What to make out of the CE Norms for a pair of motorcycle jeans…
Against all odds, BOLID’STER chose not to have its products CE marked. There are 3 reasons for this choice. Firstly, because the CE standard for leisure equipment is still not ready, then because the CE markings currently in use have no value, lastly because the current requirements levels are too low for BOLID’STER.
The normative context
- European Directive 89/686 / EEC states that equipment which claims protection against the risk of permanent sequelae is classified as PPE (personal protective equipment).
- To check the certified level of protection, the equipment is tested according to current standards. Problem is, the only existing motorcycle standard (CE-13595-1) was developed for professional activities (races on circuits 7 seconds, customs officers, police officers, courier … etc 4 seconds).
- A standard adapted to leisure and urban activities (1.8 seconds of resistance to abrasion) has been under consideration for years (EUROGIP protocol) and every year we are being told that this standard will be mandatory from next year onwards …
- As a result, manufacturers can certify their own motorcycle clothing and obtain the CE logo, this method is called “expertly”. This leads to a general confusion in the market.
The point of view of BOLID’STER
- This general confusion is left to be in France because some believe that it protects the French market from imports.
- BOLID’STER is above all the ultimate ARMALITH® laboratory and has access to all the technical means that have allowed the development of the most solid denim in the world, starting with Dr. Wood’s abrasion machine (used to determine the professional standard 13595-1).
- As a result, the abrasion performance achieved by BOLID’STER products is far superior to anything commercialized to date in terms of motorcycle jeans.
- It would be a pity to mark them CE and thus to bring them back down to the level of other imported kevlar jeans which in our opinion do not sufficiently protect in case of uncontrolled contact on road surface … and thus contribute to the general confusion in the mind of the consumer. That would be contrary to the ethic that drives us.
- Indeed, to date, it is possible to mark CE jeans that would have NO abrasion protection but would offer shock protectors (EN-1621). On the contrary, JEAN’STER and JENY’STER cannot be marked CE because they do not offer shock protectors !
The security approach of BOLID’STER
- When it is possible to insert shock protectors in the clothing, we do (CE level 2 protectors, ergonomic clothing designed for the integration and adjustment of these pads …) but we do not kid ourselves, shock protection in motorcycle is ineffective (except helmet and spin protection level 2) and the tests are less than demanding (impact energy of 50 joules …)
- The abrasion protection on the other hand can radically change the accident results because the absorbed energy (or not) are in Kj (in thousands of joules …)
- BOLID’STER uses for its JEAN’STER and JENY’STER an ARMALITH® which has been tested according to protocol 13595-2 with more than 2.5 seconds of resistance to abrasion, but also with safety seams, high tensile strength, perforation, burst and tear resistance … all parameters not understood or little apprehended by the standards.
- BOLID’STER uses for its RIDE’STER an ARMALITH® which has been tested according to protocol 13595-2 with more than 4.5 seconds of resistance to abrasion, but also with safety seams, high tensile strength, perforation, burst and tear resistance, ergonomic cut, thermal shield at the seat. The only element of the RIDE’STER that is apprehended by the standard is its level 2 hip and knee shock protection.
How does BOLID’STER communicate
- Since the protocol of the professional standard 13595-2 is based on a speed of the abrasive belt of 8meters / second, we prefer to communicate in number of meters of slip on tarmac. This gives a more realistic view of the expectation of protection during a motorcycle fall.
- The JEAN’STER and the JENY’STER provide protection of more than 20m (65 ft) in the event of a motorcycle fall including the initial impact. (Example: check-out our article on Rémi Arromba, downhill pilot who used the 2016 JEAN’STER for 1 year wand endured repetitive falls)
- The RIDE’STER provides protection of more than 32m (105 ft) in the event of a motorcycle fall including the initial impact.
- For comparison, a thick jeans (Levis® of the 80s) holds 4m and a modern Diesel® 0,5m. Kevlar® jeans hold between 0.5 and 3 seconds, that is 4m to 24m, but not at the seams … and this aspect is not taken into account by the current standard …
- BOLID’STER can not (and should not) follow the ineffectiveness of the CE marking as it is.
- It should be the norm to take into account technological advances on the one hand and consumer needs on the other, but this would exclude virtually all manufacturers or would lower (and endorse) levels of protection far too much low. QED
- If you have read so far, you deserve a scoop: BOLID’STER is working on an ARMALITH® resistance > 7 seconds and these results have already been obtained in our lab !…