Friday, January 10

Moving Up in the World - 2014 AGV Sport Reveal

January is upon us, and for many riders this means a hiatus in the riding season. I like to use this time to catch up on some necessary bike maintenance and make what ever modifications I dreamt up over the past riding season.

Motorcycle gear manufacturers use this time to announce their new lineups, and we are pleased to announce one of the the largest AGV Sport gear reveals to date. We were ready for the usual leather jacket and pants updates, but the big surprise is the amount of new textile riding gear that AGV Sport is putting forward for the 2014 season.

The headline act of this reveal is undoubtedly the AGV Sport Astra 1-Piece Leather Suit. The Astra is AGV Sport’s new top-of-the-line leather racing suit that uses a combination of 1.1 and 1.3 mm thick leather. The thicker leather is used in the impact areas, with perforated leather used on the front of the thighs and armpits for better airflow. The Astra has a removable and washable antibacterial inner mesh liner, and uses accordion leather stretch panels around the shoulders, elbows, and knees.

In terms of protection the Astra uses CE Level-1 rated armor in the elbows, shoulders, and knees, and the back protector pocket will accept a Size 001 Forcefield Back Insert. The high impact areas are reinforced with Kevlar-backed seams and quadruple stitching. The external shoulder protectors are Carbon Fiber, while the elbow and knee protects are Titanium, and YKK zippers are used throughout for a secure seal.

The AGV Sport Astra will be offered in 4 different colorways, so you should have no trouble matching this suit to your bike. One of the colorways is a Red/White/Green combo that can either be seen as an Italian tribute, or a nautical theme with appropriate port and starboard markings.

Riding hot on the heels of the Astra suit is the AGV Sport GP Corsa Jacket, a new premium leather jacket borrowing features from the Astra race suit. The GP Corsa uses 1.1 to 1.3mm thick leather and has the same multiple stitching on impact areas, but it loses the Kevlar reinforced seams. The leather is micro perforated on the chest, back, and arms for ventilation, and uses accordion stretch panels around the elbows only.

There are Cordura panels running down the sides of the jacket for flexibility, and a neoprene collar for comfort. The antibacterial liner remains, but it is not removable, and it is now joined by a removable thermal liner. The elbow and shoulder armor is still CE Level-1 Rated, the shoulder protectors are Carbon Fiber pieces, and the back protector pocket with accept the same Forcefield Back Insert as the Astra suit.

AGV Sport is making a big push to expand its market presence with this 2014 product launch. With a ton of new textile gear to go along with the usual new leather products, AGV Sport has something for every rider.

- Flip Zwicki
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