New gear highlights: November 22, 2019

New gear highlights: November 22, 2019

 ADAM PIGOTT

This week’s new gear round-up leads with the arrival of Dainese’s airbag jacket, while another new-to-Sportsbikeshop brand comes in with new winter gear.

Dainese D-Air Smart Jacket

Derived from their work in MotoGP, Dainese are bringing track-tested protection into a standalone airbag that can be worn under or over any jacket.

The Dainese D-Air Smart Jacket doesn’t require any connection to a bike, taking data from seven sensors inside the jacket 1000 times a second to monitor for crash scenarios. If the system senses an impact with an obstacle or a vehicle, or a highside or a lowside in progress, it will inflate an airbag to cover the rider’s chest and back.

If there’s an inflation, riders need to take the airbag to an authorised D-Air service centre who will replace the airbag itself at a cost of £219.99.

The D-Air Smart Jacket has launched at £569.95 in black/fluo yellow. The mens fit is currently available in sizes M, XL and 2XL, while the ladies fit is available in sizes 8-12.

You can read our full report of the D-Air Smart Jacket here.

Racer France Heat 4 gloves

Racer France are the latest brand to join in with the heated glove uprising.

Their Heat 4 gloves offer four levels of warmth, and even have a ‘boost mode’ which can be applied to the highest warmth option to kick out extra toastiness.

The gloves are powered by rechargeable 7.4v batteries, which are included in the box along with the charger, and they last between two and 10 hours depending on which of the four heat settings they’re running.

There’s also the option of using two batteries in each glove to keep them going for longer, and the extra batteries are sold separately.

Alongside their heating properties, the Heat 4 gloves make use of a PrimaLoft thermal lining, a waterproof liner, a visor wipe and a drawstring cuff to create a better rain seal. The gloves are CE-approved to Level 1, which includes their hard knuckle armour, and there’s also a plastic scaphoid slider.

The Heat 4 gloves have launched at £259.99 in sizes S-3XL.

Racer France Command Gore-Tex gloves

New-to-Sportsbikeshop brand Racer France are offering a premium Gore-Tex glove with top-level thermal properties, all for less than £100.

Racer’s new Command Gore-Tex gloves come in the distinctive sand colour pictured or black, and have launched at £89.99. Designed for winter, a Gore-Tex membrane keeps hands dry while a PrimaLoft liner keeps the chill off.

They’re mostly made from textile, but have leather reinforcements on the knuckles, backs of the fingers and on the palm for extra durability.

The Command Gore-Tex gloves are CE-approved to Level 1 with knuckle protection, and there’s soft padding on the scaphoid for extra abrasion resistance.

The gloves have launched in sizes S-3XL.

Merlin G24 Drax boots

Merlin’s military-style G24 Drax boots are now available in dark brown joining a black option and light brown in the range.

Uppers are made from 2.4mm premium leather with a breathable Hipora waterproof membrane to keep feet dry, and they’re approved to the higher Level 2 of the CE boot safety standard for riders.

The lace-up boots have a padded collar and tongue and a puller at the calf to make them easier to put on. An extra layer of leather over the front stops repeated contact with the bike’s gear lever wearing through the upper.

The new colour is available in sizes 7-12 (41-46) and launches at the same £149.99 price as the black or light brown options.