Friday, July 25

Woof! Speed and Strength Dogs of War Collection

Woof woof!  What’s that, boy? Your combat fatigues can’t handle the rough-and-tumble life of a biker? Well, that’s a lot for a dog to think about.  No matter, S&S does the thinking for you.  With the Speed and Strength Dogs of War Pants (armored, by the way) you get the cut and style of traditional jeans, but with the comfort and breathability of regular cotton. Moto functionality by way of Kevlar panels and CE armor means you aren’t at the mercy of Sally SUV and Randy Road Rash. A distressed wash and slash cut hip pockets mean you won’t be pegged as a Power Ranger motorcyclist, which is a good thing for all of us.

Speed & Strength Dogs of War Pants Review:

What do riding pants and MX helmets have to do with one another? Nothing, really - but Speed and Strength isn’t concerned with logic or purpose. The SS2400 MX helmet is Speed and Strength’s first foray into the dirt market.  And you know what?  Nothing screams Uncle [Sam] as loudly as a moto lid wrapped in Old Glory garb.  The Speed and Strength SS2400 Dogs of War MX helmet is an entry level dirt helmet with all the obligatory fixins you need for off-road riding.  Emergency cheek pads, adjustable peak, and an intermediate oval head shape all lend to a safe and comfortable brain bucket.  All you need is an oil-leaking 2-stroke, some knobbies, and a neighbor’s yard and you’ll be well on your way to wreaking havoc about town.

Speed & Strength SS2400 Dogs of War MX Helmet Review:

Speed and Strength: Rust and Redemption Collection

You were once rusty, but have since been redeemed.  We all know what that first spring riding day is like.  That asphalt looks really rough, guys.  And those SUVs are much bigger than were last year. Does this jacket make my biceps look big?  Be anxious no longer!  The Rust & Redemption Collection is here to assuage your fear. Vintage inspired gear with the obligatory S&S twist will keep you safe from pothole-plagued roads and distracted drivers alike.

First up is the Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Leather Jacket.  Is it a cafe jacket?  V-twin hide? Punk rock concert attire?  All of the above! Everyone will know what type of rider you are when you strut through the streets, leaving your oil-dripping monstrosity just a few blocks down the street. A murdered out chassis means your career as a walking billboard is in the past. A premium cowhide construction with pockets for shoulder, elbow, and back protection will keep your skin in tact. A decent perforation scheme lends itself well to warm weather riding, but don’t expect to be sweat free.

Speed & Strength Rust & Redemption Leather Jacket Review:

Want v-twin style without the Harley leather price tag? Enter the Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket. Now with Harley orange stitching! A water resistant 700D shell will stand up well to the mean streets of wherever-you-live, while CE rated vault armor will take care of any pot-holes you decide to go diving into.  Highway racers beware, the Rust and Redemption is just a little too lightweight for anything but city jaunts.

Speed & Strength Rust & Redemption Jacket Review:

Riding in Levi’s give you the heebie-jeebies? Want some Kevlar in your life? It seems Speed and Strength was listening in on your fever dreams and have released a new pair of armored jeans - of the R&R variety. 12 oz pre-distressed denim will leave cagers unaware of your responsible streak with safety gear. And you know what’s even better? These things don’t fit like clown pants.  While they’re far from your effeminate brother’s skinny jeans, the Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Jeans will have a much nicer cut than some of the other riding jeans out there. Kevlar panels in the knee, seatm and hips means you can get in a variety of crashes and still walk away with minimum road rash.

Speed & Strength Rust & Redemption Jeans Review:

Short cut. Vintage. Retro. Contrast stitching, distressed leather, and style abound - the Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Gloves just beg to twist the throttle of your rattling rat-rod. A goatskin shell and foam padding will keep your hands together much better than the duct tape and rubber bands you use on your chop shop mo’sheen.

Speed & Strength Rust & Redemption Gloves Review:

Jacket? Check. Gloves? Check. Jeans? Check. Ready to ride?  Not quite. You forgot your brains, man!  Luckily for you Speed and Strength didn’t.  It’s a good thing, too - no one likes a brain bucket. Add a fresh coat of paint to the venerable SS600 and VOILA! The Speed and Strength SS600 Rust and Redemption Helmet. The same DOT-touting, fully-ventilated ¾ helmet we all know and love? Yes, please.  More of that. A rusty orange and gray paint scheme means the SS600 R&R will look right at home next to the rest of your Rust and Redemption gear. Just remember to put it on your head and not on your back seat. Helmets don’t work very well when they aren’t on your head.

Speed and Strength: Chain Reaction Collection

Speed and Strength is many things, but practical isn’t one of them.  Until now, that is.  With their new Chain Reaction Collection, S&S steps into the multi-season ring and goes for the Tyson knockout. With the Speed and Strength Chain Reaction Textile Jacket and Chain Reaction Gloves we have a near-complete set of 3 season warm weather gear.

With ample venting and a waterproof liner, the Speed and Strength Chain Reaction Jacket is the perfect sport-touring or commuting jacket for riders not keen on turning around when stormy clouds show up.  At home on any sport commuting machine, the Chain Reaction get-up will keep you dry in all but the nastiest of rain storms and comes with a CE rated back protector standard. There’s no need to dish out extra green to protect your spine.  This is a good thing, because I hear spines are rather important.

Speed & Strength Chain Reaction Jacket Review:

The Speed and Strength Chain Reaction Gloves gloves have a similar waterproof liner to the jacket, only they don’t have those fancy zip-off textile panels. Bummer.  Hard knuckles and leather reinforcement on the palms mean the Chain Reaction Gloves will be at home dodging traffic on the way to the office, but probably not road racing.

Speed & Strength Chain Reaction Gloves Review:

The Speed and Strength Chain Reaction Textile Jacket and matching Chain Reaction Gloves offer a great entry-level introduction to multi-season riding gear. If the name is to be taken literally, there’s bound to be other pieces of gear in this same fold - but Speed and Strength is way too cool and mysterious to release that information. They could tell you, but then they’d have to kill you. But really, if Maverick rode motorcycles (he did, but in the 80s - before gear was cool), he’d probably wear Speed and Strength.

Speed and Strength: New SS2400 Series

It was barely 8:00am and the heat was already suffocating as I rolled the KTM 530 EXC across the floor of the California desert. The bike was not mine, the gear was borrowed, and I had not ridden in the dirt in almost five years. One of my friends had made the mistake of offering up a spare ride and I was not about to turn down an adventure in the desert.

There are plenty of riders out there that need a decent dirt helmet that can be picked up for cheap, destroyed, and replaced for cheap once it destroyed. The SS2400 Helmet is the first helmet to issue the Speed and Strength brand into the world of dirt. A very basic, affordable helmet, available in a wide array of graphics. The metallic vents on the front are non-functional as all the airflow will come from the eyeport and chin vent. The SS2400 shell features an intermediate oval shape, an adjustable peak, and emergency removable cheek pads. It is DOT rated and comes in sizes ranging from XS-2XL.

The Speed and Strength SS2400 will be perfect for riders looking for simplicity. With a basic Matte Black outer shell coined as "Jet Black" the helmet keeps things uncluttered. A helmet for helmets sake. Understated and focused on the task at hand.

Speed & Strength SS2400 Jet Black Helmet Review:

If you are a rider looking for a little more visual stimuli, the Speed and Strength SS2400 Lunatic Fringe is perfect. With a wide variety of color options you will be able to match your individual style like few other helmets are able. The multitude of options will definitely keep things interesting.

For those who kick as much ass in the dirt as they do in the ring there is a hard-hitting Speed and Strength SS2400 Tapout graphic which comes in either Black/Black or Black/Red. While there are fewer color options than the Lunatic Fringe, the chopped feel of the graphic itself ensures that it brings the same level of impact.

Speed & Strength SS2400 Tapout Helmet Review:

I cannot tell you how many times I crashed out there in the California sun, but I can tell you I trashed that borrowed helmet and I still owe my buddy Dan a new header pipe for his KTM. There is nothing more exciting and enjoyable than tearing it up in the dirt. However, chances are, you are going to take a tumble or two. For guys like me who are taking more tumbles than most, Speed and Strength makes it affordable to buy new gear for our buddies once we destroy the stuff they let us borrow for the day.

Speed and Strength: Tough as Nails Gloves

Getting a grip can be tough. Whether it is in life or on the road, the ability to grasp what you need to can prove a cumbersome task. Finding the right way to streamline your approach by utilizing the tools most attune to your desires is paramount.

For lightweight, warm weather riding the new Speed and Strength Tough As Nails 2.0 Gloves are a great place to start in your search for an entry-level motorcycle glove with attitude. With a split thermoplastic knuckle protector encased in a leather/textile dual-construction outer shell, proper design has been employed to offer light moto protection. Additional padding can be seen on the outer fingertips, thumb knuckle, and on the “landing zone” of the inner wrist. While not as beefy as some of the other options in the line, the Tough As Nails 2.0 Gloves focus on keeping your hands cool, relaxed, and comfortable.

Speed & Strength Tough as Nails 2.0 Gloves Review:

So on the days that you just want a set of simplistic gear to throw on for a summer ride around town, reach for the Speed and Strength Tough As Nails 2.0 Gloves.

- Juice
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