Motorcycle & Leather Products Glossary

Motorcycle & Leather Products Glossary

Posted by Team Motorcycle on May 3rd 2016

Product Term Glossary

5-ply Nylon Thread - This thread cannot be broken nearly as easily as cheaper cotton thread. We use the best 5-ply nylon thread available

Action Back - A flex panel or bellows panel built into the rear shoulders or back that increases flexibility when reaching for the handlebars

Aerodynamic Speed Hump – A padded hump that bridges the gap between the helmet and back thus providing positive aerodynamics and increased safety in case of an impact

Aqua-Therm Liner - Tour Master’s and Cortech’s exclusive two-stage zip together liner featuring a waterproof and windproof layer and a second insulating liner to increase warmth in colder climates. The two stages can be used together or independently for maximum versatility

Armor-Link Mesh- Tour Master and Cortech’s original abrasion resistant mesh technology

Balaclava – A thin head mask covering the neck as well with eye slots designed to be worn under the helmet in cold weather

Ballistic Weave - A fabric weave originally developed for bulletproof armor vests, man-made fibers with a ballistic weave are known for their high level of abrasion resistance

Bungee Cord – A corded device with hooks designed to stretch and hold larger items to the bike

Carbolex® - A highly abrasion-resistant nylon fabric that is easy to maintain and provides superior long-term durability. Carboflex® is lighter than leather and 90% of its strength

Cargo Storage System (CSS) - This exclusive system is ingeniously concealed under the front chest pockets. Multiple compartments and an elastic key lanyard make it easy to carry along all the necessities of the road.

CE-Approved Armor - Body armor panels that have passed the appropriate quality assurance tests for safety certification within the European Union. A manufacturer must test both the product and manufacturing process with a qualified third party in order to obtain the certification.

Clarino™ - Synthetic leather that is comfortable, breathable and abrasion resistant

Collar Anchor- A system designed to help eliminate jacket collars from flapping, especially when the collar is opened to increase ventilation

Cuff Vent System (CVS) - Patented ventilation at the sleeve cuff, using a 2-way closure zipper that doubles as a vent

Denier- A unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers, for comparison, a single strand of silk is 1 denier

Dobby 400 Denier Nylon- A softer nylon material sometimes used in non-impact areas of ladies riding apparel to provide a softer, less stiff feel to the overall garment while maintaining abrasion resistance

DOT certified - Certified by the Dept. of Transportation and its safety standards

Double stitched - An over lock stitch technique that sews 2 panels together and then requires a second fold and additional stitch. This gives the seam an extra level of strength in abrasion situations that a simpler and cheaper sewing technique would not provide.

ECE - U. N. Economic Commission for Europe ECE 22.05 motorcycle helmet safety standard

EVA Foam - A lightweight, closed-cell, plastic foam material that provides good shock resistance

Fourchettes – Strips of material between the fingers of a glove that join the palm and top sections

Hiprotec Comfort Armor - The slimmest, most comfortable CE-approved (Europe's highest standard) armor available. Patented snap-in, positionable fastening system

Hypertex™ Waterproof and Breathable - High Performance Textile with a synthetic membrane designed to keep you comfortable and dry. Rain and wind stay out while still allowing vapor to escape from inside the garment. Hypertex™ Plus is 50% more breathable than the standard Hypertex™

Insulated Liner - Removable liners in either jackets or pants that have insulation material to keep a rider warm in cold weather yet can be removed for warm weather comfort

Kevlar® - Innovative fiber technology from DuPont® that is incredibly strong, very light in weight and is best known for its use in bullet proof vests

Mandarin Collar- A short-cut, stand-up type of unfolded collar

Microfiber - Fabric technology that extrudes extremely fine filaments (less than 1.0 denier) allowing for an extremely soft feeling fabric while maintaining all of the strength of other outer wear fabrics

Novelty Motorcycle Helmets – Helmets that are not certified to any standard.

Performance Cut- The tailoring of a jacket to be comfortable in a performance riding position- entailing a lengthened back and pre-curved sleeves to ensure maximum rider comfort while riding aggressively

Phoslite® - Reflective technology to enhance visibility that is composed of millions of "retro-reflective" lenses bonded to a fabric

Pipeline Ventilation System - Tour Master and Cortech’s proprietary system of internal channels within a garment that are designed to maximize ventilation while eliminating garment billowing at speed. Thissystem allows ventilation to pass through the waterproof barrier into the garment’s interior while maintaining waterproof properties

Polyfill – An insulating material produced with a random arrangement of fibers that increases warmth to a garment or glove

Polyurethane Backing - A waterproof barrier created by bonding polyurethane onto textiles

Rainblocker™ Liner – Removable, waterproof and breathable garment lining

Rainguard™ - A breathable barrier technology that has pores larger than air molecules but smaller than water molecules to allow perspiration exhaust and eliminate rain or water from penetrating a garment

Ramair® Ventilation System – Zippered vents strategically placed that can be opened to maximize flow-through ventilation

Scoop Vent System- A hook and loop fastening system that allows a wearer to keep a vent folded open, turning the vent flap into an air scoop that inducts more air into a garment

Shock Absorbing Heel Cup (Gaerne Boots) – Non-deformable polyurethane heel cup is protected by a replaceable low –friction magnesium slider

SNELL M2010 – A certification of higher standards than standard DOT

SP Memory Foam – Soft, flexible and durable polymer foam padding for protection and vibration dampening

Stretch Cordura® - A extremely abrasion resistant and flexible material, CORDURA® is a registered trademark of INVISTA for durable fabrics

Take-Up Straps – Adjustable straps at the forearm and bicep to secure elbow armor and material as well as maximize vent openings

Temperfoam - A visco-elastic ‘slow recovery’ open cell foam that absorbs shock but is very comfortable to wear inside garments

Thermoliner™ - Removable liner constructed of perforated aluminized mylar bonded between polyester fiber and nylon taffeta, reflects body heat inward and permits humidity to escape

Thermoneck™- Cold weather protection that extends up your neck and chin, integrated into the jacket. The soft collar feels good against your neck and stows back into the jacket when not in use

Three Position Knee Armor Alignment System - An exclusive Tour Master & Cortech armor attachment system allowing riders to precisely position knee armor to best fit their particular knee to shin length relationship

Three Quarter Length Cut - The tailoring and length of a jacket that is comfortable in the upright riding position

Toe Sliders– Used in street/racing boots to protect due to the inevitable drag of the boot on the toe in racing turns on the bike

Torso Vent System (TVS) - Torso Ventilation System unzips to reveal perforated leather or nylon panels, front and back, which allow air to pass into the jacket front, circulate around the torso and exit out the back, providing an air-conditioning effect. (U.S. Patent #5,845,336)

TPR - Thermoplastic rubber, a highly durable yet tactile synthetic for zipper pulls, belts and logos

Triple Density Back Protector – A three layer back protector comprised of a soft inner lining, a foam core and a hard foam outer shell

VPS (Vision Protection System) - short dark shield mounted on the inside of the shell and moving independently from the clear shield. As thick as a regular face shield, it provides

YKK® Zipper - Highly engineered zippers that provide enhanced durability and ease of use

Zipper Integrated Performance System (Z.I.P.S.) - Zippered connection between jacket and pants for increased protection

Z.O.Q. - Tour Master and Cortech’s exclusive Zip out Quilted liner allowing for very warm insulation in a less bulky garment