Freeway 21 Blockhouse Bike Denims | Gear Evaluation

Highway 21 Blockhouse motorcycle jeans
Photograph by Garth Milan.

Helmet? Test. Jacket with armor? Test. Gloves with knuckle safety? You guess. Chaps? Ugh, maintain on. I’ll be prepared and waddling out the door in about 5. I owned a pair of chaps, however actually, I by no means wore them. I sometimes simply threw on my sturdiest pair of denims after which laced up my using boots. However I at all times felt just a little susceptible when it got here to my legs – till I found bike denims.

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The Freeway 21 Blockhouse Denims are a traditional straight-leg pant fabricated from 12-ounce denim with Aramid fiber bolstered panels over 70% of the denims – from the hips to under the knees within the entrance and about midway down the thighs within the again. They embody CE Degree 1 detachable knee armor and detachable hip armor pockets (hip armor bought individually).


The Blockhouse Denims have some professionals and cons in my ebook. For starters, I’m not loopy concerning the colour. I opted for the Oxford Blue, and it turned out to be a a lot lighter blue than it seems on the Freeway 21 web site, nearly a child blue colour. It’s not dangerous, nevertheless it’s not my choice. In addition they are available in Black.

Highway 21 Blockhouse motorcycle jeans
The “Oxford Blue” proven on the Freeway 21 web site (however not fairly consultant of my pair)
Highway 21 Blockhouse motorcycle jeans
Freeway 21 Blockhouse denims in Black.

My largest gripe is the pockets for the knee armor. These are imagined to seem like common denims, so a pocket on the outside wouldn’t look as clear, however the inside entry on the Blockhouse Denims is under the knee the place the pant leg is narrower. I’ve a distinct pair of using denims the place the pocket entry is above the knee, and it’s worlds simpler to get the armor in. With the Blockhouse Denims, it’s a struggle to get the armor out and again in each time I wash them. Additionally, regardless that the product description says the pockets are adjustable for various heights, given the scale of the armor, I’ve solely been in a position to fasten the hook-and-loop in a single place.

Nonetheless, within the larger image, the Blockhouse Denims are comfy and roomy with out being dishevelled. I’ve worn them over a pair of heated pant liners, and whereas it was just a little comfortable pulling the denims on at first, they shortly loosened as much as be nearly proper. Talking of the warmth, with the Aramid panels separate from the denim, they’re hotter than my different pair of bike denims which have the safety woven into the denim. To offer you an concept, on a current interstate journey on a unadorned bike on a very chilly day (28 levels with a 10-mph north headwind), I had forgotten my heated pant liners and solely had lengthy johns, the Blockhouse Denims, and rainsuit pants to dam the wind, and my legs have been completely advantageous. When the climate is colder, these are undoubtedly my go-to pair.

The Freeway 21 Blockhouse Denims are available in males’s waist sizes 30-42 (Tall sizes obtainable for 32-38) for $129.95.