To achieve CE – Testing Approval the garment construction as well as the materials have to achieve performance levels, just 3 of many are; impact abrasion, cut and burst resistance. This will give you peace of mind the whole garment has been tested and all of the garment is lined with a safety protection liner, it makes the garment around 0.5 kg heavier but offers protection of the highest level.
Bull-it SR4, SR6 and VoloCE products use Covec™ materials and are tested to achieve a specific level of performance in areas we believe are important to the rider, that’s pretty much all the usual impact areas and not just the zones required for certification, for VoloCE there is 100% coverage. For SR4 50% and SR6 60%.
This is already over and above the amount a lot of bike jeans have, that’s why the competition have stitch panels all over the thighs, seat and knees, to use as little protective material as they can get away with, some use even less just to say its in there at all.
Covec™ provides low thermal conductivity and a high melting point, preventing additional consequential burns in a crash scenario. Clearly materials with high heat conductivity and low melting point like UHMWPE are less suitable suitable in situations where heat is produced due to friction against abrasive road surfaces.
Any product may incorporate high performance fibres and yarns but its performance will be defined in certain circumstances by the lowest common denominator in any given situation.
The 5-layer laminated construction of Covec™ allows for a thermal barrier to extreme weather conditions, in hot weather the heat of the day is held at bay by the natural low thermal performance of Covec™ and the micro-climate created by the channeling in the fabric. This also works in cold weather keeping the body temperature inside the jeans and the cold out.
Covec™’s own CE EN 1621 Approved Impact Protectors for all joints increase the overall level of protection, using the latest impact load spread technology. Covec™ Impact Division has started making it’s own Impact Protectors in early 2014 and is offering a complete package of Impact Protectors for both jeans and jackets.
The CE EN 1621 Approved protectors are delivered in the VoloCE products, for the SR4 and SR6 products the protectors are optional, all products have protector pockets. In the jackets CE EN 1621 Approved elbow and shoulder protectors are delivered (and a foam back protector).
All materials used in biker gear will degrade with UV-light, the one more than the other; you might think this isn’t too much of an issue when the material is used as a liner, but UV-rays will partially penetrate through denim for example. The materials should also kept away from UV-rays in the washing cycle. The Covec™ laminate provides added UV protection.
The weak points in garments considering burst resistance are the seams, as the fabrics themselves are generally quite strong, stronger than the seams. You could generally say that when at least triple stitching is used with a fairly high tensile strength yarn the EN 13595-1 Level 2 standard can be passed. Bull-it Jeans uses triple stitching in most seams of their jeans.
A 20 oz twill or denim is not going to bend and move for most garment uses. A 5 oz twill or denim is not going to provide heavy jeans or jackets. Knowing that twills or denim runs from 5 to 20 oz and that the less the weight, the lighter, softer loft the fabric will have. Bull-it Jeans uses 12oz weights in their jeans and other products for optimal wear comfort while still having a strong and heavy denim. In the ladies jeans we also use stretch denim or twill.
We have a jeans for everyone, slim, regular and relaxed fits for ladies and men. There is the Italian with a Slim Fit, the Cargos, Sidewinders and Chinos with relaxed fits and the rest with a more regular fit, although there are differences between them!
All Bull-it Jeans are finished with a water repellent coating that will repel light rain for short periods. A reproofer is also available.
Bull-it products have Bull-it Jeans branding on the rivets and buttons, the inside waistband and on a leather patch. Bull-it Jeans are the only licensed motorcycle jeans brand to use Covec™ liners and therefore have a Covec™ label sown to the back pocket.