Fieldsheer 2014 apparel boost performance as well as design

Publish Date: 
Aug 15, 2014
By Mike Vaughan

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Just as motorcycles are rapidly becoming more high tech, so too are garments designed for riding, as the latest offerings from Fieldsheer demonstrate. The line consists of six jackets, two pants, and two new styles of gloves, with the three-quarter length Adventure Jacket and Pant leading the way in terms of sophistication.

Adventure jacket
This jacket houses two liners, rather than one. The first is designed for warmth and water-resistance, and the second brings improved technology and an additional shield into play with regard to water-proofing and breathability.

The outer shell is constructed with Fieldsheer’s Maxtena Pro abrasion and water resistant 500 denier nylon, and loaded with features, such as six zippered intake vents, an across-the-back exhaust vent, strap and snap adjustable sleeves, removable collar extender, two large outer pockets and three inner pockets, with a third deep zippered pocket just inside the Velcro chest closure. There’s removable CE armor in the back, shoulders, and elbows.

To keep you visible at night, there are panels on both the front and the back embedded with Phoslite, millions of tiny retro-reflective lenses providing high visibility in low-light situations.

The first liner is designed for additional warmth and is water repellent. Made with a product called Exkin Air, it’s quick drying, maintains warmth even in wet conditions, and weighs 70 grams.

The second liner is designed to keep you dry and comfortable, made from a nano-porous membrane called Nanomax, which claims exceptional water resistance and breathability. In addition, it’s flame resistant, and capable of undergoing repeated washings without losing its functional characteristics.

Like most liners, a simple zipper from right to left over the shoulders puts them in place. What’s unique is the method by which they attach to one another and to the outer shell. Two button and loop fasteners on each sleeve of the two liners button together. The button is large, as is the plastic loop. The best part is they’re color-coded, so you can’t confuse them and twist the liner sleeve.

Once the two liners are together, a zipper at the bottom of the jacket sleeve zips into a similar zipper at the bottom of the shell’s sleeves, providing a simple, no ride-up attachment.

Colors; Royal Blue/Silver, Hi-Viz Yellow/Black, Black/Black, and Gun Metal/Black. Available in both women’s and men’s sizes. MSRP $439.99.

Adventure Tour Pants
The Adventure Tour Pants, like the jacket, consist of a 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell, reinforced with 1680 denier ballistic Maxtena-Pro seat. Unlike the jacket, the pants have a single waterproof and breathable liner constructed with Nanomax, Rainguard and 70g Exkin Air waterproof insulation.

Knees are protected with CE-approved armor, housed in three-position, adjustable pockets. SP memory foam panels protect the hips and upper thigh

There are three pockets in front and two in back. Heat-resistant panels line the inner leg, along with reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility.      

The pants are available in black/silver, silver/royal blue, and black/black, in both women’s and men’s sizes. MSRP $329.99.

Sugo jacket
The Sugo is a short jacket, with construction similar to that of the Adventure Jacket with these additions: 1680 ballistic nylon in the shoulders and elbows, Carboflex panels at the back shoulders for increased flexibility, an 80 gram liner, two front hand pockets, two chest pockets, a large inside Velcro pocket and a cell phone pocket.