Worse for Wear was founded on an honest and practical product philosophy that very much resonates with our own. Speed, safety, style – these jeans check all three. This Crosstown Curvy model is the first product to come out of this start-up's Richmond, VA, factory, and offers a nice mix of impact and abrasion-resistance.
Cut from Armalith 2.0 space-age European denim—a combination of traditional cotton denim with a slight bit of elastane for stretch and 33% UHMWPE (Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene), these jeans offer real abrasion resistance in a low-key, comfortable package. Plus, they come with adjustable and removable CE-certified knee and hip armor. And the armor pockets themselves are constructed from military grade abrasion resistant Nylon, adding additional protection from the road.
They’re also built without metal rivets that could snag or heat up dangerously in a slide, and they come without any extraneous topstitching that would give them away as technical riding jeans. But underneath the traditional-looking exterior, they are indeed a technical, road-worthy piece of safety gear.
In abrasion testing this material lasts for about 3 seconds on the CE test jig. That’s enough to save your bacon for about 100 feet when you come off the bike at 50mph.* Fashion denim by comparison lasts about 0.6 seconds.
UHMWPE is the same root material used in some companies’ “unbreakable” hybrid denim products, but these jeans are sewn in the U.S. instead of in Asia, they come with pockets for knee and hip armor (which also is included), and yet they still come in at a more affordable price point than other UHMWPE-blend riding jeans.
What’s more, Worse for Wear assembles their jeans with bonded nylon thread to double and triple-stitch every seam on these jeans. (Aside: Alpinestars Kevlar-lined riding jeans, for example, while they have a valid place as a hybrid urban product, skimp on exterior seam strength. Knox to its credit, does not.)
But beside all these nerdy construction details, these jeans excel because they look like normal jeans. Safety gear only works if you’re willing to wear it, and these jeans are comfortable enough to wear all day on or off the bike, making the decision to ride with proper protective gear an easy one.
Important Fit note: The Crosstown Curvy jeans were designed to fit women with an approximate 10-15” differential between their hips and true waist size. Models Laura and Shea both have a 28” waist and 39” hips and both are wearing a size 28 in the photos. Check the size chart to find your size. We carry these in a 35-inch inseam, and any half competent tailor ought to be able to hem them exactly to your desired length for about $10. Keep in mind you might want them cut a little longer than normal jeans to account for your riding position.
For women whose particular proportions aren’t curvy enough to fill out these Crosstown Curvy jeans Worse for Wear offers a second model with a Slim Cut model for women with a 6-9” differential between waist and hip.
Armor Included: SAS-TEC CE Approved knee (CE Level 2) and hip (CE Level 1) protectors provide a strong yet flexible body protection system. Made of lightweight viscoelastic foam, this armor molds to the shape of your body and is practically invisible under clothing. In the event of an impact, they stiffen to absorb shock and help protect you from the forces of a crash.
*Abrasion resistant results will vary widely based on speed, rider weight and street surface. The Worse for Wear benchmark is based on the accepted CE test for abrasion resistance.