Lighter weight with more protection is the trend in sportbike gear, according to Icon Motosports Marketing and Communications Specialist Joe Gustafson. The summer-weight leather Sanctuary jacket ($299.99-$330) is Icon’s answer to that combination. Available in seven color options, the exterior is made of Brazilian cowhide with unit fused construction and Dynax ballistic nylon paneling. Inside, D3O impact protectors up the safety quotient.
New materials and new technology, like D3O armor, may signal a big shift in gear. “By and large, protection options have gotten better. There’s more R&D out there than ever before on new synthetics, and we’re at the tip of the spear in incorporating mass market changes to motorcycling,” Gustafson said. www.rideicon.com