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Designed to be the most discreet and protective shirt ever made, the Elite base layer is certified for abrasion and impact resistance to the maximum rating CE AAA (75mph).

Tipping the scales at just 1000grams (Americans: that’s just over 2lbs) this super-shirt fits under almost any outer layer, comes with removable shoulder and elbow armor, and can be upgraded with a back protector and/or optional chest protectors.

The entire shirt is cut from a specially formulated Dyneema material developed specifically for Bowtex, the Belgian brand that specializes in an line of EU-made super-powered under-pants and armored shirts. This particular fabric is made in 100% made in Germany, and the final assembly of the shirts is done in Portugal.

Dyneema is a leading brand-name in the manufacturing of UHMWPE fabrics. That’s short for “Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethaene” – which is an engineered superfiber that’s cooler to wear and tougher in a slide than aramid fibers (eg: DuPont Kevlar) the heretofore industry-standard for motorcycle apparel.

We still support the “Bowtex Essentials,” a AA-rated armored Kevlar legging, which are great for layering up for cooler-weather condition, in that the Kevlar offers a certain insulating value as well as high abrasion resistance.

But the beauty of Dyneema is that Bowtex has coaxed it into a form that’s cooler to wear, all while also offering significantly higher abrasion resistance. 

A triple-A certification is good enough for us, but if you want to get more technical, Bowtex has this to say about the material makeup: 

"Dyneema offers maximum strength with minimum weight, produced in a patented gel spinning process in which the fibers are drawn, heated, elongated, and cooled. We spin these super strong yarns in a circular knitting machine to create our unique double face Dyneema/polyamide fabric. It’s 15x stronger than steel. As well as its extraordinary strength, Dyneema excels in cut and abrasion resistance and has a high resistance to chemicals and UV."

Fit Note: The Bowtex Elite AAA-Rated Shirt fits true to size. See general outline in the product image carousel, but don't overthink it: pick your regular t-shirt size. Throw whatever jacket you want over it — or none at all — and enjoy the ride.

Bowtex Elite Armored Shirt - AAA Rated

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Riding with proper protection just got easier. The new-for-2023 Bowtex Elite AAA-rated Dyneema armored shirt delivers never-before-seen protection in an otherwise near-completely under-the-radar, single-layer shirt. Wear it underneath any pedestrian-spec outer-layer, or on its own in hot weather. Read More Read More

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About The Brand

Bowtex is a Brussels-based startup that since 2015 has been developing a product lineup of leggings and shirts that are best conceived of protective underlayers, but also can be worn on their own. All the Bowtex products we carry come with Level 2 armor and a CE Level AA abrasion rating. The goods are made in Portugal, with materials sources from Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.

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Designed to be the most discreet and protective shirt ever made, the Elite base layer is certified for abrasion and impact resistance to the maximum rating CE AAA (75mph).

Tipping the scales at just 1000grams (Americans: that’s just over 2lbs) this super-shirt fits under almost any outer layer, comes with removable shoulder and elbow armor, and can be upgraded with a back protector and/or optional chest protectors.

The entire shirt is cut from a specially formulated Dyneema material developed specifically for Bowtex, the Belgian brand that specializes in an line of EU-made super-powered under-pants and armored shirts. This particular fabric is made in 100% made in Germany, and the final assembly of the shirts is done in Portugal.

Dyneema is a leading brand-name in the manufacturing of UHMWPE fabrics. That’s short for “Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethaene” – which is an engineered superfiber that’s cooler to wear and tougher in a slide than aramid fibers (eg: DuPont Kevlar) the heretofore industry-standard for motorcycle apparel.

We still support the “Bowtex Essentials,” a AA-rated armored Kevlar legging, which are great for layering up for cooler-weather condition, in that the Kevlar offers a certain insulating value as well as high abrasion resistance.

But the beauty of Dyneema is that Bowtex has coaxed it into a form that’s cooler to wear, all while also offering significantly higher abrasion resistance. 

A triple-A certification is good enough for us, but if you want to get more technical, Bowtex has this to say about the material makeup: 

"Dyneema offers maximum strength with minimum weight, produced in a patented gel spinning process in which the fibers are drawn, heated, elongated, and cooled. We spin these super strong yarns in a circular knitting machine to create our unique double face Dyneema/polyamide fabric. It’s 15x stronger than steel. As well as its extraordinary strength, Dyneema excels in cut and abrasion resistance and has a high resistance to chemicals and UV."

Fit Note: The Bowtex Elite AAA-Rated Shirt fits true to size. See general outline in the product image carousel, but don't overthink it: pick your regular t-shirt size. Throw whatever jacket you want over it — or none at all — and enjoy the ride.

About The Brand

Bowtex is a Brussels-based startup that since 2015 has been developing a product lineup of leggings and shirts that are best conceived of protective underlayers, but also can be worn on their own. All the Bowtex products we carry come with Level 2 armor and a CE Level AA abrasion rating. The goods are made in Portugal, with materials sources from Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.

More products by Bowtex

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