RST Aramid Denim Vintage Jeans | CLOTHING REVIEWS
Kevlar protection, British Style
Back in the day protection was something we wore to prevent the spread of AIDS and other such bothersome STI’s whilst out enjoying our hedonistic lifestyle to the max. Teenagers can thank us oldies for wiping out the threat of impending doom by playing it safe.
We weren’t so safe in other areas though and during the 1980s and into the 1990s we risked life and limb by wearing ordinary jeans or army combats to ride around in. Not only did combats have little or no abrasion resistance but they were often camouflaged as well, making us an even easier target for car drivers to hit. Thankfully we’re more sensible now…
Kevlar® is one of those new fangled smart-fibres and has serious super-human properties; it’s actually a plastic (boring as it sounds) and is only made by chemical giant Dupont™. The way its molecular structure is formed means Kevlar® has immense strength for its weight. In fact it’s eight times stronger than steel wire, whilst weighing five or six times less. Kevlar® can also withstand extremes of heat and cold without losing it’s strength and is an excellent antiballistic material because it’s so tightly woven, like Batfinks cloak, Kevlar® is like a shield of steel, it can dispel the energy of a bullet or knife attack. Clever stuff.
RST Aramid Jeans
I’ve tried various types of Kevlar® jeans in the past, some are uncomfortable due to the lining, others are ugly and some just don’t fit properly. These RST jeans seem to be a good compromise though. They look and feel like an ordinary pair of jeans and are almost smart enough to go out in. They also have Kevlar® across the knees and bum, plus an adjustable knee armour pocket complete with Contour Plus armour.
There are jeans with more Kevlar® coverage than these ones (Draggin for instance) and there are some budget jeans that haven’t proved any more useful in safety tests than a ripped condom did against chlamydia. The RST jeans are comfy, look good, have enough protection to stop me feeling vulnerable whilst razzing around like a giddy teenager and they fit well too. I’ve not actually crashed in them and have no plans to but I’ve not been shot or stabbed either so they’ve obviously proved their antiballistic properties…
Lab rating: 8
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