Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gimoto Previews the WAS+ Riding Suit


Gimoto WAS+ suit
The importance of wearing the proper safety gear is no longer a secret to riders, with all manufacturers Click to enlarge [Gimoto WAS+ suit]
seeking to develop new technologies that enhance the riders’ protection. From the same centre that designed an homologated airbag gilet ten years ago, Gimoto, comes a new riding suit, dubbed WAS+.


The new product reportedly encompasses the highest levels of resistance to abrasion, impact cuts and tears and seam bursting, with no compromises in rider comfort and quality of fit.

After a development lasting more than 1 year and after more than 400 tests have been carried out, the WAS+ suit was confirmed as exceeding CE EN 13595 level 2 – in all sizes and colours including made-to-measure.

Arm and leg zones are high risk zones, that require CE homologated impact protectors ('body armour'). Two levels of performance are specified for clothing providing protection against road impacts: clothing designed to give some protection whilst having the lowest possible weight and ergonomic penalties associated with its use (Level 1) and clothing providing a moderate level of protection, higher than that provided by Level 1 (Level 2).

There are however weight and restriction penalties in providing this level of protection.

According to Gimoto, all the materials and construction that are used in the WAS+ suit design exceeded all of the following tests:
  • Tears resistance following
  • Abrasion resistance of materials
  • Maximum knife penetration
  • Burst strength of seams and fastenings
  • Chemical and ergonomic test

To satisfy the requirements of all these tests, Gimoto has perfected the development and introduction of a new elasticated fabric - called G-nforced - developed and patented directly by Gimoto and used exclusively in the WAS+ suit.

WAS+ also introduces the new 3D inner liner that reportedly gives greater breathability and comfort to the rider. Gimoto, however, did not reveal any pricing details for the moment.

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