I bought two of the Cortech denim riding pants (1 black & 1 blue) for tooting around town without having to hit much freeway, essentially my mall cruising pants. I got the AlpineStar jeans but I wasn't entirely happy with the pants because the leg openings were too wide and I kept dragging the cuffs on the ground not to mention that the Kevlar panels make my legs sweat way too much during the summer. So entered Cortech. Why Cortech riding denim? I had the opportunity to see them in real life and compared them to Joe Rocket jeans and Icon jeans. The Cortech jeans look a lot nicer finished and don't have the Biker Boyz look to them. Not to mention that they are the cheapest riding jeans that is currently on the market.
The denim is 13.5-oz which is fairly typical of the heavy riding jeans cloth offered by most manufacturers. But the thing that stood out the most is the quality of the knee cups on the Cortech. Most of the jeans don't have knee cups and the one that did (AlpineStar) had the el cheapo styrafoam cups. These Cortech knee cups are of the rubberized type that are offered in BMW riding gears. Very sweet. Not to mention that these knee cups actually "cup" around your knees and stay there when you ride. I don't know if they will still be there in a crash because these jeans are not formfitting.
The Brazilian cowhide panels are sewn on the ass and around the knees are extending a bit above and below the knees. The Kevlar panels on the AlpineStar have more coverage and that's why the pants are hotter than hell too. The pants are also zippered which is more convenient than the AStarpants, and they are cut like jeans instead of carpenter/painter pants like the AStar (why do you have a hammer loop on your riding pants?). The legs are cut generously so that you don't feel cramped but tapered at the bottom so that the cuffs don't drag on the ground. I like it!!! The pants are rather heavy because of the sewn-in leather panels and the rubberized knee cups. Even when you ditch the knee cups, they are still heavy because of the leather panels. The stitching is very clean and consistent though not as clean as the AStar pants. I give it a
for a high quality:price ratio. Low bucks plus great quality, you can't ask for better than that. The final nice touch is that the Cortech pants have multiple cuts of waist vs. length combinations so that you don't have to worry about getting a pants and then hemming it like I had to do with my AlpineStar denims.
However, when I do some serious ridings or long distance freeway hoppings, I'm still breaking out either the textile or leather pants. But for jonesing around the blocks, these riding pants ain't bad.