New gear highlights: October 11, 2019
New gear highlights: October 11, 2019
Just. In. Time. The mercury has started to fall, but the hardiest riders will keep battling on. Nothing wrong with a helping hand, though – and the latest Gerbing heated kit is here to make riding life that little bit toastier.
It’s not all uber-practical this week, though – Dainese’s latest riding trainers and a new Arai race rep lend a little light relief to our new gear round-up.
Gerbing XRL heated gloves
These are Gerbing’s new top-of-the-range heated gloves, using new thinner wires to supply heat.
Gerbing call the new set-up MicroWirePro, which involves micro-sized strands of conductive wire entwined inside a Teflon outer cable which is then arranged into a heat-supplying matrix to keep your hands warm.
The XRL’s are full-length thermal gloves with hard knuckle protection, a twin wrist-cuff restraint and a drawstring closure at the top of the gauntlet to pull it tight and block out wind and rain.
Other gloves in the new range of MicroWirePro are the XR, a shorter version of the XRL, which is available now and there will soon be three other new pairs so watch this space for info on those when they go live.
The XRL gloves launch at £179.99 in sizes 2XS-3XL.
Dainese Dover Gore-Tex leather shoes
Dainese’s latest urban-style riding trainers come with a choice of lairy yellow sole or a far more sober grey.
The Dover shoes are made from a combination of leather and suede for the upper, with a hard-wearing overlay across the toes to stop the gearchange wearing through them. A Gore-Tex membrane means top-quality waterproofing, too.
They fasten with a speed lace system that’s covered by a Velcro overlay with a stretch panel at the top for flexibility on the bike and while walking.
A reinforced sole and protection around the toes, either side of the ankles and heels beef up performance the shoes are approved to the basic level of the CE standard for short riding footwear.
Arai RX-7V Ryuichi Kiyonari replica
Ryuichi Kiyonari has won three British Superbike titles, raced all around the globe and now has his very own helmet replica from Arai.
The new graphic, emblazoned on Arai’s top-of-the-line RX-7V, is a replica of the lid he’s currently using in the 2019 World Superbike championship. Throughout his racing career, his helmets have almost always included a dragon motif, and this lid is no different, with a white dragon trailing up the side against a matt black background.
The RX-7V uses Arai’s VAS visor for a wider field of vision, multiple points of ventilation, a visor locking tab and a MaxVision Pinlock visor (insert included).
The new Kiyonari replica has launched at £789.99 in sizes XS-2XL.
Dainese Mayfair D-Dry textile jacket
A new short casual riding jacket from Dainese offers practicality, as well as both on and off-bike style.
The Dainese Mayfair D-Dry jacket looks like a regular coat, but has CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour, as well as a pocket for an optional back protector. Its abrasion-resistant textile construction and D-Dry membrane keep you protected and dry, while reflective detailing keeps you visible at night.
Reusch Touren leather gloves 3.0
A new pair of winter gloves from German brand Reusch offer everything you’d need on a cold winter’s ride, all for less than £100.
The Touren 3.0 gloves have a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, and are some of the cheapest Gore-Tex motorcycle gloves on offer right now. A Thinsulate liner provides warmth, while a rubber blade on the left thumb lets you easily wipe away rainwater from your visor.
The gloves are CE-approved to Level 1, and have hard knuckle armour as well as padding on the scaphoid and leather overlay on the side of the hands for increased abrasion-resistance.
The Touren 3.0 gloves have launched at £79.99 in black, in sizes M-4XL.