New gear highlights: November 1, 2019

New gear highlights: November 1, 2019

 SIMON LEE

As we begin to dip our toes into winter, waterproof gear is on the cards for this week’s new gear highlights…

Richa Street Storm WP boots

Short boots have surged in popularity over recent years with riders who are popping across town and don’t want to walk around in cumbersome bike boots when they get there.

Richa are jumping into the water with the Street Storm WP, a short trainer-style waterproof bike boot that covers the essentials of protection.

It meets the basic CE approval level – no-one expects a trainer-style boot to offer protection that rivals a full-length equivalent – and has a waterproof Aquashell membrane to help avoid wet feet.

The sole is reinforced to resist lateral crushing and awkward flexing and there’s also hard plastic protection around the toe, plus padding around the malleolus ankle bone.

The microfibre upper is protected from wear against the gear lever by a reinforcement panel and boasts a smattering of light-reflective material to help stay safe in the city.

Fastened by a lace with a Velcro strap to secure the tied ends in place, the Street Storm WP come in sizes 7-13 (41-47) in black only and launch at £79.99.

Blauer Easy Winter 2.0 jacket

Blauer’s bike clothing is new to the UK, bringing a fashion-led approach to motorcycle kit.

The brand name has its roots in safety wear for the likes of firefighters and police in the United States, but a European off-shoot has been taking the Blauer name into the world of fashion since 2001.

The Italian CEO is a passionate biker and has been responsible for designing a range of motorcycle products, including the new Easy Winter 2.0 jacket.

On the surface it’s a casual hooded puffa jacket, but on the inside it has practical essentials such as a waterproof liner and CE-approved armour. The armour is only at the elbows as standard, but there are pockets for optional shoulder and back protection.

The jacket comes in blue or grey/blue for men in sizes M-XXXL (42-50in) and in blue, red/blue or green/blue for women in sizes 8-14. All are launching at £299.

Men also get the option of the Blauer Pull Winter jacket (see below carousel), a pullover jacket with a half-zip at the neck and another at the hip to make it easier to don the jacket overhead. It comes without the hood of the Easy Winter 2.0 and is launching at £259 in blue only in the same sizes as its hooded equivalent.

Dainese York D-WP shoes

Dainese’s York riding shoes first launched at the beginning of October with a highly ventilated mesh outer.

If you saw these and liked them, but didn’t fancy wet feet all this winter, Dainese have recently popped out a waterproof version.

The York D-WP shoes retain the features from the non-waterproof version – a suede outer, gearshift pad and CE safety approval, with the addition of Dainese’s own D-Dry waterproof membrane.

The York D-WP shoes come in black iris/white (pictured), black/grey and grey/red. They’ve launched at £129.99 in sizes 41-46 (7.5-11).

Gerbing MicroWirePRO Heated GT Hybrid leather gloves

The latest addition to Gerbing’s new MicroWirePRO range are the more casually-styled GT gloves.

These hybrid gloves can be powered using one of three optional batteries – 1.0Ah, 2.0Ah or 3.0Ah, or for longer trips they can be powered through the bike’s battery.

There are three different heat levels (100%, 66% and 33%) which can be switched using the push button on the glove’s cuff, or through the optional Portable Digital Temperature Controller if using the gloves with a Gerbing heated jacket.

The GT gloves have a waterproof Hipora membrane as well as a Thinsulate thermal liner, with scaphoid padding and Level 1 CE approval. The index finger houses a touchscreen compatible pad, making these gloves easily used with smartphones and sat navs.

The gloves have launched at £139.99 in black, in sizes 2XS-3XL.

Route One Mason denim jeans

A new pair of riding denims from Merlin’s sister brand Route One claim to be perfect for riding in all four seasons.

The Mason denim jeans have a waterproof Reissa membrane as well as a water-repellent coating, and have waterproof zips on the front and back pockets.

Level 2 CE-approved armour at the knees is included, while there’s also pockets for optional hip armour. The insides of the jeans are lined with Kevlar in key impact areas, while a short connection zip allows the attachment of matching Merlin jackets.

The Mason jeans are available in dark blue in sizes S-3XL with two choices of leg length (30in and 32in). They have launched at £149.99.