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I had this one forwarded to me at work, its well worth having a read and watching.


The GEAR Study

Providing Australian riders with better information about protective clothing

Over 4500 motorcyclists are hospitalised each year in Australia as a result of road crashes.
Protective clothing has great potential in reducing rider injury in crashes however there are no standards for protective clothing in Australia and the available research was conducted on older generations of protective wear. Usage patterns suggest many riders are not aware or are not convinced of the potential benefits of protective clothing.
This study examined the association between the use of protective clothing in motorcycle crashes and the severity and long-term consequences of any injuries sustained. The results provide Australian riders with better information about the protective clothing they wear.
It is the first study worldwide to distinguish between different qualities of protective clothing and to examine the role of impact protectors (such as back protectors) in preventing injury. It is also unique in including all riders involved in motorcycle crashes - those who escaped serious injury and those hospitalised.

Method

The GEAR Study was a one year prospective cohort study of motorcyclists in road crashes in the ACT, to identify the associations between usage/ non-usage of motorcycle protective clothing and injury and subsequent disability.
Two hundred motorcyclists who crashed in the ACT were recruited through Emergency Department presentations and from motorcycle repair services. Injured and uninjured motorcyclists were interviewed in hospital or at home about the crash, their protective clothing (if any), and their injuries. Objective injury details and injury severity scores were obtained from hospital records.
Participants were contacted three times with an initial face-to-face interview and then two follow-up surveys. The follow up surveys examined their recovery progress and quality of life following the crash and were mailed to participants approximately one and six months later. The frequency and severity of injuries and post crash recovery and impairment were compared for protected and unprotected riders.

Status

The study results were launched at The George Institute for Global Health on Monday 20th June 2011.
 

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That's a cool read/vid and those statistcs are pretty impressive. Makes me wonder if they would have been higher of they only included decent or better quality stuff in the 'gear' category. Still cool someone actually did this.
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I think that would have skewed the results... you want to look at what people actually wear...
 

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:goodpostgood post mate. what interested me most with that was the part about the boots. the study finding that just wearing any boots not just motorcycle boots reduced the risk massively. so you could say its anything that covers the ankle and is leather is gonna do a good job in protection against open wounds to the foot, obvously wearing boot style footwear reduces the chances of your footwear coming off also.
that makes me feel a lot lot better about getting the puma testastretta II motorcyle boots lol. i know there not gonna give me the same protection as full shin length boots but cmon the study says boots, period! lol
 

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I wouldn't buy anything that doesn't cover the ankle.. having said that the study only mentioned open wounds, not broken bones... the hard plastic armour on motorcycle boots has to be worth something surely...
 

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I wouldn't buy anything that doesn't cover the ankle.. having said that the study only mentioned open wounds, not broken bones... the hard plastic armour on motorcycle boots has to be worth something surely...

i would agree.

for the MTO (ministry of transportation ontario) the requirement for the MSF is boots that cover the ankle bone. also you are required to wear gloves that cover the wrist bones.
 

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I wouldn't buy anything that doesn't cover the ankle.. having said that the study only mentioned open wounds, not broken bones... the hard plastic armour on motorcycle boots has to be worth something surely...
these boots am talking about do cover the ankle, but thats as far as they go. they are a very lightwieght boot. i`m just after something thats not an in your face motorcycle boot, but is a motorcycle boot if you know what i mean and these are the nearest to that description i`v found. dont get me wrong these arent getting bought for going round the twistys or going out for like a proper blast out on my bike, more for just getting me about round the place, within the speed limits haha. coz i have to confess i do ride around at times with just normal footwear on :0:flamethrower:
but yeah i do agree the hard plastic parts on the proper shin length boots must add a lot of protection.
 

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I dunno... not a fan really, just looks like it will fall off you foot if your doing any decent speed! :)

But better than nothing eh!

It looks as if it should be good for city riding and the like when you are talking about low speeds though.
 

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Just stumbled across this, good to hear numbers to something that seems straight forward. Surprisingly it is something many are so self-conscious about (to squid or not to squid).

Regarding boots that you can wear nearly in all situations with almost any pants, the Dainese Torque Pro Out boots fit under all my jean pant legs (which is pretty good considering I wear fairly fitted jeans and not the baggy type). They are expensive but I wear them while commuting, riding in the hills and at the track so for me it is very cheap when looking at it from a cost per wear calculation. More importantly they have excellent protective properties.

Fortunately for me though, I got mine cheaper in a group buy from another forum but even if I didn't, it is waaaay cheaper than loss of income, ongoing pain and/or disability.

 

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for the MTO (ministry of transportation ontario) the requirement for the MSF is boots that cover the ankle bone. also you are required to wear gloves that cover the wrist bones.
I think it should be a requirement not only for the MSF, but for all the time, at least gloves/boots/jacket in addition to helmet.

But then, it's personal choice.

One thing I dont' understand is wearing shorts while riding. Doesn't it get really hot from the engine? I was moving my bike backwards to make some room in the garage wearing shorts and scrapped my calf on the peg.... Can't imagine what it'd do in a crash.
 

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I've ridden in shorts probably twice in my life. Not only did I feel uncomfortable since I'm not wearing my usual gear (I guess I feel half-naked) but I felt HOTTER wearing shorts than riding pants. That's counter-intuitive, but for me, it's true.
 

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I think it should be a requirement not only for the MSF, but for all the time, at least gloves/boots/jacket in addition to helmet.

But then, it's personal choice.

One thing I dont' understand is wearing shorts while riding. Doesn't it get really hot from the engine? I was moving my bike backwards to make some room in the garage wearing shorts and scrapped my calf on the peg.... Can't imagine what it'd do in a crash.
Only any good if they start making them to fit everyone... Have yet to find a size 8 boot that will go around a 19" calf not including leathers...
 
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