When Levi’s extended its popular Commuter Collection to women, a lot of ladies were understandably excited. So were we. Whether you jump on a bike to get from home to the pub now and then, or you ride bikes so much you dream about them at night, smart, practical street wear is a welcome addition to any wardrobe.
Our first impressions of the men’s and women’s range were reasonably high. While we provided a lot of detail on the jackets (which have continued to meet our initial expectations over the last few months) we promised a separate review of the jeans after a longer test period.
Despite the relatively low rating we’ve given them, the test experience has been a positive one. The jeans themselves are remarkably comfortable, they never pinch on the waist and they look the goods in a range of settings. Plus, features incorporated in the name of cycling make them far more practical for a range of activities, so much so that we’d happily buy a pair over standard jeans. Our disappointment comes more from raised expectations due to the marketing rather than the product itself.
These jeans are all about the smaller details
On first sight, the jeans are packed with cycling friendly potential, but feel a little cautious compared with innovations already established in the men’s range. Bike-friendly features include a high back that won’t expose you to the cold when pedalling, and reflective tabs on the ankles that catch attention at night and make you feel cyclist-y whenever you’re off the bike. Deep pockets keep your valuables secure. The men’s jeans include a gusseted crotch for extra comfort and durability and a tab for securing a U-lock, both of which are sadly missing from the women’s skinnies.
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