Riding a motorcycle in denim jeans has always looked cool: think Brando, Fonda, Dean, McQueen et al. But a Levi 501 style jean bought on the High Street really doesn’t offer much protection if you come off the bike. A protective jean of some description offers significantly higher levels of abrasion resistance. Kevlar is the most common backing material for biking jeans, although other aramids like Pekev and Covec do a similar job. A biking jean will also have pockets for knee and hip armour, although this does not always come fitted as standard. Some jeans these days are so protective that they offer as much as three times the abrasion resistance of a leather trouser. But such jeans can be very heavy, and are not always nice to wear in the summer. One of the most technically advanced brands in the protective jeans market is Rokker of Switzerland. Their jeans look like a standard Levis; other brands will often have panels and stitching that can make them look more like a motorcycle trouser. Some people like this; some people don't.