Roadskin - Abrasion Resistant

Sizing & Product Information

Product Sizing Guides & Information

It is very important that you read this guide before buying our products on the website. It will save you, and us, a lot of time/money having post your product back and forth to get the correct size. Should you be unsure about your size, please feel free to Phone Sarah on 07956 840749 and She will be happy to talk you through our sizes and products.

Sizing of our Jeans.

Our Jean sizes follow the standard UK sizing policy, aka 34″ waist is a 34″ waist and a 32″ leg is a 32″leg. However, we have allowed some extra ‘wiggle room’ in our sizing policy to allow for the fact that we are producing jeans for Bikers.

Very Important: Please measure to the nearest 1/4 inch, ie 17 1/4 or 16 1/2 etc.

Please do not read the label as labels are not true. Please do not measure around your body as this gives a false reading. The only way is to measure across the waistband of your favourite jean including every small amount.

IE: Get that figure say 18 3/4 and then double that to 37 1/2 . That then is your exact and true waist size , (don`t worry it`s always bigger than you think). Then look at the sizing guide below and pick your waist size, always go for the one that gives you room.

  • People with a measured waist of 30 1/4 to 32 max should order our waist 30
  • People with a measured waist of 32 1/4 to 34 max should order our waist 32
  • People with a measured waist of 34 1/4 to 36 max should order our waist 34
  • People with a measured waist of 36 1/4 to 38 max should order our waist 36
  • People with a measured waist of 38 1/4 to 40 max should order our waist 38
  • People with a measured waist of 40 1/4 to 42 max should order our waist 40
  • People with a measured waist of 42 1/4 to 44 max should order our waist 42

If you are still unsure of something get back to us at info@roadskin.co.uk

Every quarter inch is important. This should be done the same way for men or women as our jeans are unisex, particularly the Cargos Pants.

 

Sizing of our Jeans leg length

There is no need to add inches to the leg length for the bike any more, we have accommodated for this, so they come up long not short. To get your leg length correct measure your favourite jean from crutch to bottom of leg inc every quarter inch.

  • People with a measured leg of 29 to 31 max should order our a leg 30
  • People with a measured leg of 31 1/4  to 33 max should order our a leg 32
  • People with a measured leg of 33 1/4 to 35 max should order our a leg 34

If you are a 28 or so leg , the Paranoid range can easily be turned up.

 

Wearing in our Jeans to fit perfectly

It is always best with any of our jeans to get a snug fit to start, as you would a fashion pair and then allow the denim and lining to slowly mold around the armour rather than allow for it from the beginning. This way when the jean is stretched and settled they look great on, rather than a bag of potatoes.

Finally please take into consideration if you have ordered an Elite or Maximus, that Titanite(R) is an incredibly strong material and does take some wearing in, rather like a strong leather except it is cooler, lighter and breathable. The best way to loosen up around the tight parts is by wearing around the house, crouching and sitting.

Our Paranoid and Jeanius ranges take virtually no time to wear in, and whilst very tough are not quite as tough as Titanite. If you want the race suit test past level Jeans, either Elite or Maximus, they just need more wearing in. The tougher our Jean the longer it takes to wear in, but none take weeks, its normally 3 to 5 days for Elites and 5 to 7 for the Maximus.

 

2 reasons why wearing the armour is important

  • The fabric is to help against abrasion and tear but only to a slight degree against impact. Sure the Titanite especially can withstand a hard knock, its proven that its the best in the world for that but can your knee or hip withstand it without a padding or impact armour? No it can’t is the answer.
  • The other reason is that when your knee or hip hits the road hard without padding or armour, you are basically hammering the fabric between a hard thing (your bone) and another hard thing (the road) at great force, especially some of us Bikers who aren’t exactly twiggy. The pounds per square inch in these parts is incredible without padding/armour. So you are putting the fabric under significantly more stress than it should be put under. In this circumstance, the Titanite may well stand this but your bone will shatter anyway and our Paranoid and Jeanius range has less chance of standing it than the Titanite.

Even though we have review of the Paranoid products sliding down the road without armour and standing it, please do not risk it. You may not be so lucky.
Even with armour there is no guarantee of perfect protection but we can at least advise you to be as safe as you can.

 

Our Armed Forces Supply Factory In Lancashire

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UK Factory Supplies Abrasion Resistant Fabrics to the Armed forces, Special forces, Fire & Rescue Services

Roadskin Ltd is the only Motorcycle clothing company whose UK factory also supplies the Armed forces, Special forces, Fire and rescue services and Industry world-wide with Abrasion resistant fabrics and products, so utilizing it’s state of the art machinery and some of the most knowledgeable and innovative minds in the industry today for it’s Motorcycle products

Roadskin is the trademarked name for Motorcycle leisurewear produced from our Factory and any products produced from our Lahore Factory are under the same scrutiny as our Lancashire Factory.

We use two different fabrics to line our jeans and products, one is a para-aramid fabric, and the other is our own fabric which we have perfected over years of research and development called  Roadskin(R) Titanite(R).

Du Pont™ KEVLAR®

Is 5 times stronger than steel pound for pound and has been used and proven for over forty years by Armed forces and industry. It name speaks for itself and we only ever use 300 to 320 gsm and always fully line our products.

Du Pont™ an KEVLAR® are registered trademarks of E.I. DuPont de Nemours and company and are used with permission.

Titanite(R)

Titanite™ is an incredibly strong EN13595 compliant fabric, manufactured specifically for Motorcycle clothing by our own UK fabric manufacturing facility; the same facility that manufactures technical performance fabrics for Fire Brigades, Police Forces and Military organisations around the world. Titanite™ is based on a hybrid knitted structure exclusively designed to give the fabric exceptional integral strength yet remaining flexible, breathable, comfortable and cool next to the skin. Titanite™comprises a specially developed blend of technical fibres, known for their inherent strength and ability to perform in very demanding applications

Titanite™ can only be found in official Roadskin™garments.

 

Part Lined Jean Statement

Due to results from our own tests to simulate Motorway use, where the strength of the whole trouser holding together was tested rather than certain individual patches we are no longer producing purely part-lined Jeans.

The only jeans we are considering with part patches of abrasion resistant material is one which has a fully lined reinforcing lining throughout to help  hold the garment together on impact. This lining would be a netting and strong , this would be introduced for very hot countries. So in essence we believe an abrasion material part lining is ok if reinforced fully throughout with a strong lining but patches only with no full lining just denim we believe is not adequate.

 

Reason

All Part lined jeans tested, from the most expensive to the cheapest, all pulled apart at the denim only part, which proved to use that the old theory that you are only as strong as your weakest link is true. In our opinion, based on our tests, even if the patches were made from English Oak it does not help if the Jean can potentially rips apart on impact and be half way down the road with your back side bare to the road.

This is the opinion of some of the most knowledgeable technical fabric engineers in the world ,over sales and marketing companies.

The only Jeans or Cargo pants that held together in our tests were Fully lined products, ie had Abrasion resistant fabric of quality in all areas of the inside of the trouser and not just in certain key areas.

Although it is very important to point out that there is never any guarantee of a product holding together or ever guaranteeing a person’s safety or any protection from any injury, but at least we can try and make sure as best we can.

So we no longer make part lined Jeans as although they do serve a purpose with easy riding and around town, unfortunately we found when we made them, that most Motorcyclists take no notice of warnings to ride appropriately in part lined Jeans and insisted on riding above their potential ability.

40 years plus of use by the armed forces and around twenty in the Motorcycle world is usually enough to give Kevlar(R) credibility but an En13595 pass is a good way to get a clear proof of ability of a material used in a product, so if you are unsure or require some of proof of ability, we recommend our En13595 passed products.

Leggings

Our leggings are underwear and designed to be worn under 13.5oz or above jeans as the outer garment takes the initial impact, all non En13595 products must be used for casual riding only.

Hoodies

The hoodies  are designed to be worn under a jacket and are not sold as jackets to be worn on their own, they are designed to be worn under Motorcycle leather jackets or Motorcycle cordura jackets for example. They are particularly good under a Bikers jacket that have no pockets for armour as the Hood has pockets for armour.

 

Tips on How to Maintain the Water Repellent Finish

The water resistant solution has been added free of charge to certain products as an extra addition and its reliability and longevity is entirely up to the customer and how they maintain the product.

The products need to be washed cold, if not , the cotton or denim outer will deteriorate and the cotton or denim seams will give way as hot washing breaks down the integrity of cotton (that`s why jeans often get strands on the legs as people are not told this) and then the lining may pull away.

Every time you wash the product ,cold , you need to add water resistant spray restoring solution such as Fabsil for clothing or camp shop recommended spray for clothes or in- wash solution needs to be added every time you wash the garment, or it will not resist rain for long.

Kevlar is a bit of a vampire, it hates sunlight, if you expose the Kevlar(R) to direct sunlight on the line or when wearing open ,the UV can break Kevlar (R) down, so dry in a shade or he dark and try not to leave the lining open to the sun.

Kevlar is a bit of a vampire, it hates sunlight, if you expose the Kevlar(R) to direct sunlight on the line or when wearing open ,the UV can break Kevlar (R) down, so dry in a shade or he dark and try not to leave the lining open to the sun.

Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment enhances the performance of a garments outer fabric by encouraging water to bead up and roll off the surface. A DWR finish bonds to the textile fibres to make them water resistant and improves existing water repellency of fabric.

DWRs diminish in performance due to a number of factors—dirt, body oils, abrasion and repeated launderings. Often they can be revived by a washing and a few minutes of tumbling in a clothes dryer set on low or medium heat. With heavily used garments, DWRs eventually need to be reapplied by a spray-on or wash-in product.

 

Maintaining DWR 30 Degrees Max 15 if possible

Wash the garment with an additive-free detergent or soap. You can use regular laundry detergent, but you may have to give it an extra rinse or two to get rid of any residue. Do not use liquid detergents or delicate detergents as they contain fabric softeners that can impede the effectiveness of the DWR finish.

  • Machine wash your garments using the machine’s complete cycle.
  • 30 degrees max 15 if possible
  • Repeat the rinse cycle once or twice to ensure all soapy residue is removed.
  • Dry at cool setting, and let the garment cycle for 15 minutes after it’s dry to revive the original DWR finish. If you have an iron with a cool synthetic setting, you can lightly iron the garment to perk up the DWR treatment.

Restoring DWR

Wash the garment with an additive-free detergent or soap and apply a DWR treatment. Use a spray-on treatment for 2-ply garments. Wash-in products work well for both 2 and 3-ply garments.

  • Machine wash your garment.30 degrees max 15 if possible
  • While the garment is still wet, saturate the outside with the spray-on product and follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you’re using a wash-in product, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Repeat the rinse cycle once or twice to ensure all soapy residue is removed.
  • Dry at cool setting, and let the garment cycle for 15 minutes after it’s dry to revive the original DWR finish. If you have an iron with a cool synthetic setting, you can lightly iron the garment to perk up the DWR treatment.

 

IMPORTANT: A NOTE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STAB-PROOF & ANTI ABRASION:

Clearly the Para-aramid and or Titanite used in our products are designed to be cut by scissors and or heavy pressure from a knife so they can be made into garments whilst still giving a good degree of impact and abrasion resistance.

Scissors and heavy hand pressured Stanley knives have an extreme pounds per square inch, far above that in which one would normally encounter in an accident ,hence these implements can even cut through EN13595 cloth to make garments.

The videos on our products are purely intended to show some degree of abrasion or tear resistance. Our products are NOT designed to be stab proof or bullet proof. Our products are not indestructible, impervious or impregnable.

If you are looking for some assurance of abrasion ability (although they will have no guarantee of protection) you need to look for products with an EN13595 pass as per our Beast and Titanite(R) products. But even an EN13595 pass is not a 100% guarantee of no injury or definite protection as there are too many variables in life and on the road to guarantee anything but that we will do our best.

 

Disclaimer

We do not and will not in any way shape or form guarantee protection from injury and or damage to a customer’s body when wearing our products, we make no claims with regards to physical protection or any type of protection what so ever. The En13595 passed products show an independence assessment of the ability of our products but they do not guarantee protection as life and the road is too unpredictable to give any assurances or guarantees.

If you require absolute assurance and or a guarantee of protection, do not purchase our products.

No product can guarantee protection against injury.