BigBikeMad took a pair of Weise Black Rain gloves on a 1000 mile tour of South West Ireland in early April
“Weise have a habit of producing well designed gear at budget prices, and that’s just what they’ve done with this pair of gloves”.
Verdict; “One thing is clear – these are excellent gloves for the money – quite amazing really at this price point. Well made, good materials and comfy to wear. Genuinely waterproof and breathable yet with a good level of protection. They are a bargain, no doubt about it and you can buy with confidence”.
Read the full review on BigBikeMad.
Bike Social have been trying out the Buffalo Endurance jacket & jeans;
“Overall, this pairing is an ideal set for all weathers especially when you consider its price point. Comfortable, water-proof and versatile. Fantastic value for money!”
Read the full review by Michael Mann on Bike Scocial here.
Classically styled and with a very nostalgic price-tag, the new Buffalo Retro jacket is perfect for riders who want the classic look, with the benefits of modern materials and features.
Suitable throughout the riding season, the Retro features a waterproof and breathable drop liner and a thermal quilted liner. The latter can be removed and re-fitted easily and quickly to give the best possible combination for the temperature and conditions. Velcro® adjustment at the waist and cuffs helps to ensure a snug fit.
Protection is provided by CE-approved armour at the shoulders and elbows. A pocket is also provided for a back protector, which is available separately if required. An eight-inch zip for attaching to riding trousers is included to prevent the Retro ‘riding up’ when in use on the bike, while the soft ‘brush’ collar provides added comfort. No fewer than five pockets are provided – two on the outside at the waist and three more on the inside for valuables.
The Retro is available in Black/White, sizes S-5XL , and Black/Blue, Black/Green and Black/Red, in sizes S-3XL.
Weise’s Psycho Jeans, like the matching Jacket, are a leather / textile combo, aiming to utilise the benefits of both materials; the lightness of cordura for much of the body, but with the high abrasion resistance of leather for likely impact points (specifically knees and rear end).
Some folks like the idea of combining materials in this way, but others have doubts about the wisdom of wearing leather in the rain. We put these tough-guy jeans through an equally tough test; over 1000 miles over some of the bumpiest, dustiest, wettest roads in Europe – the Cork and Kerry Mountains of South West Ireland.
Build quality is excellent, well above what you’d expect at this price point, which does seem to be a Weise trick … During a 2 hour downpour the jeans remained 100% waterproof.
Read the full review on BigBikeMad.com.
“Pre-season testing has gone well and as expected with a brand new bike there was a lot of things to try. A couple of setbacks early on slowed progress but the team worked well to overcome them and move things forward. Changes were made at the Donington test to make the riding position comfortable but despite that I was struggling to find the speed we expected.
The main complaint was the bikes ability to turn. Constant adjustments were made to improve the turning at every part of the corner. By the end of the test the settings were maxed out, particularly the rear shock.
For the next test at Brands Hatch a new part was available to try which increased the length of the shock significantly. This instantly transformed the bike and the turning was much improved. The pace then came much more easily and I could make the most of the track time to make changes to improve the overall handling. Front end feel whilst trail braking and initial turn in were much improved.”
“By the end of the day the bike was feeling good and I could start to push for lap times. The second day was the first round of the BMCRC championship and I was racing in the Powerbike class against more powerful 1000cc bikes. Qualifying went well and I was happy with the lap times and to qualify 8th amongst the bigger bikes. The races were difficult but good fun battling in the corners to make up for the lack of straight line speed.
Overall I am happy with how pre-season testing has gone.
I feel prepared now for the start of the season particularly as there are more improvements to be made which will again improve lap times.
I can’t wait for Round 1 at Brands Hatch this coming weekend and fully expect to start the season as strongly as I did last year.
Big thanks to the team for their hard work to improve the bike during testing and to all of my personal sponsors.”
Draggin Jeans has become the world’s first manufacturer of motorcycle jeans to be officially licensed to use DuPont™ Kevlar® aramid fibres. Originally developed by DuPont™ in 1965, Kevlar® aramid fibre is lightweight and extraordinarily strong, with five times the strength of steel on an equal-weight basis.
Each pair of Draggin Jeans features a protective lining, knitted using a combination of DuPont Kevlar® and Dyneema® – the World’s Strongest Fibre™ – and secured with heavy duty triple stitching in key impact areas, to help keep the wearer protected during a slide or fall.
Soft, breathable, flexible and non-allergenic, the lining in Draggin Jeans offers superior protection to basic woven or knitted Kevlar® alternatives, surviving EU abrasion testing in key contact areas for 4.4 seconds. This is more than twice the duration of most other denim biker jeans with ‘protective’ aramid linings.
As part of the official partnership, Draggin will continue to work directly with DuPont™ to help develop the most effective ways to use aramid fibre in motorcycle jeans – the only manufacturer to do this.
Grant Mackintosh, founder and CEO of Draggin, says: “This is a big deal for Draggin, motorcyclists and the wider motorcycling community. We are concerned with the safety of motorcyclists and that is why we are proud to become an official licensee of DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber for our motorcycle jeans. For me this license is an important part of Draggin’s technical development, so I am excited about the steps forward we will make with the relationship with DuPont.”
See the full Draggin Jeans at www.weiseclothing.com/weise-site.