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the yates armored sweatshirt

On the surface, the Yates might look like an ordinary sweatshirt. But it’s not. So, what exactly is it? We’ll tell you. This is one of the most technical,high-performance textile garments you’ve ever laid your eyes on, to date.

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madscientists

In case you didn’t know yet, we’ve got our own in-house laboratory that we use to pre-test fabrics we’d like to make use of in the nearby future. This way, we can build a database of pre-approved fabrics, construction techniques and components that our designers and product engineers can play with. A welcome side effect of this is that it also allows us to experiment with whatever we like – cue mad scientist laughter here! If we have a new idea for a fabric construction, we ask our fabric suppliers to make it and we’ll do the testing right here.

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straightfrom our lab

As we’ve been toying with the concept of double-weaving technical yarns for a while, we decided to play some more with Cordura® yarns, the staple ingredient of our successful denim collection.

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Without giving away the actual process, this resulted in a double woven Cordura® fabric with great mechanical stretch properties and amazing tear, cut and abrasion resistance. The fabric also had a fabulous feel to it, being soft and lofty to the touch. So, we started to wonder what we could use it for…

Lately, we’ve seen quite a few brands offering so-called motorcycle hoodies and sweatshirts. These products are mostly made of cotton or a polyamide-cotton mix with an added layer of Kevlar® reinforced fabric underneath at impact zones.  

With all due respect, these are not products fit for motorcycle use. If you crash, the cotton layer will be completely destroyed, and whatever layer was underneath, intended to protect you, will be somewhere else.


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Yates cordura

THE FIRST

Naturally, the first type of product we had in mind when analyzing the results of this new fabric we had developed was to build a sweater that you could actually safely wear riding a motorcycle.

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The Yates Armored Sweatshirt (it takes longer to pronounce its full title than it takes to slip it on) is a true revelation in terms of tear, cut and abrasion resistance. The soft and subtle texture of the double knitted PWR | Knit fabric does not give you the impression you’re dealing with breakthrough fabric technology. Let us run you through the details. 

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PWR|KNIT

This is a new technique where we use a double Cordura® knit, resulting in high levels of cut, tear and abrasion resistance. The mechanical stretch properties of the fabric are second to none. You’ll only notice a slight difference compared to your own favorite sweatshirt when slipping into it as it feels only a bit more rigid. But only a bit. Plus, there’s more behind the surface.

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seesmart™

the invisible armor

Our SEESMART™ CE-level 1 limb protectors were initially developed for our denim collection so you could wear your jeans all day long, with superior comfort and protection, not having to think twice about being safe of the road. Integrating SEESMART™ into the Yates was a natural fit. So, we did at the shoulders and elbows. It was a no-brainer.

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hard
to believe

Upon first glance, it’s hard to believe that these thin, perforated sheets of hexagon-shaped, thermoplastic rubber will protect you adequately, but rest assured, these little fellows outperform the old-school, pre-shaped protectors you know from the past. Let’s not start with namedropping, but we all know what we’re talking about.  

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LAMINATED
REFLECTION

Subtly integrated in the design are slim strips of high-performance,laminated, reflective material, strategically placed at the elbows for good visibility. You won’t even notice them, but they will provide ample visibility when lit up by a light source, such as car headlights.

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WE'VE GOT
YOUR BACK

The Yates armored sweatshirt is, like every other overshirt, prepared for the SEESOFT™ back protector. The label at the insert opening clearly indicates what size SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 insert back protector will fit into your Yates.
The SEESOFT™ backprotector
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Connect
& ride

On the inside, at the back, you’ll find the short (20 cm) YKK connection zipper that will allow you to zip your shirt to your jeans via our Safeway 2 belt. This way, shirt and jeans are not separated in case you hit the tarmac, but stay safely connected. Just like a 2-piece suit. In case you do not own a pair of REV’IT! jeans, we have an alternative solution for you, as the Yates also features 2 jeans-loops at the waists, that allow you to loop & hook the shirt to any other belt.
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INTO THE FUTURE

The Yates Sweatshirt is an industry first. It provides you a look into the future of how we are continuing to change the game in terms of inspiring and protective motorcycle clothing. Rest assured, this will not be the last product you’ll be seeing from us that incorporates this new fabric technology. Stay tuned for more. We are already working on it. 

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