This week's Gear Guide sees a man put his arse on the line to sell his jeans - literally. We also feature Hannibal Lector style face masks, a cool leather jacket from Richa, trench boots from Chicago, and a great new T from Worn To Ride....
TOBACCO MOTORWEAR JEANS
Based out of LA, Tobacco are a recent Kickstarter funded outfit selling premium motorcycle apparel, handmade in the USA, crowd sourced and delivered to you at wholesale. They have launched their range with their 5 pocket jeans. “With Tobacco we wanted to create a jean that would compliment that lifestyle as well as add to your protection.”
Built from Cone Mills White Oak deep indigo selvedge denim, left raw so it’s has not been washed, distressed, or treated in any way after the dying and weaving process. Raw jeans feel more rigid and crisp at first, after a few wears the denim softens as it starts to mould to your shape. As the denim breaks in it will crease, fade and shape to your body, becoming a perfectly fitted second skin completely unique to you.
Tobacco jeans are lined with 100% DuPont Kevlar. Kevlar comes in a variety of weaves and knits and they selected an interlock-knit for both its resistance to abrasion, heat and puncture as well as its breathability and softness for comfort. The lining covers your high abrasion areas from your waist to your shin past the knee in front and completely covering your rear in back.
“A big thing for us is authenticity. We wanted to make sure our jeans were really able to perform as we had hoped. So we took David, the founder, out to an empty strip of asphalt and dragged him behind a motorcycle wearing the same jeans people are buying on KickStarter right now.”
See what happened for yourself:
Tobaccos are based on vintage cuts from American brands like Levi’s and Lee and are available in an updated slim-straight cut. “Not too skinny, not too loose, with a perfect front rise and slightly adjusted back that will keep your from dealing crack when in the riding position.” Excellent.
These are currently available at a great deal on their Kickstarter site.
OAKSTREET BOOTMAKERS - DAINITE SOLE TRENCH BOOT.
This holiday season marks the two year anniversary of the release of Oak Street’s best selling Trench Boot. To celebrate they are releasing their first new colour since November 2013. Horween Leather fans will agree, it was well worth the wait: The Color #8 Dainite Sole Trench Boot.
Color #8 is manufactured from highly durable Horween® Chromexcel® leather. It has a true Goodyear Welt Construction, with grippy Dainite® outsoles - a stacked leather heel with Dainite® toplift.
Dainite® soles are perfect on the bike, hard wearing and grippy, but without the heavy tread of a commando sole, providing comfort and grip for all weather conditions while not attracting or storing dirt (or dog shit).
“Built on our Elston Last – a unique last providing exceptional fit and shape. Developed to embody the character of Chicago, the Elston last is engineered specifically for the trench boot providing the comfort yet durability demanded of the every-man.”
These are not a motorcycle specific boot, nor are they armoured, but they are a sturdy and comfortable boot that can be ridden hard and then worn at work or at play.
RICHA MEMPHIS LEATHER JACKET
The new leather Memphis jacket has a retro look that you would not necessarily expect from Richa. It’s classic cafe racer jacket that comes in black, brown and a lovely cognac and is at home on cafe racer, bobber, brat or scrambler alike.
The jacket features quilted leather on chest, shoulders and arms. Thanks to the CE approved armour at the shoulder and elbow, the rubber back protector and the high quality buffalo leather, it offers a high level of protection.
It has a removable thermal liner so it double up for a winter and spring jacket. It features ergonomic pre-curved sleeves and a dropped back for extra cover. The sizing is accurate.
This is an extremely high quality jacket at a reasonable price, a good looking jacket that punches well above its weight.
WORN TO RIDE - FUEL COLLABORATION T SHIRT
Friends of the Shed Worn to Ride has emerged as a premier reviewer of clothing and accessories inspired by motorcycle culture. They feature products for everyday wear and usage from some of the finest brands around the world, both large and small.
They are launching their own range with a limited edition T Shirt produced in collaboration with Barcelona’s Fuel Motorcycles, other products featured include apparel from Oil & Blood in Las Vegas, The Dudes Factory in Berlin and garment care from Otterwax in Portland, Oregon. Accessories come in the form of handcrafted wallets from Bison Made USA and handmade sunglasses from California’s very own Tres Noir.
“Motorcycles have long had an influence in popular culture and fashion and its presence today is as important as it was in the early 1960’s with major fashion labels taking visual cues from the scene.”
Worn to Ride will continue to build on this collection adding more brands and products to their range over the coming months.
BOKEN FACE MASKS
Whether you want to look like Hannibal Lector or just keep your beard warm in the winter months, these handmade leather masks are perfect for the incoming cold weather. The lovechild of Parisians Boris Moretti and Christian Mouret, Boken sell three variations of their mask, the Classic, the Road, and the Epsilon.
The mask sit comfortably under an open face lid covering the nose and mouth, and is perforated for airflow. These look terrific and keep your face warm on the days you’d wished you’d bought a full face.