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The crash tested boots

We put each of our footwear to the test.

The Crash Tested Boots

Our forty years of experience in technical clothing for motorcyclists has led us to understand one thing: to produce 100% safe boots, our boundless passion is not enough. It takes cold, precise and sometimes maniacal science, combined with a pinch of creativity. Only in this way, by testing every single material that makes up our footwear, we can be sure of providing all of you with products with adequate performance, on the track and on the road. And we don’t rely on others: inside our factory we host a test laboratory with cutting-edge instruments and highly specialized personnel.

 All our boots are tested following strict national and European standards, so that they can obtain safety and resistance certifications, such as CE EN 13634:2017 or CE EN 13634:2002.

Abrasion tested

When falling at high speed, all the equipment is subject to great friction with the asphalt. For this reason, the abrasion test is perhaps the most important test we perform in our laboratory. Each of our fabrics is tested in numerous abrasion cycles on a Martindale machines, equipped with 180g sandpaper.

We told Joe Roberts “abrasion cycles”. He replied “what? Motorcycles?” Maybe that's why he wanted to fit an abrasive wheel in place of a motorcycle's rear wheel and test our XP9-Rs in a less conventional way. The result? See it with your own eyes!

Tested for waterproofing

Waterproofing is key when riding. For this reason, among our laboratory tests, the one with water could not be missing. To do this, we used a machine that simulates the pressure of 1 meter of water on a circle of fabric with a diameter of 10cm (0.1 atmospheres). The materials withstood this pressure and remained dry.

Once again, Joe Roberts wanted to thoroughly test our products. To test the waterproofing of our X-ROAD H2OUT, he allowed himself to be hit by a fire hydrant with a pressure of 25 bar. How did the test go? His foot remained completely dry, proof against any storm.

Tear tested

Another test carried out in our laboratory on fabrics is the one with the Dynamometer, which is used by the testing houses for CE and UKCA certification. All of our fabrics are tested in six trials per direction and must pass every step.

After these results, we challenged Joe Roberts to perform a little madness: stopping a moving motorcycle using only our XP9-S boots. Will he make it? But above all, how will our boots hold up? Find out in the video.

Impact tested

One of the tests to obtain EN 13634:2016 motorcycle footwear certification is the impact test. Usually this test is based on a striker weighing 1 kg dropped with an energy of 10 J joules on the material to be tested. We usually test our materials at even higher values. In this video, for example, we subjected this shin guard to a much more severe test: a 5 kg striker dropped from a height of 1 m with an energy of 50 J.