There are three forces that leathers and armour have to
The friction generated by sliding over a rough track
surface is absorbed by leathers but armour still has a
part to play because if the armour is too rigid the
abrasion will wear out sections of the leather much
faster, exposing and displacing the armour more rapidly.
Good armour should also prevent too much friction from
reaching the rider's skin.
Impact protection is the main aim of the armour.
A sharp blow should be spread over the largest possible
Good armour will also provide a degree of penetration
resistance - i.e how well it will withstand a sharp edge
Some makes of armour may provide better penetration
protection but hard plastic can itself cause injury when
it is forced into the skin
Why should you use Forcefield Body
Having determined that
Abrasion, Impact and
are the key functions of body armour, four other factors
come into play when we look at individual body armour
types. These factors are
Thickness, Density, Flexibility
and Transmitted Force.
The ideal protector would be thin, lightweight, flexible
and capable of absorbing high energy levels. If it is
very light it will be stiff and it will also be
Forcefield X-TREME range offer the GREATEST overall
They offer fantastic energy absorbing capabilities at
the lowest possible thickness, e.g. 100 Joules at only
The impact absorption/thickness ratio is second to none.
As they are so thin they are more comfortable and
Forcefield X-Treme GIVES YOU THE
ULTIMATE IN PROTECTION.
Forcefield Limb protectors are specifically manufactured
without using materials that could potentially injure
the rider on impact.
The European requirement for EN1621-1:1997 - motorcycle
impact protectors- states that limb protectors should
transmit no greater than 35kN of transmitted force
following a given impact energy of 50 joules. (Low
Forcefield Powersports body armour has been designed to
transmit no more than 35kN through to the body but
impact energies of up to 100 joules have been achieved -
i.e. TWICE THE EUROPEAN STANDARD.
In other words you can be hit
harder and still have the same level of protection!
Forcefield Body Armour performing at 75-100 joules (The
Cambridge Standard) represents "High performance