Overview The Ace Jacket from Trilobite is a lot more than meets the eye. This textile jacket looks like a denim jacket at first but it is cut much more like a sport riding jacket than a cruiser one. The real surprise is what lies under that denim shell and the protection it offers. Definitely an interesting and sharp looking piece of gear.
Back in Summer, 2018, I was introduced to Czech riding apparel maker, Trilobite. They were a new name to me when I was reviewing their 1860 Ton Up jeans last year despite the fact they have been around since 2012.
Having made their mark in Europe over the past few years I’m glad to see they are making strides to get their products into the US market. While their full lineup is not yet available here in the States, there are several pieces available through MotoNation which is currently the sole reseller here on this side of the pond.
Since that first jeans review (and second), I’ve become much more familiar with the company and recently received some new gear to review. Among the gear that landed at my door was a new addition to their jacket lineup. This jacket has the outer appearance of denim but the cut and style more suited towards sport / touring riders.
The Trilobite Go-Up jeans take a minimalist approach to motorcycle riding jeans. The emphasis is on simplicity and durability with a Dyneema ® / cotton denim fabric and straight cut that can accommodate standalone knee protection. Price is closer in line with other riding jeans in comparison to the Ton-Up jeans which we reviewed last year.
I really appreciate when a manufacturer engages with me in regards to a product that I reviewed. I’ll take the negative with the positive because the important thing is it shows they’re paying attention to independent and unbiased reviews like those we publish here at Web Bike World.
The story of this review you are about to read started with a phone call I received from Jason at Motonation. He informed me that Trilobite had seen my review of their Ton-Up jeans and that they wanted to send me a pair of new jeans designed around the comments in my review of the Ton-Up’s.
The Aerostitch Cousin Jeremy suit takes the Roadcrafter shape and replaces the Cordura and Gore-Tex with a waxed cotton shell. Since being released in 2017, I’ve been hoping to get one of these in for a review as it is quite unique looking and the cotton should be much more flexible and break in better than Cordura.
In part 1 of my review of the Cousin Jeremy two piece suit I’ll go over the construction of the pants and jacket combo. Future installments will cover fit, comfort, protective details, and more. Check out first part now over at webbikeworld.com.
Since I unofficially seem to be the ‘riding jeans’ guy at WebBikeWorld it only makes sense that I bring our readers a review of some riding jeans as we head out of Winter. This time around I have a pair of SP120 Lite riding jeans from UK manufacturer, Bull-it.
Bull-it is unique among many riding jeans makers as they are the only ones I’m aware of that use Covec materials in their apparel. Bull-it and Covec are partners and are pretty closely intertwined so I’m not surprised that Bull-it apparel is the only riding gear one will find with this unique material.
These jeans take the protective nature of other Bull-it riding jeans and places the abrasion (and temperature) resistant material only in the knees and seat areas. This provides good coverage but uses less material allowing for a lower cost of entry. It also reduces overall weight compared to the non ‘lite’ jeans.
I have handled a good variety of motorcycle helmets since I started riding in the early ’90s. I’m therefore a bit surprised to realize I’d never owned or tested a helmet from AGV. As part of my review process, I always read up on the manufacturer, even if I’m pretty familiar with them, in case there is some interesting fact I can bring to light.
Checking out the story behind AGV had me realizing how little I actually knew about this company. For instance, AGV founded in 1947 and the company made some very notable contributions to the motorcycle helmet world. They were the first put into production the fiberglass shell crash helmet in 1954 and they were the manufacturer of the first full face helmet worn at the Italian Grand Prix in 1969.
The K5 S represents the top end of AGV’s sport/sport-touring helmets with a moderately aggressive shape. The curves downward providing extra coverage up front. This particular example is mostly black with slim, angular graphics that make up the “Magnitude” colorway.
Being designed for sport touring, the K5 S has an internal drop down sun visor and the main visor is “pinned” for pinlock inserts. A clear Pinlock 70 insert is included so one can jump right into the fog-free goodness right out of the box.
I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of riding jeans, two actually, from Alpinestars. The Copper Out, their sibling, the Copper Riding pants are aramid reinforced denim jeans designed for the urban / commuter motorcyclist. I ended up receiving both pairs so my review notes the subtle differences between the two.
Looking very similar to a pair of regular “blue jeans” the Copper Out jeans only have a zipper above the knee to outwardly tip one off that there is something different here. This knee zipper is where armor can be installed to provide impact protection to augment the aramid abrasion resistance in the knee area.
The Copper jeans eschew the external zipper and instead use an internal pocket for holding the same armor in place. Both jeans offer similar protection overall and include hook and loop fastener material near the hip for attaching armor (not included).
This brace of riding jeans are very well made and the fit is very true to the labeled size in the units I received. If you are looking for some riding jeans that are comfortable and should last a long time, have a look at my complete review over at WebBikeWorld.com.
Last year I went on a search for a light and thin heated vest that would fit under pretty much any riding jacket I have. Most heated vests have some bulk to them and it makes sense. To be the most effective they not only need to produce heat but help keep as much heat as possible trapped near the body.
But what if you don’t need the “most” heat? How about just “some” heat?
In my case I wasn’t looking for the hottest heated gear out there. I had two goals. The first, augment my winter weather riding jacket with some active heating to allow riding in colder weather without significantly adding another layer. The second, extend the seasonality of my lighter riding gear and allowing me to wear more comfortable and less bulky jackets when it would normally be a bit to cold for them.
Enter Mobile Warming’s Thawdaddy battery-powered heated vest. The Thawdaddy is the smallest heated vest I’ve encountered and as such it meets my criteria for fitting under pretty much any of my riding gear. Of course small size and light weight likely means the electrical storage / heat generating properties of the vest will be compromised. But is it enough to reach my goals detailed above?
I really like Shark helmets. There, I said it. I want to make it clear that I might have some bias towards these lids and I feel that bias is well earned. Shark may not be the most well recognized helmet manufacturer (in the USA, anyway) but they have been around a long time and their products compete well against their peers.
Recently I had the chance to review the Shark “Spartan” helmet for webBikeWorld.com and I leaped at the opportunity to handle a new bucket from Shark. The Spartan is their top helmet for sport touring, touring, and commuting use with a design geared towards upright and mild forward leaning riding positions.
Using a fiberglass shell, the Spartan offers lightweight while including comfort features like a drop down sun visor and a very comfy interior. This is all contained within a shell that shows the excellent paint and clearcoat finish that one should expect at the price point.
Action Sports EMS’s business centers around the amateur motocross industry in several states. They have been collecting data since 2009 on injuries which fall into the criteria surrounding wearing (or not wearing) a neck brace along with cervical spine injuries and/or clavicle injuries, and /or death.
The data is very interesting and CycleNews is hoping that publishing this data will help clear up some of the misconceptions around the use of neck-braces. Specifically they want to show how effective these devices can be at preventing and minimizing serious injuries.
For my own part, I spent several months in 2017 riding with a neck-brace on the street. I was convinced to add this to my daily riding gear after reading a lot of anecdotal evidence from other riders at the ADVRider.com forum that neck-braces seem to have a positive benefit to injury reduction/mitigation.
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