New gear highlights: June 26, 2020

New gear highlights: June 26, 2020

 ADAM PIGOTT

This week’s New Gear Highlights comes to you from Reading, where our new store will be opening soon. Discover the latest bike gear, including the newest in airbag tech, by reading on…

Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 airbag

Alpinestars’ Tech-Air range expands to include a standalone airbag that can be worn under any motorcycle jacket that leaves enough expansion room for the airbag.

Alpinestars have a range of airbag-compatible outer jackets designed to work in tandem with Tech-Air, but the airbag will function without being paired to a dedicated jacket.

Developed from years of MotoGP racing knowledge, the Tech-Air 5 airbag jacket has six integrated sensors, which monitor a rider’s body position and acceleration.

If these sensors detect a crash, the airbag will inflate in a maximum time of 40 milliseconds to cover the rider’s shoulders, chest, ribs and back.

The airbag is armed when riders zip up the vest and close a magnetic tab on the chest, and the operational status is shown on an LED display towards the bottom of the vest.

If the airbag is deployed, riders will need to take their Tech-Air 5 to their local Alpinestars dealer, who will send it to Alpinestars in Italy to have the air canisters replaced.

The Tech-Air 5 has a lithium ion battery that will last for 30 hours of riding time, and the vest itself is made from a lightweight mesh material with perforations for increased breathability.

It launches at a one-off cost of £569.99 in sizes XS-3XL, with no extra outlay for the technology as with some other manufacturers’ airbag options. You can read more about the Tech-Air 5 here and more about the state of the airbag market in general here.

Spada SP1

Spada’s new SP1 arrives to become the brand’s top-line sports-touring lid.

The SP-1’s plastic shell houses an internal sunvisor, which is operated using a switch on the base of the helmet and there’s a removable and washable lining.

Four vents promise cool airflow around the head, while a rear aerodynamic spoiler adds to the sporty look and aims to reduce buffeting on windy rides.

The visor is Pinlock ready, and an insert is included in the box.

It’s available in two plain colours – matt black or white – with an RRP of £149.99 or a series of Raptor graphics for £159.99. All colours come in sizes XS-XL.

Knox Shield Spectra denim jeans

Bulky protective riding denims are becoming a thing of the past.

The new Shield Spectra jeans offer protection from one single layer of denim. They’re made from Spectra denim, which has its own abrasion-resistant properties.

Spectra denim also repels moisture to keep riders dry in light showers, and is stretchy for improved comfort and flexibility.

They come fitted with Knox’s Micro-Lock knee and hip armour as standard, and are rated to the mid-level ‘AA’ of the new CE standard. Low-profile pockets on the knees allow the rider to access the armour from the outside, without having to remove the jeans.

They launch in indigo blue in sizes S-XL with a standard leg length of 33in.

A ladies version in indigo blue is also available in sizes 10-18 (size 8 coming soon). They carry an RRP of £249.99, and a standard leg length of 30in.

RST Atlas CE Waterproof boots

RST’s Atlas boots are the only addition to their 2020 boot collection, and are designed to match up with the Atlas touring jacket, trousers and gloves.

They have a breathable Hipora waterproof membrane and the outer sides of the boots are covered in reflective dots to enhance visibility when riding at night.

Reinforced shins, heels, toes and ankles provide the bulk of protection, and the boots are CE-approved to the lower Level 1.

The Atlas boots are available in black in sizes 5-13, with an RRP of £99.99.

Alpinestars Burstun leather jacket

Urban-style offerings from Alpinestars grow with the addition of the Burstun leather jacket.

It’s constructed from a mix of cow and goat leather and has CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour included. An additional Nucleon back protector can be added if required. There’s a removable full-sleeve thermal liner for colder rides, and an internal waterproof pocket to keep essentials dry.

Soft padding down the sides of the jacket and on the shoulders and elbows gives a little extra comfort and adds to the retro style, while chunky matt black zips on the pockets finish off the look.

It launches at £399.99 in black in sizes 2XS-3XL. A brown/black option will be available soon.