Don’t hesitate to ask us some advise before choosing your size:
give us your height, weight, body type (athletic, skinny, normal, round) and regular T-Shirt size / trousers size:
ESSENTIAL (original)
If you are in between sizes, please choose the smaller one
28-29 –> XS
30-32 –> S
32-34 –> M
34-36 –> L
36-38 –> XL
38-40 –> XXL
38-39 –> XS
40-42 –> S
42-44 –> M
44-46 –> L
46-48 –> XL
48-50 –> XXL

Choose your regular size, no need to size down
26-28 –> XS
28-30 –> S
30-32 –> M
32-34 –> L
34-36 –> XL
36-38 –> 2XL

36-38 –> XS
38-40 –> S
40-42 –> M
42-44 –> L
44-46 –> XL
46-48 –> 2XL

Our shirt are designed to be worn close to skin like a baselayer, choose your regular t-shirt size
35-36 –> XS
37-38 –> S
39-40 –> M
41-42 –> L
43-44 –>  XL
45-46 –> XXL

The original trusted by riders since 2015.
Protection AA
Breathability 3/5
Lightness 3/5
Best for Autumn/Winter

An evolution of the classic Essential, much cooler on the skin thanks to Dyneema/Spandex fabric. The most lightweight and flexible baselayers we ever made!
Protection AA
Breathability 5/5
Lightness 5/5
Best for spring / summer

It’s the versatile piece made for adventures. More bulky than the classic Essential.
Protection AA
Breathability 4/5
Lightness 3/5
Best for spring / summer

Extremely strong and yet incredibly light and breathable compared to any CE AAA rated gear!
Protection AAA
Breathability 4/5
Lightness 4/5
Best for all seasons

Belgium, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany free shipping and prepaid exchange (starts at 160€)

Rest of Europe + Switzerland 9€ flat rate or 15€ depending on the country and prepaid exchange. No pre-paid exchange for Switzerland, don’t hesitate to ask us a size advise before ordering.

Iceland 20€ flat rate and prepaid exchange.

USA free shipping with USPS Priority Mail. One-time prepaid exchange shipping label (for a Priority Mail medium size box type 2).

UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Canada shipping is automatically calculated at checkout, no exchange, no refund. Don’t hesitate to ask us some advise before choosing your size: give us your height, weight, body type (athletic, skinny, normal, round) and regular T-Shirt size / trousers size.

International orders, Currency and VAT Belgium VAT (21%) is included in all orders except orders shipping to USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland, New-Zealand and Hong Kong: customs fees and VAT will be collected in the country of arrival. USA and Canada orders are processed in USD. UK orders in Pound Sterling. All other orders in Euro.

Don’t feel like a Bowtex® is right for you? No problem, you can return your Bowtex® within 14 days of receipt for a full refund. The return costs are at your expense and to be made either to Belgium or to the USA. As soon as your return arrives at our warehouse, the Quality Control department will carry out the appropriate checks. Requests for exchange or refund must be received within 14 days from delivery and items must be returned in resalable condition, in their original packaging with all labels attached. The refund will be made within 14 days of receipt of the goods, the amount will be credited to the same means of payment used at the time of the order provided that the returned product is in its original condition.

We only offer free change exchange within the EU and USA, provided that your Bowtex® leggings, pants or shirt are in brand new condition and in their original packaging. You can ask us for a one-time free return slip by email within 14 days of purchase. 

For countries outside of the EU or USA, customers must send their purchase back at their own expense.

Good choice! The comfort of riding with just the Elite Shirt and an airbag vest is unbeatable. The Elite shirt is a baselayer, so it’s designed to be worn as you would wear a long sleeve t-shirt. We put our airbag (Ixon In&Motion) on top. In the event of an accident, the airbag could be damaged (but that’s not so bad if it saves your life 😉 ). If you put the airbag under the Elite Shirt, it should be one size larger, which means that the shirt’s protection will no longer be close to your body, which can reduce its effectiveness.

It’s actually less hot to have a pair of Bowtex® leggings!
Your regular jeans or city trousers have low fabric density, letting air flow through. With a pair of Bowtex® leggings underneath, you end up with two breathable layers! And when the temperature drops, you can adapt by wearing a thicker pair of pants or jeans for more isolation. Some single layer motorcycle jeans are made of fabrics that are very dense and thick in order to obtain good certification levels, and this can create some discomfort.

Our stretchy and soft fabrics feel like wearing a premium sports base layer… although an incredibly strong one! It allows you to move freely and slide easily under any pair of jeans or pants.

A regular sports leggings is around 300gr

knees hips protectors + 200gr

knees hips protectors + 250gr

mandatory shoulder elbows protectors + 250gr
all protectors + 710gr

The Bowtex® leggings are lighter than conventional motorcycle gear, they fold easily into a small backpack or in a helmet! Depending on the size, they weight between 700gr and 1kg protectors included.

We don’t offer this service: this is in order to optimize the usage of fabric during the production stage. We make our prototypes in our atelier in Brussels, but only garments leaving our factory can be CE certified. Riders are often extremely pleased to see how stretchy our gear is, therefore we will suggest to test one for yourself:

The knee protectors are best placed not too high on the legs since the pants or leggings will come up when sitting on the bike. Make sure that top part of the protector is covering your knee cap when your legs are folded. It’s okay if they slide down slightly when standing up.

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The SAS-TEC protectors we use are very powerful shock absorbing systems and are designed to be used with motorcycle equipment only. Due to the very flexible material, it is fun to play with, but this will void the warranty: the protectors are not made to be bend totally (they will go back to their initial shape most of the time) as damages likes cracks can happen. We have seen many customers trying to bend them as much as they can to see how they perform: it is not how they are intended to be used. As an example, the back protectors will never be bended during an accident than more than 40% percent (if your spine is bended more than that, chances are that you are already dead).

Bellow, a picture of the SAS-TEC we use during fair and motorcycle events where people are bending it as much as they can.


You can wear them under any trousers, even slim jeans! The Bowtex® gear is slim and designed to be worn under your regular garments.
Yes, we designed them for that! We use a unique High-Density-Polyamide fabric which is soft against the skin and keeps moisture away, just like a pair of high-end sports leggings.
The Bowtex® gear is extremely versatile, you can wear them from the heat of the summer to the cold of a snowy winter, under a pair of weatherproof trousers for example. The STANDARD R is specifically designed to be worn on its own in the hottest days of the summer thanks to its unique X-panels construction that allows for maximum airflow in movement.
100% ! All our components are manufactured in Western Europe in countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, etc. The prototyping is done by us in Brussels and the main production is done in our atelier in Portugal. We usually ship directly from Brussels.

Absolutely! Our original design remain the same and your leggings is now CE Level AA. Nothing else has changed except the packaging, now displaying CE AA! Please note that in order to be CE Level AA, you must ride with hips and knees protectors (you can get your hips protectors here Sas-Tec HB2)

Of course you can wash your Bowtex®! Machine wash 30°C, light iron, line dry. To avoid discoloration, do not leave in direct sunlight. Don’t forget to remove the protectors before washing.
We choose breathability over water resistance: simply wear you rain gear over them!
Aramid fibers such as the one from Dupont™ Kevlar® is yellow in its “natural” form. We decided to keep it this way on the Essential leggings as this color makes them pop out! In any case, you are going to be wearing them under your trousers.
We prefer to meet riders in real life during meetings or shows. You can drop us an email on our contact page. We apologize in advance if we don’t answer your DM on Instagram: we have a lot of similar enquiries!
These things happens sometimes but don’t worry the Bowtex® leggings have a very stretchy front panel which makes it easy to pull them down 😉