Thursday, July 7

Icon Airmada SpaceBassFace Helmet: Rock n' Roll n' Supernovas

Tony - Content Coordinator

Every now and then a product, idea, or artistic endeavor comes along that just makes you stop in your tracks and be like “what did I just see?” When it comes to motorcycle helmets featuring out-of-this-world graphics, Icon has been behind many such moments. With their latest addition to the Airmada lineup of helmets, the attitude-aficionados from the Pacific Northwest have once again come to the table, ready to set the bar up… way, wayyyy up.

Icon Airmada SpaceBassFace HelmetWith the Icon Airmada SpaceBassFace Helmet, riders can hit terrestrial roads with a helmet that would make Disaster Area party-goers blush all the way back to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe! At home at any interstellar cantina, the SpaceBassFace Helmet is the kind of lid that not only can make the Kessel Run in record time, but also do so with unmistakable style. Featuring a space-traveling, bass-guitar-shredding rock band of ginormous, faceless, and radiation shrugging juggernauts, the Airmada SpaceBass Face is signature Icon in that it is a loud graphic that makes absolutely no sense… at all… not even a little bit… and that is FANTASTIC! The world (this one, Planet Earth) needs more weirdness for the sake of weirdness. More imagination. More supernova-level music mavens jamming out with their music loud and their motorcycles louder. In its own way, the new Icon Airmada Space Bass Face Helmet is supporting the cause.

Icon Airmada SpaceBassFace Helmet Review:


Turning heads is what Icon does. From industry-leading motorcycle functionality to outright off-the-wall designs, they are among the best in the business. The SpaceBassFace graphic on the Icon Airmada continues the legacy into the Fall of 2016.

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

Enjoy the ride,

Juice

Friday, July 1

Dainese Women's Jackets: Alley D-Dry, Laguna Seca D1, & Stream Line D-Dry

Tony - Content Coordinator

Gear made specifically for women riders is getting better every launch season. Larger selections. Better designs. More attention paid to providing gear that is as functional as it is fashionable. For the Fall 2016, Dainese has delivered a handful of new Women’s motorcycle jackets that continue to further advance the cause.

Dainese Alley D-Dry Women's Motorcycle JacketThe Dainese Alley D-Dry Women’s Jacket is a great option for lady riders who are in search of a great city, around-town, kind of jacket that packs features into a relatively low-key style. With an outer shell that has been crafted from D-Synth 220L material and laminated with the D-Dry waterproof membrane, the first line of defense against the road and the rain is hugely effective with the Alley Women’s D-Dry Jacket. Additional features of the ladies Alley D-Dry Jacket include a 4 pocket outer design, removable Pro-Armor protectors at the shoulders and elbows, a removable thermal liner and thermal hood, and the ability to upgrade with a Dainese Wave G1 back protector (sold separately).

Dainese Laguna Seca D1 D-Dry Women's Motorcycle JacketBuilt with a bit more sporty look, yet without going all-in on the MotoGP styling, the Dainese Laguna Seca D1 D-Dry Women's Jacket is a great mid-range commuter option cut specifically for female riders. The outer shell of the Ladies Laguna Seca D1 D-Dry jacket is made of a rugged D-Synth 350 fabric and backed by a breathable D-Dry waterproof membrane. Additional features of the Dainese Womens Laguna Seca D1 Jacket include microelastic elasticated inserts for increased mobility, air inlets on the sleeves and back, removable composite protectors, a removable thermal liner, and a jacket-to-pants connection zipper.

Dainese Stream Line D-Dry Women's Motorcycle JacketFinally, the Dainese Stream Line D-Dry Women’s Jacket provides exactly what would be expected from the name, but with a plethora of features that it hides well. As the most touring-related of all three Women’s motorcycle jackets on the list, the Stream Line Womens D-Dry has the cut of a more aggressive, sporty jacket, yet boasts the attributes of a long-range touring jacket. As with all of the other Dainese women’s motorcycle jackets, the Stream Line Ladies D-Dry has been crafted from the ground up to provide women riders with the best in ergonomics for performance and comfort in the saddle. Additional features of the Women’s Stream Line motorcycle jacket include a D-Synth 350 outer shell with bielastic elasticated inserts, removable composite protectors, polyurethane rigid shoulder armor, removable thermal lining, a breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane, and air vents at the chest and back.

In the end, the Fall 2016 lineup of Women’s motorcycle jackets from Dainese goes a long way in advancing the selection on the market for female riders. Whether it is the Alley, Laguna Seca, or Stream Line ladies jacket, there is something for every rider as we look ahead to another season on two wheels.

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

Enjoy the ride,

Juice

Dainese Jackets: Blackjack D-Dry, Hyper Flux D-Dry, & Alley D-Dry

Tony - Content Coordinator

Three of a kind. If you were playing cards, it’d be a strong hand. Today, however, we are going to go about things a bit differently as we go through three of the newest jackets from the Dainese 2016 Fall lineup. Yes, there are three. Yes, they are related (all Dainese). However, the motorcycle jackets covered below win by being different.

Dainese Blackjack D-Dry Motorcycle JacketWith the Dainese Blackjack D-Dry Jacket, the Italian juggernaut has crafted a retro-styled motorcycle jacket that is also built to handle the elements. While the jackets of yesteryear really looked cool, they weren’t waterproof. They also often lacked thermal capabilities. They were leather or textile. If it rained you got wet. If it was cold, you were not warm. With the Dainese Blackjack D-Dry, however, riders get the best of both worlds. Constructed of a D-Synth 220L outer shell that has been laminated with Dainese’s D-Dry waterproofing, the Blackjack retains its roots while also attacking hard against the rain. Additional features of the Blackjack waterproof jacket include a removable thermal liner for colder days, cowhide leather inserts for added style, and removable composite protectors for increased impact protection.

Dainese Blackjack D-Dry Jacket Review:


Dainese Hyper Flux D-Dry Motorcycle JacketSwitching gears into a jacket that is anything but retro, the Dainese Hyper Flux D-Dry Jacket is all about modernity. Lightweight in its construction, the Hyper Flux makes use of a sleek, sporty, and contemporary aesthetic that would be as at home in a fighter jet as it is on the bike. Though it has been designed as a minimalist option for warm weather, the Hyper Flux D-Dry jacket does not sacrifice on the features. From the removable waterproof D-Dry liner to the polyurethane rigid shoulder armor that has been covered with Duratex fabric, the Dainese Hyperfulx jacket makes the most of modern motorcycle amenities. Additional features include large mesh panels for high-ventilation, removable composite protectors, and ample adjustability throughout the neck, waist, and wrists.

Dainese Hyper Flux D-Dry Jacket Review:


Dainese Alley D-Dry Motorcycle JacketFinally, there is the around-town, evergreen, casual crusader of the bunch, the new Dainese Alley D-Dry Jacket. Built to have the aesthetic of a standard fashion jacket, yet backed by motorcycle-specific features that make the ride better and safer, the Alley D-Dry Jacket is one of the more unique items in Dainese’s arsenal. At its core, the Alley Jacket is all about keeping riders warm, safe, and dry… with style. From the streamlined Dainese Pro-Armor at the shoulders and elbows, to the D-Synth 220L outer shell that has been laminated with Dainese D-Dry waterproofing, the Alley jacket protects against impacts and rain alike. Additional features of the Dainese Alley D-Dry include a removable thermal liner, removable thermal hood, and the ability to take a Dainese G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately).

Dainese Alley D-Dry Jacket Review:


In the end, three of a kind is good. But when you have multiple requirements, spanning multiple roads and riding days, sometimes specificity can come in handy.

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

Enjoy the ride,

Juice

Dainese D-Blizzard D-Dry & Stream Line D-Dry Jackets: Rain or Snow

Tony - Content Coordinator

Come rain or come snow, sunshine-y warmness of wonder, or cloudy gloomy greyness, the ride must continue. To be at one with the environment is to ride, and to ride is to take on the elements that come with said environment. For Fall of 2016, Dainese has taken this all into account with their newest jackets.

Dainese Blizzard D-Dry Motorcycle JacketThe Dainese Blizzard D-Dry Jacket, as the name might suggest, is all about taking you through seriously rough weather. Built for the long-range touring motorcyclist, the Blizzard D-Dry Jacket incorporates insulation, waterproofing, and a sleek styling that works to keep riders in the saddle for longer (and happier) trips. In using a lightweight laminated D-Dry membrane that stops the elements at the front door, the Dainese Blizzard provides motorcyclists with a protective outer D-Synth 310L shell that will take them through the best that the skies throw their way. Internally, a removable thermal liner helps to retain body heat when the temperatures drop, as well as composite protectors at the shoulders and elbows for increased impact protection. Additional features of the Dainese Blizzard Jacket include a jacket-to-trousers fastening system, ample adjustment throughout the neck, hips, and waist, and direct air vents on the chest and back for increased ventilation.

Dainese D-Blizzard D-Dry Jacket Review:


Dainese Stream Line D-Dry Motorcycle JacketFor riders who are in search of a more sporty look that still retains a high-degree of touring features, the Dainese Stream Line D-Dry Jacket is right on the money. In case the name didn’t give it away, the Dainese Stream Line Jacket is, well, streamlined. Built to the length and look of an aggressive sport motorcycle jacket, the Streamline jacket features aspects of touring jackets that make it great for mid-distance rides, or every-day commuters. With an outer D-Synth 350 shell that has been augmented for waterproof protection with Dainese’s D-Dry membrane, the Stream Line jacket is both rugged against the road and ready for the rain. Additional features of the Dainese Streamline D-Dry Jacket include bielastic elasticated fabric for increased mobility, removable composite protectors, and a removable thermal liner.

Dainese Stream Line D-Dry Jacket Review:


Warm weather just got here, and yet, we still need to be thinking of the Fall if we want to be ready. Riding against the elements is a chess game, and Dainese is providing a winning strategy with the new Blizzard and Stream Line D-Dry motorcycle jackets.

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

Enjoy the ride,

Juice

Wednesday, June 1

Dainese Brooklyn Gore-Tex Jacket: Rugged w/ a Soft Side

Tony - Content Coordinator

The Dainese Brooklyn Gore-Tex Jacket is kind of like the famous borough itself; rugged and rough from the outside, but internally it has a softer side to offer for those who care to look. Two sides. Complex in nature. Ready for anything and undeterred by a challenge. That is Brooklyn, in both cases.

Dainese Brooklyn Gore-Tex Motorcycle JacketWith an outer shell that has been constructed with a laminated Gore-Tex 3L breathable & waterproof fabric, the Dainese Brooklyn GTX is a motorcycle jacket that is ready take on the elements head-on. In terms of weather protection, there really is nothing better as Gore-Tex is the standard by which all other material waterproofing is currently measured. However, rugged and road-ready isn’t exactly the epitome of comfort. It’s meant to fight off the elements and asphalt after all. Not really the kind of thing that you want to snuggle up to on a beachfront cabana. That’s where the internal Thermore Booster thermal down jacket comes into play. Plush and polished for stand-alone use, this removable liner keeps the inner confines of the Dainese Brooklyn Jacket comfy throughout the duration of the ride, as well as offering a fashionable piece that can just as easily be worn off of the bike entirely. Additional features of the Dainese Brooklyn Jacket include Pro-Armor soft protectors at the shoulders and elbows, ample adjustment throughout, and reflective inserts that improve visibility in the saddle.

For a longer-cut and coverage, multi-function jacket built to handle the elements, Dainese has put together a top-contender with the new Brooklyn GTX. It does a lot, for riders who are up to the challenge.

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

Enjoy the ride,

Juice
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