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Gloves fail MotoCAP safety ratings

Gloves fail MotoCAP safety ratings

Seven pairs of leather and textile motorcycles gloves are the latest to fail the MotoCAP safety ratings.

Only two scored two stars and four one star.

The Neo Freerider leather gloves (pictured above) rated just half a star because of the minimal abrasion protection, impact resistance and seam strength.

The MotoCAP website now lists 43 pairs of gloves in its list of 135 products tested and rated.

So far, not one pair of gloves has rated a full five stars.

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No comfort ratings

The world’s first safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing provides comfort ratings for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, but not gloves.

That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow.

It also comes as the latest Canstar Blue customer satisfaction research found Baby Boomers are more likely to choose comfortable motorcycle gloves while Millennial riders buy for style.

Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained.

“There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say.

However, they do test for waterproofing and three pairs of gloves were tested because they were advertised as having this feature.

The highest performing pair are the DriRider Apex 2 unisex gloves, which received a score of eight out of ten for water resistance.

Transport for NSW says there has been “interest from some manufacturers to have their items rated”.

However, all gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

  1. Wow, we even manage to use the humble glove as a pretext for hammering in the intergenerational wedge.

  2. MotoCAP is excellent. It’s showing for the first time what a joke so much “safety” gear is. When I visited Motoport USA recently I asked Wayne Boyer how his gear would go if rated by MotoCAP (he’s very familiar with their testing protocol). He said it would “pass easily – the problem is though that you can’t submit stuff to MotoCAP for testing, they have to choose it secretly themselves”. I can understand why MotoCAP do it this way – it prevents manufacturers submitting “hotted up” versions of their products to pass the testing but not selling the same quality in the stores. The problem though is that incredible gear like Motorport USA’s never gets reviewed because it can’t be bought off the shelf here. Something for MotoCAP to look into perhaps.

    1. I fully endorse Geepers assessment of Wayne Boyer’s “Motoport” motorcycle jackets. I’ve got one (my second – the first copy I had has already saved my life!) and I can certify that after a great many decades of wearing most other types of motorcycle jackets the Motoport product is easily the lightest, safest, and most protective motorcycle jacket I’ve ever owned or seen! ( ) They say it works from -28C (with liners) to 30C! I’ve worn mine in SE Queensland when my bike’s temperature gauge was reading 50C, and I felt quite OK. This company doesn’t ever advertise their products anywhere – all their sales are solely by word of mouth, which says it all!! I would say that if the Motoport jackets were put through the MotoCAP tests it would leave all the others for dead! Their only downside is that they’re relatively expensive (particularly after you add the cost of inner liners, postage, etc); but in this case you definitely get what you pay for IMHO. (For the record: I live in Brisbane Australia, and other than being an extremely satisfied customer I’m not otherwise associated with Motoport in any way shape or form.)

      1. Spot on KD…although I would argue that Motoport gear isn’t expensive at all when you consider it’s likely to last 20-30 years. How many “ordinary” jackets/pants will you have bought in that time? Wayne Boyer told me he gets very little repeat business because “our products last so long!”

        1. re “problem is though that you can’t submit stuff to MotoCAP for testing, they have to choose it secretly themselves” – when I asked MotoCAP (Australia) why they haven’t tested Aldi gear their response was basically if Aldi provided MotoCAP with samples they (MotoCAP) would test them. – Seems to contradict what you were told.

          1. I think the deal is that MotoCAP secretly buy and test stuff that’s readily available on the shelves in Australia. Other stuff needs to be submitted by the manufacturer who then has to pay MotoCAP to do the testing. Obviously many won’t.

  3. Well, this millennial buys for comfort and usability, dont really give 2 shits about style.

  4. Geepers, manufacturers can pay for testing of their product/s. Draggin has been doing this since the early days of MotoCAP.

  5. Just to reiterate; Brought the Alpine stars SP2 based upon your article / MotoCAP test – so thank you,- wear a leather Jacket with a O’Neil full body armor underneath & Kevlar jeans, (warm in winter too), & long boots when I am off doing 100 k plus days, (around town not so much just jacket & gloves). Now i know the reason riders carry those army surplus tan bags too, it’s to carry those $160 gloves in for sure! Of course nothing says Safety better than “not riding faster than your guardian angle can fly”…

  6. Hey Guys /Ladies, have a look at the Companies / Groups that make up Moto Cap, and ask yourself since when did Insurance Companies see Motorcycle Riders safety as an issue…….. perhaps there’s some money in it????

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