New gear highlights: March 27, 2020

New gear highlights: March 27, 2020

 JOE DICK

Dainese dominate this week’s new gear picks, but Icon’s helmet designers are the ones who are really catching our eye…

Dainese Ladies Carbon 3 gloves

Dainese’s latest sporty leather gloves for women have arrived in a striking colourscheme matching their new Killalane ladies race suit.

The Ladies Carbon 3 gloves are made mostly from goatskin leather, with a soft sheep leather section covering the palm side of the thumb for added flexibility.

Hard carbon knuckle armour, Dainese’s DCP Distortion Control insert and a scaphoid slider combine to deliver the basic CE Level 1 protection.

They’ve got a twin-closure at the cuff and wrist, pre-curved fingers to reduce break-in time and perforations between the fingers to bring in cooling air. They are launching at an RRP of £139.95, come in sizes XS-L and this black/aqua colourscheme will soon be joined by an all-black version.

Dainese Dinamica Air shoes

It’s two years since Dainese released the Dinamica-WP shorty sporty boot, and now they’ve added a breezier version called the Dinamica Air.

They’re cut-down versions of a sporty boot, with an upper made from perforated synthetic leather combined with flexible fabric where the ankle joint bends, and hard-wearing mesh to each side of the foot.

Plastic wraps around the heel for extra protection and a zip down the back opens up to allow a foot to go in and out, with the assistance of a long pulling loop.

CE approval is to the basic Level 1, as expected of an ankle-length boot like this, and the £159.95 boots are available in sizes 7.5-10.5 (Euro 41-45). The three launch colourschemes are  the red/white combo in our picture gallery, plus black/orange/grey and a more sober black/grey.

Spada Raiden Camo helmet

The latest lid from Spada combines sporty looks with a budget price.

The Raiden Camo, whose name is based on the Japanese for god of thunder, has a polycarbonate shell with twin sculpts around the back to integrate a spoiler shape into the design, plus a switchable exhaust vent.

That combines with twin vents above the eyebrows to deliver a through-flow cooling system, along with an easy-slide chin vent to send clearing air towards the inner surface of the visor.

The Raiden’s visor is prepared for a Pinlock anti-mist insert that will be available separately, and the strap fastener is a microlock quick-release affair.

With a launch RRP of £74.99, the Raiden Camo starts out in three different eyecatching graphics – white, yellow and orange.

Icon Airform Parahuman and Hello Sunshine

We wouldn’t normally get too giddy over a new paintscheme, but there’s something about Icon’s artistry that regularly has us doing exactly that.

There are hints of tartan in the bold diamonds of the Hello Sunshine design on the plastic-shelled Airform helmet. Add the textured stripes over the top, chuck in the contrast white plastic trims where you’d normally see black and you’ve got a standout creation.

The Parahuman Blue looks more like a ride on a ghost train, gaudy blue-green skulls and gargoyles staring out from the black-based artwork. There’s a slightly more subdued Parahuman Black in the range as well.

Both are on Icon’s distinctively-shaped Airform helmet, which combines a square-jawed plastic shell with a wicking liner and a visor with an anti-misting coating to maintain clear vision.

All three schemes start out with an RRP of £175.99 and come in sizes XS-XXXL.