If you're interested in Resurgence Gear protective motorcycle jeans, you may have heard that one of the things, besides their excellent technical abrasion resistant performance, that sets them apart is the styling that makes them look just like regular fashion jeans.

Well if you haven't seen them on anyone you may not know what all the hype is about. So this the first of three teaser video's, for a new Bell Helmets UK video, may help you visualise them. It features both the mens and ladies Selvedge Skinny Cafe Racer PEKEV biker jeans, as featured and reviewed on http://thebikeshed.cc/2015/12/19/gear-guide-68/ last month, styled based on the Levi's 511 cut of jeans.

Also featuring jackets, gloves, boots and t'shirts from Lewis Leathers, Roland Sands Design, Red Wing and ODFU, with bikes supplied by Ducati and the Salon Privee winning custom builder Old Empire Motorcycles (OEM).

The ladies Selvedge Cafe Racer jeans are high waist with a preferred skinny leg cut. Both the ladies and mens jeans come complete with Knox hip and low profile knee armour.

We will post all three teaser videos prior to the main release, keep checking back!..

Your Resurgence Gear jeans available here!

 

Yes we are keeping ourselves busy with the start of 2015!

Yes another new and exciting brand, which is completely new in the UK, and exclusively available here, Holy Freedom.

Holy Freedom is an Italian brand, from Parma, of custom bike inspired casual biker wear established in 2006 and run by the flamboyantly creative Arnaldo Upali. With a range of cool t'shirts; short and long sleeves, funky sweatshirts and hoodies and stylish tube bandana's. All unique limited run designs with Arnaldo's own creative flair, inspired by his love of custom motorcycles and in fact custom everything. Arnaldo's creative design transcends across both his clothing range and his own custom motorbike and bicycle designs.

Holy Freedom has designed their range of sweatshirts and hoodies specifically for bikers, by innovatively lining the chest of them with Wind Stopper to ensure you stay warm and wind free while you ride.

Holy Freedom are regulars at custom bike events across Europe, but you can get your very own piece of Holy Freedom delivered direct to your door, right here.

As Arnaldo says; "Stay wild, stay custom"

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and have managed to get some good winter riding in with the less than seasonal weather.

At Salt Flats Clothing we have some exciting things happening during 2015, we are starting the new year off as we mean to go on, by adding a new brand to the store, Oily Rag Clothing.

Oily Rag is a British design of retro style motorcycle t'shirts, renowned for being worn by Henry Cole the presenter of ITV 4's Motorbike Show and the Travel Channel's Worlds Greatest Motorcycle Rides, and for producing the 4 times World Superbike Champion, Carl "Foggy" Fogarty, merchandise t'shirts and caps.

Many of the design's feature Oily Rag's own shed built custom motorcycles including the Triumph T100 Bobber and Kawasaki Scrambler, others are inspired by events such as the Bonneville Salt Flats racing week Oily Rag attended and intend to race at in the future. But all are inspired by a passion for the freedom of classic and custom motorbikes, old school surfing, skating, biking, and custom early to mid 1900's hot rod's..

Click here to the view the collection and gets your own Oily Rag t'shirt today.

My personal favourite, which I'm sure you will spot me wearing at the many events we will be attending this year, is the Shed Build t'shirt, you can get your own here!..  

Why are some protective jeans so much more expensive than others?

Quite simply put, it is the quality of the components used in manufacturing the garments.

The reason some manufacturers choose to ‘water down’ there Kevlar type material is to save costs, but at what expense? The manufacturing process for polymer-based materials, which is where PEKEV, Kevlar, Covec and Dyneema originate from, is complex and costly. Use less off it, less costly, but also less protection in the jean. It is a decision you need to make when purchasing a pair; spend more money and be more protected, spend less and be less protected. If you opt for higher levels of protection I advise looking for jeans that are CE certified to assure yourself of that level of protection, how do you know what that is and how effective it is otherwise? Without using them in an accident, at which point its too late, an untested pair of jeans is an uncertain pair of jeans.

Different types of motorbike jeans

  • Unlined – typically lifestyle jeans with no protection.
  • Panel lined – typically have pieces of Kevlar or Kevlar type material stitched into the knee and or bottom area. Great if you know that is where you are likely to fall in the chaos of an accident and can be assured of the quality of the Kevlar type material to withstand the abrasion forces. Generally you can tell these jeans by sight, as the lines for the stitching of the panels are very visible externally.
  • Part lined – similar to panel lined with the protective material covering a greater area of the jean, typically around 60%, so protecting more of you. Look for jeans where the lining is free moving on the inside, ie: not stitched into the vertical side seams, typically held in at the waistband, this prevents friction burns if the jeans twist in an accident.
  • Woven denim blend – have the protective thread, Kevlar or aramid, woven into the denim. Protection is throughout the jean, and you do only get a normal single layer jean, without any unsightly stitch lines externally, the compromise is the time afforded for abrasion typically less than their lined counterparts. However also expect to see this style of jeans water and wind repellent too, from the application of additional coatings.
  • Fully lined – the best level of protection available today. They effectively have a pair of jeans in a jean! Lined throughout with a protective material like PEKEV or Kevlar. Look for jeans that are CE certified, ones with the lining not stitched into the side seams, it will be held in at the waistband and ankle cuffs, they should also have an ankle restraint system to keep the legs covered. The down side is that they will be thicker than your regular jeans, but they keep getting thinner and lighter, that in turn means they can look just like regular jeans too. The upside is they generally afford the highest levels of protection. If you want a stylish looking pair just look for a manufacturer that does a design you like, they exist. 

Top tips for buying protective motorcycle jeans:

  • Decide on the level of protection you want - non CE certified jeans typically limit protection to certain areas of the jeans, commonly the knees and bottom. CE certified ones have protection through out.
  • Set a budget
  • Decide on a style that suits your taste
  • Ensure the jean fits you – poorly fitting jeans degrade the effectiveness of the protection as the garment moves and twists through impact, and the armour displaces.
  • Ensure you look good wearing them!

There is no substitute for trying the jeans you want on. Good online retailers, like us, will happily swop sizes out for you to ensure you get the correct ones. 

Whatever pair you end up buying I recommend you choosing the best level of protection you can afford primarily, CE certified if you can, after all you only have one body and one layer of skin.

Resurgence Gear Inc.

I selected the Resurgence Gear range for Salt Flats Clothing, because they are one of few manufacturers with CE certified jeans, and at the higher level 2 with the highest rating for abrasion resistance. Oh and yes I wear them myself..

The non CE certified jeans are also manufactured to the same specification with the same materials, just with less of the protective PEKEV lining, making them a cheaper alternative to the CE Voyager ones.

Resurgence Gear is an innovation company racking up a number of firsts; with the first ladies CE certified jeans and the first CE certified cargo trousers, leading with fashionably styled jeans. Expect to see a Café Racer inspired pair of PEKEV lined Selvedge motorcycle jeans very soon.

Click here to see the Resurgence Gear range. 

 

Keep checking back here regularly, I will be covering jackets, gloves and helmets soon.....

I often get asked what the differences are between what we call ‘Kevlar’ motorbike jeans, why some are so much more expensive than others and how do you tell which are any good. So I thought I would share the results of my research here for you guys.

For many years I rode sports bikes wearing leathers, then I jumped on a Norton Café Racer, you can see it at the bottom of our home page, and one sunny afternoon blasting over to H Café near Oxford, I felt distinctly out of place wearing my trusty leathers on it. That started me thinking of alternatives, but I didn’t want to comprise on the protection leather afforded me though, having relied on it with a couple of tumbles.

A bit of internet searching later and a video clip of the CEO of Draggin Jeans, Grant Mackintosh, being dragged behind a bike wearing a pair of Kevlar lined jeans, and that was it jeans were the way forward offering similar protection letting me look more normal and less ninja turtle like.

Today there are around 120 companies making what we have called ‘Kevlar’ motorcycle jeans, some use Kevlar, but now some use other advanced materials such as PEKEV, Covec, Dyneema or even Kevlar blended with Dyneema, with outstanding protection results.

DuPont, which owns Kevlar, has also become concerned about the way their brand is bandied about for motorcycle protective jeans. An article back in April’s edition of the UK’s MCN newspaper reported DuPont changing its licencing structure, manufacturers not compliant with it have since had to remove the Kevlar brand from their products. They found some of them were using what is best described as watered down versions of Kevlar, with limited protective qualities, and therefore wanted to distance their brand from something that potentially will not perform in protecting the rider during an accident. Evidence of which has been seen at the recent motorcycle shows EICMA in Milan and Motorcycle Live at the NEC, where tags and products were removed from display and sale.

So how do you tell a good pair? 

In Europe we are lucky, a standard for testing the effectiveness of motorcycle clothing exists. The CE testing and certification scheme falls under the Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE) directive, and has been around since the early 90’s. Motorcycle clothing’s inclusion in it was to cover the bike racing profession.

Most people are familiar with the CE certified body armour standard, EN1621-1, but few with the clothing EN13595-1 standard. Initially used for testing leather and textile suits ability to protect during an accident, but today some manufacturers are leading the way with CE certifying motorcycle jeans to it too.

What this means is that they are subject to a number of tests, the same as leather suits, designed to mimic the degradation that occurs to clothing during an accident. There are three key elements:

  1. Abrasion resistance, how long before a slide down the road wears through the garment, the key measure.
  2. Seam burst, how much pressure will the construction of the garment stand before it falls to pieces.
  3. Impact cut, how easy is the garment to be cut by sharp objects that could impale the body.

Things, like the innocuousness of the dies and allergic reaction of the metals used, are also tested, along with the design of the garment. Jeans need to have an ankle restraint system, typically a stirrup, to prevent the jean riding up the bikers leg and exposing the leg to the road during an accident. Any lining material needs to be free to move of the side seams, so if the jeans twist during an accident it doesn’t cause a secondary injury of friction burns.

Each of the key elements has a minimum measurement to achieve for conformance to the standard, called Level 1, a higher measurement, for advanced products, can be achieved and awarded with a higher rating, called Level 2. For jeans the key measure for Level 1 is 4 seconds of abrasion resistance, and level 2 is 7 seconds. Very few motorcycle jeans have achieved either! Most leather suits achieve Level 1, some race suits achieve Level 2.

The current list of motorbike jeans, I am aware of, that achieve CE EN13595-1 Certification are:

  • Resurgence Gear Voyager PEKEV – with 10.83 seconds abrasion resistance
  • Bull-IT Covec VoloCE – with 7.97 seconds abrasion resistance
  • Draggin Kevlar/Dyneema Holeshot – with 7.46 seconds abrasion resistance
  • Draggin Kevlar C-Evo – with 4.4 seconds abrasion resistance

Point of sale material used by Draggin Jeans in the UK suggests abrasion testing results of many brands is under 2 seconds, some barely scraping over 1 second, only just higher than regular non protective jeans at just under 1 second, and none CE tested or certified.

Longer the abrasion time less the risk the jeans wear through to the skin.

Statics from accidents do show injuries from impact, kneecaps on kerbstones for example, are more prevalent than from abrasion, or road rash though. A good pair of jeans not only has pockets for knee and hip armour, but is also supplied with CE EN1621-1 or 2 certified armour, to the knee and hips, preferably.

After all we purchase protective motorcycle jeans to protect us during an accident, why not make sure they are fit for the job? Today there is only CE testing to provide empirical evidence to the manufacturers claims, we should take note of it.

To be continued..........

We are really pleased to announce that the 42 year old iconic Spanish brand of textile and wax cotton retro vintage style jackets and café racer style leather and textile gloves, some with capacitive smart phone technology for the modern rider, that is part of the Nolan Group, Garibaldi, will be available shortly on the Salt Flats Clothing store. Keep an eye on the listings for stock updates, or contact us here with details of your requirements and we will try and expedite an order for you.

The wait is over, the fantastic super soft deerskin Lee Parks Design gloves are now in stock!. If you are looking for a glove that oozes style and quality, that compliments cruisers and café racers alike, gives the ultimate feedback from the motorbike bar, is so comfortably soft and with one of the highest levels of abrasion resistance from a hide, then look no further, Lee Parks Design deerskin gloves will be for you. The range includes an Outlast® lined glove for these cooler winter riding days, along with a range of breathable light weight summer gloves. Contact us now for more information.

Triumph Live 2014

July 08, 2014

2014   Fesitval  

Triumph Live is a great way to celebrate your love of motorcycling and a unique way to share your passion with all of your friends & family - AND WE'LL BE THERE, SO COME ALONG TO SEE US!
 
Triumph Live 2014 will have headlining music, boutique camping, festival marquees, riding opportunities, motorcycling, aeroplane and car stunt displays, industry celebrities, custom zones, classic zones, fresh local food, craft zone, a large retail zone, kids zone, plus loads of other arena attractions & shows.
 
To find out more about the event go to http://www.triumph-live.com/

We're pleased to announce that we now stock the excellent Lee Parks Design motorcycle gloves.

As the editorial director of Motorcycle Consumer News and Auto Restorer, Lee had the privilege of scientifically testing hundreds of motorcycle and automotive products, often to destruction. This taught him a great deal about materials, production and quality and he now puts that experience to work in every product since founding Lee Parks Design in April 2001.

See the great range by clicking here: Lee Parks Design gloves

Ireland Bike Fest 2014

May 21, 2014

We have a stall at the Ireland Bike Fest and we will be unveiling the Salt Flats Clothing collection there as well as giving away a few prizes (Resurgence Gear Jeans) come and see us!

In 2006, Killarney hosted the 15th European Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Rally – it was a resounding success. Killarney had all the ingredients for a great biker festival – great roads and scenery, quality hotels, camping and motorhome facilities and of course, legendary Irish hospitality. The concept of annual festival was born and the following year the inaugural Ireland Bike Fest took place.  It was the first festival of its kind in Ireland, geared especially for motorcycle owners, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in bikes.

 

Find out more here: http://www.irelandbikefest.com/