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It is all about your safety.

In the worst case, about your life.

The CE label is there for your sake, so that you will know what you are buying. That the product, objectively, has been qualified to a certain standard. For motorcycle clothing and other protective clothing a number of extensive tests are prescribed, done by independent, authorised testing institutes. We are proud to be one of the manufacturers that have fulfilled the demands listed for these tests. We were very early to receive approval for leather but also for textile clothes. For this season we also have CE approved gloves and boots.

Warning for false labels!

Yes, this is unfortunately true. Many manufacturers also produce false labels. Here are some pieces of information that must be included in the label.
All approved products must be labelled with the CE symbol and the information included should be in the language of the country where the product is marketed. CE LABELS.

The consumer information should also include information on the institute where the tests have been made, with name and ID number of the institute.
Name, product name and other characteristics of the product should also be marked.

Every protector should have the markings of the actual type of protection.
The number of the current European standard should also be included, for instance EN 1621-1.
If these pieces of information are not included with the product, chances are that an eventual CE label is not genuine. If there is a label, these points are important to judge if it is genuine or not.

The right size is important

The protection offered by protectors and body armour and their ability to resist abrasion, as well as the functionality of the clothing, can only work correctly, if the clothes fit properly. Try them on more than once if need be and do not hesitate to ask the salesman for advice.

Ce-labelling and how it works

Here is a short list of examples for the demands in the CE tests, especially for protective motorcycle clothing. The label and the tests are there to give the product, the clothing and the accessories, a certain standard. Through extensive studies of actual accidents the exposed areas of the body could be divided into various zones.

EN 1621-1
Protection against mechanical impact on motorcyclists
Separate or combined protectors for shoulder, elbow, hips and knees – the most endangered parts of the body. Except for the test criteria, described below, the standard also describes the shape and how large the protected area should be.

Test method: Every protector is hit with a steel object nine times in various places, corresponding to a force of 50 J. The transferred force from the nine hits to the other side may, on average, not exceed 35 kN. And no single impact may exceed 50 kN. Every protector must be approved through these tests in order to have its CE-label.

EN 1621-2
Back protector for motorcyclists
The back protector should protect the spine and the soft-tissue areas next to the spine against blows and impacts. These tests simulate falls against pavement stones and corners. To receive approval the protector must also have the proper fit and comfort and cover enough of the back.

Test method: Five places on the protector are hit with a steel object in the form of a paving stone, on at least five places on the protector, with singular extra hits on the known weak points. To qualify for the higher standard (Level 2) the energy of the hits should be 50 J. The average figure of the force transferred to inner side of the protector may not exceed 9 kN. And no singular impact may exceed 12 kN. For „Level 1“ the average figure may not exceed 18 kN and no singular impact 24 kN.

EN 14021
Protection against thrown-up rocks and similar in offroad riding
Protective clothing against thrown-up rocks and similar dangers during offroad riding and such activities. The most endangered body part is the chest, but the body armour may also cover shoulder, back and upper arms. However, all parts of the protector must qualifiy. The EN 14021 also prescribes how large parts of the body are to be covered. Fit and attachements to the body are other factors that are important for the rider`s comfort and ability to move.

Test method: The protective plates are tried with a specially formed object dropped on them with a force of 5 J. The force measured on the inside may not exceed 27 kN. The tests are made on two incidentally chosen points on each plate and then repeated extra on two of the plates. They must not crack and all permanent parts, adjustment straps, bands and waist band must withstand a force of 120 N before ripping apart.

EN 13634
Foot protection for professional motorcyclists
The qualifications for the CE approval of a boot include the quality of the material, torsional strength and resistance against abrasion, penetration and burst strength. This standard is also divided into two levels.

Test method: Abrasion resistance is important and is tested like the EN 13595-2, against a grinder. The outer layer must hold out 5 seconds for „Level 1“. For „Level 2“ 12 seconds are required. Penetration is also tested and the soles should be unaffected by chemicals, oil and petrol. EC approval is issued with or without protectors for ankles and shin bones. We have chosen to have our boots tested with this protection and this means they are also tested for impacts and hits according to „Level 1“.

EN 13594
Protective gloves for professional motorcyclists
The gloves should protect hands, fingers and wrists from impacts and abrasion, among other dangers, without impairing the rider’s ability to handle the controls of the motorcycles. Important for this is quality and burst strength of the various materials and the strength of the stitch.

Test method: Impact, abrasion and burst strength are tried. In the abrasion test the glove must withstand at least 2.5 seconds on the grinder, the same one used for clothes and boots. Burst strength should be least at 40 N. If knuckle protection is used, this should manage an impact of 5 J and release a force of maximum 4 kN on the inside.

EN 13595-1 to EN 13595-4
Protective clothing for professional motorcyclists – jacket, pants and one-piece suit
The standard for protective clothing is directed at those categories, who move in traffic most of the time, professional drivers and riders. For all who want the best protection, this standard is of particular interest. Except abrasions tests, there are also high demands on fit and shape of the clothing. An important aspect is that the clothes should fit as they are designed to be, even in an accident situation. The standard has two levels: „Level 1“ is the somewhat simpler variety, affording some protection. „Level 2“ is somewhat harder and demands more of the clothes.

Test method: Several tests are made, including resistance against abrasion and impact, but also burst strength. In the abrasion tests, the clothing is simply held against a rotating grinder and the time that the material will hold out measured. Normal textile fabric is gone in less than half a second. For „Level 1“ zones 1 and 2 (the most endangered on the body) must hold out 4 seconds. For „Level 2“ zones 1 und 2 must hold 7 seconds! This about corresponds to the time the rider glides on the ground after a fall at 110 km/h. How deep the tip of a knife with a certain force can penetrate the material is measured with the penetration resistance. The clothing is stretched to measure the burst strength, until material, zipper or its seams tear apart. A certain pressure monitors the indicated limit.

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