Gear Check: Winter is Coming
No, that’s not a Game of Thrones reference—if you reside in the Southern Hemisphere like we do, winter really is coming, and it’s going to be a cold one. To those of you north of the equator, we hope you enjoy the sunshine. For the rest, here are five winter essentials to see you through.
Light up the fire, grab a mug of Horlicks and read on.
Simon Deporres Cedar Parka
What’s not to love about a parka? It’s warm, goes with anything and will never, ever go out of style. This one from Cape Town-based apparel maker, Simon Deporres, is as classic as they come. The shell’s constructed from over-dyed 300g cotton canvas, with an Italian faux shearling liner to keep you snug. It seals up via zipper, with an additional button-down wind flap. There’s plenty of storage too, with two zippered chest pockets, two patch pockets lower down, and one interior pocket.
Velomacchi Hybrid Duffle 50l
Velomacchi are based in Hood River, Oregon, where winter tends to be snowy and wet. So their new 50l duffle bag is completely watertight—and pretty rugged too, thanks to the 1000D competition fabric they’ve used. Velomacchi have also designed it to be extremely versatile, with carry handles that can be stashed away, and hidden shoulder straps in the base that convert it to a backpack. The main closure uses a tough YKK zip, with stretch panels for when you’ve overstuffed it, and there are two additional side pockets. Other details include compression straps to keep things tight, and tie down points for attaching it to the back of your motorcycle—or the luggage rack on your Porsche 356.
Saint Unbreakable Gloves
Saint produce ultra-stylish motorcycle denims, by weaving Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibres into their denim. The result is a highly abrasion-resistant, single layer pair of jeans. Now they’ve used the same principle on their Unbreakable riding gloves. Cut like work gloves with an elastic cuff and press stud closure, these will literally break in like a good pair of jeans. Saint have also added some supple deerskin leather, along with a cosy wool lining, making these a killer pair of chilly weather gloves. They’re available in all black, or indigo with orange detailing.
Holy Freedom Fleece Neck Tube
Whether you call it a buff or a neck tube, it’s an undeniably handy piece of kit—especially on a bike. The only problem is, most neck tube designs look more at home on a hiking trail than they do on a cafe racer. Holy Freedom are looking to change that, with a line of neck tubes adorned with tasteful, moto-centric graphics. Their fleece range includes—you guessed it—an additional fleece layer for keeping your neck and/or face toasty.
MiiR Heritage Growler 1.9l
Who’s the most popular guy on an early morning fishing trip or breakfast drive? That’s right: the guy with the warm coffee. Be that guy, with the stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated MiiR Heritage Growler. It holds 1.9l (so that you can share), and will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. It’s also BPA free, leak proof, and won’t sweat. Plus it looks a damn sight better than that plastic thermos you’ve been lugging around.