CRAFTMANSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS
Because we take pride in the quality of every garment and care about the impact on our planet, we select manufacturers that place high priority on sustainable environmental and ethical practices.
Our manufacturers have secured:
- ISO 14001:2015 certification in Environmental Management Systems (Manufacturer) by Alcumus ISOQAR
- Certification by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition for use of the Higg Index to measure and grow their manufacturing processes across Facility Environment and Social Labour practices.
Our manufacturer has installed a dedicated water treatment plant at the tannery to improve the quality of water that is recycled on site and replaced back into the environment.
Making the switch to solar
Our manufacturer supplements traditional energy production with solar energy and sets an annual target for percentage of energy switched to solar.
Safe work practices
Minimising the risk of accidents at the workplace – certified officials regularly conduct training and education regarding emergency procedures.
Additionally our manufacturers adhere to a strict code of conduct and policies to ensure a fair work place for all, the scope of which includes:
- Recruitment and Hiring Practices
- Prohibition of Forced Labour
- Prohibition of Child Labour
- Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse
- Compensation and Benefits
- Prohibition of Discrimination
- Community Involvement including:
- Member healthcare welfare foundations
- Member hospital foundations
- Scholarship schemes
- Donations to local hospitals
The Materials We Choose
We source the highest quality materials so that you can be confident on and off the bike.
Cowhide is the most popular leather used for motorcycle clothing due to its toughness and durability as well as its resistance to water and dirt. Leather is strong and has a naturally high resistance level to tears.
Importantly, we select top grain leather that’s been tumbled - so it’s soft and comfortable immediately and doesn’t require a ‘break-in’ period you may experience with other leather bike jackets.
Because it is a natural product, leather “breathes” freely, maintaining an insulating comfort level in all seasons, constantly adjusting to its environment.
Our range of leather motorcycle jackets are made from top grain, natural milled cowhide with thickness of 1.1 – 1.3mm.
Top grain cowhide refers to the best upper section of the hide. It remains in its natural state which allows superior fibre strength, resulting in greater durability. The natural grain also has breathability, resulting in greater comfort for clothing.
The thin nature of sheepskin leather jackets found in many fashion stores are not suitable rider wear: 1.1-1.3mm is considered optimal thickness for quality motorcycle wear.
The appearance of our leather jackets will improve with age.
Reissa® is a functional fabric with a breathable membrane with high sensitivity concerning weather conditions. It’s an advanced textile with a highly developed specific polyurethane resin coating or membrane which creates an extremely thin waterproof coating or membrane that is lightweight.
It’s comfortable, soft to touch, extremely durable and highly resistant to rain, wind and snow while maintaining breathability.
We use Reissa® fabric in our Sahara, Savanna, and men’s waxed cotton range.
All our fabric jackets have a protective inner liner made with DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers. Kevlar is used for abrasion resistance.
Abrasion resistance is critically important for rider safety as it provides a protective layer in the event of falls and slides.
DuPont™ Kevlar® aramid fibre is used to make a variety of clothing, accessories, and equipment safe and cut resistant. It’s lightweight, durable and extraordinarily strong. Best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, it’s also used in apparel and gear on the ski slopes, switchback trails, in demanding desert terrain, even the outer limits of space.
Abrasion resistance is naturally found in our leather products.
Armour is an important second layer of rider protection - providing impact protection for the body, typically along the spine, shoulders and elbows.
Blackbird Motorcycle Wear jackets use Certified European (CE) armour as it’s comfortable and easy to wear. We’re always reviewing the latest innovation in armour technology to provide riders with the best solution.
All armour inserts are placed in velcro pockets for easy removal, cleaning and repositioning.
Australia is the most scientifically advanced wool growing country producing the finest, softest merino wool available.
Australian farmers been producing superior Superfine Merino wool for over a 100 years and the welfare of their sheep, alongside sustainable environmental practices are key to their ongoing success.
The comfort of Australian merino wool supports wearers in all activities - providing a next-to-skin experience which performs even during varying temperatures.
Superfine Merino Wool Beanies The Blackbird Motorcycle Wear Beanie is made from certified ethical Superfine Merino Wool, sourced direct from growers in Australia.
- Luxurious, supersoft fine merino wool - Ribbed pattern - Snug, flexible fit
The Superfine Merino wool used is currently rated the softest merino category on the market.
Superfine Merino wool is naturally temperature regulating, making it perfect for all climates.- Naturally breathable, unlike synthetics - Naturally Odour resistant - due to anti-microbial properties of - Moisture wicking - moving sweat away and evaporating - Hypo allergenic - UV protection - Fire Resistant - Ethical supply chain - Environmentally friendly production - Biodegradable - Stain resistant - Easy care
MicroMerino Neck Warmers
Our MicroMerino® wool neck warmers are designed to provide riders extra protection from the elements. The versatile neck warmer can be worn pulled up to cover the lower face, as a beanie or as a sweatband around the neck on hot days.
Featuring: Super fine MicroMerino® wool and flatrock stitching prevents chafing and maximises comfort. Anti freeze properties of MicroMerino® prevent condensation build up Antimicrobial Anti odour
Zips: Our zips are original YKK zips. YKK are the largest manufacturer of quality zips and used worldwide. As a rider, you don’t want inferior quality zips letting you down when you need them most.