New gear highlights: September 11, 2020

New gear highlights: September 11, 2020


Riding denims are the name of this week’s new gear game, while ARMR Moto also bring us new boots and a revamp of a popular jacket…

ARMR Moto Komura 2 textile jacket

ARMR Moto’s retro-style Komura was popular with Sportsbikeshop customers over its three years of service, so for 2020 they have given it a style overhaul.

It keeps the same wax cotton look and feel but with an overall sleeker styling. The Komura 2 benefits from CE Level 2 armour to the shoulders and elbows, and there’s a pocket for an optional ARMR Moto back protector.

A Reissa waterproof membrane stops water getting through to the body, but the jacket also has a water-repellent coating to prevent the outer from saturating too. The inner quilted liner can be zipped out if needed.

Two large pleated outer pockets combine with three inner pockets for carrying space, and chunky brass-finished buttons finish off the classic look.

The Komura 2 launches at £189.99 in black in sizes S-5XL.

Merlin aramid fibre jeans

British brand Merlin are branching out into aramid-fibre jeans. The Lapworth denims have a cotton outer backed by an aramid-fibre lining, which helps them achieve a CE rating of the mid-level ‘AA’.

Level 1 D3O knee armour is included and can be accessed through external zipped pockets to easily remove it. The jeans have also received water-repellent treatment to help fend off unexpected showers.

They’re available in blue or black in sizes S-3XL with a choice of short leg (30in) or regular (32in) with an RRP of £149.99.

Merlin have also released the Riley jeans (see below images), a skinny-fit ladies jegging with a water-repellent coating and aramid-fibre lining inside.

They too have D3O Level 1 armour at the knees and an overall CE Level ‘AA’ rating, though there is no external armour pocket.

They launch in black in sizes 8-18 with a regular (31in) leg length.

ARMR Moto Kyoto jeans

Named after the former capital of Japan, the Kyoto aramid jeans offer casual looks with bike-ready protection all for less than £100.

They’re made from stretch denim and are reinforced by an aramid lining in key impact areas. Certified to CE Level ‘AA’, these jeans also benefit from Level 2 armour in the knees, and there are pockets for optional hip protection.

They launch at £99.99 in blue or washed black, and come in sizes S-8XL.

ARMR Moto Raiden textile boots

ARMR Moto’s new Raiden microfibre sports boots are designed to match up with the rest of the new Raiden sports range.

Protection in the Raiden boots comes from a hard plastic shin pad, reinforced toes, heels, ankles and a replaceable toe slider. A waterproof ARMR Tex membrane keeps feet dry, while small mesh panels on the shin let in cool air on hotter rides.

A reflective panel on the back of the boots aids low light visibility, while the boots are secured with velcro and a chunky YKK zip for security.

They launch at £99.99 in sizes UK 6-13.

ARMR Fuji Evo boots

The urban trainer trend is growing and ARMR Moto are jumping on board. The Fuji Evo boots are made from leather and have a waterproof ARMR Tex membrane to keep feet dry in the inevitable British downpours.

A suede overlay on the inside of each boot helps protect them from wear from the bike’s gearshifter, while reinforced toes, heels and ankles provide the bulk of protection.

They launch at £79.99 in the black/red scheme pictured or in black/grey in sizes UK 6-12.