After taking so much time zipping up so many layers of fleece insulation, wind-proof liner, mesh jacket, rain jacket last Winter to keep warm on my daily work commute, I have been looking for a 3/4's length jacket incorporating the outer layer as both the wind-proof/water-proof layer and the protective (ballistic) layer reducing the time it takes to put on and zip up 3 or 4 layers down to 1 or 2 layers. That should also reduce the bulk down to the point where I have complete flexibility again instead of having limited arm movement.
I was drawn to the Sliders Quest jacket sold by Competition Accessories because it seemed to have a lot of protection compared to any of the other non-kevlar or leather motorcycle jackets and that I had seen it as low as $99 recently. I had thought it had strong protection because it was advertised as having 600 denier material overlayed with 1680 denier Carbolex and kevlar in the critical areas of elbow and shoulders. I thought the higher denier meant greater protection, but in reality all higher denier means is heavier material considering denier is just the weight of 9km of thread. Thus, 1000 denier material weighs 1000 grams per 9000 meters which is about 2.2 lb for 5.6 miles of thread. Besides how heavy the thread is, what kind of thread is important (polyester is less strong than nylon is less strong than kelvar) as is how tightly the thread is woven.
Anyway there are some discrepancies with Carbolex. One of the paper tags attached to the new jacket indicates that there is a nylon layer in the jacket and another shows the strength of Carbolex with the same chart aa a Chinese company which sells a nylon Carbolex product, as shown below. On the other hand, the tags sewn into the jacket indicate the shell is 100% polyester and so is the lining and the insulation layer. To further complicate matters, Fieldsheer says their Carbolex is polyester, not nylon. I have asked Competition Accessories Customer Service group what the real story is, i.e. is Carbolex polyester or nylon? (in a way they have indicated both), where is the nylon layer which is not indicated by the sewn-in tags?, is the 1680 denier overlay just in the critical areas or covering all jacket surfaces?, if the overlay is only in the critical areas is it in the same places as the kelvar patches?, is the 600 denier material Carbolex or is the 1680 denier material Carbolex? After a week I have gotten no response.
Until I had run into this confusion about what the jacket is made of and where the stronger materials are situated I had wanted to purchase the Sliders Quest pants too, but now I am not so sure this is anywhere near as safe as it first sounded. The Sliders Quest pants appear the same as Tour Masters Quest pants except with the addition of kevlar in the critical areas. Tour Master's literature gives no better indication of what material is where and how strong it is. What it appears is that Competition Accessories is selling a private labelled jacket made by Tour Master who is claiming nylon Carbolex, but in reality is weaker polyester Carbolex. Further most of the jacket is probably 600 denier polyester and the stronger 1680 polyester material and kelvar are only in the so-called critical areas that of course if you get into a slide it will not be those areas you are sliding on. A good material should last at least 4 seconds in a slide and preferably 7 seconds. For reference racing grade leathers last about 6 seconds in a slide. Wouldn't it be nice it all protective motorcycle clothing was rated for how long they can slide before wearing through instead of some of them dubiously having tear strength and abrasion resistance numbers attached to them?
Carbolex paper tag -sorry it is mostly unreadable as scanned. I assure you it is almost identical the Ansai chart below.
If anybody has any more information on Carbolex or trusts Carbolex I would like to hear it. Thank you.