I got a new pair of Kevlar jeans last year and they have narrower legs than the old pair. Generally I think it’s probably a good thing as the knee pads stay in place a lot better but they don’t fit over my boots.
As a result, I have to tuck them inside the boots but they only fit into the top bit and i have to scrunch them up at the top of the boots to fold the extra material away.
I can see 3 options to solve the problem:
- Get baggier jeans that fit over the boots
- Get shorter boots like these
- Get the jeans cut down so they are too short in general use but sit just inside the top of the boots
I guess 3 is the sensible option as it keeps my current gear and is probably the most protective as I’ll have shin coverage and the knee pads stay in place - only problem is that I’ll be walking around in 3/4 length trousers if I’m not in full boots.
Any other options that people use - the shin protection on my boots (RST Tractec Evo) is quite thick, are there any decent summer boots without such thick padding that may fit under my jeans?
What is the consensus on short boots? Having spent most of my youth with battered shins from falling off my mountain bike, I tend to think that protection to the shins is pretty important.