Archive for November 4th, 2008

d3oWhen motorcyclists think about how clothing protects them from a traffic injury, they tend to think of it from two vantages.  Of course there is a certain degree of fashion to function factor, but it’s primarily about impact resistance and abrasion protection.

What’s interesting to me, is that professionals who spend all day every workday on a motorcycle and have access to some of the best protective gear…that same gear is unavailable to the general public!  Why?  There are some obvious reasons for this in the area of Kevlar or armor protection that I can understand, but I hope this will change.

A recent example is from Fairchild Sports, a Tustin, Calif.-based company who introduced a line of licensed Harley-Davidson technical law enforcement gear aimed at motor officers. Unfortunately the entire line of jackets, rain suits and gloves are available only to LE personnel.  The products were developed with input from police departments and designed with all the rigors of policing in mind.  Available as an option, each jacket has D3O (dee-three-oh) armor which is a specially engineered material made with “intelligent” molecules (above photo). They flow with you or remain pliable as you move but once it receives a shock they lock together to absorb the impact energy.

hd-swimwearBoth the Armadillo Scooter Wear and Racer companies launched new jackets that include D3O armor for the urban motorcycle rider.  The impact protection is in high impact areas including the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees is very discrete and doesn’t impact bulk of the jackets if you decide to wear them on your scooter, at work and even down to the pub!

Lastly and likely more important is that Fairchild Sports was selected as the 2009 Harley-Davidson licensed swimwear provider (see photo).  They have an exclusive worldwide license to supply HD Dealers around the world with swimsuits which will ship Jan 15 – Feb 28, 2009.

So, we have armor scooter jackets, armor gloves and skimpy swimsuits…clearly a full face helmet interferes with drinking a latte so it’s understandable we’ll have to order a flip-up-partial helmet to compliment the rider wear!

Photo courtesy of Fairchild and D3O web sites.

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