Joined: May 2010
Location: Birmingham, AL
Great link - I've been looking for a report like this for awhile. Here's the google translation of the main article:
We felt really sorry for the dummy. 30 times he had to slip away from the motorcycle lowside. Floundering he skidded on the tarmac along until he is in the final meters around its longitudinal axis finally turned and remained motionless. Then ADAC investigator Ruprecht Müller visited the victim and assessed the visible damage to the protective clothing. The results of unprecedented, even by the ADAC tests developed to determine the protective effect of motorcycle apparel made not only the experimenter pensive.
The wearing of protective clothing is among motorcycle fans one of the most controversial topics in general. The "armor" for the one kilometer long journey to fillup at the gas station? Pooh! In jeans and leather jackets brisk the 40 miles over land to the jet-girlfriend? Both there, and in between, lies an enormous range of more or less reasonable behavior. Finally, it is the risk to get hurt while riding a motorcycle is much higher than when driving. Therefore it remains that only a protective helmet in addition, motorcycle gloves, and boots are worn. But this only gives a minimum level of passive safety. Over the last 15 years more products from high strength materials have been used to compete with the classic leather upper. Protectors are also often combined with both types of materials to protect the high-risk body parts: shoulders, elbows, knees and hips. In particular, the development of breathable and waterproof membrane have made the textile suits much more popular. The temperature range in which they are perceived as convenient, is clearly wider than that of leather clothing. But how do they standup in terms of protection?
To test an ADAC test drop and an elaborate system was developed to make such a comparison between textile and leather clothing possible. The goal of the test was not to filter out the worst or best textile-leather suit but rather deal with with the fundamental consideration of simpler and thus suits cheaper in comparison with higher quality and more expensive equipment. The price groups are "to 350 €," "to 900 €" and "" more than 1000 €. In addition, we tested a combination with a simple leather jeans from casual leather jacket and a "soft leather" made tour combination. The individual results are in the boxes on this and the following pages. Here's why the general findings of this dropping test which was aimed at a simple accident with an assumed severity of injury
AIS 1 means (: minor injuries such as superficial wounds, muscle pain, etc.) reproduce.
A "Low side" of slipping
Motorcycle is typical. Exactly when accidents of this severity may show protective clothing, what they can - and
she did well in the test. The range of results range of "looks as if little what was "up to a total loss. Had a human instead of the dummyman been in one of the three textile combinations tested, he would have in the two cheaper combos significant suffered injuries and even with the 1625-euro-Rukka ArmaXKombi would not fall without a likelihood of injuries.
The findings of the ADAC test are particularly important because not only the upper to its abrasion resistance
was tested but also the entire system from top material, protectors and - where applicable - thermal lining. Whether in a combination is there when the glissade is called for, makes a noticeable difference! And the location and size of the protectors (ADAC expert Müller: "The larger more effective! ") is an extremely important factor. These points apply to both textiles as well as leather suits. The latter generally fare much better: the self-certified leather suit with the lowest price, according to the test when with restrictions on use, the Swabians leather combination for 1320 € shakes the procedure formally off. Unexpectedly good results from a combination of simple leather jeans and a casual leather jacket by surprise. The soft leather combination less well protected. For all combinations a lack of good, large hip protectors threatens severe bruises in a relatively slight fall and in extreme cases, even fractures!
Crucial - and this is the most important result of the ADAC tests - is that it is not only the resistance of the material, but the overall design of protective clothing. Good, as great protectors play a very important role, because they also seam stability increase and seams are always weak points ... But most important is to be aware of two wheels to the fundamental risk. In order to ensure ride and good - even perfectly possible - to slow down, safety training are important. The ADAC offers in approximately 60 locations. They protect at least as good as the most expensive "Armor" - the best accident is after all, still the one that was avoided.
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FLM Textile: The combination of Firefox Polo brand FLM is made of 500 D outer material, is on the jacket fall-prone areas AIRTENA 600 D materials used on the pants HITENA (both 100% polyamide). There is also an anti-slip material on the buttocks. On the back there is one thin foam insert, on shoulders, elbows and knees CEProtektoren used. A hip protector is missing. After the test is the combination of a total loss. Humans should expect significant skin and soft tissue injuries due to the large hole in the buttocks and hips area. Also the jacket resulted in a tear.
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FLM Leather: Leather (1.2 - 1.4 mm) is for the "Stream" combination of FLM is used. Stretch fabric made of polyamide increases in some places the movement. On the back of the jacket is there is a thin foam lining. Shoulders, elbows and knees have CE protectors but hip protectors are missing. After the test is 310 € cheap leather suit - albeit for of a crack near the elbow protector with restrictions - is further usable. A person would likely not experience significant skin or soft tissue injuries but the lack of hip protectors would greatly increase the risk of severe bruises or fractures.
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Stadler Textile: Jacket and pants are Cordura 500, on shoulders, elbows and knees Cordura comes in 2000 are used. The seat of the pants has leather trim on one. Given the severe damage in the test can no longer use the combination
be. A sleeve has four small Holes, and there is a crack. The upper material of the pants keeps the Load was not; on the right buttock, hip and thigh area all tissue layers by ground that is too small protector ground off the side. In humans there would be due to the size of the hole significant skin and soft tissue injuries.
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Dainese Leather: The "T. Haku," Combined Dainese is made of cowhide, to stretch leather on the upper arm is
and lower back. to increase mobility in some places stretch fabric made of 100 percent nylon. No back protector, CE protectors at shoulders, elbows and knee. Thin protective padding on the hips. The combination may, under the test be used with limitations. A person most likely would not have significant skin or soft tissue injuries but due to the lack of full hip could expect increased likelihood of bruising or fractures.
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rukka Textile: The relevance to the protection function is called Upper Armacor (85% polyamide, 15% aramid). to
Protective equipment including CE certified cushion for back, shoulder, hip, elbows and knees. climate membrane is an XCR Gore-Tex 3-layer laminate. After the test is the combination ArmaX no longer usable. Another problem found by the particular the interface-related wrinkles emerged; Armacor by the local tissue was overloaded, which led to a distinct hole formation. A person would most likely have mild skin and soft tissue injuries.
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SchwabenQuellen leather: The combination "Tomcat" is invariably made of cowhide (1.4 - 1.6 mm) and Kevlar stretch panels. Included is a three-part closed cell polymer foam back protection and protectors for shoulder, hip, elbow and knee. After testing, this combination was fully ready for use, only their appearance had been affected by the grinding marks. Even in highly polluted areas of abrasion hazard was minimal. The upper material remained closed in all areas. Also the high-quality protectors used provide the maximum protection factor. By far the best result.
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Held Leather: The Varano jacket and the Avolo pants are made from soft cowhide leather with TFL Cool-manufactured equipment. Additional protection is a thin-Rückenpolster (CE protector is optional) for shoulder, hip, elbow and CE knee protection pads are used. After the test is the only hero combined with severe restrictions more usable. The soft leather did not show the strength of other leathers. It is also the Creasing debt, they will be the average benefit. In humans there would be slight skin injuries as a consequence to the formation of holes in the buttocks area
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POLO / Hero Leather: The leather jacket polo "Ratrace Custom" is made of nappa leather, it has no protector but only foam rubber protection padding on shoulders and elbows. The hero-leather jeans "Tucson" is cowhide, with no other protection. After the test both the jacket and trousers could be used with restrictions. Both parts provide a fairly good result. In humans, the result would likely be no skin and soft tissue injuries but due to the lack of the hip protectors, severe bruises or breaks are more likely.