D what you may be asking? D30 armor – the armor that is in my Klim jacket and pants. It’s probably in other brands of gear too, but since I am no expert, I don’t want to assume or lead anyone astray.
After my accident in Alaska I had to think about my gear and what needed to be replaced. My helmet was obviously destroyed, but my jacket and pants are just dirty and grass stained I have not found any holes or tears in either piece. Then a friend asked me about the armor in the gear – are we supposed to replace it after a crash?
I looked online and found various opinions. I finally went straight to Klim and asked them, since they are the experts on their gear What I learned is that the D30 armor is designed to withstand multiple impacts. Unlike the padding in helmets, which takes one impact and must be replaced, D30 armor bounces back. Now I know and can go on wearing my Klim gear with full confidence that it will protect me should this happen again. Obviously I hope this never happens again, but I don’t believe in tempting fate and taking a chance with my life.
Speaking of gear – I had looked at my helmet a few days after the accident and while obviously damaged, I didn’t think it was terrible. Last weekend my riding partner asked to see it and I took it out of the bag again. As I did, I noticed that the chin bar piece of the helmet no longer closed. In fact, it is now far out of alignment. I was shocked! Of course, I have already replaced the helmet and wouldn’t consider wearing it, but I didn’t fully realize initially just how damaged it is. That was a reality check!
I hope that everyone wears ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) when they ride. Please check your armor and ask the manufacturer about it’s safety if you have had an impact. Make sure it’s in good repair so that if you should need it, it can do it’s very best to protect you!
I am still on the road to recovery, and it’s longer than I’d like, but I am learning. Last week I gained the ability to look over my right shoulder again. Hopefully turning my head over my left shoulder will follow soon.
The new helmet is slowly breaking in and my bluetooth communication device is installed on it. I also have replaced the RAM mount that holds my phone when I’m on the bike. I never take calls or texts, but I do use my phone for navigation and especially for music.
Be safe out there!