New gear highlights: June 28, 2019
New gear highlights: June 28, 2019
It’s been a strong week for retro gear here at SBS HQ, but we’ve thrown in a dash of sportiness and a sprinkling of practicality for good measure. Here’s our pick of the best new arrivals…
Spada Utah Winds textile jacket
Spada have recently added a few retro pieces to their collection, but this one is the most versatile.
The new Utah Winds jacket has a mostly mesh construction, and the retro look is completed by quilted shoulders, red and cream stripe detailing down the arms and around the pockets and brushed metal hardware.
While the mesh construction has warm days covered, a thermal liner can be zipped in if you find yourself getting chilly on a ride.
The fit can easily be adjusted using the waist belt or poppers on the arms, and a short connection zip allows you to connect Spada jeans.
QBag Retro Canvas backpack
QBag’s new retro luggage range has practical features that bely the vintage look.
Their new canvas backpack is fashionable yet practical, with a distressed-look outer complemented by brown leather buckle straps and contrasting light brown stitching.
It launches at £69.99 and has a 20-litre capacity plus four outer pockets perfect for carrying everyday items. The back of the bag and the shoulder straps are padded for comfort, and vertical straps across the chest and waist make sure the bag stays in place while riding.
iXS RS-200 2.0 leather gloves
Swiss brand iXS aren’t phasing out their sporty RS-200 gloves, they’re just slimming them down to form the RS-200 2.0 for their latest collection.
The 2.0s have honeycomb vented knuckle armour, which is backed by a perforated leather panel for better airflow.
Stretch panels on the back of the hand and at the base of the fingers and thumbs give more flexibility and comfort, while a grip panel on the palm ensures you can keep a firm hold of your handlebars.
The gloves are CE-approved to the lower Level 1, which includes the knuckle protection. They’re lined with aramid fibre and have a SuperFabric insert on the palm for increased abrasion resistance.
The RS-200 2.0s have launched at £87.99 in black, in sizes M-2XL. More colours are expected soon.
Dainese 72 Arlit leather gloves
Dainese’s Settantadue ‘72’ collection grows with the arrival of the Arlit gloves.
They’re inspired by the Dakar desert rally, and have a striking look. They’re made from goatskin leather, and are topped with suede leather reinforcements, with the Dainese Settantadue logo stitched into the thumb.
Protection comes in the form of padded knuckles, and the gloves as a whole have been certified to Level 1 of the CE standard.
They’re available in feather grey/morel/Pompeiian red (that’s beige, navy blue and red to us regular folk) or in the creatively titled bungee cord (a dark-ish brown). They have launched at £69.95 in sizes S-2XL.
TomTom Rider 50
TomTom’s Rider sat-navs are popular and the new Rider 50 is their cheapest yet.
The Rider 50 has launched at £329.99, £70 less than the cheapest in their ‘500’ series of sat-navs. While the spec is the same as their premium range, the 50 comes with only three months of speed camera and traffic updates, and only Western European maps can be downloaded, compared to the 500s lifetime updates and worldwide maps.
The weatherproof Rider 50 has a six-hour battery life with 16GB of internal storage, and the 4.3in glove-friendly touchscreen can be used in either landscape or portrait orientation.
Its ‘Plan a Thrill’ mode is a really nifty feature if you want to make the most of your time riding. Enter your destination while in this mode, and it’ll find all the local twisties and interesting roads for you to explore.
Built-in WiFi means your sat-nav will always have the latest updates, and lifetime Western European maps mean you’ll never be stuck if you’re travelling abroad.
Connecting up to the MyDrive app or on your computer means you can plan trips well in advance and put them straight on your sat-nav.
You can also use Siri or Google Now to connect your smartphone for music, calls or messages, which can be read aloud to a headset.