Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Since I first took a gamble with the Outlier 4Season OG pants and won, and won a second time with the Rapha trousers, I have been sold on the idea of cycling specific casual pants. I only ordered a few pairs of Levis 527 Boot cut Jeans because my beloved old pair was falling apart. Unfortunately I found that the Levis were much too tight in the thighs, and I could barely lift my leg high enough to get over the saddle. They were shortly sent back.

Their replacement is a pair of Swrve Jeans. Of course, having learned my lesson, I went for a pair of cyclist-oriented pants. You can read all about the details on the Swrve site, but a few highlights: A gusseted crotch keeps things clean and simple on at your saddle contact point. Slightly articulated knees create a shape more natural to the bike. High back and low front fit nicely with the cyclist on the bike posture. The right leg has a nice reflective strip on the inside which shows when the cuff is turned up.

The denim feels high grade, and looks very nice. The pants seem to run a tad big, however. On me, the size 32 Levis were a real squeeze. With the Swrve pair, a 32 is a little bit looser than I would like. A 31 might fit me better.

Overall, I'm pleased with these jeans.


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