You read and hear about it more and more: quality marks for motorcycle clothing. The amount of information from manufacturers and governments leaves something to be desired, we notice. Let's take a look at the different degrees of protection of motorcycle jeans, because in this category in particular, we see that this can vary considerably between the products. A brief summary of this important topic.
Let's start at the beginning. The quality marks we are talking about here are CE standards. CE stands for Conformité Européenne, and it therefore concerns European standards. Within the world of countless CE standards, the EN 17092 standard is the most interesting for us, as it has been set up specifically for motorcycle clothing. Within this standard, a product can achieve a score, starting with B and going up to AAA for the best protection.
As said before, motorcycle pants can get a score from B to AAA, with AAA being the highest score. The score given depends on how well the garment performs on each subject of the inspections. The most important factors are, in particular, how long the pants will remain intact while sliding over the asphalt (at a certain initial speed) and to what extent the pants are equipped with protectors. The Pando Moto product designers have placed a label on their pants that quickly shows what to expect from the pants. The initial speed of the slide for scores B and A is the same, but the A label can only be achieved if the pants are supplied with knee protectors as standard.
Most pants that achieve this score are made of abrasion-resistant, single-layer fabrics such as Cordura denim and are in the entry-level class in terms of price. Motorcycle jeans with an AA label are the most common. These are usually trousers with a full Kevlar or Dyneema inner layer, which are both extremely wear-resistant materials. In the photo above, you can see that the denim layer of the pants is worn through but that the wear-resistant layer underneath is still completely intact. An important difference to note is that the AA label is only given if standard hip protectors are also included. The same pants without hip protectors will then receive an A-label, while they can often be fitted with hip protectors later!
The "Triple A" label was previously only reserved for one-piece leather suits. However, due to the use of increasingly advanced materials and more and more knowledge among motorcycle clothing manufacturers, we are now also seeing other types of garments with this coveted score on the market. Think of the Pando Moto Boss Dyn 01, but also the new Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pants, which are the first textile motorcycle garments with this score. Of course, all motorcycle clothing is "safe". However, as you can see, this is a broad concept.
The choice you have to make depends on your budget, the comfort level of the garment and your own wishes. Can’t decide? Then bombard our customer service with your questions about CE labels or visit our showroom to experience the differences between the products. You ultimately make the choice yourself, but you’ll get the advice from us!