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Halvarssons Safety Suit - Anyone have any experience with it?

There's a small company in Sweden (Jofama) that has been developing a textile riding suit (Halvarssons Safety) for the police in the UK and which is now commercialising its products to the general public.

I've been doing some research on it and from what I have read, it is one of only a handful of suits (leather or textile) that meets all applicable EC regulations for motorcycle safety (not just the impact protectors, but all of the suit - stiching, seams, abrassion resistance). No major manufacturer of gear (Dainese, BMW, Alpinestar, etc.) has riding suits that are certified as meeting the full regulations.

What is interesting is that they have taken a different approach to developing the gear. The part of the suit that offers the protection is the inside liner which can be covered by different outer shells. As a matter of fact, when you buy the suit it comes with two different outer shells, a waterproof, breathable shell and a partially ventelated shell. They also sell separetly a fully mesh shell. The pants also are sold with two outershells (same as the jacket).

The suit has a laminated construction of some high-techy material that looks like terry cloth and that has greater resistance to impact and tear abrassion than leather, yet it is breathadble and lets air through - thus if you use it with the full mesh jacket you will have full air flow.

Long story short, I'm interested in buying one, but have no information on it in Spain and thus can not see one first hand. Does anyone have experience with this suit? I understand it has been on sale in the UK for close to a year now.

I also understand it ain't cheap (900 UK pounds for the jacket and pants combined if bought in the UK, probably less in mainland Europe). But if it does what is claimed, then in effect you are getting two suits and not one and this makes it much more reasonable. And when it comes to safety, I always figure a skin graft is a lot more expensive and a hell of a lot more painful than reaching into may wallet.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the liner (I know, it looks funky, but it goes underneath the outer shell), and the standar outer shells, plus the full mesh liner which currently is only sold in what I assume to be the standard UK police look "glow in the dark" yellow.

They say that next year they will likely have a black full mesh outer shell for sale.

HALVARSSON SAFETY JACKET


WATERPROOF SHELL


PARTIALLY VENTILATED SHELL



SAFETY PANTS



WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE PANTS SHELL



PARTIALLY VENTILATED PANTS SHELL



FULLY VENTILATED SHELL (sold as an extra) – I can see this one getting comments along the lines of “hey, where did you leave your fire truck”

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Something I never realised until I came across it in a post, is what happens when you get road friction say in a slide and is there any chance the material can melt and homogenise with your skin! Normally the Kevlar armors are pretty thick albeit bulky, but once you get to thin aerated materials I'd wonder how it coped with road friction.

If I get the time I'll do some reading on EU regs, My present standard leathers say they are fitted with 'Approved EU impact protection' which I think you suggest is only part of the approval.

If you are riding in Spain I can see why you are interested. On a totally wild and insane thing, last year I did some testing of 3M metallised polyester film on a glass roof in full sun, measuring solar absorption/reflection that sort of thing. They make it in the States and use a lot in Florida. That stuff is magic and if you didn't mind looking like a moon walker, an over jacket in that would be amazing, plus the IR cameras and sensors on the choppers might get confused.

Why is it that nearly all rider gear is Black and dull, the worst kind of color for Summer riding?



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A bit of patience in reading it all may change your outlook on your riding gear

If you take the time to read through the whole article, you may find yourself questioning the quality of some of your gear and its ability to protect you as much as you thought.

Here's a link to EC standards testing that is very interesting.

http://www.pva-ppe.org.uk/standards....rmotorcyclists
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