LeMans NVP: Icon's new Patrol waterproof gear and other house-brand apparel

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MADISON, Wis. — When considering all LeMan’s new house-brand apparel, Parts Unlimited reps tell us that Icon’s Patrol line of rain gear may be the most exciting.

LeMans reps are assembled here at the Monona Terrace Convention Center for the distributor’s annual National Vendor Presentation event. For the past two days, they've been broken down into teams and shuffled — in a highly organized manner — from one vendor presentation to the next. On Wednesday, they were given the 411 on Icon, Thor, Moose Racing, Z1R and other brands. Presented here are some of the highlights of all the new house-brand apparel, beginning with Icon.

The waterproof Patrol gear hits stores in October. The jacket ($370 retail) has an abrasion-resistant nylon chassis that’s fully seamed. Features include waterproof YKK zippers, magnetic storm flap closures, CE-approved Field Armor, 3M reflective panels, six intake and exhaust ports, a removable Thermolite insulated liner, 12 pockets, and a removable external hydration pocket to hold a 1.5-liter waterpack (not included). The jacket comes in black, mil-spec yellow, red and gray. The pant ($250) features removable Field Armor at the knees and hips, waterproof seams and YKK zippers, magnetic storm flap closures, six pockets, full-length side zippers and removable suspenders. It comes in black or mil-spec yellow. The textile glove ($75) has a goatskin palm, reinforced rubber knuckle armor, reflective graphics, and a shield wiper on the thumb. It comes in black only.

The Icon Contra Speed Queen features a nylon textile chassis, removable CE-approved Icon Field Armor at the elbows and shoulders, a removable Icon dual-density foam back pad, heavyweight ballistic impact panels, mesh panels, elastic flex panels on the elbows and shoulders, ratchet closure waist adjusters, embroidered Icon graphics, and a removable insulated wind-resistant liner. The jacket comes in sizes XS-2XL and retails for $250.

Speedmetal is the latest graphic for Icon’s Variant helmet. Features include a fiberglass/Dyneema/carbon fiber shell, four front intake vents, 35mm rear exhaust ports, and a quick-change fog-free shield. MSRP is $390.

The Alliance Hi-Viz helmet ($220) is painted in a UV-resistant fluorescent color and affixed with reflective graphics. The DOT- and ECE-approved helmet has a polycarbonate shell.

The Overlord short glove ($120) combines track-level features with a wrist length. The full kangaroo palm is enhanced with Pittard’s Karatan overlays. The glove also features a full Battlehide goatskin backhand, a full plastic armor package, Aramid stitching, precurved fingers, and a floating knuckle. The Overlord long glove ($145) has the same features combined with plastic wrist protection and an injection-molded wrist plate.

The Overloard Prime jacket has a chassis made from 1.2-to-1.4-mm Brazilian cowhide. An aggressive fit and pre-curved arms are complemented by flex zones. The jacket features removable Icon Field Armor impact protectors at the elbows and shoulders; Icon external injected-plastic protection on the shoulders, elbows and back; a removable Icon dual-density foam back pad; strategically placed perforated-leather and mesh panels; YKK autolock zippers; and a removable, wind-resistant vest. Retail pricing for sizes S-2XL is $450. The 3XL retails for $30 more.

Icon says the new bottom unit of the Superduty 4 boot ($90) provides increased support, durability and grip. Other features include a leather upper, an axialmetric steel shank, a slip-resistant rubber sole, a foot peg interface arch, internal ankle protection, an adjustable midfoot stabilizer strap, an aluminum positive-lock buckle, a low-profile lacing system and shifter interface knobs.

Moose Racing’s highly vented Sahara gear comes in blue, orange, red, stealth, yellow, lime and red/white/blue. In making the nylon/polyester jersey ($39.95 retail), Moose combined three mesh fabrics with an open sleeve cuff construction. Available in sizes S-3XL, it has a Lycra V-neck collar and Lycra neck taping. The nylon/polyester pant ($114.95 in waist sizes 28 inches to 48 inches) has oversized knee areas with perforated leather inner panels. Other features include removable vented hip pads and dual waist cinch straps for fine-tuning fit. The nylon mesh glove ($29.95 in sizes S-3XL) has a perforated Clarino palm, tacky grip print on the fingertips, and an adjustable hook-and-loop wrist closure.

Thor’s 2011 collection has been in dealerships since July. Just one highlight is a new Phase kit emblazoned with the official Rockstar logos and colors. The jersey retails for $39.95 and features 100 percent polyester moisture-wicking micro-mesh construction; raglan sleeves for a no-bind fit; sublimated no-fade graphics; lightly padded elbows; and collar and cuffs shaped for less restriction. The pant retails for $99.95 and features 600D poly oxford construction for extended wear with a 500D Kordura seat panel for durability. It also has an adjustable waist closure; cuffless leg openings; Spandura stretch panels in key areas; leather inner knee panels; double- and triple-stitched seams; and a full-length sewn-in liner. Matching the gear is a Quadrant Rockstar helmet retailing for $164.95.

Two new off-road helmets from Z1R: The Roost 3 is a DOT-approved entry-level helmet with an injection-molded ABS/polycarbonate shell and a removable Nylex liner. It also has removable/washable cheek pads, two adjustable forehead vents, rubber goggle grabbers, and visor vents that help reduce high-speed lift. The helmet comes in a variety of colors. Pictured here is the Volt graphic. Adult sizes retail for $89.98, junior sizes for $64.95.

The Z1R Nemesis (the Disarray graphic of which is shown) is DOT- and ECE-approved and has a dual-density EPS liner. A molded eyeport gasket has integrated ventilation scoops that force air into the front crown. Two gasket vents are complemented by two more intake vents and four exhaust vents. The helmet has a plush, removable SilverCool liner and padded neck straps. Two shell sizes are used in making the full size run. MSRP is $149.95.

Z1R’s Jackal has a sunshield that pivots into position with a swipe of the glove and retracts with a single touch of the release button. The DOT- and ECE-approved helmet has a ventilated ABS/polycarbonate shell and a removable/washable moisture-wicking liner. It also has padded neck straps, a dual-density EPS liner, and an optically correct, fog-free shield with a quick-release mechanism and shield lock. The helmet comes in various graphics (the Pandora is pictured) and solids. Suggested retail is $$199.95 for graphics and $189.95 for solids.

The 2011 Arctiva lineup includes Comp goggles and Comp RR gear. The Comp goggles feature Tri‐density foam that molds to a person’s face; vents with foam insulation for increased airflow; an adjustable strap with silicone grip; a dual-pane anti‐fog lens; and a hydrographic frame finish. MSRP is $44.95, and colors are black, blue, pink and red.

Comp youth goggles have the same features. They retail for $36.95 and come in black, blue and pink.

Arctiva says its Comp 5 RR gear is for high-energy riding and racing. Blocking wind and water while letting heat escape is the gear’s main function, but the gear’s also designed to accommodate tech vests, race numbers and the abrasion that racing brings.

The Comp 5 RR Shell Jacket features a durable waterproof Dynax nylon chassis, nylon overlays in wear areas, strategically placed retroreflective logos, double and triple needle stitching throughout, multiple vents, a rolled fleece collar, a new full-length front zipper, and a removable race number pouch. MSRP is $170, and the jacket comes in sizes S-2XL in black, black camo or orange camo.

The Comp 5 RR Shell Bib Pant has many of the same features of the jacket, plus inner thigh vents, a double-layer waterproof seat, and full-length leg zippers with a magnetic storm flap closure system. Bib interface connectors lock the removable bib and jacket together. Suggested retail is $170. The pant comes in waist sizes 28-40 in the same colors as the jacket.

The Comp 5 RR short glove and gauntlet gloves feature a durable spandex chassis, a waterproof breathable hipora liner, a single-layer Clarino palm, an insulated backhand, and a pre-curved design. Sizes are S-2XL. Retail for the short glove is $45 in black, black camo, blue camo, and orange camo. Retail for the gauntlet glove is $55 in black and black camo.

Posted by Arlo Redwine