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A Returning Writer, a New Column, and a New Product from ROAME
A Returning Writer, a New Column, and a New Product from ROAMEHello again! It's been awhile since I have spent anytime with you and I definitely...
30 March 2016
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
A back protector that grows and dirt gloves with scaphoid protection
Little known in the US, Knox has been leading motorcycle safety innovations from the UK for over a decade now. For 2012, this new Meta-Sys back protector promises to boost protection, comfort, convenience and area of coverage while the firm’s innovative Scaphoid Protection System and Boa lacing technology make their way to dirt bike gloves, items that typically offer barely any protection at all...
25 April 2012
Gear: Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector
During the summer, Grant and I set out to make ourselves a couple of jackets actually capable of real protection, but that wouldn’t make us look like Power Rangers. Thanks to this Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector, I’ve finally finished mine. Now, I can fall off a bike in my Vanson AR2 without being paralyzed. Light, incredibly slim and very comfy, you can probably benefit from its protect...
22 December 2011
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
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
Gear: Icon Field Armor Stryker
This new Icon Field Armor Stryker armor is nearly perfect for its intended customer. The thing is, that’s not me. What I have to remember about HFL is that, despite our fascist insistence on all-black leathers and expensive jeans, we actually have a really diverse readership. Most of you guys don’t look and dress like Grant and I, so with that in mind I expanded my safety gear horizons with th...
11 April 2011
Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector: light, safe
With this new Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector, the company set out to meet the latest CE safety standards while making the protector as light and small as possible. Addressing comfort means more people will wear it more of the time, which, in addition to the increased safety, means fewer back injuries. As you can see, the protector is made from an outer shell of perforated polypropylene pl...
13 January 2011
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