New gear highlights: July 24, 2020

New gear highlights: July 24, 2020

 ADAM PIGOTT

This week’s new gear round-up has you covered from top-to-toe, starting with a new flip-front from Caberg…

Caberg Horus

Italian brand Caberg know a thing or two about flip-ups as they’ve produced some of the best sellers of the last 20 years – and they’ve piled that experience into their latest flip.

The Horus is all about the vision, with a deep and wide Pinlock-ready visor that Caberg claim will give an unparalleled field of view for the rider, though the Pinlock itself is an optional extra. The main gain is in the increased depth, so there’s less impedance of vision around the top of the chinbar.

Its chinbar pivots separately from the visor, allowing the chinbar to sit closer to the shell when in the raised position for better aero performance. The helmet has a P/J safety rating so it’s been tested in both closed and open positions and is legal to use in either state.

Flipfront staples like an internal sun visor, quick-release chinstrap and room for intercom speakers are all in place, and it’s prepared to accommodate Caberg’s Just Speak Evo Bluetooth comms unit.

A plastic shell keeps the lid at the £199.99 mark for plain colours on launch (£234.99 for graphics), and it weighs in at 1604g, which is pretty average for a flipfront like this. There’s a choice of plain matt black, matt blue or white and the Scout design is available in black/red, black/yellow and white/red/blue. Sizes are XS-XL.

Givi GRT711 Rucksack

Designed to appeal to adventure and off-road riders, Givi’s new GRT711 rucksack benefits from 25 litres of storage, a roll-top closure and a 100% waterproof outer.

The main compartment’s waterproof liner can be removed to reveal a pocket for a hydration bladder that’s sold separately. A section at the bottom of the bag is accessed by a waterproof external zip and can be used for storing tools and small items.

Riders who want to cart around their dirty boots can clip them to the bag using the M.O.L.L.E (MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) system. It comprises of eight rows of loops across the front and sides of the backpack, which allow attachment of optional accessories.

Soft padding on the back and adjustable waist and shoulder straps makes the rucksack more comfortable to wear.

The GRT711 rucksack launches in black at £153.

Furygan Brad X hoodie

Next time you hear someone tut-tutting a rider for wearing ‘just a hoodie’ consider that it could be CE top rated and might even have a high-tech airbag inside it.

Furygan’s Brad X might look casual, but the CE protection rating is AAA, the highest under the most recent standard. The outer is made from abrasion-resistant aramid fibre material and there’s CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armour, with a pocket for an optional back protector.

It’s designed to incorporate Furygan’s Fury airbag system for those who want to upgrade. That’s one of the recent wave of airbags that uses In&Motion technology to monitor your riding and inflate an airbag around your torso once it’s convinced you’re in a crash scenario. You can read more about that here.

The Brad X has snap closures to attach the waist to riding jeans and there’s also a clip to hold the hood in place and reduce the chances of it catching in the windflow and turning into an airbrake.

It comes in sizes S-L in grey only and the launch RRP is £199.99.

Merlin Ether and Selena waterproof boots

Vintage is the name of Merlin’s game, and they hit back with two new pairs of boots which offer both men and women the same protective qualities in very similar boots.

The mens Ether (bottom right of the image below) and the ladies Selena (top left of the image below) come in black or brown with a distressed-look leather finish. Both benefit from D3O impact protection on the ankles and reinforced toes and heels plus a Hipora membrane keeps toes dry.

The most noticeable difference between the two versions is a lack of gearshift pad on the ladies Selena boots, which instead opt for another leather layer across the toes to protect them from wear from the bike’s gearshifter.

The Ether boots launch in sizes UK 7-12, while the ladies Selena boots come in sizes UK 6-9. Both are available now with an RRP of £149.99.