I hate being cold. I’m also not the biggest fan of most tech touring gear when it comes to styling. Here are a few options from Highway 21 Apparel to keep you looking fly while staying protected, with some much-needed cold-weather undergarments from Cycle Gear’s recently redesigned Freeze-Out line to layer up for even colder rides too. Kick Jack Frost in the nards and get out for a ride this winter!
When perusing the Highway 21 site, I stumbled upon the Marksman flannel. I immediately thought of it as a good layer for winter riding. You never know if your destination is going to be a tad colder or hotter than your starting location, and layering provides options. The stylish Marksman flannel is no slouch as a stand-alone jacket for warmer temps either, and comes equipped with removable CE armor in the shoulders and elbows. It also includes removable perforated back PE armor. Plus the 165-gram Kevlar fiber that’s woven into the shoulders and elbows adds some protection for your bits too. I yanked the armor out and rocked it under the Gasser jacket and it seemed to work very well.
I’m more a Levi’s and T-shirt dude. And the Gearhead jacket is just my speed. You can’t go wrong with a classic black jacket, and the Gearhead offers a twist since it’s a two-in-one jacket with a water-resistant outer shell with armor, and includes a zip-in hoodie with armored pockets for layering up when it gets cold—it’s the little things, right? The Gearhead’s simplistic styling is equipped with plenty of function too since it also offers a bit of protection via removable CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, as well as a removable PE back protector. As for pockets, the Gearhead features a Napoleon pocket, device pocket, and hand-warmer pockets to keep your mitts nice and toasty.
I’m very particular about my feet since they kind of come in handy every single day. So keeping them protected is paramount. But I also dig the style of the Journeyman boots. They’re kind of a hybrid moc toe with a touch of street-style riding shoes, but offer all the protection a motorcyclist needs. Made from full-grain premium leather with a Vibram slip-resistant sole, they’re as comfy on your feet as a good pair of trainers. And they’re also outfitted with a Sympatex waterproof, breathable membrane.
I tried Cycle Gear’s original Freeze-Out line years ago when it was first introduced, but the Freeze-Out collection has been redesigned and things just got a lot Warm’R. Get it? Heyyyoo!
The outer materials feature a new 3D honeycomb fleece inner structure and the essential Freeze-Out windproof membrane. This combo maintains balance between heat generated and heat lost. The windproof membrane ensures that chilling winds cannot penetrate the outer materials, while the 3D fleece structure creates a greater surface area and increases insulation to retain even more body heat. The Freeze-Out Warm’R range offers enhanced performance and comfort with its combination of breathable temperature control and windproof protection, essential to optimal performance.