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10 stylish men’s and women’s cycling jeans to cruise into autumn.
Fall is in full swing. With the beautiful autumn colors and cool, crisp days come a whole new set of fashion requirements for getting around town. Gone are the days of breezy dresses and short sleeves, now we bring on the layers! Jeans are our favorite fall and winter staple for both comfort and style, you can dress them up or dress them down. For a while, many everyday cyclists were forced to avoid jeans, finding them restrictive or overly warm, or both. But manufacturers have taken note, and in recent years, there has been a proliferation of breathable, moveable denim in a range of styles, designed with the active commuter in mind. Here are a few of our fall picks for men’s and women’s cycling jeans.
1. Ligne 8 Aubry Straight Leg Jean, $128 USD
This classic straight leg jean looks great with everything and is ideal for year-round wear. The denim is made of stretchy material and finished with Nanotex technology which actively repels water and stains. While the jean looks classic, it includes a number of integrated cycling-specific features, such as a higher back rise with a contoured waistband, a discreet gusset with a reverse denim print and an anti chafing liner. Both lower legs also include reflective trim and Ligne 8 reflective logos when jeans are cuffed.
2. Dish and Duer L2X Relaxed Skinny Jean, $119.00 CAD
Sometimes we don’t want to choose between baggy and tight. The Relaxed Skinny jean is right in the middle. Stylish and comfortable so you have the great transition from your bike to your office or social life. They’re designed with L2X® Coolmax fabric so you stay cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. The new, all season stretch denim dries quickly and uses hollow core fibers that move moisture away from the body while maintaining a natural, breathable, feel.
3. Betabrand Black Bike to Work Skinny Jean, $118 USD
These are an elegant hybrid of the cycling jean and the work pant. These black jeans sport reflective cuffs when rolled up, plus an equally reflective pullout that can be pulled out from the rear pocket. Other cyclist-friendly features are a reinforced crotch, raised back cut for proper coverage, and a slight stretchiness in the fabric, which is water and soil repellant.
4. Levi’s Commuter Skinny Jeans in Rosin, $108.00 USD
You can’t get much more classic than a pair of Levi’s, but the iconic brand brings it to the modern day with this commuter-inspired dark green pant. It’s hard to find a biking jean in another color besides indigo and black, so this deep green color offers a refreshing change for fall and winter fashion. Bike friendly feature include a water-resistant fabric, 3M™ reflective details, and deeper back pockets for secure storage.
5. Rapha Women’s Jean $220 USD
Rapha’s women’s jean fits tight yet is designed to move. The mid-rise skinny jean is made from a proprietary denim that is durable, stain-resistant and fast-drying. Cycling-specific features include offset seams for comfort in the saddle, hi-vis piping, and a reflective logo inside the ankle cuff.
1. Betabrand Black to Work Britches, $108.00 USD
The Black to Work Britches can take you from your bike to the office, back on your bike, and our for drinks later. The jeans boast stretchy denim, a gusseted crotch, U-lock loop in the back waistband, reflective 3M tape on the inseam and outseam of both legs and a rear pocket triangle flag, as well as a slightly higher rise for optimal coverage.
2. DU/ER Stone Wash Relaxed fit, $129.00 CAD
This is DU/ER’s relaxed men’s cycling jean. They have a slightly lower rise and more room in the butt and legs. Their coolmax fabric is designed to keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. Get five times the mobility in a fabric that is 30% lighter and 30% stronger than traditional denim.
3. Levi’s Commuter’s in BurntWood, $108.00 USD
It can also be difficult to find color options for men’s cycling jeans. This deep shade of red is the perfect starting point for fall fashion. The style of Levi’s with the function of a bike pant: reflective 3M tape on interior cuffs, U-lock storage on waistband, double-layered seat and back pockets, and odor-resistant Sanitized® protective finish.
4. Upright Cyclist Selvage Riding Denim, $159 USD
Upright Cyclist’s Selvage jean is a classic, indigo men’s jeans that can be adapted for any outfit or occasion. They have a higher waist for optimal coverage, and a tapered cuff with reflective panels on both ankles, as well as a nine-inch double gusseted seat for riding durability.
5. Swrve Cordura Regular Jeans $100 USD
Swrve’s Cordura jeans are their relaxed, everyday jean, built for getting around town or grabbing a beer with friends. Cycling-specific features include a seamless gusseted crotch, articulated knees for easy bending, reflective striping inside the cuff, deep pockets for a mini U-lock or accessories, and a waist that sit high in the back for coverage, but low in the front to prevent it digging into your waist while riding.