MOTORCYCLE JACKET BUYER`S QUICK GUIDE
MOTORCYCLE JACKET BUYER`S QUICK GUIDE
A solid riding jacket should be in every motorcycle rider’s arsenal. No matter what riding style you prefer, a quality jacket will be a great tool to help you ride through whatever obstacles the road or nature decides to throw your way. Choosing the right jacket can be a difficult decision with multiple fabrics, designs, ventilation, storage options and features to pick from. The following checklist should help you to find the right piece of clothing you need.
1. One-piece or two-piece suit?
The first decision you need to make is whether you really need a separate motorcycle jacket, or if it might be better to buy a one-piece motorcycle suit. A one piece suit is full body protection which fits close to your skin and won't flap in the wind while you're riding. If you like to race your bike through traffic on the freeway on your sport bike, you might prefer purchasing a one-piece motorcycle suit. The combination of a motorcycle jacket and pants instead is ideal for people who want flexibility. If you're just taking a casual ride, you won't have to take along both pieces of your outfit. You can simply pull off your jacket and replace it with an everyday coat when you get to your destination. Furthermore, motorcycle jackets offer more storage space than one-piece suits.
2. Choose Quality Material
Bikers argue over the basic question of whether a motorcycle jacket made of textile or one made of leather is a better choice. These materials are very different but they have one thing in common: the performance of the jacket will depend greatly on the quality of the material and how it's manufactured. It takes a lot of experience to recognize this type of quality. That's why it's helpful for less experienced or entry-level riders to seek advice from more experienced riders.
Motorcycle jackets made of high quality leather have good abrasion resistance and offer excellent protection from injury if you do get into an accident. If you choose a jacket made of goat leather or calfskin, you need a thickness of at least 1.2 to 1.4 millimetres. If your leather is any thinner it will have only limited protective properties. Kangaroo leather is another interesting material; because of its sturdiness you can get away with a jacket just 1 to 1.1 millimetres thick.
More and more manufacturers are offering jackets made of a combination of leather and textile materials. Leather usually covers the most vulnerable parts of the body, including the upper back, shoulders, and bottoms and tops of the arm. The textile weave offers better comfort by creating extra ventilation. Jackets made of a fabric like nylon includes many abrasion resistant varieties like Armacor, Kevlar, Dynatec and 500 to 2000 denier Cordura. These materials often offer excellent breathability, protection from the cold as well as waterproofness.
Tips for Making Your Choice: Cruisers, weekend riders, and touring bikers usually choose motorcycle jackets made of a textile like nylon or polyester, since they generally offer the best comfort. Sportier riders place a little more emphasis on safety, especially if they take bigger risks in traffic or racing, and tend to choose sturdier leather jackets. Motorcycle jackets made of a combination of leather and textile are a sensible compromise.
3. Safety should be Paramount
When choosing a motorcycle jacket, you should always keep safety in the forefront of your mind. Because of its texture, leather is denser than textile weaves. As soon as the leather is placed under mechanical strain it undergoes a process of load distribution by stretching slightly. This protects the material from ripping easily. Textile materials perform worse than motorcycle jackets made of leather in this respect. It's easier to tear the weave, causing unprotected areas of your skin to slide across the pavement. That's why you should be sure that motorcycle jackets made of a textile weave are reinforced with materials like leather or Kevlar.
Motorcycle jackets should have integrated protectors. These are pieces of protective padding typically on the arms, back, and chest of your jacket. Here below some criteria for Choosing Protectors:
- Protective padding needs to be elastic and large enough to efficiently distribute the energy in a crash.
- Close-fitting motorcycle jackets should have protectors attached to the outside of the jacket.
- If the motorcycle jacket has a looser fit, the protectors should be larger and fit close to the part of the body they are intended to protect.
- Protectors shouldn't restrict your comfort, but should cover a large enough surface area to protect your upper body.
- Elbow protectors should always protect your ulna from injury.
5. Weight and Storage Space
Leather motorcycle jackets are typically heavier than jackets made of a woven textile. They also have less pockets where you can store your money or possessions. Which characteristics will be most important to you depend primarily on your individual needs.
- Rain Protection: Leather needs to be equipped with a special, waterproof membrane in order to be waterproof. Otherwise, the material can absorb moisture, making your leather jacket even heavier. This has a negative effect on your comfort. Textile fabrics won't let in any moisture at all if they have a waterproof treatment. This is often applied to the interior of the jacket. Evaporating water, however, can cause materials with water resistant coatings to cool down rapidly.
- Overheating: Leather doesn't have any way to balance out heat from your body or from the sun. It can only keep the wearer warm to a certain extent and only offers some protection from the heat. Motorcycle jackets made of leather are perfect for temperatures between about 12 and 24 degrees. Some models are made using high quality processes, however, which allow their material to be more breathable. Motorcycle jackets made of textiles use different lining materials. These allow the jacket to keep you warm even in high winds. You should know, however, that extra linings can limit breathability. That's why it's good to get a jacket with a removable liner.
6. Get the Best Fit
Motorcycle jackets are sold in typical sizes for men and women. Some will be labeled as unisex sizing, but sizing can differ widely from manufacturer to manufacturer.
- Perfect Fit: The jacket needs to fit your body perfectly while you're standing and while you're sitting. That's why riders should try on the jacket in the position they will be sitting on their bikes.
- Sleeves: Your sleeves need to be long enough. They should reach to your wrists when you have your arms extended and bent as they will be while you're riding.
- Zippers: The cuffs of the sleeves should have a zipper. This helps the motorcycle jacket avoid slipping up over your wrists in an accident. The zipper should be covered so it doesn't increase your risk of injury.
7. Care for Your Jacket Correctly
You need to regularly clean your motorcycle jacket, which may have some effect on the type of jacket you choose to buy. Good care increases the lifespan of a jacket, helps it retain its functional properties, and helps it look good longer. How much time a rider will need to spend cleaning a motorcycle jacket will depend mainly on the material it's made from.
Cleaning and Caring for Leather Motorcycle Jackets
Motorcycle jackets made of leather have to be regularly treated with a leather conditioner. This will stop them from hardening and drying out. This conditioner also protects the leather from penetration by water. Depending on the color of your jacket, you can use a transparent product or black grease.
Cleaning and Caring for Textile Jackets
Textile motorcycle jackets should give lots of helpful information for their care on the tag. You'll need to follow these instructions. It's often possible to wash this type of motorcycle jacket in the washing machine on a delicate cycle and with delicate detergent. You should be sure the water temperature isn't higher than about 30 degrees.
Finally, you should rinse out your jacket twice with plain water to make sure no detergent remains in the fabric. You generally can't use any softeners. Many models also can't be dried in the dryer.
SUMMER RIDING WITH THE RIGHT GLOVES!
Summer is coming? You may be looking for a new pair of gloves that will keep hands protected, well-ventilated, and maximize airflow too.
Summer riding is more comfortable with the right gloves! There are a lot of options, we suggest you to look for lightweight summer motorcycle gloves with features such as:
- venting systems with air intake vents on the digits: many reputable brands make vented leather or fabric glove styles. Some open and close, so you can control the air flow.
- moisture-wicking fabrics: lightweight mesh gloves, with mesh webbed in between each of the fingers and on the backs of hands, are one of the most popular styles for summer riding.
- fingerless gloves: get essential protection where you need it most, in half finger styles that keep fingers cool.
- short cuff length: will keep your hands from sweating.
- protection for palms and knuckles and backs of hands: look for skid pads, scaphoid protection, and hard knuckles in cooler fabric or vented styles for summer, to keep hands cooler.
- lightweight, perforated leather: you can't beat perforated leather for "grip"; a pattern of tiny holes adds airflow to leather gloves, for the best of both worlds.
- gel padding on palms: you want to feel the wind, not the road! Look for gel cushioning on the palms to provide anti-vibration advantages. Lots of summer gloves come equipped with this feature.
- cooler man-made fabrics designed to wick and evaporate moisture: it's a little known fact that most man-made fabrics have wicking qualities, and will help to evaporate sweat.
Whichever glove you opt for, bear in mind that the most important thing is fit. Gloves must be snug enough to feel like a second skin but not too tight as to be restrictive. Gloves that are too big will be cumbersome, while those that are too small will limit movement and cut off circulation.
Come over at our shop, we would be glad to show our wide range of summer motorcycle gloves and advise you on the best models available!
WHAT SIZE HELMET SHOULD I CHOOSE?
There's more to fitting a helmet than just buying the one that matches your hat size or guessing at “small, medium or large.” However, head size is a good starting point. Measure your head at its largest circumference – usually just above your eyebrows in front, over your eyes and around in back. Try it several times so you know you've gotten the largest number. Most helmets are marked and sold as S, M, L or XL but these sizes vary among manufacturers and model types.
The best way to try on your helmet:
• Hold it by the chin straps. The bottom of the helmet should face you with the front pointing down.
• Put your thumbs on the inside of the straps, balancing the helmet with your fingertips.
• Spread the sides of the helmet apart slightly and slip it down over your head using the chin straps.
The helmet should fit snugly and may even feel a bit too tight until it is in place correctly. Be sure it sits squarely on your head. It shouldn't be tilted back on your head like a hat. Remember, if your helmet is too large, several things could happen: it will move around and up and down on your head when you least want it to; it can be noisy and let in wind; worst of all, it may come off in a crash!
Once the helmet is on your head, make a few other fit checks before fastening the straps.
• The cheek pads should touch your cheeks without pressing uncomfortably.
• There should be no gaps between your temples and the brow pads.
• If the helmet has a neck roll, it shouldn't push the helmet away from the back of your neck.
• On full-face helmets, press on the chin piece. The helmet or face shield should not touch your nose or chin. If it does, it will surely do so at speed from wind pressure.
With the helmet still on and the straps securely fastened, move it from side to side and up and down with your hands. If it fits right, your skin should move as the helmet is moved. You should feel as if a slight, even pressure is being exerted all over your head. Remember, too, that a helmet loosens up a bit as the comfort liner compresses through use. A new helmet should be as tight as you can comfortably wear it.
Now, with the chin strap still securely fastened and your head straight, try rolling the helmet forward off your head. You shouldn't be able to pull it off. If you can, the helmet is too big. Take off the helmet. Does your head feel sore anywhere? Are there any red spots on your forehead? Pressure points can be uncomfortable and can cause a headache after a long ride, so be sure your helmet isn't causing any. If it is, choose the next largest size or try a different brand of helmet. Human heads are not all the same shape, neither are helmets. If you are still unsure about the helmet's fit, wear it around the store for a while to see if it remains comfortable.
A helmet is an important investment, no matter what its price.
Be sure the one you choose is right for you!
Please note that for hygiene reasons and full respect of our customers we do not allow made-up women to try on our helmets. Kindly be aware we always provide makeup remover wipes to use before wearing the new helmet. As our experience has shown, helmets could easily get dirty with no warranty from the supplier and therefore remain unsold. We hope in your understanding and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this shop policy could create.
DUPONT KEVLAR® MOTORCYCLE HOODIE
Unisex black motorcycle protective hoodie fully lined with DUPONT KEVLAR® material and internal pockets to insert armours at shoulders, elbows and back. The outer shell is constructed from premium black cotton inner fleece providing a comfortable weight casual jacket, perfect for those riders around the city/town. Wearing a motorcycle hoodie you no longer have to lug around a heavy bulky stand our motorcycle jacket. Ride in full confidence knowing you have a Kevlar lining throughout the whole hoodie with extra protection pockets in the shoulders, elbows and back (they are not provided with the hoodie`s purchase). The jackets longer torso ensures maximum coverage for all riding positions.
This motorcycle hoodie combine a unique blend of premium materials and protection which is carefully designed into a new perfect fitting. It is a great combination of impact and abrasion resistance along with technical material properties that give our motorcycle riders the confidence and convenience they need on and off the motorbike.
Wearing dupont Kevlar® motorcycle hoodie you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Soft & Heavy cotton raised fleece
- Full body Dupont Kevlar®
- Pockets for removable armours shoulders, elbows and back
- Equipped with hood to block cool air
- Fully mesh lined too keep you cool and dry
- Ribbed cuffs, and waist to block cool air
- Breathable knitted fabric
- Comfortable leisure wear
- Machine wash & dry
RXT VIPER HELMET
This RXT Viper Helmet is not only great in design but is also extremely stylish. It has great features including a bonus Detachable Breath guard, Ultra-Modern Aerodynamic Shell Design,
AS/NZS 1698 Standard, Micro lock retention system.
Sizes XS – XXL, Gloss Black, Matt Black
Fibreglass Construction, Hard Coated Scratch Resistant Quick Release 3D Visor, 3D Washable / Removable Internal Lining with Padded Strap Covers and Ultra flow Venting System with Rear Exhaust Outlet.
NOLAN N104 HELMET
The Nolan N104 helmet is produced in two outer shell sizes (XXS-L / XL-XXXL) of injected polycarbonate GE Lexan keeping the helmet's weight to a minimum, proportionate to the rider's size.
New in the N104 is the dimensionally correct sizing allowing ample cubic volume in the chin/nose area.
The (patented) chin guard rotation movement with elliptical trajectory makes it possible to keep the total size of the helmet's front section to a minimum, when the chin guard is open.
The ultrawide visor assembly on the new N104 guarantees maximum riding comfort: the eyeport is the largest of any Nolan, both vertically and laterally, increasing safety by providing superior vision.
Motodry have a great range of Motorcycle clothing for Men and Ladies who take there safety seriously.
There range of Motorcycle gear includes Jackets, Boots, Gloves and the range includes a product that will suit every rider from design, safety right through to style.
With no compromises towards product development Kabuto's high-spec helmets are developed based on aerodynamics, safety and style.
Kabuto Helmets have newly designed the shell of these helmets so they are lightweight but have enhanced strength.
The ventilation system effectively takes the outer air in and pushes the inner humid air out.
These are a great looking helmet without compromising on quality.
Shark constructs it’s helmets under modern hi-tech performance manufacturing processes, placing safety firmly at the centre of everything they produce.Shark Helmets design their helmets to exceed all current helmet safety standards.
The consistency of Shark’s test results has resulted in them receiving a 4 to 5 star rating on all Shark full face models.This was awarded by the independent SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme).
The S900 is aggressive, incredibly versatile, yet a perfectly balanced helmet, it has all the practical function and focuses on comfort and security. Featuring our new Air Pump system.
The S700 offers a powerful design with features and a finish found rarely in a helmet at this price. The level of equipment which S700 inherits makes it one of the most popular models used by bikers worldwide.
The S600 offers a high level of features and security, this helmet is a good introduction into the world of Shark Helmets.
With great graphics and design Shark Helmets will not only keep you safe but also looking great.