New gear highlights: May 24, 2019

New gear highlights: May 24, 2019

 SIMON LEE

There’s something for every type of rider in this week’s new gear highlights, from sporty jackets to touring gloves.

Alpinestars Austin Riding shoes

Celebrating their partnership with seven-time world champion Marc Marquez, Alpinestars have released a whole new MM93 collection, which features these boots.

The Austin Riding shoes are actually the brand’s new Faster-3 trainers, renamed Austin to fit in with Marquez’s new collection, where each piece is named after a MotoGP track. The shoes feature his racing number ‘93’ on the outer side in red, with white and red accents around the boot.

The shoes are made from abrasion-resistant microfibre and have reinforced toes and heels. The boots are CE certified, with padding on the sides of the ankles for extra protection. A regular lace closure is backed by a padded tongue for comfort, while a mesh lining keeps feet breathing in hotter conditions.

They’re available in black/red in sizes 6-14 and have launched at £129.99.

FLM Sports Textile Jacket 2.1

German brand FLM have released a new sporty textile jacket packed with features, all for less than £230.

Their new jacket benefits from an abrasion-resistant Cordura and textile construction, with multiple points of zipped ventilation on the chest, forearms and back. Handily, a waterproof inner jacket is included, which can also be worn on the outside of the main jacket to stop water soaking it.

It comes with Level 2 CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, and there’s a pocket for an optional back protector. The jacket has pre-curved arms to give more comfort, while the fit can be adjusted at the sleeves, hem, collar and upper arms. There are both short and long connection zips to attach FLM jeans.

It comes in black/grey/green or black/white in sizes M-2XL, launching at £224.99.

Dainese Bora Air textile jacket

Keeping cool on those desperately hot rides can be tricky when you’re dressed to the nines in bike kit. Dainese’s answer is the new Bora Air textile jacket.

Coming in two bright colours – black/fire blue/fluo yellow and black/fluo yellow as well as a more understated black/red or a black/white option, all launching at £149.95 in sizes 3XS-5XL.

The almost entirely mesh jacket has CE approved shoulder and elbow armour approved to the lower Level 1, and there’s also a pocket for an optional back protector and space for a chest protector too. Two deep pockets on the front give plenty of carrying space.

Alpinestars SP X Air Carbon V2 gloves

Alpinestars have added to their SP X Air ventilated summer range with an updated version of the Carbon gloves.

The new SP X Air Carbon V2 use a perforated leather construction rather than the mesh overlays of the previous model, and feature hard carbon knuckle protection (which is CE certified) and a hard plastic scaphoid slider.

Stretch panels on the fingers and back of the hand increase flexibility, while a thin layer of leather on the index finger makes using touchscreens a breeze.

The new gloves are available in white/black/red or black/white and have launched at £89.99 in sizes S-3XL. A ladies version is expected soon.

Richa Extreme 2 Gore-Tex gloves

Richa have released a new glove to make sure you’re prepared when the weather quickly changes.

Their new Extreme 2 Gore-Tex gloves are made from a mix of goat skin and cowhide, and use a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane to keep hands dry but not clammy, making them ideal companions for touring. A rubber blade on the left index finger makes it easier to remove rainwater from a visor.

D3O knuckle armour and padding on the scaphoid look after protection and the gloves are CE approved to the lower Level 1.

They come in black/red, black/fluo yellow or plain black in sizes S-3XL. They’ve launched at £139.99.