Those of us at Motowearhouse know that abrasion-resistant motorcycle jeans are no longer front page news. There are lot of manufacturers right now offering jeans of various types with special linings to help protect riders during a slide down the road.
Typically, these liners are made from products with familiar names like Kevlar or Dyneema, which do offer abrasion resistance versus the average pair of street jeans. But Bull-It jeans has done something unique!
If you have not heard of this brand before, know that Bull-it is a relatively new company; started in 2006 in the UK. Like many other brands, Bull-it claims to make riding gear for riders, by riders. Fair enough; these are motorcycle specific jeans designed to offer the most protection possible with riding jeans.
The Bull-it SR6 jeans use a cotton outer shell (denim or twill), combined with a special non-melting Covec abrasion-resistant liner to create a collection of unique motorcycle riding pants.
So what makes these pants different? Bull-it told Motowearhouse that “The SR6 is tested and certified to exceed and deliver an impact abrasion resistant time of 6.26 seconds in Zones 1, 2 and most of 3.
The test pass for Level 1 in zone 3 is 1.8 seconds, ensuring the rider wearing the SR6 is getting a product that exceeds leather performance, the zone 3 cover is still 6.26 seconds. (The “SR” in SR6 is the Bull-it “Slide Rating”; how long the pants will protect in a slide before wearing through.)
Last year no other brand prepared a description in detail of the test and exactly what is covered in their own product.
Bull-it SR4 Range: Tested to and exceeded CE EN 13595-1 Level 1 Clause 5.4 for abrasion resistance with 4 seconds in all relevant zones.
Bull-it SR6 Range: Tested to and exceeded CE EN 13595-1 Level 1 Clause 5.4 for abrasion resistance with 6 seconds in all relevant zones.
Bottom line: Because of the use of a Covec liner, Bull-it jeans provide very good protection without the drawbacks of Kevlar or other types of aramids.