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We've had a few of Resolute Bay's jeans in for testing over the last couple of years, with the last pair – the NX1 – getting an excellent review. These new J1 jeans are very good too: smart-looking, comfortable on the bike and subtly enhanced for riding.


Do you ride in jeans? It's not anyone's first choice of legwear for a day ride, but if you're popping into town or you're off to the pub you don't want to clack around in Lycra, or change in the toilets. So a pair of jeans you can cycle in is a nice thing to have in the drawer. Of course, you can cycle in any pair of jeans, but Resolute Bay has put a bit of effort into making these J1 jeans a bit more bike-friendly, and it shows.

Firstly, they're the right kind of shape. Resolute Bay says they're "perfect for those riders with larger thighs and calfs", and given that I fall squarely in that category (1.89m, 94kg) I'd say it got them just about right. I'm bigger than Ash, who's wearing them in the photos here, but they're still a good fit on me: closer, but comfortable. The 98 per cent cotton/2 per cent elastane fabric isn't really stretchy, but there's a bit of give in it: just enough to make them really comfy and give them enough articulation when you're pedalling. They don't have the Cordura content in the fabric that the NX1 jeans do, which probably means they won't be as durable long term, but I've had no issues thus far.

Like many other cycling jeans, the J1s use an extra bit of fabric in the gusset, which avoids the big seam junction just where you don't want it when you're in the saddle. It works, too: the design makes sitting down a lot more comfortable, with no chafing, and the slightly articulated fabric helps there too. The 9oz denim is reasonably thin, so the seams that are there aren't that pronounced. It's proved to be hard-wearing enough though, shrugging off day-to-day scuffs and scrubbing up well on a cool wash.

After dark the J1s have some subtle reflective on the rear pockets, and sewn into the inside of each leg: when you turn them up to avoid getting oil on your jeans, you also expose the reflective for better visibility after dark. The reflectives are unobtrusive and they certainly do shine. The NX1 jeans have a larger reflective band around the back and down the outside seams, which gives better side visibility, and it's a pity that's missing on these jeans. I found turning them up over my calf made the jeans a little bit tight once the fabric was doubled up. I do have big calves though.

You get the normal jeans pockets, and also a zippered pocket on the leg that's purportedly for your smartphone and cards/cash. It's in a nice position for cycling as it doesn't get in the way, but it could probably do with being a touch bigger: my phone (Xperia Z5 compact) fitted okay, but you'd struggle to squeeze a big iPhone in there. The zip gives it a bit of extra security, and the soft fabric inside will be kind to screens.

Overall, these are really good jeans for general living that includes a bit of cycling. They're good looking, and they have enough about them in terms of cycle-friendly features to make them stand out. At £90 they're in the middle of the cycling jeans market, and they're decent enough value considering the fit and the construction.


"Resolute Bay Made a Rain Jacket and It’s Mega"

Resolute Bay have been producing great cycling jeans with reflective detailing since launching in 2015, and now they’re expanding their product range – starting with a rain jacket.

The LS1 Rain Jacket is no normal waterproof cycling jacket though. Oh no.

During the daylight it looks like this…

But in the dark, when the bright lights of a car hit the jacket, it transforms into…

As you can see, this jacket has a secret. By day, it is a but a simple stylish jacket. But by night, it bursts into life.

And a Rain Jacket this certainly is. It has a waterproof membrane with DWR coating. The lack of a tuckaway hood is a shame in my opinion, but it does help maintain the minimalist design of the jacket.

The reflective nylon shell that creates the striking luminous effect under light is barely noticeable in normal light, although it does give a slight twinkle under further inspection.


As with any good cycling jacket, Resolute Bay have also included a dropped back hem – so no backside exposure. This cycling rain jacket also has mesh lining on the inside, articulated sleeves for better comfort when riding and back yoke air vents to ensure plenty of breathability.

The pocket situation is good too: you’ll also find no less than three zipped pockets. A left and right  hand pocket on the front, plus a discreet internal left breast pocket.


This is a pretty light jacket too, and can be easily rolled up and popped into a bag. Not quite kag-in-a-bag, but certainly portable.

On the whole, Resolute Bay have come up trumps once again – maintaining their form for producing quality products that are extremely comfortable, look good on and off the bike, while also boasting plenty of discreet functionality for cycling.

Coming in at £120, I’d say this jacket represents decent value for money as you’ll be landing yourself a solid rain jacket for unexpected downpours. Also, make sure you enter code “RIDEFREE” at the checkout on Resolute Bay and you’ll also get free worldwide shipping.



Jeans and bicycles have never really been happy bedfellows. Walk into any high street fashion shop and you're faced with jeans in any number of cuts, fits, colours and styles, but few lend themselves to cycling. Resolute Bay is one of the latest brands trying to change that and make the ideal cycling jeans, aiming to marry fashion with comfort and practicality, and I'd say its NX1s are well on the way to achieving it. 

Mat reviewed Resolute Bay's first pair of jeans back in November 2015. They were the RB2 model – since superseded by the RB3s – and featured a nifty zip-out reflective panel, quite a novel design. The NX1s have a more traditional take on things, they're a far simpler design with no fancy pull-out panels, just classic slim-fit jeans with a few nice twists that make for a more pleasurable riding experience.

The cut of the NX1s is slim, not spray-on skinny and not 90s pop rock bands, but somewhere in the middle. Loose enough that you've got room to move, but not too much excess material. Importantly, they look like 'normal' jeans when you're off the bike.

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The major difference from your average high street jeans is the crotch gusset. This features a flat panel instead of the junction of seams you'd usually find. These seams are the primary reason most people find jeans uncomfortable to ride in, as they end up between your 'sensitive areas' and the saddle. The flat panel design here, often found on other cycling trousers too, removes this discomfort. The seams and joins are still there but they've been moved out to the periphery. The overall effect is that the jeans are a whole lot more comfortable to ride in, although the seams that have been moved to the inner thigh can become 'noticeable' if you're riding longer distances.

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One of the main selling points of the NX1s is that they're made of 12.5oz stretch Cordura denim. Cordura trumps your average denim in that it mixes the cotton with a nylon fibre to make it a lot more resistant to abrasion and heavy everyday use, while not looking any different to normal denim. This is vital on the crotch and inner thigh, where regular cotton denim tends to wear quite quickly.

The Cordura doesn't mean you have to compromise on comfort, either: to wear, they feel just the same as any other jeans, but you have the peace of mind that they are going to last a lot longer – about four times longer according to Cordura's claims. The stretch in the fabric is another essential when on the bike; heavyweight denim jeans can often feel a bit restricting when you're pedalling, but the extra stretch in the NX1s makes things more comfortable.

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One of the jeans' main party tricks is clearly visible in the photo above: across the rear yoke, down the outer thighs and across the rear pockets are strips of black reflective. It's virtually invisible in daylight, and just blends into the lines of the seams, but shine a car headlight at it and it lights you up like a Christmas tree. It's a really neat little feature that gives you that extra bit visibility at night without compromising the look when you're wearing them off the bike. There is also a reflective strip inside the turn-up of the right cuff, another useful touch.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed? Easy. They machine wash at 30 degrees. They come out fine without much shrinkage, and the stretch aspect of the fabric loosens up any tightness caused by washing.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose: Really well, comfortable and practical on the bike, and stylish off it.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product: The cut was really nice, as was the flat gusset and the integrated reflective strips.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product: There wasn't much to dislike really, the tight pockets were the only niggle and that issue sounds like it'll be addressed.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, definitely.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Absolutely

The jeans get a 9 from me. They're an excellent pair of jeans that perform to an all-round high level. They score highly on comfort and performance, and meet the aim of looking good on and off the bike. RB hasn't tried to make them too clever, instead concentrating on refining a simple design.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester:

Age: 30  Height: 5'10  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: KHS Flite 100 Singlespeed/Fixed, Genesis Equilibrium 20  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed



"Resolute Bay NX1 Cordura Cycling Jeans – Review

For the most part of 2016, I have been wearing pretty much one pair of jeans: the Resolute Bay Cordura jeans that I reviewed back in March.

It’s not that I don’t own other jeans. I probably own four or five pairs (I know, what a show-off). But the simple fact is, after breaking the Cordura jeans in – none of the others that I owned came even close to the comfort and fit to that of Resolute Bay’s.

They gave the perfect amount of flexibility and stretch, and also had some neat reflective features. That’s not to say they were perfect. They weren’t. The reflective detailing around the calf muscle started peeling off pretty quickly, and while I thought the “zip-release-reflective-bum” was an interesting concept, the novelty of it wore off after a while and I stopped using it altogether.

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But now Resolute Bay are back. And back in some style.

Last month I put away my Cordura jeans and stepped into my brand new NX1 Cordura cycling jeans! And, essentially, Resolute Bay have taken a very good product and perfected it.

These jeans look great. I really can’t emphasise that enough. These cycling jeans look great. The fact that the untrained eye can’t even spot that these are ‘cycling jeans’ is a huge testament.

Coming in slim fit and available in indigo or black, these are smart jeans. Just take a look for yourself.

But how have Resolute Bay taken the Cordura range to the next level?

Well, the change is essentially four-fold:

  1.  They have removed the “zip-release-reflective-bum” and replaced it with subtle (but effective) reflective strips in the seams that run up the outside of the thigh and across the rear, as well as two strips on the rear pockets.
  2.  The reflective strip on the inside of the calf is now firmly stitched on and made of durable material.
  3.  A buttoned fly has been replaced by a zip-fly. Much more elegant.
  4. A gusseted crotch has made an appearance! Yes, probably only the major criticism of the original range has been rectified with a solid gusseted crotch. Good luck wearing that out.

So you put all of these new features alongside the excellent classic styling and the solid-but-flexible 12.5oz Cordura stretch denim, and you’re essentially on to a winner.

And what’s more, they’re available at a very decent price at £85. Which, for a premium pair of jeans is really, very good – and refreshing in an urban cycling segment that is far too often over-priced.

As a bonus exclusively to Discerning Cyclist visitors, we’ve teamed up with Resolute Bay to offer free worldwide delivery on all orders. Simply use coupon code ‘DC4FREE’ at the Resolute Bay checkout before 17th January 2017."


Thank you to everyone that took part in last nights Zwift race. Here are a few snaps.