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Thanks for posting this! I personally think the pants look sort of weird, but anything that saves my skin is [thumbsup]

They probably just slapped their logo on one of these:
ESQUAD®’s ARMALITH® for bikers pushes jeans’ breaking limit

ESQUAD® of France, a jeans designer, has launched a range of jeans for motorcyclists using ARMALITH®, a fabric that is at least as strong as leather, yet with the appearance, suppleness and permeability of denim. ESQUAD® will attend the EICMA international motorcycle show, which will be held in Milan from 14 to 19 November 2006.

ARMALITH® is a mixed fabric produced from a fibre that is generally used for non-textile applications (for example in the defence, space or offshore sectors). The fibre is reworked, treated and combined with a cotton thread, and is then woven using a special process – the breaking limit of a trouser leg made of this material is greater than 10 tons! Powerful bikes can be ridden in complete safety by bikers wearing ARMALITH® outfits.

ESQUAD® has worked with several clothes designers to produce the new ESQUAD® jeans collection. It comes in four designs, all made of raw denim. The styles in the Classic line (E-Chimede for women and E-Stein for men) use the latest technology as well as having a classic appearance – an ergonomic cut, a heat shield, reinforced seams and, for women, double-buttoning and a shaped belt.

With their contemporary design, the styles in the Technik line (E-Rwin for women and E-Strong for men) include all the latest technical advances incorporated in a pair of jeans. Designed with femininity and safety in mind, the E-Rwin includes hip reinforcement in 3D textile only 3mm thick. It enhances the silhouette while providing essential comfort. The E-Strong has impact reinforcement in patented 3D textile and is ventilated and washable. It is tailored in ARMALITH®, with morphological details picked out in Broken Twill ARMALITH®, as well as safety stitching and a heat shield.

About ESQUAD®

ESQUAD®, a start-up headquartered in Pessac (in south-west France), was an award winner in the 2005 ANVAR national contest to promote the creation of innovative technology companies. The Bordeaux Unitec science park is assisting this company, which has also benefited from the Aquitaine Amorçage regional fund. Pierre-Henry Servajean, the director of the company, has 10 years of experience in the textile industry.

ESQUAD® will be exhibiting at the EICMA international motorcycle show, which will be held from 14 to 19 November 2006 in Milan (Italy).
For further information, please go to: www.esquad-jeans.com

1998 Pierre-Henry SERVAJEAN, 27 years old, works in a French textile company. He is a fierce commercial pioneer and always interested in high performances fabrics, convinced that there are a lot of opportunities.
2000 Being a Motorcycle rider himself, he thinks of a pair of jeans strengthened at the knees for his own personal use.

2001 This idea obsesses him and he is constantly improving his prototype… especially after he falls a few times!

2002 He decides to take his idea a step further and creates a new fabric with an incredibly high resistance.
Since he has always listened to the market place, Pierre-Henry decides to go ahead and set up a small team. Didier TORA, Pascal MONTES, Pierre BERNIER, Bruno DEVANNE, each of them in his field will become an essential part of the project. All of them share the passion of riding and clothes, and this project soon becomes for them a real challenge.

2003 The adventure begins, but Pierre-Henry has got a lot ahead of him and has to sell his car to pay for the patent of the fabric. ARMALITH® is born.
With the help of Bordeaux UNITEC (a scientific association to promote innovation), the team manages to get the project scientifically audited by an expert from the CEA. This researcher, who has dedicated his career to technical fabrics, analysed the first amateur samples with an electronic microscope. Convinced by the product, he handed over his report to UNITEC, which will release a subsidy to help the team launch the project.

2004 ESQUAD® is born. A well-known name in the motor bike world. A name that represents something for its creators: a symbol of unity and complementarity.
The small team doesn't want to stop here and motivated by this initial support, decides to win the challenge of going over the security norm imposed by the International Federation of Motorcycling.
To achieve this goal, the team wants the best experts. It is Rémy Julienne, his son Dominique and the whole team of UNIVERSTUNT who realised the first crash test in real-world conditions.

2005 Since then, lots of tests have been undertaken, going beyond the limits of the project. But it is also a collaboration with the CNRS (national scientific research centre) and a partnership with EADS space transportation that characterise the real want of ESQUAD® to improve the technology and security of its jeans.
In July, their efforts were rewarded by the ministry of research, Esquad® wins the national innovation contest organised by ANVAR.
Simultaneously, the team works hard to develop a high tech collection in which the fashion criteria is as important as safety.

2006 In January, Esquad® decides to design a limited edition model " COLLECTOR " which will be sent to more than 70 important persons, both French and international, all bike riders. This is a success!
In March, the first units of the collection were distributed all over France. Moreover, Esquad® sponsors a development programme within the IFTH (French institute of textile and clothing) to further develop the quality and precision of the tests.

Styles:
http://esquad.fr/fiche_e_chimede.php
http://esquad.fr/fiche_e_rwin.php
http://esquad.fr/fiche_e_stein.php
http://esquad.fr/fiche_e_strong.php
 

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http://store.proitalia.com/98292809x.html
Ducati protective jeans - new for 2007

Home > What's New > Ducati protective jeans - new for 2007




This item is a pair of Ducati protective jeans. While at a glance they appear to be fabricated from denim, they are in fact not. The Ducati jeans are made of a patented fabric called armalith used previously exclusively in space, military and offshore applications. Armalith offers extremely high strength and resistance to abrasions and tears caused by slides. Yet, at the same time, this fabric shares the lightweight, breathable and easy-to-wash characteristics of simple denim, as well as denim's celebrated look.

Internally, the pants are lined with inserts in specialised Nomex III fabric that protects from the heat produced during slips and slides. Soft and none too bulky protections pad the knees, enhancing the safety benefit of these jeans. The fit is custom-designed for motorcycle requirements, including a high waist to protect the lower back and extended legs to protect ankles while sitting in a riding position.

These pants have 5 pockets; two in front with a smaller change pocket in one and two back pockets that snap shut. The pants are zip front.

part #: 98292809x
 

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395 euros? How much are these selling for in the US?

I mean, they sound great and all, but $400+ seems a bit much...
Yes, $399.00 does seem rather high. Cheaper than a pair of good leather pants though.
I think this fabric is a great break through. Hopefully, they can make regular styled clothes with this material. Some of the outfits seem too bikerish for me.

The waist seems too high, unless you're this guy:
 

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yeah. i'm on the perpetual search for a protective, casual pant/jean too.

i have a pair of the american draggin' jeans, and the finish/cut is very whiskey tango.

i just got a pair of the alpinestars pants, and i'm not a big fan of them either. cut "bmx" style for biker boyz. i feel squidly in them.

these ducati performance jeans look interesting, but not sure if i like the look.

i think my next purchase will be the draggin' jeans from australia in camo and/or khaki styles. for the money, seem like the best options out there right now, even though i'm still not thrilled.

another option is to buy some kevlar fabric (?!?) and just have it sewn into a "normal" pair of jeans.
 

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***UPDATE***

lol. you guys got me thinking about it, so i just ordered a pair of the "relaxed fit sport" jeans from draggin' jeans oz. BTW, it looks like draggin' jeans has a new canadian operation, but their prices seem significantly higher ($175 vs. $125 from oz).

they seem to have the features i wanted improved over the u.s. draggin' jeans: comfort fit, distressed denim look.

 

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simonster said:
yeah. i'm on the perpetual search for a protective, casual pant/jean too.

i have a pair of the american draggin' jeans, and the finish/cut is very whiskey tango.

i just got a pair of the alpinestars pants, and i'm not a big fan of them either. cut "bmx" style for biker boyz. i feel squidly in them.

these ducati performance jeans look interesting, but not sure if i like the look.

i think my next purchase will be the draggin' jeans from australia in camo and/or khaki styles. for the money, seem like the best options out there right now, even though i'm still not thrilled.

another option is to buy some kevlar fabric (?!?) and just have it sewn into a "normal" pair of jeans.
Yes, you can send your jeans here & they sew kevlar in for you:
http://www.brosh.com/new/default.asp?pid=140&L=1
You can also order the Kevlar & have your tailor sew it in for you.

I prefer the Hood jeans from the UK because they have full coverage. http://www.hoodjeans.co.uk/
My one complaint is that they are too high waisted & too tapered at the leg for my taste.

Look a bit too much like clown pants or too 80s to me, so I ended up having the kevlar removed & sewn into a pair of Levis Skinner jeans by a designer on St. Maarks in NYC.
BTW I crashed with the kevlar reinforced Levis & it didn't even go through the denim, but the metal hardware was a bit ground down. I hurt my hip because I was not wearing the hip padding, but I was mostly ok.

I did have a few custom made pairs from Hood too, but I don't think they do this anymore.
 

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Around $400!!! Whatever, check the currency converter, these jeans will cost you $519 plus tax.
 

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Around $400!!! Whatever, check the currency converter, these jeans will cost you $519 plus tax.
Anybody see these pants in the dealer yet? I'm interested in how they fit. Maybe if no one buys these, we can all get them on a discount!
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i thought i just saw something about them in a proitalia flier in the mail...

fyi, my draggin' jeans from oz are 2 weeks backordered...
 

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If this new ARMALITH is so strong, I wonder if it will be difficult to alter? What if they are too long?
 

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I had no intention of buying them, but I tried on a pair at the dealer while my deal was getting worked out on my wife's new 695. They fit okay but I didn't feel comfortable in them. They just felt "wierd". I'm just your average Joe...5'10" 182lbs, 34Wx32L. Personally, I won't wear anything without adequate knee protection after sustaining an injury that caused me to receive over 30 stitches and had me on crutches for almost 3 weeks. But they were $399 in the shop.
 

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I picked up a pair of Teknic riding jeans with Kevlar sewn inside for under $40 on closeout at ironpony.com about a month ago. I don't know if they still have any.

I ordered a size larger than I would usually take (they didn't have my size) and they fit OK, a little big. More long than anything else, but the length is fine when I am riding. The pants legs are pretty baggy, though. I'm not sure how they would be with an open dry clutch. They look just like regular jeans. I figured that for the money that i could always wear them underneath some textile overpants.
 

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My problem with leather pants is in commuting every day, I don't want to walk around the office in leather pants. So my choice is something like draggin jeans (which is what I wear, I never wear standard jeans anywhere anymore) or some sort of commuter overpants / oversuit, which is what I should wear but I haven't got. So even at $400, I might be interested.

No question, on long "fun" rides I always wear MC specific pants with armour, but its my short 7 mile commute that has me at odds.
 
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