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Ask RideApart: Explaining Motorcycle Armor
The standard might be complicated, but safety isn't.
09 June 2022
Stadler Treasure Pro Jacket And Quest Pro Pants Amplify Airflow
Knees (and arms) in the breeze.
25 June 2021
Bering Launches Bario Mesh Jacket With Removable Waterproof Liner
Ready for all conditions.
18 May 2021
Spidi Adds New J-Tracker Tech Moto Jeans To Lineup
A happy medium between safety and style.
19 April 2021
Gear Review: Pando Moto MARK KEV 01 Riding Jeans
A harmony of form and function.
28 April 2020
If It's Not Riding Season, It's Gear Inspection Season
When was the last time you took a good look at your riding gear?
05 December 2019
D3O Launches Ultra-Thin Ghost Armor
13 November 2019
Gear Review: Pando Moto M65 Camo Black Jacket
Great style, great fit, and reasonable waterproofing make this a great go–to jacket in warmer months.
14 May 2019
The Forcefield Sport Suit Keeps Armor Where It Belongs
22 October 2018
Gear of the Day: Roland Sands Barfly Jacket
The Roland Sands Barfly Jacket is a no nonsense, armor capable, vintage inspired leather jacket that is as incognito as its name plate.
05 March 2014
Gear Pick: Forcefield Pro L2 Kevlar Back Protector
The Forcefield Pro L2 Kevlar Back Protector incorporates Kevlar stitched into the structure for increased strength and durability.
19 December 2013
Leather: A Bedtime Story
23 October 2013
Taste of Dakar: Sean's gear
Taste of Dakar: Sean's gearMy attendance at this year's Taste of Dakar event wasn't solidified until about a week before we needed to leave, so I had...
27 July 2013
Gear: Dainese Body Armor
Gear: Dainese Body ArmorProtecting your ribs, torso, back, hips and coccyx has traditionally required bulky, sweaty, constrictive foam and plastic...
17 June 2013
Crash Tested: Stylish Safety Gear
Crash Tested: Stylish Safety GearOur friend Scott is what most people would consider a stylish young man. The other day, he had a 70mph get off in...
07 June 2013
New CE 2 standards for body armor and the D3O protectors that exceed it
D3O Xergo armor meets the tough new EN 1621-1 CE 2 safety rating.
07 January 2013
Crash Tested: Vanson AR2 jacket and Alpinestars Bio Armor
If you’re a regular HFL reader then you’re familiar with the Vanson AR2. Over the last year and a half that I’ve been wearing, it’s become utterly synonymous with who I am. There’s a good reason for that. I wear it every day, everywhere, on and off the bike. And I was wearing it when I crashed last week too. Can a good looking jacket with no logos, no day-glo colors and, gasp, no speed h...
12 October 2012
This is the city gear that saved my life
About a month ago, I had a terrible motorcycle accident here in LA. Six broken bones, a week in the hospital and three surgeries. About as bad as it gets, right? Well, not quite. That's thanks to the gear I was wearing — head-to-toe protection. But, I wasn't in leathers or ungainly Cordura or anything like that, I was in jeans and a jacket; the kind of thing I wear to go to a meeting or a bar. C...
25 February 2012
Aerostich TF3 armor explained
The recognized benchmark for protective motorcycle gear is CE approval. If you buy a jacket from Alpinestars, Dainese, Icon or any of the other common brands, it will almost certainly have CE approved armor in the shoulders and elbows. The amazing viscoelastic TF3 armor in an Aerostich Roadcrafter isn't CE certified, so is it safe? Just like a Snell or ECE 22.05 sticker on your helmet, a CE certi...
09 September 2011
This is the dirt gear that saved my life
Making bad decisions on motorcycles (or Russian sidecars) has consequences. I’m able to ameliorate the consequences of frequently awful decisions by wearing the best safety gear available. This is what I was wearing when I crashed last weekend, it, in addition to Sean, is the reason I’m able to type this (slowly) today. Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots These are bulky, heavy, look ridiculous and...
19 July 2011
How safe is safety gear?
In the first study of its kind, researchers in Australia have applied hard numbers to the safety gear we wear below our helmets. Surveying motorcyclists who had crashed both with and without injury and with and without items of clothing like boots gloves and jackets, the team was able to piece together a statistical analysis of the benefits of each individual piece. For instance wearing real motor...
24 June 2011
D3O impact protection explained
D3O impact protection explainedMade from a patented polymer who’s molecules flow freely at rest, yet lock together when impacted, D3O is one of the...
10 May 2011
Alpinestars Bio Armor explained
We’ve been making a big fuss over thin, flexible D3O, but it’s not the only choice if you’re looking for slimmer motorcycle armor. This Alpinestars Bio Armor may not be bright orange or come with science we hardly understand, but it is safe. 100 percent safer than traditional Alpinestars foam armor, for example, while only measuring about 1cm in thickness. It’s this that we’re installing...
13 April 2011
Why can’t we look good when we ride bikes?
Conventional motorcycling wisdom states, “Dress for the crash, not the ride.” But why does being safe have to involve dressing up like a DayGlo sausage, a European hairdresser or a large nylon pillow? Why can Dainese make an airbag racing suit that can tell the difference between a high and low-side crash using a GPS sensor, three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, but not offer a jacket I
12 April 2011
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