New gear highlights: October 4, 2019

New gear highlights: October 4, 2019

 ADAM PIGOTT

Icon lead the charge with another wild and wacky paintscheme, while Oxford, Dainese and FLM follow closely behind with their new releases in this week’s new gear guide.

Icon Airframe Pro Lucky Lid 3

Imagine sending a team of artistic types to Las Vegas with a huge booze budget and asking them to come back with a stack of ideas for helmet graphics.

We wouldn’t be surprised if that’s how Icon sourced the latest design for their Airframe Pro helmet – the Lucky Lid 3.

Everything from the playing cards on the temples to the chinbar’s gambling chips screams Vegas, and the sunken, haunted eyes will resonate with those who’ve experienced the desert city’s unique morning-after horror.

The design is on the striking Airframe Pro helmet with a composite-fibre shell that comes in four different sizes for a better individual fit.

The visor is coated with an anti-fog treatment and a chin vent combines with three above the visor to bring in cooling air.

The Lucky Lid 3 paintscheme debuts at £333 in sizes XS-3XL and the first helmets to land in the UK are being supplied with an additional gold iridium visor in the box, though this is for track use only.

Oxford Toledo 2.0 textile jacket

There’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple with textile bike kit, especially when it’s towards the lower end of the price spectrum.

Oxford’s latest textile jacket follows that principle, with a focus on the essentials rather than needless bells and whistles that detract from the job in hand.

The Toledo 2.0 has a polyester outer construction, breathable and waterproof membrane and zip-out sleeved thermal liner. A short connection zip means linking to Oxford trousers is a fuss-free job.

On the protection front it meets the Basic A standard in the latest CE safety tests and has armour at shoulders and elbows, with a pocket for an optional back protector. Passive safety is boosted by the light-reflective panels on sides and rear.

There are nice features to take it above the absolute basics, including zipped vents at each collarbone and between the shoulder blades, as well as fit adjusters on each bicep and an easy-access external chest pocket.

The new jacket comes in either all-black or black with yellow and comes in sizes S-5XL (38in-52in chest) with a launch price of £119.99.

FLM Sports Leather Gloves 8.0

German brand FLM isn’t well known in the UK, but it’s hard to argue with the quality of their gear.

These leather race gloves have an impressive spec considering the sub-£100 pricetag, with premium cowhide construction, cantilevered hard knuckle armour for greater flexibility and hard plastic scaphoid sliders.

There’s a twin wrist-cuff closure, Kevlar external stitching for better comfort and a bridge connecting the pinky finger to its nearest neighbour for safety in numbers.

They’re available in black/white/red or black in sizes S-3XL, launching at £89.99.

Dainese York Air shoes

Unlikely to be top of the average UK rider’s shopping list as winter sinks its teeth into these shores, but Dainese have released a new highly-ventilated riding shoe.

The York Airs follow the high-top basketball trainer style with perforations on either side to bring in cooling airflow.

The outer is made from a mixture of suede and meshed textile material, with a durable carbon-look cover over the entire toe section to protect it from wear caused by contact with the bike’s gear lever.

Protection from such a short boot is inevitably limited, but they meet the basic CE safety standard for boots of this length, meaning the reinforced white sole must have anti-crush properties.

The shoes are available in three colours – the bright blue/yellow affair in our pics or more sober combinations of black/grey and grey/red. They come in sizes 8-11 (42-46) and launch at £119.99.