Protection gear for motorcyclists
What is important when buying protection gear? BikerSOS knows the answer.
Clothing is next to the helmet the only protection of the rider in case of an accident. Accordingly, one should consciously approach the purchase. With the right motorcycle clothing you can – so to say – buy a bit of safety . But finding the right gear is not easy. Textile or leather, one- or two-piece suits, and what should be considered concerning the protectors and the fitting? Answers can be found here:
The purpose determines your outfit
For short sportive motorbike trips one piece motorcycle leather suits are best. They are tight, offer little air resistance and do not slip. If you want to go on longer trips or commute to work, however, a two piece combinations is recommended, that can also be worn when not motorcycling. In addition, they usually have many practical pockets for keys and money bag. In any case, a good visibility is important. Bright colors offer clear advantages over cool black.
Textile or leather – that’s the question
Do you take classic leather or more airy textile clothes? A matter of taste as we find – a really clear recommendation does not exist.
Today, leather suits have become much more climate-friendly compared to the past. In return, the textile clothing has gained considerably in abrasion.
Anyone who chooses leather should always make sure that the material is at least 1.2 millimeters thick. In terms of functionality, the leather motorcycle clothing has made great progress. Modern leather gear can keep dry even in heavy rain. And the heat in summer? Leather-based suit manufacturers are improving the suits with perforations and “Cool Leather”, which repels – thanks to special treatment – the sun.
Nevertheless, textile clothing is often lighter and more comfortable than leather. In addition, it provides better protection against wind and rain. The biggest advantage over leather clothing: You can wear the textile clothing over your normal clothing. In terms of climate, the textile clothing is still a bit ahead of the leather version. The materials are more airy, and zippers in the outer lining ensure sufficient fresh air between the body and the lining. Motorcyclists who are mainly riding in the summer heat, better decide for textile clothing.
By the way: In the case of tight continuous rain, a good rain cover suit is still the most waterproof solutions for both types of clothing.
Protective pads and protectors
The protectors on shoulders, elbows, back, hips, knees, tibia and ankles should not affect the wearing comfort. Protectors are either integrated directly into clothing or sold separately. However: The best protector does not use anything if it can slip in case of acccident or sits in the wrong place. So what should be considered?
The thicker the protector and the larger the area it covers, the higher the safety in case of accident. Well-equipped motorcycle leather suits do not have to be uncomfortable. More and more, high-tech (PU) foams are used, which are flexible when worn and only harden in case of impact.
Beware of thin back protectors in two piece leather combinations: They are often made of cheap foam and do not cover important areas of the lower spine. Best is to remove this cheap variant and replace it with a separate, high quality back protector.
Tipps for fitting
When it comes to fitting the name of the game ist competent advice and no time pressure! A good salesman can recognize what the customer really needs, what type of driver one is, and which protective clothing makes sense. Always compare several suits and always try on sitting on the bike. Check: Wrinkles in the back of the knees or in the pelvic area? Are the protectors sitting in the place where they should? It is important to pay attention to fitting and comfort. You should have enough space for movement and remember that functional underwear should fit underneath.
For leather clothing applies: In the movement zones, textile stretch inserts guarantee more agility and provide air circulation. Always important regarding the sleeves: the length. If the elbow is bent, the waistband must reach over the wrist and close properly. The trouser legs must be the correct length. To check this, it is best to bring boots and gloves for fitting. Sporty riders should make sure that the neck end can be adjusted sufficiently. In the bent position on sports machines the collar often is uncomfortable.
For textile suits, take a look at removable protectors: Do they carry the CE mark? Also important: Does the textile suit still fit well when the lining is removed? And is there still enough space underneath the the leather outfit for some warming functional clothing?
A quick look at zippers and seams: Are they stable? Basically: Many seams, many weak points! Abrasive sensitive areas (shoulder, elbows, buttocks, knees) must be double-layered or better equipped with tear-resistant Kevlar.
By the way:
Motorcycle gear that is older than ten years needs replacement urgently. Safety comes at a price – so never look at the money when it comes to safety clothing!
For even more safety: always activate the BikerSOS app!