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
PARTIALLY VENTILATED SHELL
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”