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Motorbike armour jackets: what you need to know

  • Zishan Haider

We understand the use of motorbike armour jacket as an inalienable passive safety element for any driver. The jackets minimize the effect of scratches, burns, and abrasions on the asphalt caused in the event of a fall on the pilot and protect him from possible fractures of different degrees of severity. Unlike the car, in motorcycle accidents, the body's exposure is direct. Therefore it must be provided with shields that make it possible to minimize the damage that we can suffer significantly.

Abrasion resistance

Its most important characteristic is the resistance to abrasion, measured in denier, which measures the linear density of the fibers that compose it and thus determines how resistant a particular thread is to abrasion. Abrasion is the damage suffered by the skin in the form of a burn due to contact and friction with the surface in the event of a fall, which usually causes significant burns whose severity will depend on the depth and muscles affected. One of the best-known abrasion-resistant fibers is Cordura. As we will see later, we popularly call Cordura jackets for motorbike armour jacket, some of which are not made of Cordura but made of another material with a similar appearance, with anti-abrasive characteristics, but that is not Cordura.

Leather is another fabric that is resistant to abrasion. Hence the overalls and leather motorbike armour jacket offer excellent protection to the driver in the event of an accident and contact with the asphalt.

Protection and Security

In the event of an accident, the shoulders and elbows, along with the hands and head, are the elements of the upper limbs that can suffer the most in the fall. Instinctively they are the parts of the body that we use to protect the most sensitive organs and the most exposed while driving. Hence, motorbike armour jacket perform a fundamental job of protection, in addition to preventing spinal cord and joint injuries, which are the parts that suffer the most in a possible traffic accident. For this reason, almost all motorbike armour jacket come standard with an adequate level of protection for elbows, shoulders, and back.

Impact points (shoulders, elbows, and knees) demand high-quality materials with an even higher level of tear and abrasion resistance, such as Armacor, Super Fabric, D-Stone, and Aramid. The structure of the materials used to protect the most exposed areas of the body is achieved by superimposing different elements, which are welded or sewn to the basic design of the garment.

Weather protection

In addition, motorbike armour jacket are helpful in winter to protect us from cold and weather conditions such as humidity, rain, or snow. As we already explained in our post about riding a motorcycle in winter, it is not enough to take all the layers you see in the closet and slip into them at will. On the bike, you have to wrap up smartly. An essential element of the motorbike armour jacket to protect against the cold is the thermal inner lining, usually synthetic down, fleece lining reaching goose down in the highest-end jackets (Antarctic). The air is the element that improves the body's thermal insulation to a greater extent. Therefore, the function of thermal layers is to isolate the air inside.


When discussing thermal protection, it is also necessary to speak of the ventilation systems of motorcycle jackets. When we get to spring/summer, most bikers are looking for air to flow in their bodies. That's what the vents are for.


At  FTX, we want to explain in detail the importance of wearing jackets, the features they provide to our driving, and the difference between the prices of the jackets.