Motorcycle clothing is highly demanding in terms of standard requirements for impact protection. Off-road races (off-road or all terrain) are one of the most popular motorcycle sports, which can be practiced as leisure and also in organized competitions, professional or amateur.
By its nature, this sport carries risks and requires the use of adequate protective equipment, namely helmets, gloves, knee pads, vests, etc. Protective vests against stones and other off-road projectiles usually include back and chest protectors being composed of several panels usually made of rigid thermoplastic materials, with impact protection function, and textiles, with comfort function, united through seams, bonding, fastening and fastening devices (screws), adjusters, etc. Given the high number of panels and components, the production of this type of article involves a large number of productive operations, particularly in the assembly of the final product.
There are several products on the market with different levels of complexity and impact protection, and although they meet the requirements for impact protection, they present constraints on comfort, flexibility and weight. These are mainly due to the rigidity of materials and fittings (screws).
The main objectives of the activity New materials with high impact protection are:
i) R&D of new advanced high performance impact protection solutions with application in off-road vests, based on a new technological approach and new materials;
ii) R&D of advanced textile solutions that meet the requirements necessary for the injection, use, comfort and protection processes.