New Gear Highlights: November 27, 2020
New Gear Highlights: November 27, 2020
This week Alpinestars spoil us with an array of all-weather riding apparel, while Oxford bring a new ground anchor to keep your bike safe over winter.
Alpinestars Mowat Drystar textile jacket
The Mowat Drystar from Alpinestars is a versatile jacket with a host of features that make it suitable for use in a range of conditions.
The Drystar membrane is claimed to offer 100% waterproofing while still remaining breathable and a removable thermal lining will keep out the worst of the cold.
For those warmer rides there are two large foldable air vents on the front of the jacket, as well as zipper vents on the sleeves and rear of the jacket.
There’s CE Level 1 armour at the shoulders and elbows, as well as pockets for optional chest and back protectors.
The outer shell is made from ripstop polyester for superior abrasion and tear resistance. The collar features a rubberised fabric edge to ensure there’s no chafing of your neck, and the jacket has a connecting zip for use with Alpinestars trousers.
The Mowat jacket is priced at an RRP of £379.99 at launch, and comes in sizes M-XL.
Alpinestars Mowat Drystar textile trousers
What’s the Mowat jacket without the matching trousers?
The trousers are made from the same ripstop polyester and feature CE Level 1 armour at the knees, as well as pockets for optional hip protectors.
Much like its jacket sibling there’s a removable thermal lining and waterproof Drystar membrane, while vents on the thighs keep air flowing should the temperature rise.
A full-length zip means they can be connected not just to the matching Mowat jacket, but other Alpinestars jackets.
Available initially in sizes M-XL, the Mowat trousers launch RRP is £189.99.
Alpinestars Headlands Drystar textile jacket
For a stealthy jacket that can still be worn in a range of conditions, the new Alpinestars Headland might be for you.
Much like the Mowat jacket above, the Headlands features a breathable Drystar membrane to keep you dry, and a removable thermal lining as well as ventilation on the upper arms.
When it comes to protection the Headlands features Nucleon Flex Plus armour at the elbows and shoulders, which is designed to be both lightweight and flexible.
There’s a pocket to add a back protector, and this jacket is also compatible with Alpinestars’ Tech-Air 5 airbag system.
The Headlands is available at launch with an RRP of £189.99.
Alpinestars T-Jaws V3 Waterproof textile jacket
The T-Jaws V3 is a waterproof jacket with a sportier and slimmer cut for those who aren’t fans of bulkier touring jackets.
The waterproof membrane is fixed inside the jacket, so you never have to worry if you get caught in the rain, while the jacket also features a removable thermal liner for those colder rides.
In terms of protection the T-Jaws comes with CE-certified armour in the shoulders and elbows and is constructed from multi-fabric poly-textile for added durability.
There’s a pocket which can accommodate Alpinestars’ CE Level 2 Nucleon back protector. Despite the blacked-out styling, reflective details provide night visibility.
The T-Jaws V3 Waterproof jacket is available at launch with an RRP of £214.99.
Shad SW22 Tank Bag
Shad’s SW22 tank bag is 100% waterproof, but it’s not just limited to use on your bike’s tank.
Shad have included a lightweight shoulder strap so you can easily transport your valuables off the bike, but it can also be converted for use as a backpack, complete with chest and waist straps, as well as a padded back for comfort.
The SW22 is a magnetic tank bag, and also features a handlebar strap for added security when fitted to the bike.
The main compartment has a capacity of 13 litres, while there’s also a small external pocket for items you may need in a hurry. The bag features reflective graphics for improved visibility, and all zips are waterproof and designed for use with gloves.
The SW22 is available with a launch RRP of £86.99.
Oxford Beast ground anchor
British company Oxford have been in the bike security market for a long time, and this ground anchor is their latest offering to keep your bike where you left it.
The Beast ground anchor is made from hardened steel and designed to be fixed to concrete floors or concrete/brick walls and floors, so wherever you store your bike you should be able to fit the Beast.
All fittings are included with the anchor, as well as an installation guide. The Beast can be used with all sizes of Oxford chains.
The Beast is available for a launch RRP of £99.99.