Life In The Saddle - Cycling Jeans Test Ride
"I CAN SEE THEM DOING MANY YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE SADDLE"
I have tried a far few pairs of cycling trousers: from waterproof fabrics, to Lycra blended denim. The Resolute Bay Cycling Jeans are one of the smartest, and most interesting pedal-focused pairs of casual jeans that I have come across.
The NX2 Grey Slim Fit Cycling Jeans are made with bicycles in mind. They are built from Cordura Denim, which makes them significantly more durable than your traditional cotton denim; that is important, given that the crotch of jeans takes quite a battering in the saddle.
Despite the Cordura blend, the NX2 cycling jeans look and feel like a smart pair of casual trousers. The close fitting cut, and the classic five pocket design make them as suitable to a night out, as to a ride across town.
The real cycling-specific features are subtly integrated into the NX2's design. The first is a seamless gusset in the crotch, to avoid any uncomfortable abrasion. The second is reflective turn-ups on the cuffs. The third, and real stand-out feature, is the black reflective strips that are integrated into the sides, back yoke and rear pockets of the jeans; giving them a full all-round reflectivity profile that should significantly boost visibility at night.
The NX2 jeans are washing well, and improving with age. The small amount of stretch in the fabric makes them comfortable to ride in, and the cut is great for a pair of skinny cyclist's legs. I opted for the new grey denim colour; it looks fantastic, and definitely smart enough to wear to office meetings and functions.
Overall, these are a really well designed and built pair of cycling jeans, with good fabrics and clever reflectivity. I can see them doing many years of service in the saddle.