Ahead of a trio of rides in SE Asia next year I decided to get a new pair of riding jeans.
I’ve owned a couple pairs of rider jeans over the years. Alpinestar and Draggin items, neither of which I liked because they were not comfortable on the bike and would always ‘ride’ (move) up my legs leaving bottom half of lower leg exposed. That led me to trying the BMW City Pants (V1) after hearing good things about them and indeed they have been great but now worn but even they used to always ride up my legs.
56 Design is a small Japanese design house who collaborate with manufactures to produce items for riders. The stand out feature of their jeans is the shape of the legs which have a distinct curve they call 3D. This means they are very comfortable in that constant bent position on the bike and they do not ride up your leg. Hallelujah! finally someone understands this.
The 56 design rider jeans are made from Cordura which is same material as my BMW City pants and have a comfortable feel but with added strength. There is knee armor also but I prefer to use my Hyod under jeans knee armor which is of a higher spec and proven all day comfortable. Also it cannot move about thus is always in place if needed.
The styling is very good with numerous little touches but I was attracted most to their function and having worn them for a short ride can vouch the hem stays down as advertised and in general the pants are very comfortable when in the riding position on the bike with their unique cut and pre curved leg making them fit correctly like leathers however whilst off the bike they look like regular pants.
I thought I had captured the curve when I photographed them, it’s actually much more pronounced in real life than my photo suggests.
You probably cannot buy these so easy outside of Japan but perhaps the idea for the legs will catch on or they might get a wider release in future. As always I will follow up with long term feedback in couple of months after they have covered some decent miles and been subjected to the rigors of couple of SE Asia laundry shops as well.