Single-layer Saint denim jeans review

Saint Unbreakable Technical Black Denim Slim Fit Jeans

Australian company Saint has been instrumental in helping develop a single-layer denim to protect motorcycle riders from abrasion injuries.

Their “Unbreakable” range of riding jeans, jackets and gloves is made from a special blend of 34% cotton and 66% Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWP) that they claim now meets CE standards for six seconds of abrasion resistance or the equivalent of up to 75m of sliding.

We have reported before on Saint Unbreakable jeans which cost $300 to $700, but were unable to provide a verdict.

So Saint of Melbourne asked us if we would like to review a pair of their top-of-the-line Unbreakable 6 jeans.Saint Unbreakable Technical Black Denim Slim Fit Jeans

Lighter than most

The first thing I noticed was how light they felt.

Many pairs of the riding jeans I have in my cupboard feature up to three layers – denim, a protective layer (usually kevlar) and then a microfibre lining to protect your legs from the scratchiness of the protective layer.

These jeans are just one layer, so of course they are lighter.

Besides, UHMWP may be stronger than steel, but it also floats.

The saint black jeans arrived on one of the hottest, most humid and uncomfortable days of a Brisbane summer, so I was somewhat reluctant to put them on and go for a ride.

However, we Queenslanders are a bit stupid from all this heat, so put them on and headed out for a ride.

As soon as I slid my legs into the tapered jeans, I was surprised at how cool they felt. Not cool in a style way (although hipsters would argue that they are), but cool to the touch.

The material looks like regular denim on the outside. But thanks to the special counsel warp-beam weave (whatever that is), they look like white plastic inside.Saint Unbreakable Technical Black Denim Slim Fit Jeans

Cool-feeling jeans

The interior also feels cool like plastic does even on a hot day.

I didn’t expect that feeling would last once I got out in the summer sun and started riding around in traffic, but I was amazed at how cool they stayed.

Sitting in the hot sun at the traffic lights, the black attracts the heat which makes your thighs warm, but the material is breathable, so you don’t get sweaty and clammy.

And more importantly, they never get prickly in the heat like most other riding jeans.

The hipster shape of thin lower legs, baggy thighs and saggy bottom might suit some people’s style, but not me.

However, it works on a motorcycle. The tight lower leg means they don’t flap around in the breeze and the baggy thigh and bum sections mean they don’t uncomfortably bulk up at your knee or hip joints.

That’s also thanks to the thin single layer material.

These really are riding jeans you can ride in all day without feeling uncomfortable and that is exactly what Saint sought.Saint Unbreakable Technical Black Denim Slim Fit Jeans

Crash claims

As for their crash resistance, we cannot make any assessment without crashing in them and we have no intention of doing that.

However, they feel substantial and strong with double sticking throughout and triple-stretched “felled” seams.

Some critics claim the material has a low melting point and although it may not burst open on impact, it could melt on to your skin in a slide.

However, the melting point of UHMWP is quoted as around 130°C, which seems pretty high to us. 

I’ve also pressed the inside material directly on to the hottest part of an exhaust pipe for several seconds and couldn’t see any signs of melting.

There is no provision inside for hip or knee CE protectors. That would ruin the fit and style of the jeans, I suppose, so you would have to weigh up your level of safety.

However, riders should feel confident about abrasion protection considering it is right throughout the jeans, not just in the most crash-prone areas as in some other brands.

Saint Unbreakable Technical Black Denim Slim Fit Jeans
Hipster cool!

Stylin’ up

These slim-fit Saint Unbreakable jeans are designed to be worn with the cuffs rolled up – ‘50s rocker or millennial hipster style – which reveals a bright orange reflective material at the back of the ankles which is a nice safety feature to alert following traffic.Saint Unbreakable 6 Jeans

However, I kept mine rolled all the way down so there was plenty of length to cover my ankle motorcycle shoes.

The jeans come with five pockets like most jeans, including a coin pocket which is big enough to even get gloved fingers into.

Since the Saint jeans have arrived I haven’t worn anything else. It’s simply too hot to think about sliding my legs into any other riding jeans.

5 Comments

  1. I am looking forward to getting a set of these to wear with my Bohn Armor undergarments. I have been eyeballing Kevlar jeans etc and was getting ready to pull the trigger on those until I saw this article and others where they show that the jeans exceed all safety (drag) standards. Great idea and would love to know the price but I can’t get to their site on a military network 🙁

  2. I bought one of the Unbreakable Saint jackets and have worn it a few times. Yes, it feels cool when you put it on and it pretty much stays that way. However, it lacks body armour of any kind, and is no cooler once moving than my Icon vented jacket which has leather in the high abrasion areas. I bought the jacket as a city alternative…. then realised I have to get out on the highway at 100 kph to reach the city… d’oh! I love wearing the Saint jacket in terms of comfort…. but after years of wearing body armour equipped jackets I do feel a bit exposed at speed. That said – the lack of body armour is exactly what you get with any riding jeans unless you add some so all I’m really doing is ‘exposing’ my upper body to the same impact risks as my legs. Is that an issue?? I think that depends on your own acceptance of risk levels.

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