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.
Swrve Regular Trim Fit Jeans
These may be the ultimate jeans for cyclists: the union of comfort, function, and style. Swrve has been making commuter clothes since 2005 and the experience shows. Its Regular Trim Fit Jeans are made with Cordura (a cotton-nylon blend), which results in a soft and supple jean that feels broken in from day one but wears at least 10 times slower than average denim, according to the manufacturer. Reflective belt loops have the combined effect of looking cool and adding extra protection on night rides, and the requisite gusseted crotch and additional reflective material under the cuff means this is a jean built for riding – but you may never want to take them off. [$100; swrve.com]