Any man who commutes to work on a bike suffers the same fate at some point: a hole in the seat of his favorite jeans. To remedy that problem, clothing companies like Levi's, which first introduced a commuter jean line in 2011, as well as many smaller outfits, now offer pants made of durable denim that promises not to wear out in sensitive areas (like the crotch). Commuter jeans are also equipped with a few cycling-centric bells and whistles, including sewn-in reflectors, pockets that fit U-locks, and antimicrobial fabrics. We rode in five different pairs to test their mettle.
7 For All Mankind Luxe Performance: Brayden Slouchy
They're not true commuter jeans, so they don't truly belong in this roundup, but 7 for all Mankind's new "active" jeans are probably the most comfortable pants we've ever worn on a ride. They are made of a denim and synthetic blend that's similar to the one used in commuters, but the inside is specially brushed in a way that makes them feel like cashmere. The cut is quite narrow, so if you crave the snug fit of bike shorts, then grab these and go. Without much in the way of extra reinforcement, they'd likely wear out as quickly as an average pair of jeans, but it's almost worth the risk. [$198; 7forallmankind.com]