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Waterproof ratings vital this wet summer

MotoCAP rates jackets and pants

Draggin Hydro waterproof jacket and pants
Testing waterproof jacket and pants

The award-winning Australian MotoCAP website has issued safety and comfort ratings including vital waterproof abilities for two jackets and eight pairs of pants as we head into a wet summer.

With a La Niña wet weather system dominating the Eastern states this summer, riders will be interested in assessing the waterproofing abilities of their gear.

MotoCAP provides those details on all their testing.

In the new round of testing they found the MotoDry Eco-Therm jacket provided good protection in wet weather, with a water protection score of 8 out of 10 and a protection rating of 2 stars out of five.

MotoDry Eco-Therm jacket

The two pair of pants — Draggin NextGen and Rev’It Lombard RF Products— had previously been tested and rated.

However, since they have been on the market for more than three years, they were reassessed to identify any potential changes in production that may affect their ratings.

The new ratings for jackets can be viewed here. The new ratings for pants can be viewed here.

These new ratings now increase the number of items tested to 383 jackets, gloves and pants since the safety intitiative launched in September 2018.

MotoCAP also recently updated its safety ratings on jackets and pants and made significant changes to how they rate gloves.

This was based on evidence from crash injury research and the test protocols of the current industry standard.

Deakin Uni Institute for Frontier Materials Senior Research Fellow and Honda GB400 rider Chris Hurren said the changes were the result of “ongoing tweaking of the system based on new research conducted by Deakin University”.

MotoCAP testing

All gear tested and rated by MotoCAP is bought covertly.

In 2019, MotoCAP, has won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

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

In 2019, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.