New gear highlights: May 22, 2020

New gear highlights: May 22, 2020

 JOE DICK

There’s new gear galore at Sportsbikeshop this week, so we’ve sat down and picked out five of our favourites for your reading pleasure…

Forcefield Pro Shirt XV 2 Air

Originally launched in 2018, Forcefield’s Pro Shirt X-V 2 provided a top-level protection package inside a base layer. Now, Forcefield launch the ‘Air’ option.

The Forcefield Pro Shirt XV 2 Air is made from an abrasion-resistant mesh fabric, which is teamed with their BeCool material to quickly wick away moisture, making for a highly breathable armoured shirt.

The included chest, elbow, shoulder and back armour is CE rated to the highest Level 2 and the brand’s Repeat Performance Technology (RPT) means the armour can be impacted several times without compromising its safety – something we hope will never be tested!

The XV 2 Air shirt launches at £224.99 in sizes S-2XL.

Designed to be worn with the Pro Shirt, the matching XV 2 Air armoured trousers are made from the same mesh moisture wicking material, and feature CE-approved Level 2 hip, knee and coccyx armour. These are available now with an RRP of £175, and come in sizes S-2XL.

Icon Airflite – MIPS

Icon become the latest in a line of helmet brands to use MIPS protection in their lids.

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, and works to reduce harmful forces to the brain in an accident. The MIPS liner sits between the comfort lining and the EPS, and allows the helmet to slide in the same direction as the head, reducing the rotational forces that can lead to serious injury.

The MIPS protection is deployed into Icon’s Airflite helmet, popular for its quirky design and wacky graphics. The aggressively styled lid features their unique Fliteshield visor, which extends down to cover the chin vents.

There’s also an internal sunvisor, an MX-style chin vent, a removable and washable interior and grooves inside to accommodate glasses.

The Airflite MIPS launches in the stealth black colour in our pictures, at £252.99 in sizes XS-3XL.

Segura Cannon textile jacket

French-born Segura haven’t been on our New Gear Highlights radar before, but a host of new releases have caught our eye.

The Cannon textile jacket is made from Serica (a mix of cotton and polyester), and has been treated to give it a distressed, vintage vibe.

Practicalities come from a waterproof membrane and a removable thermal lining, as well as five outer pockets, including a small card pocket on the sleeve.

There’s CE-approved armour to the shoulders and elbows and a pocket for an optional back protector.

The Cannon jacket launches with an RRP of £259.99, and is available in grey in sizes S-3XL.

Dane Jesper summer gloves

Touring experts Dane have released the Jesper gloves – a new pair of summer gloves which are full of perforations to keep cool air constantly flowing on hot rides.

Padded knuckle protection teams with padding on the scaphoid and an added layer of leather over the palm to provide protection.

Reflective details on the backhand increase rider visibility at night, and touchscreen-friendly fingertips allow easy use of smartphones and sat navs.

The Jesper gloves launch at £64.99 in sizes S-2XL.

Richa Vision 2 WP gloves

It never hurts to be prepared for a swift change in the great British weather, and Richa have just the thing.

The new Vision 2 gloves are made from abrasion resistant Cordura with a leather overlay on the palm. An Aquashell membrane provides waterproofing, while PrimaLoft insulation keeps digits warm.

Hard knuckle armour and scaphoid padding look after protection, and stretch panels to the fingers and on the base of the thumb give flexibility. A rubber blade on the left index finger allows riders to easily rid their visors of rain water.

They’re available now with an RRP of £79.99 and come in black or black/fluo yellow in sizes S-3XL.