Here at Rider Collective, we are blessed to work with some absolute powerhouses in the European motorcycle apparel game, with a strong focus on modern abrasive resistant textiles and fibres. 

But how can we be so comfortable in the product we sell? Simple, CE testing. A combination of Abrasion, Seam, Tear & Impact strength testing provides a clear case for the garment in question. 

So, let's break it down.


Abrasion resistance test

Darmstadt method. This test simulates the stress that is placed on the protective garments when worn by an average rider with a body mass of 75kg and a height of 1.75m when sliding from variable initial speeds to a standstill on a real concrete road surface. To pass, no holes with an opening of 5mm or more in any direction are to be present on the layer closest to the body.


Strength of seams test

Three test pieces of each seam, including all layers of materials from the garment that are present in the stitching, are tested. The seam strength is calculated by dividing the braking force by the length of the tested seam.


Tear strength test

Six ‘trouser leg’ type specimens are taken from each material of the garment and are torn apart using a standard tensile test machine. Materials shall be tested in two directions – warp and weft.

Impact absorption test

Elbow, shoulder, knee and hip impact protectors are to be present in Class AAA and AA garments as a mandatory requirement, with the hip protectors being optional in Class A garments. Impact protectors must be positioned in the garment so that they cover the appropriate body part, according to the relevant impact protector standard. Class B garments are designed to provide the equivalent abrasion protection but without the inclusion of impact protectors.  

Other required tests

Dimensional stability test

Fit and ergonomics

Garment restraint

Thanks to the crew at Pando Moto for the fantastic illustrations and testing definitions.

April 17, 2021 — admin