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Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans, No Seriously

Submitted by on August 28, 2011 – 10:34 pm3 Comments

A discussion in the comments of this post lead me to discovering the Levi’s 511 Commuter Jean. made especially for cyclists. Before you write it off as a cheap marketing ploy, take a closer look:

Designed for the commuting cyclist and detailed with multiple high-performance features, our new 511™ Commuter Jean combines form and function. Using our most popular skinny fit in stretch fabric, we have added a utility waistband, 3M™ reflectivity, a hidden cell phone pocket, water-repellent NanoSphere® nanotechnology, antimicrobial Sanitized® technology, and additional reinforcement throughout.


  • Stretch fabric provides mobility and comfort; water-repellent NanoSphere® nanotechnology and antimicrobial Sanitized® technology
  • Utility waistband specifically designed for U-lock storage; higher back rise offers more coverage
  • 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective tape on interior cuffs provides the visibility of 500 candles
  • Reinforced belt loops, double-layer back pockets, and seat
  • 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane, 11.5 oz. – Imported

Fit & Sizing

  • Skinny Fit
  • Sits below waist, 10 1/8” front rise
  • Skinny, 14 3/4″ leg opening
  • Measurements are based on a size 32W x 32L

Cheap marketing ploy or not, the added reflective element is a welcome improvement, so is the additional water proofing.  I’m not sure about carrying a U-lock on my person, but I’m sure there are others who would.

I think this is an innovative idea and hope it catches on. Maybe they’ll make some for us fat guys who don’t fit so well in skinny jeans.  I bet I could fit in the jacket at least, and be more illuminated at night. Go here for more.

Better yet watch their promotional video:


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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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