Safe Motorcycling = Leather
Give yourself the best chance of avoiding horrific injuries when biking by wearing the right gear.
There are many components that go into making quality motorcycle clothing but here we take a look at the core of it all – the main material.
If you want to ride as safely as possible (and look pretty cool), you’ve gotta opt for leathers. After all, what do motorcycle racers wear? Leathers.
We use 1.2 – 1.3mm supple cowhide when producing all of our leather motorcycle clothing. This is the perfect thickness to offer you the best protection while also being comfortable to wear and easy to move in (once worn in).
The leather is the strong part of the garment (not the seams) so it makes sense that the less panels there are in a garment, the better the protection.
But leather is costly and many companies sew multiple panels together all over the garment to cut production costs (and rarely pass those cut costs on to you). And all these panels aren’t even internally stitched most of the time!
If the garment is made by us, you know that the stitching is as strong as possible. But, ultimately, the seams are the weak part so you want as few as possible.
Every leather motorcycle garment we make has been carefully designed to not only look good, fit well and feel comfortable but also to take the best advantage of the leather we use.
It is more expensive to produce leather garments with fewer seams because it’s harder to find large enough hides to create the panels needed for the leather jacket or leather jeans, especially as the size gets bigger (hence why our leathers go up slightly in price towards the larger end of the size chart).
It’s not inherently difficult to find large hides. The problem is finding a large enough area on the skin without any detrimental blemishes and damage.
Cowhide is a natural material so you will always find slight imperfections on our gear – they add to the character. But we won’t use a skin if the flaw in the leather is severe enough to compromise the quality and safety of our leather jackets and jeans.
So that’s what you’re looking for:
Cowhide no less than 1.2 – 1.3mm thickness with as few panels as possible.