Motowearhouse was very interested in knowing more about Covec the protective material used in all of the Bull-It jeans. What’s the difference between Covec and the most common material manufacturers use in protective motorcycle riding jeans?
Well, Covec is a British firm that specializes in the creation of “Technical Textiles”. And Covec textiles are used in the jeans and other gear produced by Bull-it to provide a high level abrasion resistance.
Also, according to Keith Bloxsome from Covec, Ltd., one of the specific goals of Bull-it was reducing thermal transfer in the jeans in a slide if the rider crashed. Low thermal transfer helps not only to keep the heat of friction from the slide away from the rider’s skin, it also makes the material highly resistant to burning from hot surfaces like your exhaust pipe.
The Covec fabric withstands heat compared to several other protective liners typically used in motorcycle clothing. The admittedly-thick Covec liner will not melt, like many other fabrics used as liners, including some implementations of Kevlar, which is sometimes combined with synthetic yarns like nylon, which can melt. (Kevlar sometimes is blended with other fibers in motorcycle riding gear; this is done for comfort and because apparently Kevlar can degrade with repeated washings.)
It’s important to note that Bull-it and Covec believe that Kevlar is an inherently good product. They find it to be a remarkable material that has benefitted many other industries. However, they do feel that it may not be the best material for use as an abrasion and heat-resistant liner in motorcycle clothing.
Compared to Kevlar, Covec offers prolonged performance. Low friction heat transfer helps in preventing consequential burns in a crash scenario. Then there is cut resistance; rocks, grit and glass on the road can be very sharp. There’s just a better level of abrasion resistance. Obviously the longer a material protects when sliding over an abrasive surface, the better.