Italian gear manufacturer PMJ presents AAA rated denim jacket

Abrasion resistant denim has come a long way in recent years. From Kevlar to Aramid, Cordura to Dyneema, motorcycle gear manufacturers have continued to infuse tough, protective fabrics into casual pieces. French gear maker PMJ isn’t content with maintaining the status quo, and the company’s new West jacket offers a classic denim look backed by a Class AAA PPE rating.

PMJ achieves such a high protection classification due to its use of Twaron material. Used in the construction of body armor, the rugged fabric nearly doubles the abrasion resistance of leather and far exceeds the numbers achieved by Aramid and Cordura liners. PMJ also incorporates ballistic fiber throughout the jacket, instead of applying Twaron as the inner liner, providing full protection for the rider.

In addition to the non-slip shell, the West jacket also features CE Level 1 EXA PRO armor at the elbows and shoulders. Customers can increase the protective properties of the piece by also adding a Level 2 back protector. Under EN 17092-2:2020 regulations, most Class AAA ratings are reserved for leather racing suits, but more recently, gear like Klim’s Badlands Pro and Fuel’s Safari Jacket have achieved top marks. The PMJ joins this exceptional category with the inclusion of Twaron material and EXA PRO protectors.

The West jacket is just as stylish as it is safe. PMJ offers a slim fit, distressed areas and button closures to capture the timeless shape of the denim jacket. Adjustable waist and cuff straps also mimic non-riding denim jackets while providing a custom fit. Two side pockets and two chest pockets also respect the conventions and provide sufficient carrying capacity for short trips.

Priced at €249 (US$270), the West jacket is available in men’s sizes XS-3XL, and PMJ offers a women’s version (Lucy Jacket) for the same price in sizes XS-XL. The West and Lucy only come in a distressed indigo colourway, but the classic wash achieves the look of the denim jacket perfectly. Abrasion-resistant fabrics may be advancing at breakneck speed, but PMJ proves that equipment manufacturers can combine old-school design with modern materials.