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10 Critical Pieces of Motorcycle Body Armor


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Jacket
Put that leather jacket on even when it's warm out -- it's some of the best protection you can get.
Put that leather jacket on even when it's warm out -- it's some of the best protection you can get.
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This is a no-brainer. Every motorcyclist is going to own a jacket, and to varying degrees that jacket will be armored -- whether simply a denim jacket with leather elbow patches (not recommended) or a thick leather jacket reinforced with carbon-fiber supports and molecular armor (recommended).

What's that, you say? Molecular armor? Added to the mix of hard armor (like a plastic shell) and soft armor (like memory foam) are materials that are flexible and soft like a liquid until smacked with pressure as in a crash, at which point they turn rigid. It's like that trick with cornstarch and water: Push it gently and it's a goopy liquid; smack it and it's suddenly a solid that your rebounds your hand.

It's a very cool material, and it's available today.


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