Alpinestars Motochino Pants
- Light cotton fabric main shell with chino fit design and styling.
- Two front and two back pockets with rear button closures.
- Interior aramidic fiber reinforcement panels on the sides and knee area.
- Lining connected to the aramidic fiber knee panels to avoid visible stitching.
- Hook and loop grip attachment to accommodate Alpinestars Level 1 CE-certified Nucleon hip protector (as accessory upgrade).
- Alpinestars CE-certified Level 1 removable Bio Light knee protectors.
- Internal knee compartment allows adjustments of protection to fit various lengths.
- Customized detailing on metal buttons and rivets.
- Woven label branded patch on back seat and under the front pocket.
- Small coin pocket on the front of the right leg.
We measured a sampling of these jeans of different waist sizes and lengths and find the waistband measures out to the stated size. Most jeans are “vanity” sized which mean they’ll measure about 2” larger than the stated size in the waist. To pick a size, you’ll want to measure your waist (use our instructions below) and choose the size which corresponds to waist measurement. Alternately you can measure the waistband of your favorite slacks, chinos or jeans to figure out your measured waist size. Because your favorite jeans are likely vanity sized by about 2”, you’ll wind up choosing a size in this pant that one size larger than your jean size.
I measured the inseam on the 32” pant and it measured at about 32.5” and the size 36 pant measured 34”. From our sampling it looks like the smallest sizes will measure about 32” and the largest at about 34” or maybe a touch longer in the biggest sizes.
I’d describe the overall fit of this pant as a semi-slim cut chino style. They have a bit more room in the seat and butt than a jean, but they taper down past the knee like a slim fit jean. If the factory inseam is a bit long, you could either roll them up to make a cuff or get them hemmed. The knee armor is adjustable to two positions (high and low), so the shorter folks can use the higher position and the taller folks can use the lower position.
Our Two Cents
The Alpinestars Motochino pants are a more “dressy” alternative to riding jeans or pants. These pants are styled like chino pants but have significant protection features too.
I’ll have to give Alpinestars credit here… these pants qualify as the nicest looking riding pants we’ve carried to date. We’ve carried some “Docker” style pants before, but the quality of the fabric and the “finish” of the materials in these pants are better than the others. The pant’s fabric is cotton with just a bit of stretch material woven in, but inside there is Kevlar fabric lining in the knees and seat to improve the impact protection in those two crash prone areas. Take a look at our photo gallery to see the pants turned inside out to get the idea.
The knees have pockets to hold the Bio Light knee armor inserts which are included. Those pockets have a dual chamber design to allow you to put them in one of two positions to get the best fit when sitting (the armor in pants drops below the knee when standing, so don’t worry about that). The hips are fitted with a couple of Velcro patches so you can install a pair of hip armor pieces too. I’ve included the link below to buy the hip armor. Alpinestars offers level 1 armor and also level 2 armor, but in a pant like this, I’m recommending the level 1 armor because I think the level 2 would be too thick and would throw off the lines of the pants.
As I mentioned in the sizing advice, the fit is semi-slim which most people prefer and the overall cut fits me nicely. One note of caution on the cuff end… it’s trim so these pants probably won’t fit over motorcycle boots other than lace ups. On the size 36 pant we used in the photos, the cuff end measures 7” across when laid flat, so if you are concerned about that, measure some pants you have that do fit over your boots to judge whether these would work.
I can see wearing these pants to occasions where you want to look a little nicer or to work when your workplace requires something more than jeans. I particularly like the fabric used in the darker color. It has more “shine” to it.. sort of like nice dress pants. I personally think the darker color would be easier to keep clean on a bike too. Anyway, these are very nicely styled chinos and the fabrics and styling make them worth the money. :: Paul, 03-19-18
Alpinestars says: A light cotton chino-style pant that features aramidic fiber and CE-certified knee protectors, the Motochino Pant incorporates deep front and back pockets and customized detailing for unique styling – ideal for urban riding or commuting.