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Kitsbow Tries their Hand at Denim, Drifter Jeans Available in 9 Different Sizes

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It took long enough, but there are finally a number of options for cyclists when it comes to jeans. Due to the typical build of the average cyclist, most denim jeans you’ll find in a department store are usually hopeless when it comes to fit. It seems the skinny waist, big butt, and large thighs and calves goes against the American average.

More clothing companies than ever seem to be getting into the cycling oriented denim game, which is good news for anyone looking for a pair that will fit well whether you’re on the bike or off. Adding to Kitsbow’s growing list of high end threads, the Drift Jean makes a perfect companion for the Icon Wool shirt, just don’t expect them to come cheap…

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Looking from the outside like a pair of classic denim jeans, the Drifter Jean is slim fit but with added room where it counts for cyclists. Specifically, the thigh area features a larger volume along with articulated knees and a four piece curved waist band which should result in a pair of pants equally comfortable for the ride and the bar. Additional ride comfort is built into the materials combining 80% cotton, 17% Cordura nylon, and 3% Lycra for a durable jean that will stretch while pedaling.

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Additional Kitsbow details include finished interior gusset and waistband, smooth, bound seams, 5 pockets, blackened hardware, leather label, and reflective print on the inside of the left leg. As you probably have come to expect from Kitsbow, the Drifter Jeans aren’t cheap at $230 a pair, but they are offered in nine different sizes from 28×30 to 38×32 for a high end fit.

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craigsj
craigsj
8 years ago

“Due to the typical build of the average cyclist, most denim jeans you’ll find in a department store are usually hopeless when it comes to fit.”

Apparently the author feels that only racers are cyclists.

Jshort
Jshort
8 years ago

I guess cyclists legs only come in 2 different lengths?

Ian Smith
Ian Smith
8 years ago

Nothing for anyone over a 32″ inside leg! Hopeless!! I’ve got a 35″ inside leg, so I won’t be buying these!

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
8 years ago

I really don’t see the point. Most cyclists are pretty puny(half of what makes a lot of people good cyclists). The typical biker with huge thighs is a track sprinter but even then…the people that are too big for off the shelf jeans are rare. Most of the people I see with huge legs also have huge guts. The knee articulation is a nother story though. Jeans such on a bike.

sean
sean
8 years ago

seems like those of us with 34″ waists and 28″ thighs are still out in the cold. I don’t see how 25″ qualifies as big thighs even if there’s a spandex percentage in the fabric

scentofreason
scentofreason
8 years ago

Wow, 32 length — 38 — waist? Just how big is the short and fat segment of the cycling community. Nice to see they stop at 32 length, god forbid you are over 5’6″. (My inseam is 38″ actual, and I wear a 36″ inseam. (34″ waist) Maybe I could use a pair of these as capris?!?!?

Chris P.
Chris P.
8 years ago

Levi’s Commuter line is pretty nice if you can find a size that fits. And a 1/3 the price of these.

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8 years ago

Do they have size Fat?

Jake
Jake
8 years ago

I’m 6’2″ and bought a pair of Betabrand bike to work jeans in 36″ inseam for half that price, they fit great.

Greg
Greg
8 years ago

Everyone is pissed because they aren’t going to spend $320 for a pair of denim jeans.

Scott Vines
8 years ago

No 36″ inseams? Oh well.

ShredKC
ShredKC
8 years ago

These d*mn things are made just for me. Ordering!

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
8 years ago

Nine people work at kitsbow?

groghunter
groghunter
8 years ago

These might be better than Levi’s Commuter jeans, but $170 better? My suspicion is not even close.

King County
King County
8 years ago

I agree with Chris P. The Levis Commuter line are like these, (if not better!), but a fraction of the price. If you are making $230 pair of jeans, that can be ridden in, you have to rationalize that it just is not feasible to manufacture them.

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

I want that bike. 1996 or 97 Gary fisher Klunker. You guys can keep your over priced hipster jeans though.

Guy
Guy
8 years ago

Who rolls up their left trouser leg?

Kitsbow
8 years ago

Hey folks, lot’s of great comments, questions and insight. Here at Kitsbow we’ve worked to dial in the fit as close as possible to the actual cyclists lower body dimensions. There also seems to be some question as to how these compare to other cycling denim on the market; our strong belief (with many years of experience in denim design on our team) is that the Kitsbow Drifter Jean is stronger, more durable and better fitting then other jeans in its category. Whether it’s the ergonomic shape, the creativity with tapered seams, the reinforced interior gusset, or the subtle stretch of the lycra, cordura blend, they will fit, ride and feel better then other cycling specific denim pants. The sizes we currently offer are our initial size run and we hope to accommodate different proportions and sizes in the future. Cheers: http://shop.kitsbow.com/shop/the-drifter-jean.html

Christopher
Christopher
8 years ago

Kitsbow, where are these manufactured and by whom? Thanks.

Kitsbow
8 years ago

Hi Christopher,

The Drifter Jeans are made in our friend Stephen’s shop in San Francisco by hand.

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