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post #1 of 9 Old 09-04-2010, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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CE Armour question

I sometimes leave the armour out of my mesh riding jacket. My question is, does it really make a big difference in preventing road rash or is it just a little bit more protection? Yes, I know it is better WITH the armour than without, just wondering is it really a big deal ( I mean it won't save your life )?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-04-2010, 07:10 PM
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The point of armour is not to prevent road rash but to absorb energy from impacts. It may prevent a broken spine (would that save your life?)... and most mesh gear is marginal when it comes to preventing road rash (compared to full fabric or leather).

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My question is, why would you go to the trouble of taking it out? Did you take the armor out of your flack jacket? Seriously, you will notice that the armor is located over areas that don't have a whole lot of flesh between the skin and the bone. The extra material in the armor is one more thing between your bones and the road. By the way, it's not just a piece of foam, it's a little more sophisticated than most people realize. Check it out. Motorcycle armor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I think armor tends to be one of the most underrated and under-discussed accessories. The stuff included in many summer mesh jackets is a joke (just ordinary foam). If anything, the best advice is to take it out - and then immediately replace it with the best armor inserts you can afford. I put a Rev'it back protector in my FirstGear jacket, and it feels like 10x the protection that the original jacket had.
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OK, I am already convinced...I'm putting my armour back in ( I only had it out a few times ). By the way, I do have the better armour, not just foam strips. As to why I take it out.....I take it out when I wash my jacket. Does anyone leave it in for that?

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I have a firstgear mesh jacket, not sure if it's ce but it seems tougher than the ce in my olympia mesh pants. I leave the armor in when I wash them. I use a front loading "he" machine I wouldn't do it with a top load twister machine. I also hang them to dry.

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I took the flimsy foam back pad out of my REV'IT jacket and put in a good SaS-Tec CE Level 2 back protector.
"The captured air in the cells results in progressive absorption: Slowly occurring strain (loading) leaves the protector soft, whereas a sudden impact causes the resilience in the protector to rise with increasing speed."
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Yes, remove the armor when cleaning the garment.

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Don't make me post the photos of my shoulder, back and ass with funny-shaped bruises that show the edges of the armor.

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