mr red wrote
Has always struck me that there ought to be a national database of how well the kit we wear
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Great idea.Then all the manufacturers would start paying people to do offs in "controlled" circumstances and get them to enter their experiences in the data base! (or maybe they do, track racing?)
A little cynical maybe?Track racing no doubt provides great feedback for the development of kit... but how many of us can afford (ro want to wear one piece leathers on the road) the same gear as the professional riders of WSb MotoGP etc. There are clearly some loopholes... but before forking out hundreds of quid on a new lid or cordura suit, would you not like to know if somebody else has had bad or good experiences in a bump?
Cynical? Moi? Yup.Sure, I find the contribs here really useful on all kinds of matters.But a "national data base" of something is a different matter.Something that's been sanctioned by officialdom has to have transparent criteria etc. than1/ people start playing games2/ the "standards" tend towards lowest comment denominators3/ it transfers responsibility for decision making from the individual to the "system".The last point I have particular problems with for something like riding a bike; which requires, IMHO, a higher sense of personal responsibility.
there ought to be a national database of how well the kit we wear (and spend great gobs of hard earned cash on) stands up to real world damage. Is anybody out there aware of one???
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Why does it have to be sanctioned by officialdom??? Why not something collected and maintained by those of us who use the kit and hence give a s**t?
The Spin Doctor wrote
You do have the CE approval standard... it's a REAL test of how clothing holds up, and it's worth taking a look at the manufacturers which have signed up for it to have their kit assessed - not very many, but most of the bespoke leather makers have gone for it...
it seems that here at visordown there is a pretty huge potential source of first hand information.
I think you two are the exception rather than the norm
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