New gear highlights: July 26, 2019

New gear highlights: July 26, 2019

 ADAM PIGOTT

New gear highlights hit the road to our Oulton Park Road Bike Only trackday this week, with a mix of sporty, retro and touring gear…

Dainese Ladies Aurora D-WP boots

Dainese have launched a new pair of ladies touring boots.

The Aurora boots make use of Dainese’s own D-WP waterproof lining, and have stretch panels on both the front and back of the boot for greater flexibility.

Handily, there are openings on both sides of the boot to make it easier to get your foot in. Hard shin armour and rigid ankle inserts provide protection, while reflective strips on the outer side of the foot and heel give a little extra visibility.

The boots have launched in black/white (pictured) or plain black in sizes 38-41 (UK 5-7.5).

John Doe Tracker leather gloves

Combining traditional styling with protective qualities, new-to-Sportsbikeshop brand John Doe offer a host of cafe racer kit.

The Tracker leather gloves ooze vintage, with a goat leather construction and quilted leather cuff. Small details, such as the brushed metal button on the cuff fastening, add to the look.

Protection-wise, the gloves are CE-approved to the lower Level 1 with hard, vented knuckle protection, and inside they’re lined with Kevlar for better abrasion resistance.

The Tracker gloves have launched at £56.99 in brown (pictured) or black, in sizes XS-3XL.

John Doe Ladies Sixty leather boots

There’s a growing demand for bike boots that don’t actually look like bike boots, and it seems only right that retro brand John Doe joins in the fun.

The Ladies Sixty boots have the distinctive Doc Marten styling, with a rubber sole and contrasting colour stitching around the edges. But the Sixty boots are wholeheartedly bike boots, with an abrasion resistant lining and reinforced ankles, heels and toes.

A side zip entry makes getting these boots on fuss-free, and the laces can be altered to achieve a better fit. The boots themselves are also water-repellent.

They’re available in four colours – black, Bordeaux (pictured), black Budapest and bordeaux Budapest. They’ve all launched at £146.99 in sizes 36-41 (UK 3-8).

Alpinestars Rio Hondo gloves

As part of the collaboration between Alpinestars and Marc Marquez, the Italian brand have Marquez-ed up their SMX-1 Air V2 short summer gloves.

The Rio Hondo gloves come in black/red, with Marquez’s racing number ‘93’ on the knuckles and his logo on the cuff strap. The perforated leather construction receives a red trim around the edges, and a red Alpinestars logo on the back of the hand.

The gloves are CE certified to Level 1 with knuckle protection, and have padding on the fingers for a little extra protection.

They’ve launched at £69.99 in sizes S-3XL.

Alpinestars SMX-6 V2 boots

While not strictly a new boot, Alpinestars have added colour choices to their SMX-6 V2 boots.

The sporty boots were previously only available in black, but can now be found in three additional colours – black/red (pictured), black/grey/fluo red or black/grey/blue, which have all launched at £189.99 in sizes 36-50 (UK 3-15).

The SMX-6 V2 boots have a large stretch panel on the front and another on the back to aid comfort and flexibility. A hard shin plate, ankle brace and Level 2 CE-approval take care of protection, while small mesh vents on the shin armour allow a little airflow.