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Riding denim 15x stronger than steel?

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That’s a bold claim, Knox!

Press releases drop into our mailbox on a daily basis. Almost all of them make some far-reaching statement that announces a product’s revolutionary new technology, but this new one from Knox piqued our interest.

For two reasons.

  1. They claim to be made from a blend of Cordura and a new, highly-abrasion resistant material that is said to be 15% stronger than steel and 40% tougher than more traditional aramid fibres.
  2. Oh and this ingenious, potentially evil new material is called Spectra.

Consider us intrigued…

According to Knox, Spectra is used in numerous high-performance applications, including ballistic-resistant vests, safety helmets, marine cordage, lifting slings and cut-resistant gloves.

And their new, Buxton and Brooke trousers – prices for which start at £199 – are the first motorcycle jeans to be lined with this fancy new magic.

Not ones to just spit out press release information in order to just fulfil some sort of dastardly marketing-story-per-day-quota, we went back to the guys from Knox and asked for a little more information. And they replied with this video,

 

That’ll do Knox, that’ll do.

Kevlar jeans have been around for a while. And whilst many people swear by them – and for the record, we’re members of the converted – the garments that are fully lined with the magic material tend to get very hot, feel very thick and don’t always feel as comfortable as we would like.

Having taken a few hours researching into Spectra, it would appear to be a perfect choice for a transition into motorcycle clothing. It’s around 40% lighter than Kevlar, isn’t a woven structure specifically, which means that it should require less layers than it’s bright yellow counterpart.

That’s not to say that it’ll be perfect. A lot depends upon the construction and the way in which the new material has been used by Knox of course. Spectra has traditionally been a ‘composite’ material which involved crossed fibres with resin layers, so there is a chance that it might be even less ‘breathable’ than Kevlar; leading to even stickier-knee-scenarios.

But we have a LOT of faith in Knox and having been proud owners of previous, beautifully tailored garments by the British firm, we’re expecting them to get this right.

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Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in

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Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.

We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.

But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?

(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)

The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.

Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).

With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.

There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.

But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.

We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!

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You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.

If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.

BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.

Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.

Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.

You can even upload logos and words.

Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.

OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!

Source: Dainese

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