The best motorcycle textile trousers

Pair an excellent jacket with a great pair of trousers and stay warm and dry all year round.

Best motorcycle textile trousers UK

by Jim Blackstock |

Getting the right pair of trousers to go with your textile jacket is a key element of sorting your motorcycling kit. Many manufacturers will produce a matching pair of trousers – or jeans, though this doesn’t necessarily mean denim, it’s just a term for trousers – to go with their jackets and of course, this can often be the most convenient way to build your wardrobe.

However, sometimes you may just need to upgrade your trousers while your jacket is still good: you might have damaged them getting on and off the bike or you might not like the fit or style of those that match your jacket, for example.

What to look for with textile motorcycle trousers

As with other clothing, textile trousers should be CE rated for protective abilities, in terms of the material and the construction; B is the worst through to A, AA and AAA. Also look for CE armour in the knees and ideally, the hips, as these are the areas you are likely to land on if you fall from the bike. See if the armour is adjustable so you can move the knee pads, for example, to make sure they sit in the right position. Also look for different leg-length options, as this will also have an effect on the right positioning of the armour.

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You may also want to look for vents if you plan to use them in warmer months and a removable thermal liner to make them as relevant to warm and cold rides as possible. Also, look for joining zips to pair them with a jacket and what pockets are there; hand warmers are useful but then so are cargo pockets on the thigh. Consider the ankle fastenings – are they big enough to go over your chosen boots and how do they close – zips, Velcro or poppers or a combination?

The best motorcycle textile trousers:

MCN Rated

Tested by Saffron Wilson, for 5 months, over 2,419 miles - Quality 5. Value 5

Richa Colorado Lady Trousers

“These Richa trousers do what it says on the label. Waterproof, comfortable and warm. Although as you can imagine, I didn’t ride much with the detachable thermo liner as it worked too well, but the D30 knee protectors were comfortable even on the cruiser, and the ventilation zippers were ideal for wet but humid conditions. The other zip pockets were an ideal size for a phone, so they are practical overall too.

“I had a small issue with the leg length that resulted in wet ankles on the odd occasion, but taller boots should help out here. The fit was also bit snug if you needed to throw them on over jeans in sudden rain, nevertheless, they still worked which is a bonus as that’s not what they were designed for. So, there’s nothing to forgive really.

“I like the subdued styling, and the contra glide tech fit was effective at stopping saddle slip without making the trousers too bulky meaning you could easily wear them to walk around in once you hop off the bike. Although the zip-attachment to Richa jackets is a nifty feature, I did forget to detach the jacket more than once, but I’m definitely to blame for that one!”

Pros:

Waterproof and comfortable

Cons:

Watch out for soggy ankles

Like the Wolf Titanium trousers, these from Weise also feature an Outlast liner to regulate the

Weise Outlast Frontier Textile Trousers - Black

Part of the RST Pro series, these Paragon 6 textile jeans are new for 2021 and are CE AA rated and

RST Pro Series Paragon 6 CE Textile Trousers - Black

Amazon's choice for motorbike trousers, these items from Texpeed are made of 600 denier Cordura

Texpeed All Black Waterproof Armoured Motorcycle Motorbike Trousers

Wolf clothing has a great reputation and these Titanium trousers are CE A-rated and come with D3O

Wolf Titanium Outlast CE Textile Trousers - Black

Getting good reviews on Amazon, these trousers from Jet are also made in 600D Cordura with a

JET Mens Motorcycle Motorbike Textile CE Armoured Waterproof Trousers

Material: 600D Cordura

Armour: Removable knee

These Metro trousers from Spada are CE AA rated for abrasion and construction and come with CE

Spada Metro CE Trousers

Material: CE AA

Armour: CE knee, plus hip padding

There's a hint of adventure about these A-rated trousers from Oxford, with their styling and

Oxford Continental Advanced Textile Jeans - Desert

Material: CE A rated

Armour: CE protectors

Material: 750D nylon, CE A rated

Armour: D30 Level-2 knee

If it's protection and value you want, these are up there. They are CE AA rated and come with

Duchinni Pacific Trousers

Material: CE AA rated

Armour: CE Level-2 knee

Material: CE AA rated

Armour: CE Level-1 knee

The Italian brand's staple is the Andes textile clothing and this is the latest version of the

Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Textile Trousers - Ice Grey / Dark Grey

Material: CE A rated

Armour: CE Level-1 knee

Material: CE AA-rated

Armour: CE knee and hip

Matching trousers for the Cyclone Gore-Tex jacket, these use a textile outer with a Gore-Tex

Richa Cyclone Gore-Tex Jeans - Black

Material: CE A-rated

Armour: CE Level-1 knee

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