— Mr. Tracey Maddox, Parker, CO
On 8/7/11, in Newcastle WY at 4PM, I was the victim of a hit and run crash. The driver looked right at me, pulled out, then when I was done falling, he looked at at me, then drove off. I was wearing your Adventure Pants and I had replaced the armor in my jacket with your armor. As I was laying on my hands and knees on Hwy 85 I thought I had a broken leg and ribs. Upshot? The doctors and nurses in the ER were just amazed. No broken bones, no road rash. I did feel like someone had beaten me with a baseball bat. But, I walked out of the ER!
I had some unique bruises, on my left leg and rib cage. They matched your armor exactly. The doctor in the ER spent 3-5 minutes just looking at my armor. He said I should have been hurt a lot worse than I was and asked how come all riders don’t wear this armor. All I could tell him was “good question.” I was going about 40MPH and the EMT told me I had slid about 100 feet. I give praise to Christ and you guys for saving my butt, literally. Thank you and good job.
PS- Pictures of your armor won’t do much good, it all still looks brand new.
Update from Tracey — March 2018
Subject: Thank You
My name is Tracey, I just ordered replacement garments
for myself and a complete riding suit
for my wife. I’m replacing mine due to losing 47 pounds, and the fact I’ve had these for well over 100,000 miles. These pants have seen both oceans, the Gulf. They’ve gotten peeks at Canada and Mexico as well. They even prevented me being seriously injured, or worse.
I’ll tell the horror story first, seven years ago this August, I got hit by a car while en route to Sturgis. The driver waved me past him, then, nailed me when I was halfway past him. I walked to the ambulance. While in the ER the doctor told me, “You should be hurt a lot worse than this, we should be calling Flight For Life. Why don’t all riders wear this?”
In the last about ten years, these armored pants have been through desert heat, hail, rain, dust storms, snow. More than once, on the same day. When I get to a National Park or Monument etc., I’ll take off hiking. Not sure how many miles I have in these things. I know that I have done at least two hikes of around 15 miles.
I can’t exaggerate the flat out abuse I’ve put this armor and fabric through. There have been times I’d just take them into the motel shower with me. For those that do serious traveling on your bike, you get it. I’m looking forward to the next 100,000 miles in my new armor and fabrics (and I hope 25 additional pounds).