TCX X-GARAGE BOOT
TCX are a brand more associated with motorcycle sport, but they have introduced a more urban styled boot with the X-Garage.
The TCX X-Garage Boots incorporate modern protective features and a light weight yet durable vintage leather into a classic moc-toe wedge sole boot. Just as comfortable off the bike as they are on, the X-Garage fills a gap many bikers have been looking to fill for years combining modern protection and classic style. These clearly draw influence from Redwings and Frye boots, but come from the protective angle, specifically in the ankle.
They come with a full grain vintage leather upper and an air mesh breathable lining, with a reinforced toe and heel counter, an anatomically correct and replaceable foot-bed and an ultra light EVA compound sole.
They incorporate the TCX Comfort Fit System. This almost entirely manual technique allows the boot to be shaped on a “mould that faithfully reproduces the anatomy of the foot, making the product exceptionally comfortable and ideal for prolonged use in different situations."
These are a good compromise between style and safety, they don't look quite as good as a pair of Redwings or Chippewas, but have the extra protective elements specific to motorcycling. They come at a reasonable price too.
WOOLRICH MEN'S CHARLEY SHIRT JAC
Whether you're an aspiring Lumbersexual, a beardy hipster, or just want to keep warm on your bike, this is a great mid-layer shirt to be worn under a Trailmaster style jacket, or any mid length leather jacket.
Woolrich products have serviced outdoor pursuits for more than 180 years. They design functional, comfortable and durable garments for men and women using traditional fabrics like wool, cotton and down. In recent years, in an effort to provide comfort and protection in all conditions, they've incorporated more technical performance fibers, like nylon and polyester.
As the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the United States, the Woolrich Mill provided wool blankets to Civil War soldiers, and continues to produce some of the country's finest wool blankets today.
"Over the years we have pioneered many clothing styles that have become American Classics, a number of which are still popular today".
Woven in their Pennyslavnia woolen mill, the Charley Brown Shirt Jacket is a Woolrich heritage shirt with its vintage wool pattern. The wind-resistant shell and plaid lining provide a high level of comfort and insulation to keep you warm on the bike in the winter months.
It features upper chest pockets with button closure flaps, an internal security pocket. The shell is 85% wool and 15% nylon. The lining is a polyester and acrylic mix. This is a good addition to your riding kit.
These are warm and good looking shirts, and work well off the bike as well as on it. The Charly Shirt Jac comes in a number of different colour checks.
NIYONA TOOL ROLL
I met the crew from Niyona last June at Wheels & Waves and was incredibly impressed by their work. Based out of Brussels, they are a leather goods company that make all of their products in their local workshop.
One of their best sellers is a beautiful hand made tool roll that comes with two detachable pockets, one for tools and a pouch for loose goods like fuses, cable ties, spare nuts and bolts etc. You can use both bags separately or click them together, roll them up and you're ready to go. It has two adjustable straps to attach it to your frame or bars, and is fastened together with a ball stud and strap.
Apart from being practical and durable, this will look great on your bike.
Its dimensions are 24 cm long x 17high x 6 wide. The construction and finishing is exceptional. It is currently available in tan, but will be available in black and denim early this year.