New gear highlights: May 3, 2019

New gear highlights: May 3, 2019

 ADAM PIGOTT

This week’s pick of new gear highlights comes to you from Sportsbikeshop’s new store in Leeds for an all-urban special…

Knox Zephyr Pro textile jacket

Summer is fast approaching, and a light mesh riding jacket is the ideal riding companion.

Knox have upgraded their Zephyr textile jacket to include higher levels of protection. The shoulder and elbow armour now meet the higher Level 2 of the CE standard, while a Level 1 chest protector has been added. The jacket overall is also certified to the medium-level AA rating of the new testing standard.

Mesh fabric on the front, back and underarms of the jacket provide enhanced airflow to keep you cooler on hotter rides, while the stretchy nylon outer provides confidence with its abrasion-resistant qualities.

The jacket is available in black/sand or all black, in sizes S-5XL. It has launched at £249.99.

Knox Hanbury CE gloves

Knox’s vintage-look Hanbury gloves have been around for a couple of years, but the firm that’s best known for armour have updated them for 2019.

The new Hanburys are now made from goat leather for more supple feel and receive the all-important CE stamp of safety approval. The index and middle fingers and thumbs on each glove are now touchscreen-compatible too.

They’re available in three colours – black with a denim backhand, black with brown accents or sand with black accents (pictured), in sizes S-2XL. They’ve launched at £79.99.

Route One Cranford Aramid Fibre jeans

Route One have recently updated their collection of riding denims, including these new Cranford jeans.

They’re made using abrasion-resistant Cordura material and are lined to the knee with Kevlar. The knee armour pockets can be easily accessed using the zips on the outside of the jeans, making removing the Level 2 CE-approved protection fuss-free.

A short connection zip means some jackets can be easily attached, including those by Route One’s sister company Merlin, and a connection loop allows attachment of jackets that don’t have a zip.

The jeans come in black or blue in sizes S-3XL with a regular (32in) leg length and have launched at £139.99.

Knox Ladies Whip CE gloves

One of Knox’s many new offerings brings a stylish addition to their ladies glove collection.

The Whip CE gloves come in three colours – black/oxblood (pictured), black/denim or plain black, and have launched at £79.99.

Little extra touches make these gloves stand out, such as delicate leather banding details around the bottom of the knuckle and at the base of the wrist that colour-match with the stretch panel on the thumb.

The gloves make use of Knox’s ‘Lift and Lock’ wrist strap – just pull the wrist tab out to tighten the strap for an easier fastening.

Elastic inserts on each finger give better flexibility, and the outer side of the hand has been overlaid with an extra layer of leather for better abrasion resistance.

The new gloves are available in sizes S-XL.

Forma Viper boots

Riding a bike in trainers is the fastest way to a tut-tut-tut from more safety-conscious riders – but the recent rise in bike-specific trainers like these new offerings Forma Vipers make life easier.

Obviously they’ll never be as protective as a full-on bike boot with shin protection, but the Vipers are CE-approved as a short boot and have the toe, heel and ankle protection you’d expect from a full boot, as well as a reinforced sole to resist crushing under the weight of a bike.

The lace-up fastener is backed by a velcro closure strap that stops the loose ends of the laces flapping about, so there’s less risk of them getting trapped in parts of the bike and stopping you being able to put a foot down.

Practicality comes in the form of a Drytex waterproof and breathable membrane and strips of light-reflective material above the heels to help you stay visible to car drivers. There’s also a microfibre wrap covering the area that comes into contact with the bike’s gearchange to protect from damage.

The new boots come in sizes 3.5-14 UK (36-48) in the black colourscheme pictured.