Bull-it Tactical Straight Fit Jeans (SOLD OUT)
- Traditional 5 pocket jeans
- Covec fibers offer cut and tear resistance
- Covec fibers prevent heat transfer from road friction
- 75KPH / 46.6MPH rated abrasion resistance
- Leather belt patch
- Genuine YKK locking front zipper
- Knee and hip armor pockets for optional CE approved protectors (sold separately)
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We measured a number of sizes in these jeans and find they are much like other jeans you’d buy these days. They are just a bit “vanity” sized in the waist. Across the size run, the actual measured waist band is just about 1” larger than the stated size, which is typical vanity sizing. So my primary advice would be to buy the waist size you normally wear in jeans; you’ll likely find a fit. If you are between sizes, I’d suggest buying the smaller due to the stretch component of the fabric.
The jeans include pockets for inserting option armor in the hips and knees. And due to the slight stretchiness of the jeans, the armor inserts really don’t make a difference in the sizing so we don’t advise up-sizing for armor.
If you aren’t sure whether your jeans are vanity sized like I’m describing, then use a tape and measure around your waist where your normal jeans ride or measure the waist band of your favorite pair of jeans to verify. You’ll likely find that your waist and also the waist band of your favorite jeans measures out about one inch bigger than the jean’s stated size. If so, you will be on track following my advice.
Different inseams are available in most sizes, so choose the inseam you normally wear in jeans. Any kind of pant jean on a bike will ride up a bit when you sit on the saddle, so when in doubt, choose the longer length. Likewise, if you like to (or don’t mind) rolling up the end of your jeans, you can choose a longer inseam to make sure you have enough length when sitting on the bike.
Our Two Cents
Bull-it Tactical jeans are Bull-it’s “entry level” protective jean and look and feel like ordinary non-motorcycle-specific jeans. The price is right and the jeans are fitted with pockets for level 1 or 2 armor. A wide variety of sizes and fits are available.
The Tactical jeans are made of a single layer of denim that has been infused with abrasion resistant material. The brand name of the abrasive resistant fabric is Covec, which is used throughout the Bull-it line. The abrasive resistance of these jeans is “moderate”. More abrasive resistant jeans in their line such as the SP120 Lite jeans include an additional protective layer of material behind the denim shell. The advantage to the Tactical jean is that the single layer feels very much like your regular jeans… they are thinner and lighter and they look just like the jeans you wear every day.
You can beef up the protection package of the Tactical jeans by adding armor units to the knees and/or hips. Two armor designs are available. Take the links below to view the options. The CE level 2 yellow units are soft and pliable and thicker. They are much like D3O armor we sell which is very popular in a number of brands. Bull-it’s Phantom armor is MUCH more flexible and significantly thinner. It is similar to REVIT’s SeeSmart or Dainese ProShape products. The CE 2 armor will be favored by those that want the max impact protection available and who don’t mind the armor showing through the jean a bit. The Phantom armor won’t show through nearly and much and you won’t be able to feel the thickness or weight like the CE 2 product.
Note: Although Bull-it says their Phantom armor is rated CE level 2, I’m skeptical. Dainese’s and REVIT’s similar products are both rated level 1 and I just can’t imagine how the Phantom armor can absorb impact as well as the CE 2 product. I’d advise you to consider this as a CE 1 product.
The Tactical jean product comes in three “fits”: Slim, Straight and Easy. As the names imply, the Slim fit will be the most narrow through the legs, the Straight version will fit like “ordinary” straight cut jeans. And the Easy fit jeans have extra room in the legs, and while not “baggy” they are more roomy. Take the links below to choose the fit you like.
Bull-it’s Tactical jeans are a good value for moderate protection and for jeans that will look and feel like your favorite jeans. :: Paul, 07-23-19
Bull-it jean product comparison: If you are comparing jean models from this brand it may be helpful to know the key differences between the three current models. Here is the short summary:
SR6 – This is the original Bull-it jean; full length abrasion resistant liner, no stretch denim; rated for 7.4 seconds abrasion protection rated
SP120 Lite – Introduced in 2018; abrasion resistant liner in only the contact points (hips and knee area), 4 way stretch denim, 7.4 second rating (in contact points only, not the entire jean)
Tactical – Introduced in 2019, Covec is woven into the denim (no separate abrasion resistant liner), 4.8 seconds abrasion protection rated
Bull-it says: Bullit Tactical jeans feature a reinforcing blend of denim and Covec fibers in a single layer of fabric. This fortified fusion enables Tactical denim to offer advanced cut, tear and heat transfer resistance while maintaining the feel of traditional casual jeans.