New gear highlights: March 20, 2020

New gear highlights: March 20, 2020

 ADAM PIGOTT

Sink your teeth into the newest bike gear of this week, from new helmets and jackets to the beastiest lock and chain you ever did see…

Scorpion Exo R1 Air Carbon

There’s a new carbon-shelled version of Scorpion’s top-line race helmet for 2020.

Used by elite racers such as MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and WSBK’s Alvaro Bautista, the Exo R1 Air Carbon utilises Scorpion’s Airfit cheekpads.

A red pump inside the chinbar inflates a pocket to move the cheekpads closer to the rider’s face, and a silver deflating button sits alongside to release the pressure.

The R1 Air’s visor locking tab stops it lifting at higher speeds, and emergency release cheekpads mean paramedics can more easily remove the lid after an accident.

The rear spoiler improves aerodynamic performance, while two large mesh-covered chin vents and one forehead vent provide airflow.

The visor is Pinlock-ready and an insert is included in the box, along with an additional dark smoke visor.

The Scorpion Exo R1 Air launches in gloss carbon, in sizes XS-XL at £429.99.

Oxford Beast chain and lock

Oxford weren’t messing around when they created this new chain and lock combo.

The Beast chain fully lives up to its name, beefy 22mm links adding up to a bicep-bulging 12kg for the 1.5-metre option and 15.5kg for the two-metre version.

Add in the 3.6kg heft of the Beast lock that secures the chain around your bike and you’re looking at either 15.6kg or 19kg as the overall weight.

The chain links have been made to withstand angle grinder attacks, achieving the highest Sold Secure Diamond rating in the process.

The 1.5m chain costs £149.99 and it’s £214.99 for the 2m version. The lock has a 30mm locking pin and is sold separately for £149.99. Both chains and the lock are all rated to Sold Secure Diamond level, the highest standard.

Spada Grid CE textile jacket

This Grid CE is part of a new range of Spada jackets aimed at giving commuters funky styling and protection.

The Spada Grid CE jacket comes with a full set of Level 2 CE-certified armour, found in the shoulders, elbow and back. The whole jacket has also been certified to the middle AA level of the newest CE safety standard.

A fixed waterproof membrane keeps rain at bay, but zipped vents on the chest and back can be opened for airflow.

The Grid jacket comes in three colourful camo colours, including the orange pictured above. It launches at £99.99 in sizes S-2XL. A ladies option is also available.

Spada Ladies Hairpin CE textile jacket

A busy week of 2020 releases from budget brand Spada brings this new smart-looking ladies textile jacket.

The Hairpin jacket is relatively low-key in style, in black or the wine red pictured below. CE Level 2 shoulder and elbow armour comes as standard and there’s a pocket for an optional back protector. The jacket itself is certified to AA, the middle of three levels in the latest CE standard.

A fixed waterproof lining provides defence on rainy rides and reflective piping on shoulders and back enhances visibility at night.

Fit can be adjusted using the waist belt, and two large waterproof outer pockets provide plenty of room for carrying essentials.

The ladies Hairpin jacket launches at £69.99 and is available in sizes 8-22.

TCX Explorer.4 Gore-Tex boots

TCX revamp their popular touring boot for 2020.

Changes in the new Explorer.4 boots come mostly in style, but an Ortholite breathable footbed has been added to keep riders more comfortable.

The microfibre outer is backed by a Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing, while the outside of the boot and the front and rear stretch panels have been reinforced with abrasion-resistant fabric.

Reinforced heels, shins and toes boost protection, and the boots are certified to CE Level 1.

The Explorer.4 boots launch in black in sizes 5-12.5, with an RRP of £169.99.