New from Weise®, the Dakar Adventure Jacket and Trousers are built to handle the wide variety of conditions experienced in overland travel.
Weather protection is provided by a waterproof drop liner, 120-gram thermal lining and winter neck guard, all of which can be removed as conditions improve.
When the temperature rises, large panels at the chest and back can be unzipped and stowed away, revealing large vents. These work with long, two-way zipped vents that run from the cuff to the top of the arm, to maximise air flow.
The Dakar Jacket is also hydration pack prepared, with a rear pocket and drinking tube outlet, so the rider can keep fluid levels topped up on the move.
Level 2 CE-approved protectors at the shoulders and elbows provide top-of-the-range impact protection. Produced from highly flexible Elastofoam®, the low-profile protectors curve to fit the wearer, for a comfortable unobtrusive fit. A CE-approved back protector is fitted too.
A selection of external and internal pockets, plus a removable large rear map pocket/bum-bag, offer plenty of flexibility for carrying smaller items.
The Weise® Dakar Adventure Jacket comes in sizes S-5XL in Black and M-5XL in Black/Stone, retailing for £259.99 including VAT; matching Dakar Trousers sell for £199.99.
Like the jacket, Dakar Adventure Trousers feature a waterproof/breathable layer and 120-gram thermal lining, both of which are removable; a raised section at the back of the waist gives additional weather protection.
Two large zipped vents at the thighs open to allow a cooling flow of air on warmer days, and the panels can be stowed neatly out of the way when open.
There’s an outside leg zip for easy access, complete with a Velcro® storm flap. A lower leg zip expander section helps with bulky riding boots. Stretch panels and adjusters allow for a snug and comfortable fit, and for the use of base layers.
Level 2 CE-approved armour at the knees, plus pockets for optional hip protectors, offer extra impact protection. A reinforced seat panel adds durability, plus there are two concealed external waist pockets with zip closure and two cargo pockets, in case extra storage is needed.
All Weise products are covered by a 2-year no-quibble warranty.
New to the WEISE® 2017 collection, the W-Tex Touring is a four-season jacket that comes with a pair of lightweight waterproof over-trousers, packed into its large rear pocket.
With a waterproof and breathable drop liner, and a full length popper and Velcro storm flap over the YKK® central zip, the W-Tex jacket keeps the wearer dry as the miles fly by.
The lightweight and versatile W-Tex waterproof jeans come as standard with the jacket, and have a full polyester lining, so they’re easy to put on in a hurry. An elasticated waist and Velcro pull-tabs on the ankles ensure a hassle-free and snug fit.
When the temperature drops, the 120-gram thermal quilted liner helps to keep the body insulated; when it gets warmer, the liner can be removed and large, two-way zipped vents at the cuffs, shoulders and on the back back can be opened, to allow a cooling airflow.
The tough 600 denier outer shell has removable Knox Micro-Lock CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and back; reflective detailing across the arms and back enhances visibility in low light conditions.
There is plenty of adjustment at the collar, waist and on the torso, to prevent billowing. In addition to four generously-sized external pockets there are also two hand warmer pockets, for comfort.
The Weise® W-Tex Touring jacket is available in Black (sizes M-5XL) and Black/Stone (sizes M-3XL)
New to the Buffalo range, the BR30 spring/summer gloves offer high specification at a very affordable price.
Designed with the sportbike rider in mind, BR30 gloves have a tough full-grain leather construction and are fully lined for comfort, making them easier to put on and take off.
There is TPU reinforcement on the knuckles and fingers, with twin leather overlay on the palm and additional padding on the cuff, which has an extended base section.
Both the wrist strap and cuff are secured with Velcro® for a snug fit, which also helps to keep the gloves firmly in place in the event of a slide. Silicon print on the palm provides extra grip on the bike’s bars all day long, whatever the weather.
Buffalo BR30 gloves come in a choice of Black, Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Red and Black/Neon in sizes S-3XL. For details on the BR30 and full the range of Buffalo clothing click HERE.
Duchinni’s popular D501 open-face helmet gets a makeover for 2017, with its Garage collection of retro graphics.
The classically-shaped open-face shell is made from ABS with a traditional-looking stitched trim and goggle strap at the back.
Its appearance is enhanced by a choice of three graphics – two in an urban matt finish and one in eye-catching metallic red, white and blue, giving it a flavour of the swinging Sixties.
Inside are some thoroughly modern features for comfort and convenience. To keep it fresh, the high quality textile lining is both removable and washable. There’s a handy internal sun visor that can be raised and lowered with the left hand and the chin strap is secured by a seat-belt style quick-release buckle.
All Duchinni helmets are manufactured to the UNECE Regulation 22.05, which is the safety standard required for riding on British roads, as well as throughout most of Europe.
New from Weise® for 2017, the Outlast® Houston is a fully-armoured waterproof jacket, with a removable temperature-regulating lining for optimal thermal comfort, whatever the weather.
The jacket’s tough, tear-resistant rip-stop outer has a waterproof/breathable lining, which is sealed by a YKK® central zip, with a popper and Velcro® storm flap that provides reliable weather protection.
Vents on the arms, chest and back allow plenty of cooling air to flow through in the heat, while the Outlast lining regulates body temperature, helping to reduce the warm-up/chill-down cycle often experienced when riding on colder days.
Originally developed for NASA, Outlast technology utilises phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort. Outlast technology is comparable to ice in a drink; as it changes from solid to liquid, it absorbs heat and cools the drink, keeping that drink at the desired temperature for longer. Outlast phase change materials work in the same way, but are micro-encapsulated, so they are permanently enclosed in a polymer shell. These micro-encapsulated phase change materials are known as Thermocules™.
All-round impact-protection is provided by CE-approved armour at shoulders, elbows and back.
Weise have provided plenty of pockets, too – both inside and out – including a large rear map pocket.
Weise® is celebrating its 30th birthday with a new range of casual clothing and, as you’d expect from Weise, all are made from quality materials and are styled for British riders.
There are three T-shirt designs – “Hard Wearing”, “Reputation” and “Emblem” – each in a choice of three different colours. All are made from 100% pre-shrunk Jersey Cotton with tubular construction. The neck and shoulders are taped, with a seamless double-needle collar for a comfortable and hard-wearing finish. Available in sizes Small – 2XL (3XL in some designs/colours).
The Hoodie is made from a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, with a comfortable brushed fleece inner finish. Produced in black, with the “Hard Wearing” design on the front, it’s traditionally styled with a draw cord to the hood, a pouch pocket and elasticated cuffs and hem. In sizes small – 3XL.
New for 2016, the Outlast Seattle Jacket and Trousers from Weise® are designed to deal with the unpredictable temperatures and weather conditions that Autumn often deals out to riders.
Key to the Seattle suit’s ‘climate control’ is its Outlast® lining. This unique material was originally developed for NASA; it absorbs, stores and releases heat, actively regulating the body’s microclimate. As the body warms up, Outlast absorbs the heat, keeping the wearer cool; alternatively, as the wearer begins to cool down, the heat is released back, keeping the body warm.
This active control helps to reduce temperature swings (the heat-up/chill down cycle) experienced when riding in varying temperatures, so the wearer is consistently comfortable.
In addition, Outlast works to stop perspiration before it begins, unlike many other technical fabrics found in motorcycle clothing, which manage moisture by wicking perspiration away from the skin.
Alongside the Outlast 140-gram thermal inner, both jacket and jeans feature waterproof, windproof and breathable drop liners (the jacket’s liner is removable); venting at the chest and thighs; plus Velcro® and popper adjustment, to allow for the use of additional layers.
The outer shell is made from 600 Denier Taslan fabric, with CE-approved armour in key impact areas – shoulders, elbows, knees and back. Reflective detailing aids visibility in low light. Comfort stretch panels aid movement and 8-inch connecting zips keep jacket & trousers firmly together to prevent ‘riding up’.
There’s also a selection of internal and external pockets – including a large map-type pocket to the rear of the jacket.
The Outlast Seattle jacket and trousers come in sizes S-5XL.
Gear Gremlin has a selection of add-ons to keep both bikes and riders in peak condition over the autumn/winter months.
Classic Neon Cover – If a motorcycle or scooter is parked outside overnight, covering it is a must. A quality, well-fitted and properly specified cover will offer protection from rain, frost, snow, dust, spray from passing vehicles, bird droppings and UV exposure, not to mention prying eyes – the police advise owners to cover their machines if possible.
The Classic Neon Cover is made from a waterproof, soft and durable fabric, with elastic hems for a secure fit and reinforced side cut-outs so that a security chain can be passed through. The top portion of the cover is neon yellow, for added visibility in low light.
The Classic comes in three sizes, is washable and comes with a handy storage bag; find out more
12V Intelligent Charger – Battery care is also crucial during colder periods, when low temperatures cause the power output from the battery to drop, as the chemical reaction that generates electrons to supply the current proceeds more slowly.
Gear Gremlin’s 12V Intelligent Charger is a microprocessor-based battery charger and maintainer, suitable for all 12V gel and lead acid batteries, from 2.3Ah – 120Ah capacities. Fully automated, the Intelligent Charger adjusts the current according to the battery’s capacity rating and can diagnose – and attempt to recover – a sulphated battery. It will also check for and indicate a weak or damaged battery.
Its built-in automatic voltage management system cuts charging when the battery is fully charged, and the charger also features protection from polarity reverse, short circuit, over temperature, over current and over voltage, for complete safety and peace of mind. Find out more
HEATED GRIPS FHG2 – Designed to provide continual, controllable warmth, heated grips reduce the need for bulky, insulated gloves and enable riders to select the ideal temperature to keep hands functioning comfortably – crucial for autumn/winter riding, where conditions require careful operation of the throttle, clutch and front brake.
Each Gear Gremlin heated grip set comes complete with a combined on/off and temperature control switch, which is easily operated with gloved hands, and can be handlebar or bodywork mounted for quick operation. There are two temperature settings so riders can tailor the heat level to the conditions.
The premium-quality FHG2 grips are designed to provide a confident hold and comfort, and are manufactured from anti-split and anti-perish rubber. Find out more
Draggin has been using genuine DuPont™ Kevlar® in its products since it first began production of its jeans back in 1997. Despite there being a number of alternative fabrics available nowadays, the company sees absolutely no reason to use anything else.
For more than 50 years, DuPont’s Kevlar has been the number one choice for strength and safety in a variety of applications across a broad range of industries. The company’s heritage and experience in the field is unrivalled, giving its customers total peace of mind and complete assurance that the product does exactly what it’s designed to do.
Well known for its use in military and law enforcement protective clothing, Kevlar is a key component in body armour and flak jackets helping to protect personnel from ballistic projectiles, explosive fragmentation and other combat hazards. Five times stronger than steel on an equal-weight basis, it offers superior protection, yet is lightweight and comfortable enough to help improve mobility and reduce fatigue in the field.
Given its effectiveness in such extreme situations, Kevlar’s use in motorcycle apparel was a natural progression and it was Draggin’s Grant Mackintosh who pioneered its use in jeans. Given his many years of experience in the field, Grant is uniquely placed to answer questions that often come up regarding the use of Kevlar in protective motorcycle wear. In the following text he attempts to address these.
Q: Any jeans advertised as made with Kevlar are going to protect me, right?
“Not necessarily,” says Grant. “Unfortunately there are some poor imitators out there using the Kevlar name for a fibre that is absolutely not made by DuPont. We have developed our own lining, while many others just call up the factories in the Far East and ask for Kevlar, but they can’t guarantee what they are getting. Worryingly, some of them just use yellow cotton while others are actually flammable. The only way to be sure is if they have the DuPont logo on the label. I’m proud to say that we were the first motorcycle jeans manufacturer to pass strict DuPont criteria to attain a licence agreement and we were also the world’s first DuPont Preferred Licensee for motorcycle garments.”
Q: I was told that during a slide, Kevlar jeans can get very hot and either burn or melt onto the skin. Is this true?
“DuPont Kevlar has no melting point, so there is zero chance of it melting onto the skin,” explains Grant. “As far as heat goes, perhaps in some brands of riding jeans there may be an issue with heat transfer – it depends on the fabric and whether a liner is incorporated. Our knitted fabric, for example, produces a soft material in which the loop of the fabric faces the road. This is more than twice as effective at dissipating heat and resisting abrasion as a flat weave and also results in faster deceleration. Add to that an internal lining and you’ve got all the protection you’ll need from both heat and abrasion.”
Q: I read on the internet that Kevlar degrades through hydrolysis. Does that mean I can’t wash my jeans?
“This is yet another unsubstantiated claim,” says Grant. He goes on to explain, “DuPont itself says that fabrics engineered with Kevlar can easily be washed at high temperatures and tumble dried. In its Kevlar technical booklet it clearly states that there is no degradation to performance of the material due to water exposure – tests have even been carried out where Kevlar was submerged in ocean water for 12 months and no degradation occurred.”
Q: It’s a fact that UV degrades Kevlar. That’s surely bad news for my jeans?
“Everything is susceptible to degradation from UV exposure,” says Grant. “House bricks, car paint, and yes, Kevlar, but that doesn’t mean your jeans are going to be useless after a summer’s riding. I don’t know about other brands of motorcycle jeans that use, say, Vectran for instance, which is well known to have very low UV resistance, but from evidence we’ve collected so far on our own products we’ve been really surprised by what we’ve found. We recently had a pair of 11 year old Draggin jeans returned to us for data collection after they protected the rider in a crash. The incredible thing is that they actually tested 30% better than when new and had most certainly been washed, worn with bent knees, rained on, sweated in and worn in the summer sun in Australia for over a decade,” he reveals. “It’s really exciting and with our lab tests we are seeing similar improvements in performance with intense washing, drying and retesting. We continue to have fun figuring out and pushing the science behind it!”
As the autumn nights draw in and weather conditions deteriorate, motorcyclists can often find themselves riding in poor visibility.
The advice from Think! – the Department for Transport road safety campaign – is crystal clear; “Wear bright or fluorescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night”.
Weise® designed the Vision waistcoat specifically for motorcycle & scooter riders.
It is made from 75 Denier polyester and Lycra® so that it fits snugly over bike clothing and won’t flap about in the wind.
Its bright neon yellow colour is enhanced by reflective stripes to front and back and there is a useful ID pocket for driving licence or emergency contact details.
The Weise Vision is washable, so it can be kept bright and fresh, and comes in sizes S-5XL for a perfect fit over motorcycle clothing.