We’re sorry. Really sorry. Sorry for two glaringly obvious omissions that we’ve almost completely neglected to cover since we kicked this blog over way back in 2009. What are we talking about? Gear and girls. ‘Gear’ as in showing you the latest moto outfits to keep you cool and safe. And ‘girls’ as in women riders a.k.a. the industry’s fastest growing segment. But fear not; from this day forward we’re going to be doing our best to rectify this. We’re calling it ‘First Gear’, and for our opening salvo we’re especially targeting all the ladies out there. Looking for some new gear? Meet Spidi’s new Mystic women’s jacket and gloves.
Review by Marlon Slack.
There’s two sides to Icon. Half their of their apparel draws from a colour palette best described as ‘kids sneakers’ while their motocross jerseys wouldn’t look out of place on a 90’s football team. I guess this is what most people like – but it’s not for me. The other half of their products belong to the 1000 line – blacked out and earthy tones on military-inspired cuts, held together with buckles and press studs you could beat a man to death with. The Icon 1000 line is equal parts On Any Sunday and Mad Max. So when I found out the Basehawk jacket I was being sent to review sat firmly within their 1000 collection I was ecstatic.
This is the review I have been putting off writing. Not that I didn’t want to write it, I just didn’t want Andrew (from Pipeburn) to read it. You see, one morning a few months ago I received a knock on my door and there’s a FedEx dude holding two large boxes. I quickly signed for them and opened up the first one and there in all its glory was a brand spanking new leather jacket from ICON. It’s probably a good time to mention that ICON are a sponsor of this site but we pride ourselves in giving unbiased reviews – just check out the last Icon product review). Anyway, after pulling out the jacket I instantly knew there was a serious problem – there was only one of them. The problem being there are two of us that run Pipeburn so when it comes to products like new leather jackets it can cause problems. I had two options. Don’t tell Andrew that I was sent the jacket and always wear my old jacket when we go for rides together. Or the other option was just to tell Andrew and see what his reaction was. I chose the later. So I text Andrew and he replies faster than Marion Jones on speed. “I want it!” he says. “you have a cool jacket and mine is shit”. He had a point, his jacket is ugly as sin. But this was going to be a hard one to hand over. So I try the jacket on and it fits perfectly. Then my wife walks in right on que. “wow! nice jacket” she says. The last time she said that was on our wedding day and I was wearing a very expensive suit. Seriously. This was a keeper, plus it was pretty much second hand now. Couldn’t give Andrew a second hand jacket could I?
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I’ve always loved supporting smaller companies that sell quality gear and also have a passion for what they do. Chequered Flag are just this, a small English company with a passion for motorcycles. They have recently released a wax cotton jacket and this is what their press release says: ‘Our Deluxe Traditional wax cotton motorcycle jacket is made using heavy duty twelve ounce black wax cotton. This jacket draws its inspiration from the traditional wax jackets used in a bygone era. Using modern technology to improve the production & quality of a true classic we have produced a timeless piece of motorcycling history attire. We used traditional techniques and genuine wax cotton oil skin fabric to produce the original technical garment’. You can view the full product features and purchase the jacket on the Chequered Flag website.
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Triumph has released this beautiful new leather jacket. Well, parts of it are new. It’s made from 1mm antique leather, antique zips and snaps. Thankfully the safety features aren’t antique. It’s packed full of modern safety features, like shoulder and elbow CE approved Knox armour with a pocket for a back protector. Major seams are also double impact stitched for additional protection. So if you are looking for a classic motorcycle jacket from yesteryear and can’t bring yourself to spend thousands on the Belstaff Brad this could be the perfect option. You can buy these from your local Triumph dealer.
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This is a pretty cool jacket. Pays homage to the classic movie Easy Rider. Schott NYC make quality gear so this should be no exception. Not sure if they deliver it worldwide but at $590 its not bad. It doesn’t have the american flag on the back like the one in the movie which i believe is a good thing… millions of americans would probably disagree with me.