Duer Jean Review: Is Duer the ultimate Jean?

Duer Jeans Review: Are they they ultimate in performance denim?

Duer Jean Review: Have you see Duer Jeans all over the internet? They’ve slowly become our go to pair of jeans. Keep reading our Duer Review to find out why!

Our Pick: Best Mens Jeans
Duer Jeans

If we had to pick one jeans brand to wear all the time, it would probably be Duer. They are incredibly comfortable, are packed with features, and have a wide variety of styles.

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Updated March 2022: We now own several pairs of these jeans and even featured Duer in our Best Mens Jean roundup.

I’ve been rocking Duer Jeans for about 3 years now. They are one of my two go-to pairs of jeans when traveling (the other is the perfect jean, read our perfect jean review, too). Everything in this review still holds up. The jeans look almost as good as brand new and haven’t lost the stretch as some garments can. I love Duer Jeans and you really shouldn’t wait to buy Duer Jeans.

More of a black jeans kinda person? Then check out the Smart Stretch Tech Pant, too. These black pants are packed with features.

My only concern was that they wouldn’t last long. They’ve stood the test of time. So much so that I’ve also bought some of their No Sweat Slim Pants, too. The Khakis is a great hipster version of the classic Khakis your dad wore. They also look great in dark blue.

The No Sweat Collection is also amazing! Full review coming soon.

These pants also look good with Wolf & Shepherd shoes. Check out our full Wolf & Shepherd Review.

On to our full Duer Jean Review…

The Duer Story

Here’s what Duer says on their website:

DUER grew from a gap that athleisure couldn’t fill; clothing for anything you want to do in a day – hiking, the office, or out to dinner. With fewer more versatile items in your closet, you can get dressed, out the door, and on with the important things.

We love brands like Duer that don’t try and do too much. From the time we tried the first pair, we knew we were going to love this brand.

A lot of bike commuters also swear by Duer, since the pants Duer makes are rugged but also comfortable.

In fact, you can see me wearing Duer jeans a lot in many of my eBike Reviews. The stretch and great fit makes it a perfect pair of jeans to wear riding a bike or going out to dinner.

Duer Jeans: What was I looking for?

I was simply on the search for the perfect jeans. Not too much to ask, right? Here’s how I reviewed the Duer Jeans. Did they match all the following criteria?

Looks like a pair of jeans

Yes, these duer jeans really do look like a real pair of jeans.

A wide variety of styles

They don’t like techy or kinda, sorta like jeans. They look like the real deal.

Duer is available in a wide variety of colors, fits (ranging from slim to skinny to relaxed) and overall looks available.

Functional and Comfortable

The first thing that makes Duer Jeans different is the fabric. Their flagship product, the performance denim, uses what they call L2X Fabric. It is:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% “CoolMax” (which is a proprietary version of Polyester)
  • 2% Lycra

What does all of that mean? It means that 30% of the fabric in the jeans has some form of stretch. Obviously, Lycra is super stretchy. There is more stretch in the CoolMax. Cotton used in jeans is not very flexible. This makes Duer Jeans VERY, VERY Flexible. They aren’t so stretchy that they look like tights, however (which is a very good thing!)

The most comfortable jeans I own

Quite simply: my Duer Jeans are the most comfortable Jeans I own. The flexibility and breathability make them my go-to pants (they are slightly thicker than the Lululemon ABC Pants, which I also love – read our full Lululemon ABC Pants Review).

The Gusseted Crotch

One of the reasons that Duer Jeans are so comfortable is the Gusset in the jeans (outlined below – also see What is a Gusset and why is it awesome?). You’ll see it’s the triangle-shaped area of extra flexible fabric below the crotch.

Before we did the Lululemon ABC Pants Review, we had no idea what a Gusset was. It turns out it helps with flexibility of the pants and also helps with durability (there is less strain put on the crotch-area fabric).

Duer Pants – the secret? Their signature gusseted crotch.

I have only tried one pair of pants that are even more comfortable than Duer – Mugsy jeans.

However, they are about the same price as Duer and I like the styling even more. Read more in our best men’s jeans roundup.

A quick note on thickness

Duer Jeans Review: We found Duer Jeans to be the perfect thickness. Not too thick, not too thin.

Sometimes new, non-traditional jean brands are either too thin or not thick enough. I found Duer Jeans to be the perfect thickness. The CoolMax fabric also helps keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Duer makes jeans that are even fleece-lined, called the Fireside jeans, if you need something that is not only super stretchy but also super warm.

I run really hot, so I would never wear those jeans, but the option is there!


These pants last a long time. A big reason why they last so long is the gusseted crotch I mentioned before.

To create strength and longevity, Duer pants also feature triple stitched inseams, gussets, and back rises, as well as double layered back pockets.

What does this mean for you? You may have just found your go to pair of pants – that are not sweat pants!

Can’t Bleed

The one thing we haven’t talked about yet is bleeding. A lot of the new jeans that I’ve tried (especially the Mizzen + Main Jeans) bleed a lot! What do I mean? Look at this photo of my hand:

Duer Review: no blue hands!
The worst part about most new jeans: Blue Hands. Luckily, Duer Jeans give you the dreaded blue hand.

Most new jeans, especially dark ones, leave your hands looking blue (and wondering if you have Raynaud’s Disease – what usually causes unexplained blue hands).

It must be a unique way that Duer makes their Jeans, but they do not bleed.

Good Value

Obviously, $135 isn’t the best price we’ve seen on jeans. But I still think Duer is a good overall value. Here’s why: they last a really long time.

We’ve had the same pair for 3 years and they haven’t ripped or torn or shown any signs of aging (except for some REALLY light fading that has happened over the years)

Fit Well and Look Good

I typically wear a size 32 waist in almost every pair of pants. I found the Duer Jeans to run true to size.

The stretch is a little forgiving and allows for you to have :::cough::: variation in waist size and they still will be comfortable.

Duer comes in a wide-variety of styles, so there is mostly likely a style that matches the style you typically wear. I bought a fairly traditional style, slim cut.

I wear them with either my Allbirds or Cole Haan ZeroGrands (or if you want an upgrade from Zerogrand, check out our Amberjack Review or even our Wolf and Shepherd Review).

You can see in the animated GIF below of how to style and wear this pair of jeans.

The different fits

For Duer Jeans, I wear the slim fit jeans.

In other jeans, I typically wear more of a straight fit. However, these slim fit jeans are not like skinny jeans at all. Their denim fabric does a good job stretching, but not feeling too tight when you wear them.

I found the slim fit performance denim to work for almost any body type and be fairly forgiving.

Other Duer Pants We’ve Tried – and Loved

A great chino-meets-jean alternative
Duer No Sweat Pant

Sitting as slightly less dressy than a formal chino and slightly dressier than a pair of jeans, the no sweat pants from Duer are simply incredible. We love them.

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In our mega pants review (aka the best jean alternatives), we covered how much we love the No Sweat Pant from Duer. I rock the No Sweat Pant Slim pants all the time. It wouldn’t be a complete Duer Review without talking about the No Sweat Pant.

These pants are more comfortable than traditional chinos, but slightly nicer than a pair of jeans. They are easy to wear in various settings, from travel to running errands to working.

They have the same stretch (in a slightly different fabric) as the other Duer Jeans – but I find them to be next to absolutely perfect.

Also, don’t miss our guide to the best ABC Pant Alternatives, too.

Duer: Not Just Jeans… and not just for guys

On top of great jeans and jean alternatives, Duer also features shirts and shorts. They also have women’s clothing.

We haven’t had a chance to test the women’s clothing yet, but we hope to give it an honest review shortly.

The Duer Only Tee – Retails for $49

We’ve also got more than our fair share of t-shirts and haven’t had the need to try another shirt brand yet. Right now, our current favorite is Buck Mason’s Tri-Blend Shirts. Read our Buck Mason Review and our Buck Mason T-Shirt Review, too.

Duer Jeans Review: Final Thoughts

Our Pick: Best Mens Jeans
Duer Jeans

If we had to pick one jeans brand to wear all the time, it would probably be Duer. They are incredibly comfortable, are packed with features, and have a wide variety of styles.

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Duer Jeans really do live up to the hype. They are comfortable, look good and are durable. In fact, we named Duer the best jeans

Are there any negatives? The only negative we found was that sometimes, with the stretch, the pants can ride up around the bottom of the leg when you sit down. You may have pull them down a bit.

But that’s really not a big deal. We wholeheartedly recommend Duer Jeans. If you want to try out a pair of Duer Jeans, make sure to use our Duer Jeans Promo Code!

Have any questions or comments about our Duer Jean Review? Let us know in the comments below!

Other jean reviews to check out: Rev Town Jeans Review, Perfect Jean NYC Review, and our Mugsy Jeans Review.


  1. I’ve tried two pairs of these jeans and in both pairs the crotch has blown out in under a year if you cycle in them. Very dissapointing cause I really do love the pants.

    1. Author

      That sucks! I haven’t had any issues at all. Have you reached out to their customer support?

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