ScorpionEXO Covert Ultra Jeans
There is a lot to be said for a high quality riding suit or pants — just ask anyone who has ever gone down on a bike! But sometimes you want to look just a little more “normal.” Luckily, the plethora of riding jeans that have hit the market the last few years gives one plenty of options for more casual riding attire.
I looked to ScorpionEXO when it was my time to join the club. And they delivered perfectly with a pair of Covert Ultra Jeans. Scorpion uses a Cordura/Kevlar single layer weave that reduces bulk and adds breathability while providing seven times the abrasion resistance of typical denim. Adjustable armor pockets at the knees and hips allow you to add more protection if desired. A DWR water resistant coating helps keep you dry if you are not in a heavy rain and an integrated 3M reflective swatch at the lower hem aids visibility.
The Covert Ultras have a traditional five-pocket design with a modern, tapered fit that looks great anywhere. They come in standard waist sizes (I ordered my regular size and they fit perfectly) with regular (32-inch inseam) and tall (34-inch inseam) lengths. I found them to be plenty comfortable for putting in several hours on winding back roads. Yet, when we stopped for lunch, the average observer would think I was wearing a plain old pair of jeans. Exactly what I was looking for when I’m not out trying to string together 300-mile days! — Rod Peterson