Part II of our series of posts concerning items we dig…
This company of innovative rogues is in so many ways the clothing company I would have created, had I had the money, the cut and sew knowhow, and the necessary amount of confidence to do so. For years I’ve been bitching to friends in the industry that there is in fact a market for fashionable garments that cater to real riders who not only have a sense of style but still care about functionality and safety. Mostly, my screams fell not quite on deaf ears, but ears who personally wanted the same thing but couldn’t invest the scratch to take the risk.
Meanwhile, in South Korea, there was a guy who believed the same thing that I and many others did… only difference is that he sacked up and jumped into the game.
Man, am I glad he did.
This company is currently producing some of the coolest motorcycle garments we’ve seen at CCRacer. They’ve successfully cracked the code of providing functional clothing that possesses a strong, unapologetic aesthetic while still maintaining technical elements of rider safety. Which is to say, they are designing well developed pieces, not simply manufacturing them. I own two pairs of their pants which you see regularly throughout this new crop of CCRacer episodes because they are pretty much the only two pair of pants I’ve been wearing lately. Quality-wise, they are no joke and you truly can feel the consideration when you wear them both on the bike and off. Not to mention the removable armor is so easily removed that you can do so while walking from your bike to the front door without missing a step, yet low profile enough that most of the time I don’t bother removing it at all. I also have their Fender V2 Moto Flannel which is kind of amazing, not only because it’s a flannel worthy of any Portland coffee shop, but also because it happens to be armored at the shoulders and elbows. Admittedly it’s not built so much for serious amounts of ripping and running, I can’t imagine flannel having much abrasive resistance, but with something like this, it’s the thought that counts and I like where their head’s at and where this kind of thinking may lead for other garments to come.
uglyBROS have helped significantly in successfully answering one of the biggest issues I’ve had as a rider… how to represent my own style sense through the clothes I wear and not sacrifice function and safety in the process. Word is, uglyBROS is already killing it throughout Asia. If I had to guess why it would be in no small part due to the fact that they’ve captured that particular kind of Americana cool as only the cool kids in Asia can.
If you understood that last sentence, then you will definitely dig their stuff.
If you didn’t, then you just might dig it anyway.
I’ve decided to run a series of posts sharing my discovery and subsequent relationship with a few choice items that have become staples in the CCRacer wardrobe.
As a rider, like many of us, I’ve found myself on the losing end of spending way too much money in search of that perfect kit that will not only allow me to commute and cruise and boogie when the mood strikes, but also allow me to step off the bike and into any scene without suddenly looking like a RoboCop fanboy. I’ve tried just about everything and have the pile of bad internet purchases on my garage floor to prove it. Eventually, like a lot of us, I gave up and would often choose fashion over protection… the ego and insecurities of this man are nothing with which to be trifled. Not to mention, I’m a Racer and what that means is that I’ve pushed myself to and beyond my respective limit at the track and in so doing understand the great value of protective gear rooted in quality R&D. I also understand that the street is a far more combative environment that any racetrack. Therefore every time I chose the exclusively fashionable route, I did so knowing that I am at best only slightly compromised. However, I also know myself well enough to know that regardless of skill set, it is in my DNA to push from time to time and it simply does not matter if I’m on a borrowed Japanese liter bike, my 2000 FXDX, or my daughter’s tricycle. At some point the odds are I’m gonna twist the wick, if only a little and when that moment comes it really doesn’t matter if I’m in race leathers or a T-shirt.
This conundrum has been a legitimate point of concern for me, one that over the years I’ve simply, though begrudgingly, agreed to accept as a daily burden of the daily rider.
Then, along came a Huntsman…
Simply put, this is in every way the jacket I’ve been waiting for.
The design aesthetic is clean and classic, the armor is easily the least intrusive that I’ve worn, and because it’s Alpinestars there has been no shortage of R&D whatsoever.
Run it raw, or with a denim vest, it doesn’t matter, the jacket just works.
It is something special to have that go to piece, just ask the pile of misspent money on my garage floor.
For this Rider, as far as jackets are concerned… the Huntsman Jacket by Alpinestars fits the bill perfectly.