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K7 Infinity Motorcycle Jeans are rated “AA” performance class

The new K7 Infinity jeans, with CE certification to the new Personal Protective Equipment Regulation, will be launched on 21st April. The jeans are rated “AA” performance class, after testing to the proposed new European Standard prEN 17092-3.

Provisional European Standard prEN 17092-1:2017 (February 2017) defines “AAA”, “AA” and “A” classifications of motorcyclists’ clothing as follows:

  • prEN 17092-2:2017 (February 2017) – Class AAA garments. The highest level of protection, against the highest level of risks. Some common examples are: one-piece or two-piece suits. These garments are likely to have severe and limiting ergonomic, weight and thermal penalties, which some riders will not find acceptable for their specific riding activities.
  • prEN 17092-3:2017 (February 2017) – Class AA garments. The second highest level of protection, against the risks of the greatest diversity of riding activities. Some common examples are: garments designed to be worn by themselves or to be worn over other clothing. These garments are expected to have lower ergonomic and weight penalties than Class AAA garments and some riders will not find these penalties acceptable for their specific riding activities.
  • prEN 17092-4:2017 (February 2017) – Class A garments. The third highest level of protection. Some common examples are: garments, designed to be worn by themselves or to be worn over other clothing by riders in extremely hot environments. Class A garments are expected to have the least ergonomic and weight penalties.

The “AA” classification achieved by the K7 Infinity jeans therefore places them in the group of motorcyclists’ clothing which, for most riders, possibly provides the optimum balance of protection and comfort.

The European Parliament has stipulated that, with effect from 21st April 2018, all motorcycle clothing (except for rainsuits) must be tested and certified in accordance with the new PPE Regulation.

Two commonly asked questions;

So what happens if Brexit goes ahead?

From what we understand, absolutely nothing will change and the European PPE Regulation will still apply in the UK, as the British government has made it absolutely clear that all EU laws in place on the day Brexit is finalised, will be incorporated into British law.

The British Standards Institution has also unequivocally stated that it will continue to be a member of the European Standards agency, CEN, and will publish European Standards as BS ENs. Neither BSI nor CEN are government departments – they are private organisations which happen to be ‘contracted’ to develop official standards – so Brexit has no specific impact on them any more than it does any other business.

Bottom line: business as usual for the new EN 17092 standards for motorcyclists’ clothing and CE marking; Brexit or not.

How does prEN 17092 compare with EN 13595?

The existing European Standard, EN 13595:2002, covers protective clothing for professional motorcyclists, whereas proposed new European Standard, prEN 17092, is for clothing used by non-professional riders; for example, for commuting and leisure use. The two standards will operate alongside each other until at least 2023.

Because the two standards use different test methods, it is not possible to make direct comparisons (the abrasion test, in particular, uses entirely different criteria to establish the pass/fail outcome); however, the prEN puts greater emphasis on flexibility and comfort, with a commensurate reduction in protective performance, compared with EN 13595.

For several years, Hood Jeans has regularly submitted its products for abrasion testing, for quality control purposes, using the method described in EN 13595. We have run the same check with the new K7 Infinity jeans. This provides us with test data for the new K7 Infinity, which can be directly compared with the results we hold on file for the original K7 jeans, to ensure consistency of test performance from the new Infinity construction.

EU AA performance class motorcycle jeans
"They are comfortable to wear (even with the pro armour), the size descriptions you give on your site match the product perfectly."
"I've been searching for literally years for the perfect pair of riding pants and I've finally found them"
"The cut, fit, and comfort of the jeans was something I have been trying to find in riding apparel for many years."
"You have exceeded my expectations in terms of quality of the product, customer service and timing of the delivery."
"Thanks to my Hood K7 Jeans I still have my legs intact."
"The paramedics were really impressed at how well everything held up, and so am I."
"The denim on my Hood Jeans had been ripped in numerous places but the K-tech para-aramid and D30 armour saved me from any injury."
"The pockets are really nice and deep with the security of Velcro on the side and back so you know you’re not going to lose anything."
"I had no road rash at all and the jeans were completely undamaged. Sadly, the medical team had to cut them off me but I managed to save the armour."
"I never felt hot or noticed the protectors and they look like a normal pair of jeans not the bulky attire usually associated with protective biker gear."
"I had no road rash at all and the jeans were completely undamaged. Sadly, the medical team had to cut them off me but I managed to save the armour."
"The knee armour gives me that extra bit of reassurance and no ugly seams across the thigh and calf."
"My jeans performed extremely well in their confrontation for the tarmac... The K-tech Para-aramid lining was totally un-marked."
"The knee armour in the Jeans was very effective in protecting my knees from the initial impact and subsequent excursion over the bonnet."
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"The Jeans arrived yesterday and I cannot thank you enough. They fit like real jeans unlike some of your competitors."
"Just a short mail to say how impressed I am with the cargo jeans my wife purchased recently... They are superbly made and the fit is just right."
"The damage to the jeans was a tiny hole in the outer layer and no penetration to the K-tech Para-aramid, 100 percent impressed with them."
"My K7 Jeans. What can I say? Wonderful Jeans can compete with any number of premium jeans brands. It fits very comfortable and looks very, very safe."
"My K7 Jeans stood up to a 60mph slide; part of which had a 200kg bike on top of them (and me)! The K-tech Para-aramid lining was completely intact."

Subject to our recent telephone conversation concerning the high speed accident I had whilst wearing my Hood jeans. As you

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