Friday, January 23

Speed and Strength Armored Hoodies: Casual Commuting

Tony - Content Coordinator

Rocking a motorcycle is a style choice. Let's be honest. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. When watching the badass riders on TV shows or the big screen, there is a little part of us who wants to lean towards that aesthetic. The problem, often times, is that the movies aren’t real. As cool as it looks to wear a hoody on the bike, they aren’t really equipped to give us the protection we need while living in the real world. Well, until now that is. With the introduction of Speed and Strength’s lineup of Armored Hoodies, we have some viable options.
Speed and Strength We The Fast Armored Motorcycle Hoody
Leading off, the Speed and Strength We The Fast Armored Hoody comes to the market as a relatively-highly branded choice. With the “We The Fast” motto posted over the heart and across the back, there really is no mistaking the ethos of the rider inside. However, in case there was any doubt, the gnarly skull underneath pretty much clears any misconceptions. Mean, lean, and minimalist in nature, this is an armored hoody for the wild ones of the group.

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Speed and Strength United by Speed Armored Motorcycle Hoody
Next up, the Speed and Strength United by Speed Armored Hoody arrives with a subtle style, minimal branding, and some really cool color options. We are obviously a little partial to the Orange! Constructed of a cotton poly blend frame, this hoody is backed by CE approved armor at the shoulders, elbows, and back for a bit of added impact protection while on the bike… or off of it if you fall down a lot.


Speed and Strength American Beauty Armored Motorcycle HoodyNot to forget the ladies, the Speed and Strength American Beauty Armored Hoody is a woman’s option that keeps its femininity without losing that mean streak undertone. It’s for the lady bosses of the road. As with the Men’s versions, the Women’s American Beauty is backed by lightweight CE armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back, while also having premium 3D embroidery to accentuate the overall design.


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Admittedly, the Armored Hoodies from Speed and Strength will not be the best option for high-speed, aggressive street riding. Also, you probably shouldn’t take them to the track and expect to be cleared to ride. They are not geared for that kind of thing as they do not offer a ton of abrasion resistance. However, for lightweight, around-town commutes at lower speeds, they do afford another option for riders in search of something with a little more casual styling.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always…

Enjoy the ride,

Juice

Speed and Strength Tough Love Jacket: Hard Knocks

Jon - Gear Geek

Everybody needs some tender love every now and then. Everybody except you with your big bad motorcycle of course. The Speed and Strength Tough Love Jacket shows that you are a badass motorcyclist. Eff the tender love. All you need is tough love. The Speed and Strength Tough Love Textile Jacket ticks off all the boxes for a 2-3 season woman's riding jacket with classic styling and in a new textile finish.
Speed and Strength Tough Love Motorcycle Jacket
Asymmetric styling gives the Tough Love jacket a funky leather look without the heavy price tag and heavy weight. AR-700 textile provides the abrasion resistance along with some water resistance. A removable thermal vest liner keeps your core toasty as weather turns cool. Zippered bicep and back vents flow air keeping your body cool while looking cool. The Tough Love jacket comes fully kitted out with Vault CE approved armor at the elbows, shoulders, and back.

Speed and Strength Tough Love Textile Jacket Review:


The Speed and Strength Tough Love Textile Jacket provides moderate to cool temperature functionality while providing classic motorcycle jacket styling. Female motorcyclists looking for a classically styled jacket with modern day colors and materials will find the Tough Love fulfills their needs. Just don't expect a hug.

- SantoZilla

Speed and Strength SS1200 Graphics: Gritty To the Core


New for Spring 2015 Speed and Strength is pushing full steam ahead with the new launch of the SS1200 helmet. This bad boy is both ECE and DOT certified so you know that your noggin is properly protected. Speed and Strength is staying true to their roots by keeping all the fancy shmancy gimmicky stuff out of the helmet and helping the rider stay laser-sharp and focused while keeping the throttle wide-open and seeking the thrill of speed.
Speed and Strength SS1200 We The Fast Motorcycle Helmet
The SS1200 comes in three hot graphics for this season. If you want to stand out  in the midst of the countless boring motorcycle pseudo-riders you need to look no further than the Speed and Strength SS1200 We The Fast Helmet. This puppy looks like it survived a nuclear apocalypse and was painted with radioactive orange blood of apocalyptic cannibals you slaughtered. It just screams “I have been through hell and back” and there ain’t nobody stopping me in my tracks."

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Speed and Strength SS1200 United By Speed Motorcycle Helmet

If you like to keep it on the down low and embrace the soothing comfort of the shadows you definitely need to check out the Speed and Strength SS1200 United by Speed Helmet. This graphic is perfect for those riders who are true shadow speed demons terrorizing the gloomy city streets by night. The unique artwork of the graphic just screams that the rider is “Fast as a Shark” as Udo Dirkschneider would sing in his speed metal hymn.


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Speed and Strength SS1200 Rust and Redemption Motorcycle Helmet

If you need a graphic to match your custom built street fighting beast of a machine, the Speed and Strength SS1200 Rust and Redemption Helmet is the answer to your wolf howl. It looks like the helmet survived oil spills and blood gushes during stuntin’ shenanigans while out on the town. When you are wearing this devil of a graphic people will know that you have earned your share of guts and glory.



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Speed and Strength helmets are not for everybody. They are made for the thrill seekers and dare devils. You know who you are.

- Hubert

Speed and Strength Fame and Fortune Jacket


Just past dusk, the night is becoming more still.  Billowing clouds of smoke pour quietly into the starless sky, illuminated by the industrial lights nearby.  A light rumble begins to grow, distant at first, but growing quickly.  The twin is screaming through its gears, echoing loudly off the abandoned building walls, as this mysterious rider swerves viciously from alley to alley.  With a hard stomp of the right foot, the rear skids around, sliding to a stop, and the rider steps off.  The casual looking, vintage jacket is the star of the show, straight out of the winter version of a dystopian future.  This is riding in style. This is the essence of the Speed and Strength Fame and Fortune Jacket.
Speed and Strength Fame and Fortune Motorcycle Jacket
Speed and Strength has hit the vintage, casual look right on the head with their new Fame and Fortune 3/4 length riding jacket.  This 1-2 season, primarily cool weather jacket does not quit after killing it with looks, because it actually performs in conditions real riders see.  Throw 9 pockets on a water and abrasion resistant outer shell, then fully deck it out with armor and throw in an insulated vest, and you have the making of straight up Fame.  Bring all of this together with vintage classic good looks, and an extremely affordable price, and you know Fortune is to come.

Speed and Strength Fame and Fortune Jacket Review:


Finally, the riders who want to lay down the miles, but look good while doing so are getting some options in the moto world.  Speed and Strength has given us another choice, without the need for a small loan to accomplish it.  We will be keeping our eye on this new line, and look forward to more that may come.

- Strader

Speed and Strength Band of Brothers Jacket

Drew - Gear Geek

Prepare to deploy! Coming this spring to a front porch near you, Speed and Strength is dropping in with the Band of Brothers Jacket. So if you’re a motorcycle-riding paratrooper, take note.

Speed and Strength Band of Brothers Motorcycle JacketWith a mix of leather and denim, the Speed and Strength Band of Brothers Jacket has a great vintage look and feel. The sleeves are full 1.0-1.1mm cowhide with a washed and waxed treatment. The main body uses a bronzed denim chassis with a comfortable mesh slip liner.  Even though it looks old school, the Band of Brothers Jacket has modern protection. You get Speed and Strength’s CE-rated Vault armor in the shoulders, elbows, and even for the back. Most jackets don’t come with a back protector, so the inclusion of one here is a nice touch. The understated strip of black is actually fully-reflective Blackwatch material, so other drivers will have a better time seeing you at night. Not necessarily ideal for jumping out of airplanes, but it’s perfect for two-wheeled cruising.

Speed and Strength Band of Brothers Jacket Review:


If you’re looking to get in with the men of Easy Company, the Speed and Strength Band of Brothers Jacket is the right jacket for the job. Who knows, maybe you’ll see Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg wearing one!

- Drew
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