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Leather suits up to 500 euros

Leather suits up to 500 euros
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Good design is not a question of price. But what about safety, fit and comfort when it comes to cheaper leather suits? MOTORRAD compared nine two-piece models.

Uli Holzwarth

06/07/2005

Two years have passed since the last test of mid-range leather suits. A sufficiently long period of time for the manufacturers of leather pelts to eliminate the weak points that have been criticized. Apparently, however, the criticism mostly fell on deaf ears, like that
shows a current comparison of nine leather suits in the price range up to 500 euros.
Some test candidates reveal the same weaknesses as the suits of the time. Sometimes this will still be
The connection zips of the jacket and trousers, which are extremely stressed in the event of a fall, are not fixed directly to the leather, but rather via a large textile stretch with the wafer-thin inner lining (Cima, Difi, Germas, Modeka and Revit). If the worst comes to the worst, there is a risk that the lining will tear, and instead of the leather, skin will sand the asphalt. Everyone can imagine the consequences of such faulty constructions.
The question arises why some manufacturers do not eliminate such safety deficiencies, which reduce the term »protective clothing« to absurdity. The suspicion is that they are very flexible
Choose connection method between jacket and pants to avoid defects in fit ?? at least with a short fitting in the shop ?? to conceal in part.
However, during the extensive driving tests carried out by MOTORRAD, ergonomic ailments quickly became apparent. Two testers with different clothing sizes were able to try this out on their own body on a fully disguised sports tourer and a half-boarded touring machine.
The key is a body-hugging, tight cut that is typical of the driver-
attitude on the motorcycle taken into account. This is only possible if the sleeves and legs are strong as well as the shoulders
are preformed, the back is long enough for a bent forward posture and stretch inserts are used sparingly but in the right places-
the. In the last test (MOTORRAD 10/2003) there was at least one high-flyer in terms of fit with the two-part FLM Race sold by Polo, this time no model is 100% convincing. A good cut does not cause any additional costs in production. Ultimately, the suits make the best figure on the motorcycle
with the slightest imperfections in fit of Corax and Louis (Vanucci), while the ergonomics at Modeka and BF clearly exceed the tolerance range (see box texts).
The BF suit also fails in the test criterion of safety, because all protectors clearly exceed the already very generous limit value of the CE standard in the shock absorption tests. It is also difficult to understand that the pockets at BF, Difi and Modeka are too small for a back protector in accordance with the CE standard. Almost scandalous: Germas equips its combination of GPS jacket and Cobra trousers with CE protectors according to the imprint, which do not contain the manufacturer’s information on shoulder and elbow protectors prescribed in the standard, and which
Knee protectors that are CE-tested have similarly miserable damping values ​​as a piece of square timber.
When it comes to functionality, too, things are not always the best. The fiddly, extremely hooky operation of the connection zips that are available in some combinations in short and long versions is often annoying. In addition, some pants lack the extremely practical, zip-lock outer pockets for ignition keys and other small items. And only Corax and Hein Gericke have a removable and washable inner lining.
In view of the intoxicating presentation of some models, prospective buyers of off-the-peg leather suits should always insist on a seat test on their own motorcycle.
If you have no experience with tight-fitting protective clothing, you can also try on much more expensive, body-fitting leather suits from well-known manufacturers, even if your wallet does not allow this. This is the best way to get one
A feeling for the ideal fit.

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BF Pitlane jacket / duo pants

Provider: BF Motorcycle Hardwear,
Telephone 04421/500166, www.bf-hardwear.de
Price: 418 euros
Sizes: 48 to 60 (jacket), 48 to 60,
94 to 110 and 26 to 28 (pants)
Colors: black / red / silver, black / silver / gray, black / blue / silver
Materials: cowhide, textile stretch
Weight *: 4.82 kilograms
Special features: long and short
Connection zipper; Knee sliders;
Collar and cuffs with neoprene trim; Pants available in intermediate sizes; Jacket and
Pants in different sizes can be combined
Plus: good ver-
work; realistic size specification; The jacket’s protectors fit very well and are correctly placed; sufficiently long sleeves; Sleeve cuffs can be closed softly and tightly; easily accessible and sufficiently large inside pocket with zipper
Minus: Inadequate connection between jacket and pants, as there is also
long zip belly area remains free; tight cut of the jacket with clear weaknesses in the driver’s position; Sleeves are pulled up, and armpits and neck are uncomfortably pinched; on-
restricted freedom of movement; pants-
waistband with very weak snap fastener; Pants cut too wide in the knee area, resulting in bulging; Knee slider with insufficient hold on Velcro surfaces that are too small; Protector pocket too small for the prescribed size of the CE back protector; Knee protector too small for adults; all protectors clearly exceed the permissible residual force values ​​according to the CE standard
Conclusion: well made, but completely
inadequate safety equipment.
The bad fit in the driver’s position
also spoils the result

Cima over

Provider: Schlier, phone 08234/902363,
www.cima-motorradbekleidung.de
Price: from 448 euros
Sizes: 36 to 46 (ladies jacket), 34 to 46 (ladies trousers); 48 to 64 (men’s jacket), 48 to 64 (men’s trousers) and numerous in-between sizes
Colors: black / white / anthracite, black / red / anthracite, black / blue / anthracite
Materials: cowhide, Kevlar stretch
Weight *: 5.04 kilograms
Special features: long and short connection zipper; Perforation on chest and armpits; closable ventilation openings on the back; Velcro patch for optional knee sliders
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; good ventilation; supple leather; correct
placed protectors with a very good fit; sufficiently long sleeves; Cuffs can be closed tightly; acceptable fit with good wearing comfort in an upright sitting position; Jackets and trousers with adjustable width; Comfortable cut of the pants in the hip area
Minus: unstable connection between jacket and trousers (circumferential connection zipper attached to the inner lining of the jacket); Knee protectors
press in sitting position; Leg length something
shortly; Inside pocket placed inconveniently high and turned out a bit small; Don’t cut
designed for a sporty sitting position
Conclusion: there are touring motorcycles
the well-made two-parter in terms of things
The fit and comfort of a passable figure, the unstable connection of a jacket
and pants, however, are a safety flaw

Corax CRX

Provider: Axo Germany,
Telephone 07145/93620, www.corax-online.de
Price: 449.90 euros
Sizes: 48 to 58, also stocky depending on the color
and slim custom sizes available
Colors: black / gray,
Black / green, black / yellow, black / red, black / blue
Materials: cowhide, nylon stretch
Weight *: 4.72 kilograms
Special features: removable inner lining; Neoprene trim on the collar; Reflective material on upper arms, Velcro for optional knee sliders; Perforation on the shoulders
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; proper ventilation; very supple leather; perfectly placed protectors with a very good fit; very good fit of the jacket with pre-curved, sufficiently long sleeves; Sleeve cuffs can be closed softly and tightly; easily accessible inside pockets with zip; stable connection zipper, attached directly to the leather of the jacket and trousers; soft collar finish; high wearing comfort; great results in the protector test
Minus: pants fall in proportion
too far to the jacket; Leg ends around five to eight centimeters too short; Knee area cut too wide,
thereby bulging in the sitting position
Conclusion: well-made two-piece suit with great protectors, numerous useful details and a perfectly fitting jacket. For those cut too wide and
However, there are quite short pants
Point deductions

Difi Assen

Provider: Motoport, phone 04451/915200, www.motoport.de
Price: 499 euros
Sizes: 36 to 46 (women), 48 to 60 (men)
Colors: black / gray, black / orange, black / red, black / blue
Materials: cowhide, Kevlar stretch, textile stretch
Weight *: 4.34 kilograms
Special features: long and short connection zipper; Ventilation scoops on the shoulders; with a zipper
closable ventilation openings
on the back; Velcro patch for optional knee sliders; Perforation on
Upper arms
Plus: good workmanship; proper ventilation; relatively supple leather; correctly placed protectors with a very good fit; sufficiently long sleeves; Sleeve cuffs can be closed softly and tightly; easily accessible and sufficiently large inside pocket with zipper; jacket
with width adjustment at the waistband;
no bulging in the knee area
Minus: clothing sizes are a bit tight; unstable connection of jacket
and pants (circumferential connection zipper on the inner lining of the jacket be-
consolidates); tight cut with ergonomic weaknesses in the driver’s position leads to
Pressure on armpits and neck; Restricted freedom of movement, therefore wearing comfort
only moderately; very tightly cut forearms; Protector pocket for mandatory
Size of the CE protector too small
Conclusion: body-hugging two-piece suit
With a sporty design, the fit of which is not very suitable for a sporty sitting position
and the security requirements because of the unstable connection between jacket and pants
a sports suit does not do justice

Germas jacket GPS / pants Cobra

Provider: Germas, phone 0911/635008, www.germas.de
Price: 448 euros
Sizes: XS to XXXL
Colors: black / gray / white,
Black / gray / red, black / gray / blue
Materials: cowhide, textile stretch
Weight *: 5.12 kilograms
Special features: long and short connection zipper; Perforation on armpits, reflective piping on knees; Removable thermal lining with cell phone pocket
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; proper ventilation; supple leather; correctly placed protectors with a very good fit in the jacket; sufficiently long sleeves; Cuffs can be closed tightly; easily accessible and sufficiently large inside pocket with zipper; acceptable fit in upright driving position; very comfortable pants and numerous stretch one-
sentences; Jacket and pants can be combined in different sizes
Minus: unstable connection
of jacket and trousers (connection tear that fails too short-
fastener, which is only attached to the inner lining of the jacket);
Pants fall out very wide, knee protectors can slip; Outside pockets on trousers without zippers; Fit hardly suitable for a sporty sitting position; Shoulder and elbow protectors do not meet the requirements of the CE standard despite good damping values ​​(manufacturer’s name must be specified); Knee protectors without significant shock absorption
Conclusion: Well-made two-piece, with an acceptable touring cut-
Waiting jacket does not want to match pants in the casual, wide cruiser style; Points are also deducted for the non-CE-compliant protectors as well
for the unstable connection between jacket and trousers

Hein Gericke Celtic

Provider: Hein Gericke, phone 0211/98989, www.hein-gericke.de
Price: 399.90 euros
Sizes: 36 to 42 (women), 48 to 60 (men)
Colors: black / white, black / white / red, black / white / blue, black / white / yellow
Materials: cowhide, Kevlar stretch
Weight *: 5.20 kilograms
Special features: removable inner lining; complete CE protector equipment; Velcro patch for optional knee sliders
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; acceptable ventilation thanks to extensive use of Kevlar stretch; supple leather;
properly placed, hardly
noticeable protectors with a good fit; sufficiently long sleeves; sleeve-
cuffs can be closed tightly;
easily accessible and out-
sufficiently large inside pocket
with zipper; acceptable fit in upright driving position; Jacket and pants in different
Sizes can be combined
Minus: trousers are a bit wide for the stated clothing size; wide cut in the knee area leads to bulging; Wearing comfort in sporty
Sitting posture because of not being consistent-
shaped sleeves and legs restricted (pressure on larynx and armpits, sleeves
pulls it up); only average damping values ​​of the CE joint protectors; filigree zippers, sometimes fiddly to use (connecting zipper)
Conclusion: Inexpensive, strikingly styled two-piece, regardless of its fit
the sporty appearance rather for the-
right sitting position on touring motorcycles
is tailored; wearing comfort is noticeably limited on sports bikes

Modeka GT Sports

Provider: Modeka, phone 02521/850322, www.modeka.de
Price: 459 euros
Sizes: 50 to 60
Colors: black / gray / silver
Materials: cowhide, Kevlar stretch
Weight *: 5.54 kilograms
Special features: perforation on the back, waist and inside of knees; removable thermal vest with two additional inside pockets and a cell phone pocket; Knee slider
Plus: realistic size information;
proper processing; sufficiently long sleeves; easily accessible and sufficiently large inside pocket with zipper
Minus: unstable connection between jacket
and pants (connecting zipper attached to inner lining of jacket); unsatisfactory fit, even in an upright sitting position, sleeves and leg ends are extremely wide, and the legs are too short; Protectors can easily become
move; strong pressure on armpits and shoulders, also pulls the sleeves up; Collar too tight, presses on larynx; clear bulging
on the knees; stiff leather; poor overall comfort on the motorcycle; Protector pocket on the back too small for CE protector
Conclusion: properly processed two-
divider with good equipment, but shortcomings
in detail (connection zipper
on the lining, protector pocket on the back not CE-compliant). Cut is convincing
neither on a touring motorcycle nor
in a sporty stooped position

Revit Diablo jacket / Quest pants

Providers: Revit Germany, phone 0800/73848638, www.revit.net
Price: 504 euros
Sizes: 34 to 44 (women’s jacket), 36 to 46 (women’s trousers), 46 to 60 (men’s jacket); 46 to 62 (men’s trousers); Men’s trousers also available in short and long special sizes
Colors: black / silver, black / red, black / blue (jacket); Pants only in black
Materials: cowhide, textile stretch
Weight *: 4.90 kilograms
Special features: long and
short connection zipper;
an outside pocket with water-
tight zipper
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; supple leather; properly placed protectors; sufficiently long sleeves; easily accessible and sufficiently large inside pocket with zipper; thanks to the very generous cut
the jacket is very comfortable to wear
in upright driving position; good fit of the pants; Jacket and pants can be combined in different sizes
Minus: unstable connection between jacket
and pants (connecting zipper attached to inner lining of jacket); Jacket is very loose, especially on the sleeves and collar, tends to flutter; Sleeve cuffs too wide and only secured with Velcro, sleeves can go up in the event of a fall
slide; Protectors just postpone it-
if easy; no double layers of leather on the fall zones; The fit of the jacket is not tailored to the sporty driver position
Conclusion: well-made two-piece, in which the well-cut touring trousers Quest deserves an adequate jacket; in combination
With the comfortable, but not convincing Diablo jacket, the leather suit is good
primarily for a short trip to the city

Vanucci Art IX

Provider: Louis, Telephone 040/73419360, www.louis.de
Price: 499.90 euros
Sizes: 48 to 58
Colors: black / silver / gray / white, black / gray / red / white, black / gray / blue / white
Materials: cowhide, Kevlar stretch
Weight *: 5.56 kilograms
Special features: long and short connection zipper; Neoprene trim
on the collar; Reflective material on the back, upper arms and knees; Ventilation openings on the chest and back; Velcro patch for optional knee sliders
Plus: realistic size information; good workmanship; proper ventilation; correctly placed protectors with very good fit in externally accessible protector pockets; sufficiently long sleeves; Cuffs can be closed tightly; two good
accessible and sufficiently large inside pockets, one of which has a zipper; good fit and good wearing comfort in an upright driving position, for a moderate
sporty seating position is still acceptable; stable connection between jacket and
Trousers; Jacket and pants can be combined in different sizes
Minus: leather not very supple; Hard shell protectors press something; Collar end presses on larynx;
only average attenuation values
of the CE joint protectors
Conclusion: Two-piece with good workmanship and practical features, its fit and comfort in an upright position
Sitting position is convincing without being on one
Athletes seem completely out of place

Protector test

MOTORRAD checked the shock absorption values ​​of the
Protectors used in leather combinations based on the CE standard
1621-1 / 1621-2 put to the test by
SaS-Tec company in Markgroningen. Joint protectors only pass the test according to the CE standard if the recorded residual force values ​​do not exceed an average of 35 kilo-newtons (kN). No impact may exceed 50 kN. Except for the protectors from BF and Germas (knee protector), all tested protectors complied with the generously dimensioned CE standard. It is noticeable that hard-shell joint protectors are often used
have a steeper increase in force and poorer damping values ​​than good counterparts made of flexible foam.

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