Tested by: Mikko Nieminen // RRP: £129.99 (without knee and hip protectors) // Sizes: waist 28–40in, leg 32–34in // Colour: Black // Info: www.bull-it.com
Striking a balance between style and safety is a tricky business when it comes to biking gear. The Bull-It SR6 Carbon jeans have the looks of traditional black jeans but they are lined with Covec impact abrasion prevention layer.
According to Bull-It, Covec is similar to Aramids often used in biking jeans, only better: it outperforms aramids in abrasion resistance, has lower thermal transfer and it doesn’t break under folding. It can also be washed without as much damage to the materials and it’s flame retardant.
The name SR6 refers to the 600gsm Covec lining – that covers 60% of the jeans – being able to handle six seconds of abrasion resistance. Bull-It says that its jeans are the first in the world to perform to CE Level 2 safety.
Sounds good, huh? Luckily I haven’t had to test the abrasion or thermal transfer qualities of the jeans myself, so I’m going by what the Bull-It guys say.
The SR6 look good, with their traditional cut and five-pocket design. Side and rear seam construction has been triple stitched. The genuine YKK zipper works a treat too.
The jeans even come with their own micro-climate inside: there’s a 1mm of airflow using Covec structure and cool mesh liner, which keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool in the summer.
CE approved knee and hip armour is available to purchase separately and jeans have pockets for them (although height is not adjustable) so it’s just a matter of slotting them in.
The jeans are also water repellent, which makes the product more versatile and usable even when the skies are grey.
The Bull-It SR6 Carbon is available in waist sizes 28–40in with leg lengths of 32–34in.