I purchased a pair of the Sliders pants (36 waist, 32 inseam) from Competition Accessories. They have a nice facility in Rock Hill. You have to use the bathrooms as dressing rooms though. Which is a bit problematic because there is only one men's and one women's. Trying on a few sizes of pants while working around people using the bathroom is interesting. Thank god no one dropped a bomb while I was there!
As indicated with most of the reviews I had found for these, they run large. I normally wear a 36" waist which are loose enough to be comfortable. The Sliders at that size require a belt to stay up. The 34 waist fit, but were just a bit snug compared to what I like. The material doesn't look like it was pre-shrunk. So the fit may change after a couple of washings. After I add the zipper to attach to my jacket, it shouldn't be a problem. The 32 inseam is a lot shorter than the 36 I normally wear, but I like to tuck my pants in my riding boots. But even the length is longer than a "standard" 32 inseam would be.
The stitching is fairly heavy and the kevlar panels cover a lot of area. You can find quite a few pictures online showing that.
It was interesting to note the small "pocketwatch" pocket has rivets at the corners. But the regular pockets do not. Maybe Levi's still have a patent on that?? Who knows.
While I'm not sure of the ability of these pants to handle a high speed crash (and I
will never test that). They should prevent road rash if I ever encounter a low speed (<45mph) crash. Which is statistically when most motorcycle accidents happen. With cars pulling out in front of people. And I only wear protection like this if I'm on a long trip, admiring the countryside or riding with a pillion. For my solo "spirited" riding sessions, I have full leathers. (My wife cringes when she sees me pull them out!
Of most interest to me was the ability to put the armor in the knees. I had a incident where a tractor trailer ran over a piece of wood about 18" long, and kicked it up while I was passing. It caught me right in my knee, then deflected to my elbow. I didn't feel much other than a thud on my elbow due to my jacket. But my knee ended up bruised as hell with a 3/4" sliver in it. I wasn't able to play hockey for three weeks.
The mesh armor pockets have Velcro "bulkheads" (see picture) to adjust where the pads sit on your knee. As also discussed in other reviews, when standing, the armor drops down a little bit. You can feel it on your shins.
The slits in the pads (see picture) are not wide enough to allow a good radius around my knee while sitting on the bike. I plan to open them up into V shapes to allow more flex.
I'll check back in a few weeks after I have put in some miles while wearing them.