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What is Motorcycle “CE” Armor?

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So what the heck is this “CE” armor that you see advertised as part of some motorcycle jackets and pants?

In simple terms, it’s a European system of grading motorcycle protective armor (pads) used as additional protection in motorcycle gear.  The rating takes into account two primary areas of crash protection:

1) Energy absorption capability
2) Pad shape and size

The armor, or pads, are designed to offer added protection to a rider going down on a motorcycle, particularly in the event of sliding or lesser impacts. CE armor is made of hard foam pieces encapsulated in softer foam which compresses on impact. In other words, it’s like a helmet: if you fall and land on it, the pads have done their work, and it’s time replace them, since their energy absorption qualities have been expended.

NOTE: There are no U.S. standards for protective motorcycle armor (unlike motorcycle helmets), and there are disagreements about the merits of the “CE” standard, with some manufacturers choosing to provide what they consider to be a higher level of armor protection for motorbike apparel, even though it may not be CE certified.



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