American designers, I know more than most about fit and finish. I also enjoy wearing tight jeans, so my vanity dictates these purchases far more than safety.

Rev’It Broadway Ladies Jeans

I was apprehensive about the Rev’It Broadway ladies jeans. Most jeans that fit me in the hips tend to be too big in the waist. And if they don’t stretch, I don’t even want to try them on. Much less a Kevlar liner, as the last thing a girl needs is more bulk. I’m a huge fan of Cordura blend denim, and wish more brands would incorporate this, or use the superior Schoeller textiles. Yes, they’re worth the premium price.

I was surprised to find the Rev’It Broadways fit just fine right out of the box. They’re not as sexy as my stretch denim jeans, but they’re a lot more protective. However, apparently they’re “sexy enough”, as I rode out to Red Bull’s Day in the Dirt, directly to the barn dance (literally) where I proceeded to get down same as I would in any fashion denim. The next day, a man approached my friend and I and asked “Hey, you ladies were at the dance, right? I recognized your booties.” I don’t mind being objectified if it means my safety pants are also fulfilling their primary purpose- making me look good.

Often, women’s gear is not as protective as men’s. I guess some designers think we’ll just bounce on all our soft curves. Rev’It understands our protection also needs to be strong enough for a man. So these jeans come with the same array of Kevlar liners and armor you saw in the men’s Lombard jeans. What’s especially cool is that the knee armor fits well.RevIt Broadway Ladies JeansMost women’s pants set it too high for me, but the pocket was low enough for my 34” inseam to comfortably wear the armor all day. Shorter ladies may have to hitch it up a little. But it’s a shorty knee pad anyway, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.

I have a 30” waist and a 34” inseam to the floor (barefoot), (and no, we don’t share clothes) so the 32 ½” inseam was a tad short. However, the pants are skinny enough to fit under my more traditional biker boots. But of course they’re not quite skinny enough to pass muster in my usual stomping grounds, DTLA/Silverlake…

So I pegged them a bit to make them fit under my favorite boots. As with many alterations, including hemming, this is something any dry cleaner/tailor can do for you for less than $10. But be sure to have it done while wearing the knee armor and crouching as if you’re on your bike. I didn’t even cut off the excess, because it’s not necessary. I wear a 30 or 31, depending on the brand, so these are a tad snug, but fine. I’ve worn them on day-long rides in Malibu, to work, barn dances, road trips, etc.

The Rev’It Broadway jean is a great all-around jean that you don’t have to be embarrassed to wear in the designer denim capital of the world. As this is a long-term review, I’ve laundered the pants a few times as instructed, (cold wash, drip dry) and they fared just fine. No shrinkage, no fading.

My only complaint is that the back knee needs to be shorter than the front. You would notice this as the articulated shape you see in racing pants. On a sportbike, a slim-leg pant (especially with knee armor, especially after pegging them) gets a lot of fabric bunched up in the back knee. This can really get uncomfortable on long rides. Darts or seams can fix that easily (in development, not as an alteration), and you still have a chic slim pant.

Ladies, what are some jeans you prefer to wear while riding?

  • Ncarota

    Now i’m not trying to be dramatic here, but I’d like to point out how tasteless these photo’s are. Is the plumbers crack a selling feature? What in the love of god is she doing to that tank? My girlfriend and I couldn’t help but cringe at the article following reading the two very good articles from Watson and McCoy on women’s growing role in motorcycling. Also, the photo’s give very little indication of the look of the pants off the bike. Pro Tip: If your model is pale, do not put her in a white jacket, on a dark blue bike with dark blue jeans, against a black backdrop with single light source. Sorry, I just had to say something.

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      That would be the author, wearing what she likes to wear, dude.

    • the antagonist

      I’m sorry your delicate sensibilities were disturbed, but one of the problems with many women’s riding jeans is sitting too low on the waste exposing a lot of delicate flesh to road rash in a get-off. Others sit high and offer more coverage, but look like mom-jeans. I’m grateful the author included pictures of what the product looks like and covers in the riding position. *Because* I come here for information about motorcycle products, not cheesecake photos. Maybe you should stick to fashion blogs.

      • Clint Keener

        He makes a good point. The photos look bad. There should be a professional photographer on staff. This site is going downhill fast.

        • the antagonist

          “He makes a good point.”

          How so? I agree 100% that the photos are poorly done and that a professional photog would be a welcome addition the the HFL staff. The photos, or lack thereof, have been a week point for the past several gear reviews.

          But that’s not what he says. He complains about the coin-slot shot, the shot where the balls of her feat are on the pegs and her hands are on the grips – aka, the riding position. On a motorcycle blog, by motorcyclist, about motorcycle gear, for motorcyclists, he complains about a shot showing a motorcyclist wearing the gear in the actual riding position.

          Let that sink in for a bit.

          Then he goes on to comment on her skin tone and fashion sense. Once again, this is a *MOTORCYCLE* blog.

          YOU make a good point. HFL REALLY needs to hire a professional photographer. I wholeheartedly concur! But that other dude? He’s just being whiney and a bit nonsensical. At least that’s my take.

          • Ncarota

            One of the three shots are in a riding position. And that one could have been done just as effectively to show how low they ride without showing the top of her cheeks. My comments were related to how the high contrast clothing and skin tone make it very difficult to see the jeans. She can still be wearing riding gear for all of the shots, just not so high contrast in color that they mess with the exposure. What does being a *MOTORCYCLE* blog have to doing a professional job on all parts of the article. It was my honest opinion as a photographer and a rider. I’m sorry I’ve upset your very specific sensibilities on what constitutes motorcycling topics. Chill out with the caps and lets move on.

            • Tupack Shackur

              Top of her cheeks? Or just her lower back? Tomaytoe toemahtoe I guess. How would you have shown how low they ride in a riding position without showing her delicate lady cheeks? If the point is to show that they ride low enough that they show some skin, I think she did exactly what she was trying to do…

              • susannaschick

                yeah, like I said before, I’m 6′ tall, so my crack is a few inches below the belt. what you’re seeing is (GASP!!!) an un-photoshopped picture of a normal woman. That means I have some fleshy bits around the waist you’re not used to seeing in photographs this professional. deal with it. or call your shrink and tell them how you’ve been scarred for life because you saw a model-like picture that wasn’t photoshopped to look exactly like the flawless ideal you’ve been trained to accept. ;-)

                • Tupack Shackur

                  Did you mean to reply to me…?

                • armyvet05

                  This is what happens when we dare venture out of the kitchen with shoes on…..

          • armyvet05

            I second this.
            And then we wonder why women are slow to get into motorcycling. Maybe it’s the insulting BS comments thrown at women….

          • susannaschick

            Actually, Christina is a professional photographer, taking artistic liberties, and shooting outdoors at night. you think these pix are hard to read? Have you opened a fashion magazine? Ever? It’s always about the mood, not the clothes. This is far more technical detail than you’d ever be able to see in a fashion shoot.

          • Ken Lindsay

            Grant, anyone?

    • Piglet2010

      “Is the plumbers crack a selling feature?”

      I hate low-riding pants.

      • susannaschick

        if you think these are low, you should see some of my fashion jeans. These felt perfectly standard, but not too high. They’re current. And that’s not my crack, that’s a few inches down. it’s just the spine isn’t quite as plush as the kidney region.

        • Piglet2010

          I hate wearing low-riding pants due to the way they feel. I also buy shirts in “long” sizes, so I would not be showing “plumbers crack” in any case.

    • susannaschick

      What Kr said. I wear a white jacket so the cagers of LA will be a little more likely to see me. :-) And I don’t believe in separation of sexy and motorcycles. If I want to do strange things to Big Will’s gas tank on film, then I will. Deal with it, babe.

      • Ncarota

        My response was moderated, so I’ll do my best to respond more simply ; a well written article, just wish there were better shots of the actual product. No problem dealing with you doing whatever you like with your tank in whatever gear you want to wear in front of the camera. My issue is that its a big site, with a greater expectation of production values(for me at least). So if you’re going for the sex/motorcycle thing on rideapart I would expect it to be little more subtle with a little better execution. Obviously the editors disagree and that’s fine, because it sounds like I’m the minority here. I do appreciate you posting you thoughts an experience with the jeans and I apologize if the comment came of as condescending or trolish. Hope that clears things up.

  • chris ordanez

    Thanks for providing your unique insider’s perspective on women’s motorcycle gear, Susanna.

    I’ve been keeping a mental list of female riders/bloggers to suggest, in case any of my female friends become interested in riding and need gear advice.

    So far I know of you, Heather McCoy, Joann Donn/Gear chic, Brittany Morrow/Rock the Gear and Alicia Elfving/Moto Lady.

    Any other suggestions?

    • susannaschick

      Thanks Chris! That’s more names than I knew before, as I am not familiar with Brittany’s site. It is important to hear from women of a variety of sizes/shapes because we are indeed all perfect little snowflakes. Which makes it hard to cut pants that fit even half of us halfway decently. :-)

      • chris ordanez

        Too true. Shopping for motorcycle gear, where proper fit is instrumental in protecting the rider during an accident, has made me realize what an ordeal women go through just finding regular street clothes that fit.

        Also, mad props for being able to ride in those heels!

        • susannaschick

          bah! it’s a lot easier than walking in them.

          • chris ordanez

            Haha! Rock on!

  • LS650

    Those boots don’t look very practical for riding…

    • Piglet2010

      How do they hold up to having a motorcycle lying on them, with the rider’s foot still in the boot? (Alpinestars Scout WP boots do quite well in this situation.)

      • susannaschick

        the only boots I’ve dropped a bike on my foot in were not platforms, and I broke my 5th metatarsal. They look like sensible biker boots, but the sole is flexible. I broke my ankle in Sidi race boots, though, so I really think it just depends on the crash.

        • Is Dean Dead?

          I you were a dude in sneakers there may have been a comment or two about your feet not being protected, but probably wouldn’t have gone beyond that (as long as it’s not bieber). Thanks for standing up for your choices (and sorry that it’s a necessity)

          • Piglet2010

            I hope B**b*r crashes at triple-digit speeds wearing that non-gear.

    • Michael Howard

      I was wondering how well they “pivot” on the footpegs during shifting and braking.

    • susannaschick

      actually, they held up very well. You might see the scuffing on them? That’s from a highside on the R1 December 2012. The straps are silver because the EMT’s cut one just for fun. They’re decorative. I broke 3 ribs (probably from my armored elbow hitting my chest as I fell? ) and pulled a groin muscle. But my feet and legs were fine. I recommend riding in platforms because the sole is so hard it doesn’t bend or crush. And I have no prob shifting in heels. A platform thicker than 1 1/2″ requires a little trick to shift, but these are fine.

    • the antagonist

      Why? From the picture she’s got the balls of her feat on the pegs where they’re supposed to be, and they don’t look like they’d be hard to shift with. Sure, she can’t flat-foot. But from the looks of her height, I doubt she’d be able to anyway. I’ve ridden plenty of taller bikes I couldn’t flat-foot without issue. So I don’t see how that’s necessarily impractical.

      They don’t look very practical for walking, but for riding they seem just a practical as most non moto-specific boots.

      • susannaschick

        yeah, I was taught to ride with the balls of my feet on the pegs. that way, the toe is less likely to scrape when you lean. And I had to put a 1″ gel seat pad on the R1 because the peg/seat distance is way too short. Even on my Zero FX, the only bike I can barely touch the ground on, the pegs are a bit too close to be able to flat foot them. That’s just not necessary. :-)

  • Ducky

    Are you actually wearing the armor in these photos?

    • susannaschick

      No, for the knee-high boots I have to leave it out. I wear a lower more traditional biker boot when I want to wear the knee armor. I hadn’t worn it that night, and don’t have any good pix of when I had it in. but it doesn’t look that different, just limits my shoe options a bit. girl problems, you know.

  • charlie

    It seems like only recently that manufacturers are now paying attention to how protective jeans actually look. I can’t stand those lazily done baggy monstrosities that expose stitching and look more like the old JNCO jeans of the 90′s. It’d be nice to see how the armor fits in pictures though.

  • William Connor

    Good article discussing the fit and protection of women’s jeans. Sorry people care so much about the photo’s instead of the content. With the lining etc are they about the same or warmer than regular jeans? I recently got my wife a nice Klim Gore-Tex setup but some jeans to augment that would be nice for her.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    Wait, are you saying I should look good when I ride rather than a head-to-toe Aerostich nerd???

    • susannaschick

      I also have a ‘stich. I altered it a LOT to get it to fit properly, and still think it fits the nickname “birth control suit” they’ve earned. I only wear it for touring and over evening gowns. Seriously. Yes, those shoes were risky, but on my bike I carry the evening shoes in the Givi and wear boots. The Brammo Empulse was a press loaner so I got lazy. You should see what passes for city gear in Europe…

      • phoebegoesvroom

        My comment was pretty tongue-in-cheek and I’m glad you caught that ;) When I’m riding my little Honda CB100 I wear jeans with Bohn Body Armor underneath and a textile jacket. I bought my Stich 2-piece mainly for colder weather, but I found I really liked the convenience so I started wearing it most of the time on my commute to and from work. My gear it rounded off by Aerostich’s 3-season vegan gloves, Sidi Vertigo Rain boots and an Icon Airframe helmet. I keep an extra pair of shoes at work so I don’t have to carry them with me on the ride.

        • Tupack Shackur

          Haha. Are you for real about these vegan gloves?

      • http://www.karinajean.com/ karinajean

        LOVE this pic, because I just got a ‘stich for exactly this reason. so happy that I am not the only one planning safety gear in part on how easy it is to show up in evening gowns on my motorcycle.

        • susannaschick

          me too!!! Rock on, KarinaJean!!! Sisters in glamour never get stuck in traffic on the way to the ball! Try that in your pumpkin carriage, Cinderella!

  • Heather McCoy

    Just to settle your worries, boys, I agree with Susanna…it is not difficult to ride with high heels. Been doin’ it for years. (Ok, so hers are cuter).

  • Brian D

    Thanks for the great review. I will be passing this on to my girlfriend.

    As for the pictures, I think they are important for this kind of review. I used to work denim at Gap and one of the biggest trouble spots for women is the gap that can occur at the back of their jeans. Given the riding position of standard and sport bikes, it seems like this would be an even bigger problem than normal. I’d hope manufacturers take that into account when constructing them and these seem to do a good job of keeping you covered.

  • Bruce Steever

    Great piece, Susanna!