New gear highlights: August 2, 2019

New gear highlights: August 2, 2019

 SIMON LEE

It’s been a good week for new bike jackets. New options from Dainese and DXR lead our selection of this week’s highlights…

Dainese Air Tourer textile jacket

If you’re planning on touring this summer Dainese’s new Air Tourer textile jacket may be worth checking out.

The Air Tourer’s outer shell is made from abrasion-resistant Cordura, with mesh inserts on the arms, shoulders and back for airflow.

A removable thermal liner makes it flexible enough to cope if the weather turns chilly and it can be stashed in a large map pocket on the back for the rest of the time.

The Air Tourer jacket has launched at £219.99 in black (pictured), with more colours and a ladies version expected soon. It’s available in sizes M-3XL (42in-50in chest).

DXR R’Stroke CE textile jacket

If you’re off on a trip and temperatures suddenly soar you’ll be glad of a mesh jacket.

DXR’s newest release, the R’Stroke CE, launches at £97.99, and has the flexibility to be used in various conditions, not just the searing heat.

The large mesh panels on the chest, arms and back keep you cool in the summer, but a detachable waterproof lining and a removable thermal liner mean it’ll do a job if the weather changes.

CE-certified shoulder and elbow armour come as standard, and there’s a pocket for an optional back protector. Reflective panels on the back, front and arms aid visibility at night.

The R’Stroke jacket is available in black or sand, in sizes S-3XL.

DXR Blacksmith CE leather jacket

The Blacksmith CE is one of a host of new leather jackets from DXR.

With quilted styling on the shoulders, chest and down the sides, the Blacksmith oozes café racer cool. While its look is old-school, it makes use of 100% modern features such as CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour and a removable thermal lining.

The fit can be adjusted using press studs on the waist, while four front pockets and two interior pockets give you plenty of room to carry small items.

The Blacksmith CE jacket has launched at £223.99 in black or moka (pictured), in sizes S-3XL.

DXR Vinz CE leather jacket

The era of Danny Zuko from Grease and The Fonz from Happy Days comes roaring back with this new DXR offering.

The DXR Vinz CE leather jacket’s off-centre zip and large collar give off the 1950s vibe, with silver hardware finishing the look. A removable thermal lining adds a note of practicality, while a fixed mesh lining keeps air circulating.

Three pockets on the front combined with two on the thermal lining and two on the mesh lining provide plenty of storage space, as does a Napoleon pocket.

The Vinz jacket also comes with CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, and a pocket for an optional back protector.

The Vinz jacket has launched in black or moka at £243.99 in sizes S-3XL.

Dainese Saetta D-Dry textile jacket

Dainese’s new textile jacket is one of their cheapest yet.

Launching at £189.99 in sizes M-XL, the Saetta D-Dry makes use of Dainese’s own fixed waterproof lining, but has zipped vents on the side to allow some air to flow.

CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour comes as standard, and there’s also a pocket for an optional Dainese back protector. Two outer pockets and one inner pocket give plenty of room to stash small items, while a connection zips allows the attachment of Dainese jeans.

The Saetta D-Dry has launched in white/blue/black (pictured), all black or black/fluo yellow, with a white/red/black option expected soon.