SUMMER GEAR Special Feature

Posted On 27 May 2024
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This entry is part 13 of 25 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#33


Yep, things can happen pretty fast in summer, so make sure you’re safely dressed. Staying ‘cool as’ on the bike is paramount, and usually, if you have the right gear for the warmer months your riding will be enjoyable as can be.

Readers have left us in no doubt that these product surveys are popular. Many of them have no other (reasonably easy) way of finding out what’s on the market.

So we asked distributors with summer gear to send us information about their latest and greatest. A number of them missed the cutoff date to get their material to us or were too, er, busy to send it in, so we suggest you give preference to those in this feature. After all, they took the time to show you what they have to offer. SW


Apex 3 Air-Flow jacket – $229.95

The full mesh zones on the body and inner sleeves allow a high level of air flow to cool you while riding on those hot summer days. Functionality continues with a removable breathable membrane to protect you against unexpected rain showers. Features CE armour, stretch comfort panels, multiple pockets, plenty of adjustment to tailor your fit and reflective for night riding visibility. Men’s: S – 8XL.

Air-Ride 3 jacket – $199.95

Thanks to the full mesh zones on the body and inner sleeves you will enjoy a high level of ventilation on those summer days. There’s also once again a removable breathable membrane to protect you against unexpected rain showers.

With stretch panels in the neck, chest, arms and back for comfort the Air-Ride 3 jacket will be your trusty summer companion. Men’s sizes XS – 8XL, nine colour choices. Ladies sizes: 8 – 22, three colour choices.

EXO 2 jacket – $399.95

Next generation Sports jacket designed to be extremely comfortable with a high level of flexibility to move around on the bike in any season. Multi-tiered defence with hi-tenacity mesh and leather EXO shell, reinforced internally with CE certified D3O impact. Available sizes: Black/Black XS – 8XL, Black/White XS – 6XL.

Airstream Ladies jacket – $279.95

The full mesh zones on the body and inner sleeves allow a high level of ventilation while you’re coping with those hot summer days. Functionality includes a removable waterproof and breathable membrane to protect you against rain and a detachable thermal liner. Features CE Armour, stretch comfort panels,multiple pockets, plenty of adjustment to tailor your fit and reflective for night riding visibility. Sizes: 8 – 22.

Jewel 2 Air Ladies jacket – $339.95

Premium girls’ summer jacket constructed in polyester 900D and hi tenacity mesh for cool summer riding and versatile enough to wear all year round.

When the weather turns there is plush thermal liner with aluminium inserts for extra warmth and a waterproof liner to protect against those unexpected rain showers. Both liners are easily inserted or removed to suit the weather.

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Airfl ow Suit – $850 jacket, $580 pants

With its two-piece summer touring Air Flow suit for ladies and men, BMW Motorrad shows how it’s done. Thanks to AirTex mesh lining in the chest, arm and upper thigh area, as well as eyelet lining, the Air Flow suit makes for a distinctly cool feeling when riding. Jacket available in Black, Grey/Red and pants in Black, Grey. Sizes range from Ladies 34–48, Men 46–66, 46–60 (Grey).

Airflow boots – $340, overboot – $120

The Air Flow is a lightweight ankle-boot with excellent ventilation – the closest you can get to feeling as if you’re wearing sandals in the saddle. Even when the air is hazy with the heat and sweat drops evaporate as soon as they hit the ground, the Air Flow uses air circulation to keep feet cool and comfortable. And should a shower appear to help cool things down then you have the best protection available from the Air Flow over boot with its waterproof and dirt-repellent design.

Venting Suit – $600 jacket, $480 pants

The fashionable Venting summer suit is ideal for urban riding and short distances. At midsummer temperatures the Venting suit always offers excellent air circulation even when riding slowly thanks to its optimal ventilation. Abrasion-resistant upper material and removable protectors provide for a high level of safety. Sizes – Ladies 34–48, Men 46–60.

Airshell jacket – $950

Keep things light and airy at the height of summer, and then warm and dry in spring and autumn: this lightweight jacket is incredibly versatile and is ideal for city traffic with its neon colouring. The bright yellow material is a combination of two fabrics – polyamide provides excellent abrasion resistance, while polyester prevents discoloration. Sizes – Ladies 34–48, Men 46–60.

Swift jacket – $199.95

Air mesh summer jacket made from super protective 500 Denier ballistic nylon. Features a removable Rjays Aqua shield membrane liner, removable armour in the elbow, shoulder and back, waist and arm adjusters and a one year warranty. Sizes Ladies and Mens: XS-4XL depending in colour.

Octane II jacket – $189.95

The all new Rjays Octane II Jacket has an air cooling construction making this mesh style jacket extremely breathable while remaining waterproof. Sizes XS-3XL.

All Seasons II – $249.95 – $269.95

Made with super hi-fl ow mesh panels, this all-season jacket (with thermal and waterproof liners) can be matched to the All Season II pants, and this jacket comes in “Stout” sizes for the larger fellas. Sizes range from XS-8XL.

Breeze leather jacket – $319.95

Made from heavy duty leather with full perforated leather panels and featuring armour and brass zippers. Sizes 38-54.

Mistral II leather jacket – $379.95

Rjays claim this to be one of their best sports type jackets yet. Made from A grade drum dyed leather with perforated panels to over 90% of the front of the jacket. The jacket also features large ergonomic, body hugging stretch panels across the shoulders, underarms and elbows to create an extraordinary level of comfort and fit. Sizes 36-52.

Bandit gloves – $59.95

The Bandit glove is a stylishly designed summer vented glove. Ergonomically constructed to provide ease of movement and lack of restriction whilst riding. Sizes XS-3XL.

Express gloves – $69.95

Super soft genuine leather construction with full perforation for outstanding ventilation. Sizes XS-3XL – Men’s and Ladies.

Jet Stream III gloves – $59.95

100% leather palms and a Nylon air mesh construction for excellent air flow. Men’s and Ladies sizes XS-3XL.

Summer II gloves – $49.95

The Rjays Summer 2 glove is ventilated and super comfortable, ideal for the rider who likes a simple and lightweight design. Sizes XS-3XL.

Ace boots – $139.95

These new Rjays Ace boots look as good when they’re being worn out on a Saturday night as they are functional being worn on a motorcycle. A full leather upper with a waterproof and breathable lining, these boots can be worn all day leaving your feet dry and comfortable.

Colours black or Nubuck brown and sizes 37-48.

Canyon boots – $179.95

The all new Rjays Canyon boot is the perfect summer/all year round Sport Touring boot. This short styled boot is just right for the all-day ride with good protection. Sizes 40-48.

Strike boots – $139.95

Lace up boots with leather/canvas upper construction, which are also 100% waterproof and breathable with reinforced heel and toe protection and a low cut heel for style and comfort. Sizes 41-48.

Urban boots – $149.95

The Urban Boot has all the great features of its big brother the Tour-Am in a shorter style for more air-fl ow. Available in Men’s and Ladies sizes 37-48.

Companero riding suit – $1650.01 jacket, $995.01 pants.

The centre piece of the Touratech Companero is an airy summer suit, but it combines the benefits of this sporty suit with the comfort of a weatherproof membrane suit – effectively two suits in one. Cordura AFT is used on the front and back of the jacket and the legs of the pants to ensure air flow over a wide area. This comfortable synthetic fibre is state-of the-art in terms of its tear and wear resistance properties.

Touratech seats – $ various

Don’t forget your backside when it comes to riding in the hotter weather; the wide range of Touratech seats will keep your rear cool. The seat construction is based on an open-pored foam core with a spacer fabric around the seat to allow air to fl ow more easily through the ultra strong, elastic, waterproof textile cover – just the thing for the hotter months.

Bondi SR6 jeans – $229.95

Apart from the usual protective qualities of jeans like these, the Bondis have a “micro climate” inside – 1mm of airflow using Covec structure and cool mesh liner, which keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool in the summer.

Available in Men’s regular and long, sizes 28-44 and Ladies regular 4-16.

Carbon SR6 jeans – $229.95

If you like your jeans black, the Carbons are the way to go.

Apart from the usual protective qualities of jeans like these, the Carbons also have a “micro climate” inside – 1mm of airflow using Covec structure and cool mesh liner, keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool in the summer. Available in Mens regular sizes 30-44.

Vintage SR6 jeans – $229.95

As with the rest of the SR6 range, these Vintage jeans are just as the name suggests – in a Vintage wash.

They also have the “micro climate” inside – 1mm of airflow using Covec structure and cool mesh liner, keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool in the summer. Available in Men’s regular 28-44, long 28-44 and Ladies 4-16.

Indy jacket – $279.95

A combination of A-grade leather and high strength mesh for ultimate protection and comfort. Features a waterproof liner and loads of pockets, including one big enough for a smartphone. Sizes XS-4XL.

Dakota Air gloves – $49.95

100% leather construction with fully perforated lightweight leather for maximum ventilation, comfort and feel. Mens sizes XS-3XL and Ladies sizes 2XS-XL.

Outlaw gloves – $49.95

An extremely comfortable plain black summer glove designed for the rider who wants feel and protection in a lightweight glove, which features leather palms and nylon uppers. Sizes XS-3XL.

Stratus – $319.95

Versatile 3 in 1 jacket with 3D mesh panels on front and back, and mesh panels on sleeves, including Ixon’s “Air Flow Process” fixed grids on the back. Available in a number of colour combinations and sizes.

Pitrace – $199.95

2 in 1 sport jacket, which is well vented for summer thanks to mesh panels and a jacket that is also waterproof, breathable and windproof with its removable inserts. A sporting range of sizing offers more ease and comfort for a variety of sizes. Comes in a number of colour combinations.

Cooler – $149.95

Perfect for summer rides with vented panels on the front, back and sleeves.

The Cooler also has ‘cooler’ benefits from its sport-style sizing, which offers ease and comfort. Available in a variety of sizes and colour combinations.

Fueller Air – $399.95

A racing styled leather jacket, which is CE certified and features perforated leather, racing collar, neoprene high neck roll and various adjustments for a great fit. Available in a variety of sizes and colour combinations.

Fresh – $199.95

CE certified ventilating mesh textile jacket with a fixed mesh liner, featuring height adjustable elbow protectors, wait adjustment and optional CE back protector. Available in black or brown and men’s and ladies sizes.

Classic – $299.95

As the name suggests this jacket is made with a ‘classic’ cotton/polyester exterior and has a fixed mesh liner and is waterproof and breathable. The jacket is also CE certified and available in black or grey and a variety of sizes.

Retro – $649.95

A high end, top class, top quality leather jacket made from super soft and supple buffalo leather. It comes with a removable thermal liner and has a fixed

airflow. Available in sizes S-XL.

Air Hero gloves – $139.95

Combining cowhide leather, a reinforced goatskin palm and polyurethane knuckle protection in a lightweight and fully ventilated summer glove that achieves a CE rating. Available in men’s sizes XS- 2XL and ladies XS-L.

Essential gloves – $119.95

As the name suggests this glove is just an everyday essential summer item for excellent airflow to keep your hands cool. Available in sizes XS-3XL.

MIG gloves – $129.95

Modern and refined style, but also practicality and comfort, all distinguish this glove with polyurethane inserts on the knuckles and excellent ventilation,conceived for summer touring. Available in sizes XS-3XL.

Drake Super Air Tex pants – $299.95

Fully ventilated with large boomerang mesh panels on the thighs, shins and calves, the Super Air Tex pants eliminate steamy moisture build up yet keep your legs protected with composite CE certified knee armour and the light yet durable Dainese quick-dry fabric. Available in sizes 48-58.

Scarpa Short Shift boots – $299.95

With design inspired by the more technical Dainese boots, this technical shoe in Lorica is designed for summer city use. It has extensive inserts in breathable material on the upper and 3D Bubble fabric with an air gap to create the correct fl ow of air around your foot to keep it cool even on the hottest days.

Available in sizes 41-46.

Street Biker boots – $249.95

These suede cowhide shoes accommodate tough, highly resistant inserts and provide a perfect blend of fashion and resistance. They have nylon heel protectors and reflective inserts which enhance both active and passive safety factors. The insides are made using waterproof D-WP materials. Available in men’s sizes 42-46 and ladies 37-41.

Tropic II jacket – $TBC

This is a lightweight ventilated jacket made with cool mesh panels in the front, back and arms, a soft collar for comfort and CE armour. Available in a variety of colour combinations and men’s sizes S-5XL and ladies DS-D3XL.

Air Stream II gloves – $175

Made with a kangaroo leather perforated palm, mesh and leather upper and Coolmax upper lining, these gloves are made to keep you as cool as possible. Available in sizes 7-12.

Kendo protector shirt – $330

The ultimate in protection and coolness is what you get from the Kendo. Full Sas-Tec protectors throughout and the shirt is made from breathable Lycra mesh panels (80% nylon, 20% spandex) with the lining being made with 3D air mesh panels (100% polyester) in the back to promote air circulation and a hypoallergenic sweat-wicking mesh covering. Available in sizes S-2XL.

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