With this Fall, 2012 collection, Icon continues to expand its calling to design safety gear for people who otherwise wouldn’t wear it, away from the squid and into the young, urban, cool kid market. Items like these red, white and blue 1000 Elsinore Glory boots and 1000 Turnbuckle gloves look great in a way no other motorcycle gear does, but offer totally serious safety and functionality too.
You can see the full collection on Icon’s website, of course, but let’s highlight a few of the really special items.
Icon Airmada “Stack” Helmet
This is one you saw me wearing in the Brammo Empulse review, albeit in hi-viz green there. Icon shipped a pre-production unit down just in time for the test, and I spent three days wearing it. The comfort, ventilation, weight and quality had me thinking it was a $600+ lid, so when they told me afterwards it starts at just $180 for plain colors, I was completely taken aback. The Team Icon Brammo replica Stack schemes cost $260.
I’m waiting until I ride in a production helmet before doing a full review, there were a couple little issues with the one I wore that have hopefully been resolved.
Icon 1000 Associate Vest
Incorporating a D3O back protector, this is sorta a take on a club’s colors vest, just with some actual protection built in. We’ll stick to full jackets, but this thing is seriously nice, being made from the same thin, supple leather as the 1000 Chapter jacket and incorporating both perforated and stitched panels. Looks like a Dethkillers vest but doesn’t cost like one; it’s just $450.
Icon 1000 Outsider Convertible Jacket
Made from a denim body and leather sleeves, this is a nicely understated jacket that incorporates D3O armor in the back, shoulders and elbows.
Icon Device Leather/Textile Jacket
Another understated, handsome design, this time in the form of an articulated sport jacket that’s available in either leather or textile. You’ll need to install a separate back protector, but it does incorporate CE armor in the shoulders and elbows. With simple, functional designs like these, Icon is really making more established brands in the sports space look cheesy and outdated.
Icon 1000 Turnbuckle Gloves
A sportier take on those Rimfires we liked so much, these also incorporate D3O knuckle protection for a slim design, but serious safety. We dig the retro red, white and blue color scheme too.
Here’s that gallery link in case you can’t click into it like normal: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2012/08/not-just-for-squids-anymore/?gal=1#/4