Richa Ladies Air Vent Evo textile jeans review

Review
Richa Ladies Air Vent Evo textile jeans

Overall SBS Rating 84 /100
Reviewed by: Alissa Potter
 ANDY DAVIDSON
Review Conditions
Mileage
1000
Seasons
Spring-Summer-Autumn
Motorcycle
Yamaha XT660R

I used these trousers for over 1000 miles in Japan. Most of that time was spent in sweltering heat (with the odd sporadic snowstorm in the mountains) and these trousers kept my legs cool. They’re exceptionally well ventilated and come with a few extra features too.

The Richa trousers have a grippy patch sewn into the bum area to stop you sliding around on the seat. The trouser bottoms have a wide Velcro tab and a zipped opening, which makes slipping them over boots a doddle. The lower leg and knee area also have reflective panels for extra safety when riding at night and there are two zipped pockets at the top.

Despite being particularly suited to summer riding, they do come with a waterproof liner, which does its job well enough for a mesh panelled pair of trousers. The trousers actually kept me dry and quite warm when battling some snowy mountain passes and I was quite surprised at how well they performed in all weather conditions.

And when the temperature shot up again, the ventilation kicked into action pretty sharpish. There are four large mesh panels on the front and four on the back, which makes a huge difference to airflow.

However, there are a few niggles when it comes to women’s sizing. They are comfortable when riding and come with stretchy knee panels, but when off the bike they are baggy around the waist and can feel tight on the legs.

This meant I needed to go up a size to accommodate the legs and was left with a lot of space at the lower back. They come with an adjustable Velcro waist strap to pull it all in and a stretchy material on the waist as well, but the Velcro tab isn’t particularly long so there’s only so much it can tighten.

It’s not to say you can’t find the perfect size. You just need to be careful when choosing the right size. I’d recommend trying them on first, or ordering a couple of sizes and returning the ones that don’t fit. To give you some idea of my sizing, I’m normally a size 12 but used these in a DXL.

Sizing woes aside, the Richa jeans are a competitively priced solid all-rounder and perform exceptionally well in the summer months.

Alissa and partner Andy are reviewing kit for SBS Mag while travelling around the world by Yamaha XT660R. Read more about their travels at www.madornomad.com.

84/100
Textile jeans scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Protection
  3. Breathability
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Features

    1. Removable waterproof membrane
    2. Knee armour (Level 1)
    3. Reflective panelling
    4. Short connection zip
    5. Armour position adjusters
    6. Anti-slip seat
    7. Waist fit adjusters
    8. Ankle hem adjustment
    1. Leg length options
    2. Hip armour

Fit & Comfort

14/ 20
While the Richa trousers are comfortable, the fit isn’t great for women. The legs come up tight and the waist is very large.

Protection

18/ 20
Decent hip and knee protection.

Breathability

19/ 20
Fantastic breathability with four large mesh panels per leg.

Build quality

20/ 20
Can’t fault the build quality of these trousers after 1000 riding miles.

Features

16/ 20
Removable liners, mesh panels, reflective strips and grip patch on the bum. They’re not the most exciting trousers but they do their job well.