Hate to get pinned between one on those bikes and the ground skidding to a stop.
SOP 4 CHP
There's five Motorcycle jackets in my closet.
We have DOT, Snell, ECE and now Sharp helmet ratings to help us determine if a helmet will do its job. We also have CE 1 and 2 ratings on armor, although it only tests the material and not the pads themselves to ensure shock absorption. There is however no standards for motorcycle jackets and pants to determine how well they will protect in a crash. Manufacturers can make the seams as weak or as strong as they want and use everything from silk to leather in the outer shell. According to a recent study in Australia 25 percent of motorcycle clothing failed in the crashes they looked at.
I'm sure it is better than a T shirt in a crash but I would not count on it holding up in a ~25+ MPH slide or tumble either. Regular weight denim has a 4.5lb tear strength and an abrasion rating of 60 cycle till failure compared to say 110lb of tear strength and 1780 abrasion cycles till failure for 1000 denier Cordura. (figures from Save Your Hide Guide
"Respect the Ride if you don't you Won't"
"A man's got to know his limitations"
Last edited by cmoreride; 09-19-2011 at 02:09 PM.