Worse For Wear Riding Jean Review
Written by Dara Thomas-Miller
Little did I know that my opinion of motorcycle riding gear, specifically riding pants, would radically change when I attended the Mountain Moxie event in Little Switzerland, NC. The event was targeted toward female riders and had many informative speakers. One such speaker was Laura Smith, co-owner and designer of Worse For Wear, which produces ladies riding jeans. After her presentation, I was changed forever!
Before this presentation, I thought I was “safe enough” riding in regular jeans. They seem pretty heavy duty, right? Then I inherited a pair of my grown son’s Kevlar riding pants, and I thought I was in good shape. You know the ones – bulky with hard shell knee armor, and not suited for the female body – the ones that make you look like the Michelin man? After all, safety is better than looking cute, right?
Then at the Moxie event, I discovered that there is a product out there, the Crosstown Curvy Jeans by Worse for Wear, which have remarkable safety qualities: from the special Armalith denim material, to the way the seams are sewn, to the soft moldable knee and hip armor. Plus, they look slim and trim even with the pads installed! I also learned that the seams of regular jeans split almost immediately when involved in a slide. And, the effects of those rivets that come on most regular jeans? They become hot searing points to burn you, in addition to sliding and getting your skin scraped off. Such small features make a huge difference!
So, I bit the bullet and ordered a pair. A decision not made lightly, as the price is a lot for me to spend. But, they are in line with other legitimate riding pants. They arrived just in time for the GirlRiders Summer Brunch Ride on July 9th. I hesitated a bit, because of the temperature being in the 90’s here in Florida. I was concerned that the new jeans would be hot. I almost opted for the son’s hand-me-down Michelin man pants. But, I am glad that I went for the Worse for Wear jeans! They were actually cool while moving! Somehow they were able to breathe.
In addition to having a great riding pant, Worse for Wear is a woman-owned, made-in-America brand. They are sewn, by hand, once you place your order. You simply take your measurements and select the proper waist and hip size. You also specify the inseam length. I love supporting a small business that is doing “it” right. The amount of research, from the selection of the jeans and armor pad materials, the special seams, the lab testing they have done, is incredible. Hope to see this brand on my fellow lady riders, soon!
Thanks for the write up Dara!