New gear highlights: July 19, 2019

New gear highlights: July 19, 2019

 ADAM PIGOTT

It’s been a good few weeks for retro and heritage gear and it continues into this week, along with a splash of sporty and some new technology.

Alpinestars Sepang waterproof textile jacket

The Alpinestars/Marc Marquez collection expands again, with a waterproof textile jacket that can adapt to any weather conditions.

The Sepang textile jacket features Marquez’s race number ‘93’ on the chest, and has a full-sleeve thermal liner and a waterproof membrane to keep you protected from the elements. Ventilation zips on the sides of the jacket can be opened to allow air to flow on hotter rides.

There’s Level 1 CE-approved armour to the shoulders and elbows along with a pocket for an optional back protector. The jacket itself is also CE-certified to the lower ‘plus’ rating (the equivalent to an ‘A’ rating in the new standard).

It has launched in black/red/white at £189.99 in sizes M-2XL.

Daytona AC Classic boots

Daytona have branched out from their usual touring style into heritage with the release of their new AC Classic boots.

While they may like more suited to hiking than riding, these boots are every inch a short bike boot. They’re rigid and designed to be twist resistant, meaning there’s no flex from side to side.

They’re made from nubuck leather which is strong with a velvety feel, and have a breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep feet cool and dry. Good news for those who like minimal faff on their footwear – the laces are mostly for show and instead open using the zip down the inside of the boot.

They come in either brown (pictured) or black and have launched at £319.99 in sizes 36-49 (UK 3-14).

Spirit Motors Retro Style leather jacket 3.0

German brand Spirit Motors have released a new retro leather jacket.

The retro look is achieved by the jacket’s cowhide leather construction, which is white and has a distressed finish. This is complemented by black and red stripes down the arms and badges which have been sewn on to the chest, as well as brushed buttons which secure the collar and adjust the fit at the waist.

The Retro Style Leather Jacket 3.0 has CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, as well as a pocket for an optional back protector. Four zipped external pockets and one internal phone pocket give plenty of room to store small items, while a short connection zip lets you attach Spirit Motors jeans.

The jacket has launched in white in sizes M-2XL at £206.99.

Monimoto Smart Alarm GPS Tracker

There’s no such thing as too much security and if you have the budget, a GPS tracker can be a worthy investment.

If anybody tries to move your bike, this Monimoto device will call you and show you the bike’s GPS co-ordinates on the app so you can alert the authorities to its location.

The package comes with a key fob, which lets the system know its rightful owner is present. If the bike is moved without the fob-holder in range the alarm is raised.

Monimoto’s Smart Alarm GPS tracker launches at £149.99 and comes with the international SIM card needed for the GPS tracking to work. The SIM comes with two months of free subscription to the service, which subsequently costs three euros a month and can be purchased through the Monimoto app.

You also receive one key, the tracker itself (which is supplied with widely available CR123A batteries) and the cable ties needed to attach it to the bike.

The tracker requires no wiring or special tools – you simply attach the tracker to your bike using the supplied ties. By downloading the Monimoto app, which is available for Android and iOS, you can pair the key fob to your tracker.