By: Annette Carrion
A quick scroll through various social media outlets and you’ll be sure to find photos of lady riders draped in yoga tights, skinny jeans, and everything in between. Heck, I’ve been guilty of riding in fashion jeans myself due to a lack of gear options.
However, with the advent of stylish riding jeans such as the Speed and Strength Smokin’ Aces Pants ($149.95), I’ll never settle for anything less than proper motorcycle pants and neither should you.
The Smokin’ Aces Pants are reinforced with Dupont Kevlar in the knees and seat, which makes them more abrasion resistant than your run-of-the-mill mall jeans. Furthermore, they are equipped with C.E. approved knee armor that is not only removable and malleable, but also low-profile.
I am a big fan of fitted gear, and the Smokin’ Aces fit the bill almost perfectly. I love that the pants look like skinny jeans when tucked into my Dainese Avant motorcycle boots. Otherwise, they are a straight fit and slightly baggy at the bottom. Unlike some riding pants in the market, the Smokin’ Aces feature stretch panels at the waist and knees, which allow for good range of motion while riding.
The front of the pants are adorned with cargo pockets, which are accessible by undoing a button. However, the pants are fairly fitted, so don’t expect to utilize the pockets for anything more than an I.D.
At 5’2” and roughly 102 pounds I find myself having to wiggle into the pants, so I suspect that the fit may not cater to the curvier gals.
Unfortunately, the Smokin’ Aces frame is not entirely constructed of Kevlar – instead, a cotton poly blend is used, which is not as strong. I can only hope that in future iterations more Kevlar is used. Furthermore, the pants come in blue denim or black, but the latter looks faded. Not a huge deal, but it is noticeable to me.
It’s important to note that in order to avoid exposing my plumber’s crack while riding, I had to wear a belt with these pants. The Smokin’ Aces are fairly low-rise, and the waist runs big. Be prepared to use some reinforcement to keep them from sliding down too far.
Lastly, after only a few months of ownership, I located a tear next to the zipper, which makes it look as though my fly is down. It’s definitely not a good look.
The Smokin’ Aces Pants are not the most protective riding pants out there, but at $149.95, they are some of the most inexpensive. They are also a much safer alternative for yoga tights and fashion jeans, which won’t hold up in a crash, and they are just as stylish.
About the Author: Annette Carrion is a native Angeleno (any of those left?) currently living in San Francisco, who has had the fortune of being surrounded by both 2-and 4-wheeled motorsports. With some of the best race tracks at her fingertips such as Sears Point, Thunderhill and Laguna Seca, it’s no surprise she feels at home on the track listening to the rumble of an engine and putting in some laps of her own.
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