New gear highlights: May 29, 2020

New gear highlights: May 29, 2020

 JOE DICK

This week’s new gear highlights covers everything from sports riding to urban riding. Take a closer look at all the newness on offer…

Sena 50R Bluetooth headset & intercom

Sena’s latest intercom unit offers enhanced performance and sleeker design.

The 50R’s biggest feature is its integrated Mesh 2.0 technology, which constantly searches for the best audio path between riders to deliver the clearest connection with minimal sound drops.

Mesh 2.0 opens up three different intercom modes too. Group Mesh allows up to 24 riders to chat in one private group, which can be set up using the ’50 Utility’ app.

Multi-Channel Open Mesh allows a rider to connect with anyone else who’s using Mesh 2.0 technology within a five-mile radius. So if you’re up for making friends on the move, this one’s for you.

Finally, the standard Bluetooth intercom capability allows up to four riders to chat as they’d be able to on any other intercom.

Sena have also upgraded the speakers on the 50R by boosting the bass, audio clarity and volume. They’ve reduced charging time by 30% over previous models so a 20-minute charge can give three and a half hours of Mesh communication and six hours of communicating over Bluetooth.

The Sena 50R launches as a single headset at £309, or a dual pack for £549.

HJC R-PHA 70 Carbon

HJC’s sports-touring R-PHA 70 launched in 2017 and has amassed bags of praise since – it has over 100 reviews on Sportsbikeshop and has an average rating of 4.85 out of five.

This year sees the release of its carbon-fibre counterpart, which is available in two colours – plain carbon and the fluo-yellow design in our images. A red option will be available soon.

The R-PHA 70 has an internal sunvisor, emergency-release cheekpads and a double-D ring fastening. The quick-release visor provides tool-less removal, while the visor locking tab stops the visor flying open when travelling at speed. An anti-fog insert is also included in the box.

It also has space to house the new HJC-specific 10B or 20B Smart intercoms that are made by Sena.

Alpinestars Solano textile jacket

Joining Alpinestars’ Spring collection, the Solano textile jacket rolls together casual looks and biking practicality.

Its waterproof outer is backed by a thermal lining, which can be removed and vents on the arms opened to let in cool air on hotter rides.

Level 1 CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour is included, and there are pockets for optional back and chest protection.

Five external pockets combine with two inner pockets for safe storage, and a waterproof main zip makes sure rain water doesn’t leak through to the body.

The Solano jacket is launched in grey or black in sizes S-4XL, with an RRP of £189.99.

Furygan Shifter Evo leather gloves

Furygan’s 50 years of experience in glove manufacture go into their new-for-2020 Shifter Evo gloves.

The palm is made from goatskin for better feel on the bike’s handlebars, while hard armour to the knuckles and scaphoid look after the bulk of impact protection. A finger bridge connects the pinky and the fourth finger to prevent separation in a crash.

Perforations on the wrist and vented inserts on the fingers team up to deliver airflow, while a stretch cuff and accordion panels on the fingers keep things flexible.

The Shifter Evo gloves are currently only available in the red/white/black colour in our pictures in limited sizes with an RRP of £139.99. A black/white option is coming soon.

Merlin Ruben leather boots

Merlin’s new Ruben boots offer retro combat style and motorcycle protection.

They’re made from leather and have a Hipora waterproof membrane to keep feet dry in those pesky unannounced showers. The toes, heels and ankles have been reinforced for protection, and a padded collar and tongue enhance comfort.

Those who prefer a fuss-free experience with their boots will be happy to know the laces only have to be done up once as a zip down the side provides easy entry.

The Ruben boots come in brown or black in sizes UK 7-12, with an RRP of £129.99.