If you’re on the hunt for new moto gear, MotoCAP has just released its latest set of ratings for riding pants and jackets, although (like all MotoCAP’s ratings) it’s mostly applicable for Australians.
MotoCAP’s mission is testing riding gear from not just a safety perspective, but also for breathability, to ensure it’s comfortable in hot climates. After all, you won’t be protected in a crash if you leave uncomfortable riding gear at home. MotoCAP is a collaborative effort between Australian government bodies and transportation-focused organizations. It’s a long list, including Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.
This initiative tests riding jackets, pants and gloves, with with help from the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials (the original ADVrider’s write-up on this project is here). The project relies on donated gear for testing, so it’s limited in what it can examine, and tends to release new gear ratings in sporadic bursts.
The latest information dump includes details on 13 riding jackets and three new pairs of riding pants. None of the new gear seems to have been particularly impressive, although MotoCAP thinks the Dainese Prima72 leather jacket did OK in testing, getting a three-out-of-five star safety rating.
For the full line of gear that MotoCAP has tested so far, head to the organization’s website. Remember, the participants rely on donated gear, so if you want more gear tested, you could always call up distributors and gearmakers and suggest they donate equipment for testing …