The 2020 motorbike season is almost at an end.

We all know it has been (to say it gently and politely) a strange one!

Now we have a little more time to restart our thinking and look forward to what’s next, that is, as usual, just around the corner.

If you need new leathers for 2021, or you just want more information, check out these three important points…

1. Materials

Materials: the first thing that any motorcycle rider thinks of when talking about leathers is the materials… cowhide, kangaroo, alternative materials, stretch fabrics inserts….. and so on… What are the benefits or the disadvantages of this variety of materials? Let’s try to check this out….

A good suit has to be made with its outer-shell being 70% leather; either kangaroo or cowhide is fine but take care…. not all cowhide or kangaroo are the same! For example: cowhide leather is not likely to pass a AAA CE certification test when it’s vented. Equally kangaroo hide – depending on how has been tanned – can be more resistant than cowhide or even more weak! A high-quality leather has a minimum resistance of (50 kN) to tear tests and must remain “unscarred” at the Darmstadt abrasion test that simulates the sliding of the material on the tarmac.

We know, we know… you are not going to cut and/or throw a new suit down the road before you buy it, to check those parameters, but it’s is something that’s always good to know and the reason we lab test and CE certify our products. Also hugely important is the elastic fabric that is normally on the arms or between the legs; even if from the outside you can’t say whether it is good or not, the difference in terms of performance can be crucial. Good suits use high resistance fabric with real Kevlar fibres, others are made with a fabric that might only be good enough to make a sweatshirt. A good way to check this matter is the composition label of the garment. Vircos, as a brand, since its inception, have taken this matter very seriously; always choosing only the best. Indeed, Vircos suits are only made of leather tanned for motorcycle use (we know seems obvious but is not always the case with some companies) and tested for tear and abrasion with high standards to pass and as well Kevlar from Shoeller which is the best available on the market.