BSMC Gear Guide # 34
By Gareth Roberts - 14 Nov 14
A tough good looking jacket from Icon, cool fitted womens selvedge jeans from SJC, a warm new vest from ELMC and a great twist of the helmet bag from El Solitario, plus stuff to keep your vision clean from Motul. All in this week 34 of the Gear Guide. PRODUCT REVIEW BY THE BIKE SHED’S OWN ALI LATIMER - ICON 1000 BELTWAY JACKET The Icon One Thousand range is aimed at riders that want to be ready for the apocalypse… and if gear can handle explosions and zombies; then it should be able to handle pretty much anything. The Beltway jacket is a serious bit of kit, not only does it feature loads of useful cargo pockets, a magnetic storm flap and reinforced leather panelling over a heavy canvas construction; it’s also fully armoured with CE certified back, elbow and shoulder protection. In addition to functionality and protection you also get a removable quilted vest for extra warmth for out of season riding.
Icon regard it as ‘Ruggedly handsome and brutally effective’. That pretty much sums it up, I’ve had this jacket for several months now; I wear it on 90% of my journeys no matter which bike I’m taking, so I have given it a good test, being a skinny runt, I do need an extra base layer when riding in sub 10°C. In heavy, persistent rain; and I’m talking biblical conditions, I did get a little damp on the arms, but that said, the Beltway has made 6 of my other jackets redundant. http://www.rideicon.com/ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/989257464/sjc-pioneer-to-punk-made-from-japanese-selvedge-de www.elmc.co http://elsolitariomc.com https://www.motul.com