New gear highlights: April 26, 2019

New gear highlights: April 26, 2019

 SIMON LEE

We’ve taken a break from stuffing our faces with Easter chocolate to round up our new gear highlights from the past week…

Knox Handroid Pod MK IV CE gloves

Knox’s regular Handroid range was recently updated, and they’ve now turned to the short-cuff Pod versions.

The Pod MK IV CE gloves have launched in black with a sand coloured palm at £179.99. While looks-wise they are the same as their long-cuffed sibling, the Pods have a short cuff to fit comfortably under jacket sleeves.

The Boa lacing system’s dial has been slimmed down, and the laces themselves are no longer covered with plastic, which lowers the cuff’s profile. The cuff itself is also shorter than on the previous MK 3.

What makes the Handroids so recognisable is their exoskeleton armour, which has been made thinner in the revamp. The scaphoid sliders also now include Knox’s MicroLock armour.

The Pod MK IVs are available in sizes S-3XL.

MT Rapide Bad Clown

We can’t resist a paintscheme that’ll get people talking.

While MT’s Bad Clown graphic looks more like the creepy clown from Stephen King’s It than the friendly face of Ronald McDonald, this could be right up the street of younger riders. Plus, the name ‘good clown’ just doesn’t sound as good.

The helmet features the scary-looking clown on both sides of the helmet, with a black cross on the top splattered in vibrant green ‘paint’. The design is on MT’s Rapide full-face lid, which has a fibreglass shell, Pinlock visor and a micrometric buckle fastening.

The Bad Clown graphic has launched at £169.99 in sizes XS-2XL.

Bull-it Ladies Fury II Covec skinny jeggings

Jeggings offer the perfect blend of legging comfort and denim jean styling, and are the staple of a lot of women’s wardrobes. Now you can take that on the bike, too.

Bull-it have updated their Fury jeggings to now use Covec’s stretchy denim construction, while also keeping the Covec reinforcement in key, high-risk areas. The jeggings have a water-resistant coating to protect you from light showers and a moisture-wicking liner to keep you comfortable in higher temperatures.

Armour meeting the higher Level 2 of CE testing is included for the knees, and there are pockets for optional hip armour.

Helpfully, they come in three leg lengths – short (29in), regular (31in) and long (33in), and in sizes 4-22. They’ve launched in black at £159.99.

Schuberth M1 Pro

After five years of honourable service Schuberth’s open-faced M1 is being phased out and replaced with the M1 Pro.

The main features of this helmet are mostly unchanged, with an updated top vent and a new seamless comfort lining as upgrades.

The M1 Pro keeps its compatibility with the SRC Schuberth-only intercom, and it’s also compatible with their forthcoming SC1M comms system. The boom-less microphone and speakers are already built into the M1 Pro, and the sound pack plugs straight in to the back of the helmet.

Other features include a drop-down sunvisor with anti-fog coating and a long main visor, which can be removed.

The helmet has launched in gloss white (pictured) or matt black, in sizes XS-2XL at £379.99.

Alpinestars GP-R V2 leather jacket

The range of jackets compatible with the Alpinestars Tech-Air airbag is steadily growing, with the new GP-R V2 being the latest addition.

The jacket is a full-leather offering, with long stretch panels along the inside of each arm to aid fit and flexibility. It’s currently the cheapest leather jacket to be compatible with the airbag system, launching at £449.99.

The Tech-Air, which is purchased separately for £999.99, zips into the jacket, and its charge status can be monitored using the display panel on the left forearm. You don’t have to fork out for the airbag, but it means relying on the CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, and possibly adding an optional Nucleon back protector.

Pre-curved arms offer more comfort from the outset, while perforations across the jacket teamed with zipped vents on the chest provide airflow on warmer rides.

The GP-R V2 jacket comes in black/fluo yellow (pictured) or black/grey, in sizes 2XS-3XL.