A classic, 60-mph low-side offered me ample opportunity to appraise Shift's premium cowhide shell, the double- and triple-stitched seams, and the combination soft and hard armor contained within. Despite abrasions along the entire left side of the suit, the 1.2-1.4mm leather wore through in only one dime-sized hole over a high point in the shoulder armor. The crash destroyed the outermost layer of nylon thread along the forearm, shoulder, knee and hip, but every one of these seams remained intact-testimony to the integrity of the stitching beneath. The combination of hard, CE-approved armor at the shoulders, elbows and knees, as well as the soft gel-type stuff at the hips, did the job, too; the only injury I sustained was a bruise to my unarmored upper forearm. The SR-1 suit behaved exactly as it should in a crash, so I was able to stand up, brush off and continue riding.