Glossary: W

Waistbands - Jackets

The jacket waistband is usually plain at the front and on SPR designs this continues around the back. However there is an upgrade available, where the rear section dips to form a tail, which contains a PVC Nitrile pad just like the trousers. Another styling upgrade for the front of the jacket is a front belt. This is merely for styling but will contribute a little to taking some strain away from the mechanism at the bottom of the front jacket zip. Years of use have shown this to be prone to weakening. Both of these waistband upgrade features carry a small charge if selected.

All SPS and SPL designs have a similar feature in the back of the jacket waistband as standard.

Waistbands - Trousers

The trouser waistband has been designed to meet a variety of needs including comfort, adjustment and protection. It is low cut at the front (60mm) and fastened with two strong action press studs. It rises to 130mm at the back and contains PVC Nitrile foam padding (10mm thick) to give some back protection. Kevlar stretch inserts with an adjustment strap help control your comfort, especially if you put on a few pounds during the life of the suit!


All BKS suits are made to the highest standards possible and will give you many years of use. They are hand-made and checked continually throughout production.  They are also checked thoroughly afterwards to ensure they remain consistently fault free.  This includes: construction; the mechanics of the components such as zips, studs and velcro, and random measurements to verify that garments meet with the measurements intended.

Although BKS suits will provide you with undoubtedly the maximum protection during an accident, this can never be truly guaranteed. However, as such high standards are incorporated into BKS suits, we offer a warranty that covers the following aspects of construction:

1. Zips and studs are components made for us, and although we select the best available we can only offer a 12 month warranty to repair or replace free of charge.

2. Surface stitching or seam topstitching (other than lap seams covered below), is guaranteed for 6 months as this is open to abrasion abuse and exposed to a variety of contamination. This stitching does not play any part in the seam’s burst performance, other than to finish it off cosmetically. 

3. Internal seam stitching is guaranteed for 5 years, subject to inspection by BKS, and repaired free of charge, (this includes all lap seams, such as calf and groin inserts).

4. The general quality of materials (i.e. cloth and leather) is guaranteed for 12 months. However, being a natural material, reasonable signs of wear will show once you begin to use your suit. Leather is prone to colour rub in some contact areas, such as the front zip area rubbing the petrol tank, and this type of wear carries no guarantee and is subject to your own means of care.  BKS can offer touch-up colours for this and other incidents of abrasion damage.

5. Any garment returned for repair under warranty immediately enters our work programme. We will always attempt to carry out repairs within a 28 day period for garments under guarantee, but ask for some flexibility during busy periods. This also applies to size alterations, although any genuine errors will be corrected immediately.