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Motorcycle Protection

EN 13634: 2010
Protective footwear for motorcycle riders. Requirements and test methods.

Tests detailed within EN 13634 can be grouped into the following areas:

There are a number of requirements that cover the general design of the footwear. These include an assessment of properties such as the height of the upper and the type of seam constructions.

Secondly there are a number of tests on the integrity of the whole boot which include a measurement of the bond strength between the upper and outsole plus a test to assess the transverse rigidity of the boot.

Tests on the upper, lining and insole components of the boot include pH value and chrome VI content of any leather materials, plus for linings tear strength and abrasion resistance and for insole boards abrasion resistance and water absorption/desorption. Also all materials must be assessed for colour fastness to water.

The outsole components of the footwear must be tested for resistance to abrasion and hydrolysis (if made from polyurethane) plus an assessment of strength of any interlayer bonds. There are also requirements for the design of the cleats and overall thickness of the outsole.

Specialised protective tests on the upper include an assessment of impact cut resistance and abrasion resistance using the tests defined in EN 13595.

Finally there are five optional properties that can be tested if the manufacturer wishes to make specific claims. These include impact energy protection to the shin and ankle, resistance to water penetration, resistance to fuel oil of the outsole, slip resistance of the outsole and finally water vapour permeability of the upper.