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Types Of Material That Is Used In Manufacturing Motorcycle Vests

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Types Of Material That Is Used In Manufacturing Motorcycle Vests

Michael Long
March 20, 2013

Motorcycles are looked to be one of the most universally well known vehicles in the world. Not only are they compact and fuel efficient, but they are also nimble and fast. And to top it off, there is a definite joe cool factor associated with someone riding a motorcycle. But along with all these pros, there is one major con that goes against motorcycles: That is how prone riders are to physical injury. One of the tools developed to protect riders is by wearing a motorcycle vest. The motorcycle vest can protect the biker from all kinds of damaging elements from abrasion to fire. And the various types of materials used for these motorcycle vests have a lot to do with it. This article would enumerate some of the materials used in motorcycle vests and jackets.

1. The most common material is leather. Mostly because leather can offer a level of protection to the rider. Leather can protect the rider from abrasions during spills and crashes, thanks to its relatively thick surface. In addition to this, they are naturally rain resistant, providing protection from both wind and water. Last but not least, leathers look stylish, making them a popular choice for both bikers and non-bikers alike. Historically, different types of leather have been used in manufacturing these vests, but traditional ones are made from cowhide skins. Some riders go after the more exotic skins such as horse or kangaroo.

2. Cordura- Ballistic nylon is becoming a very popular alternative for motorcycle vests, and there is a reason for that. It is used in various applications ranging from military clothing to bags. Cordura is highly looked up to thanks to its combination of durability and abrasion resistance. Therefore lots of motorcycle safety gear is crafted using Cordura.

3. Kevlar is another example of material that is used to make motorcycle vests. It is a synthetic material that was originally created to replace steel in car tires. The use of kevlar has now transitioned to different products ranging from drumheads to body armor. This is widely used for motorcycle vests because of its high tensile strength. Not only does it provide capable protection for its wearer, but it's also resistant to both extreme heat and cold.

4. Waxed cotton is one of the first materials used in manufacturinhg motorcycle vests. Mainly because it is very weather resistance. Waxed cotton vest can deflect wind and water, but it also provides adequate protection from extreme temperatures.

Materials used for motorcycle vests have constantly evolved over the years. Innovations ranging from fireproofing to localized padding on impact regions. Motorcycle vests, together with helmets and gloves, assist in providing maximum driver safety. Those materials mentioned in this article are some of the most popular materials used. Some vests also use a combination of these materials to create the best protective vest possible. A combination of these materials can provide contact resistance, weather proofing, comfort, light weight, and durability; characteristics that are essential for any motorcycle rider.

Michael Long is a motorcycle enthusiast as well as a club member who has been riding for over 12 years. He works for an internet company selling various styles of popular motorcycle vests, as well as other motorcycle related items. The company is rider owned and operated. You can visit their site here => http://mcvests.com/?p=496

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