New gear highlights: March 6, 2020

New gear highlights: March 6, 2020

 JOE DICK

A brand new streetfighter lid from Bell leads proceedings, but there’s also touring kit aplenty in this week’s new gear highlights…

Bell Broozer

The streetfighter helmet charges into 2020 with Bell the latest manufacturer to join in.

Their all-new Broozer carries dual homologation, which allows riders the best of both worlds as it can be worn as either an open-face lid or a full-face.

The Broozer is different from a lot of modular lids. Instead of flipping the chinbar back, it is removed entirely using switches on the base of the lid. A clear drop-down visor has an anti-fog coating to prevent misting, and an alternative dark smoke drop-down visor is included in the box.

Airflow comes from intakes on the chin and on the top of the head. The interior lining has been treated to keep it fresh, but it can also be taken out and washed if required.

You can get your hands on the Broozer in any colour you like, as long as it’s a shade of black; there are five black-based options available. It comes in sizes S-2XL (although matt black is also available in size XS), and launches at £199.99.

Rukka Orivesi 2.0 textile jacket

Rukka’s Orivesi touring jacket receives a makeover for 2020 and is now available in three colours.

The Orivesi 2.0 is made from abrasion-resistant Cordura and is backed by a Gore-Tex inner jacket and Outlast lining, which stores excess body heat and releases it when a rider’s temperature drops.

Airflow is delivered through a total of nine vents – four on the front, one on the back, two down the sides of the jacket and two on the forearms. Level 2 CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour is included, as is a Level 1 back protector by D3O.

Reflective prints on sleeves, chest and back keep riders visible under a car’s headlights, and a long connection zip allows attachment of Orivesi 2.0 trousers.

The Orivesi 2.0 textile jacket is available in silver/red or silver/blue in sizes XS-4XL, with an RRP of £799.99. The jacket will also be available in grey/yellow, which is coming soon in the same sizes and at the same price.

Richa Infinity 2 Pro textile jacket

This is the year of the ‘budget’ laminated membrane jacket and Richa are the latest manufacturer to join the revolution.

Laminating the outer shell with the waterproof membrane makes a garment less likely to saturate than one that has a regular drop liner attached more loosely to the inside.

Until recently very few brands other than Gore-Tex were producing laminated kit, but now there is a real surge of activity, with the Infinity 2 Pro becoming Richa’s debut in this arena.

The jacket has a thermal lining to make it winter-friendly, but it’s removable to suit warmer weather. Summer performance is boosted by ventilation via two zipped chest vents and a large rear vent. Fit can be adjusted using Velcro waist belts and tabs on the hips. A short connection zip lets riders attach Richa trousers.

The Richa Infinity 2 Pro jacket launches at £269.99 in sizes S-6XL.

Oxford Hinterland MS textile jacket

Oxford’s Advanced collection expands for 2020 with a new Hinterland textile jacket

Its laminated waterproof membrane is tri-laminated, sandwiching their Dry2Dry waterproof membrane between the jacket’s outer shell and a ‘tricot’ lining – a knit that’s textured on one side and smooth on the other.

Oxford say the tri-laminate construction offers improved abrasion resistance, stronger seams and better breathability.

A WarmDry liner can be removed when the temperature rises, while direct-to-body vents on forearms, torso and back help out on hotter rides.

Two pockets on the front with waterproof zips and a large map pocket on the back provide carrying space, while both short and long connection zips allow the attachment of Oxford trousers.

The Hinterland jacket launches in blue/black (pictured), plain black or black/grey/fluo yellow in sizes S-5XL with an RRP of £299.99.

Five RFX4 Replica gloves

A host of new colours arrive to brighten Five’s sporty RFX4 line-up for 2020.

Now available in black/white, black/fluo yellow and black/red (pictured), they carry an RRP of £89.99 and come in sizes XS-3XL.

The RFX4 leather gloves have hard knuckle armour and finger padding, as well as a plastic palm slider for protection. The full leather outer is reinforced with an extra layer of leather on the palm for better wear-resistance, while an elasticated wrist helps achieve a better fit.

Richa Torch gloves

Richa’s new textile glove rolls weatherproofing and functionality into one big hi-viz package.

The Richa Torch textile gloves have an Aquashell waterproof membrane and a soft, fleecy lining for warmth. They’re approved to CE Level 1, which includes their hard knuckle armour, and there’s also padding on the scaphoid and fingers.

Touchscreen-friendly fingertips make using phones a breeze, while light-reflective logos on the cuff keep riders visible at night.

The Torch gloves come in the fluorescent yellow pictured, or in black, black/fluo yellow or grey if you prefer more subtlety. They launch at £69.99 in sizes S-4XL.