Cortech The Delray Jean for Women (Sizes 6, 10, Or 20 Only)
- Relaxed slim-fit 11.75 oz stretch cotton and Dyneema® blended outer shell
- Lightweight Dyneema® fiber is 15x stronger than steel and has exceptional cut and abrasion resistance characteristics
- Mid-rise waist, slim-fit legs with a slight taper from knee to cuff
- Built-in elastane stretch for extra flexibility and added comfort
- Waist to shin 165gsm Dupont™ Kevlar® lining for superior protection
- High strength Tex-75 thread triple over-lock safety stitched critical seams and added internal safety stitching
- Adjustable knee armor pocket access from outside of the pant
- Accepts Safe-Tech knee and hip armor
- YKK® zipper fly and button closure
- Standard belt and hidden “shoe-lace” loops
Cortech sells these jeans in women’s dress sizes. from 4 to 20 in standard inseam and also short inseams (sizes 4 thru 12). Here is a sizing summary from Cortech:
|Jean Size||Waist||Inseam Reg||Inseam Short|
I have a size 8 REG here for review. The waist measures 32” (16” across when laid flat), the inseam is 31”, the thigh (just below the crotch seam) measures about 11” and the cuff end is about 6” (both measured when laid flat). The fabric in these jeans is moderately stretchy four ways.
Our Two Cents
The The Delray Jeans for Women by Cortech features reinforced denim fabric with a Kevlar lining to below the knee. Hip and knee armor can be added for impact protection.
Cortech calls the Delray jeans “relaxed slim-fit”. Huh? Personally, they look like a slim fit jean to me. Just to give you a frame of reference to compare to other pants in your closet, I have a pair of size 8 Reguar here for review, and the thigh (just below the crotch seam) measures about 11” and the cuff end is about 6” (both measured when laid flat). The fabric in these jeans is moderately stretchy four ways.
The fabric used in these jeans is a blend of cotton, polyester, and Dyneema fabric. The denim remains soft and comfy, but the blend makes them more abrasion-resistant than plain denim. To add further protective capabilities, the jeans are fully lined with Kevlar fabric from the waist to just below the knee, so in those areas, you’ll have two layers of fabric between you and pavement.
Like Cortech’s other new jeans for 2021, these pants come with a shoelace for a belt! That’s right… just like your favorite pajama pants. But rather than being hidden inside the waistband, this shoelace is threaded through some “mini-loops” sewn just under the normal belt loops so you can show your shoelace to the world! So here you have the option of using the shoelace for comfort, or you can beef up your pants holding game with a regular belt! I’d recommend a belt when you are on the bike for safety reasons.
You can add armor to both the knees and the hips. The knee armor is inserted into a pocket with an access zipper on the inside seam on the side of each knee. The armor insert can be fitted into one of three pockets at the bottom end that will give you a “high-med-low” arrangement to give you the best fit when sitting on the bike. IMHO, the zipper location is a bit unfortunate for those that have prized paint on their bike, because the zipper pull might scratch (although it is a tiny one), but if you are concerned, you may want to remove the pull with some pliers.
Overall I like the looks of these pants, and with the combination of reinforced denim, Kevlar lining, and the armor option, I think they’ll provide a good measure of protection. :: Paul, 04-21-21