Gear Guide #66
By Gareth Charlton - 17 Oct 15
For Gear Guide #66 we have indulged in a feast of brown leather… Gloves from Davida, boots from TCX and a beautiful satchel from DragonBear.
D4Vi9A NUT Brown Leather Shorty GlovesTweed pressed, shirt starched, helmet polished to a mirror sheen, the entire ensemble carefully curated for what is without doubt the most stylish day in the motorcycling calendar, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. And then you go and ruin the entire facade with your dirty daily gloves or a pair of bright yellow mittens more suited to gardening than riding a motorcycle. But for this year's ride I had a solution; my latest gloves from Davida have proved more than capable for the rigors of daily duties with the added bonus of being sartorially suitable for this most distinguished of days. (...Plus they matched my brown boots, seat & grips) In the classic style of short military gloves the Nut Brown Shorty Gloves come with clean lines, minimal fuss and maximum comfort. They are made from smooth, supple cowhide with Kevlar thread stitching and lined with comfy fleece creating a simple and uncomplicated glove with great dexterity. They are more defined by the features they lack than those they have, a simple yet functional double popper adjusting strap being the only real feature of note. On the road they are as unobtrusive as gloves can be offering great feel with ample warmth to extend their usage to the majority of British days.
As a long time fan of Davida lids the build quality of the gloves is of the high standard I expected, their products just work pure and simple whilst adding a touch of class and quality to any motorcycling wardrobe. If only the rest of my DGR attire worked as well as my gloves then I could ride dapper all the time. They're also pretty warm now that there's a distinct chill in the air.
TCX X-Blend Boots.
TCX was born out of the merger between Oxtar and Novation. My previous experience with Oxtar was a pair of their mighty Maxi-Enduro boots which were stiff and heavy as hell (albeit perfect for their requirements). So I was pleasantly surprised when slipping on the X-Blend for the first time to find them of a completely different ilk.
These leather beauties are soft, sophisticated and light day-to-day, drop the bike and walk around the city while maintaining the levels of protection that made TCX the first motorbike boot manufacturer to earn CE certification. Usually I travel with a pair of trainers in my backpack and wear a bike only pair of boots for the ride. I’ve had the luxury of never needing to be too formal and so my feet are unaccustomed to such style but I’m finding these so comfortable that I’m starting to look like an adult all day long.
I’m reviewing the suede brown version. They've rebuffed autumn's weather well so far and have maintained their good looks despite the heavy dust and dirt veneer that's accumulating as I traipse around a certain Shoreditch building site. If you’re looking for something you can happily throw on with a pair of jeans or semi-formal trousers then these are perfect, it still might be a while until I find something that encourages me to put on a suit though...
Reviewed by Barney.