CW SPOT LIGHT
Aerostich Winter Gear
If you think this guy looks ridiculous, then you’ve never been miserably cold and wet on a motorcycle.
Aerostich has become an institution for riders who really want to ride, regardless of the weather. Consider our multi-colored friend in the accompanying photo: White Nolan N102 N-Com flip-up Helmet ($339) looks plain next to the Hi-viz yellow DarienLight Jacket ($387) and neon-orange Triple Digit (fingers siamesed for added warmth) Rain Covers ($47), both of which practically render invisible the DarienLight Pants in basic black ($287). Combat Touring Boots ($317) are the ultimate adventure footwear, with stout soles and good calf protection, but they aren’t overly stiff. With the Aero Fleece Wind Triangle ($ 18) over your face, bandito-stylc, you’ll have a muffled laugh at even the worst cold.
But as important as what you can see is what you can’t see. Underneath, layering starts with Merino Wool Long Underwear ($92) and Balaclava ($35), Supplex shirt ($77), Microfleece Pullover ($47) and Windstopper Fleece Pants ($97). Warm and waterproof Luxury Cowhide Winter Gloves ($139) in black leather reside under the neon rain covers, while Italian wool Chukka socks ($20) keep feet comfortable.
Greatest piece of cold-weather gear, though, is the Kanetsu Advantage electric liner with black GoreTex Windstopper shell ($297). Plug it in and your torso (and, therefore, the rest of your body) is cozy warm no matter what. Airvantage? Blow into the rubber tube hidden mid-chest and internal air bladders inflate to add extra insulation and squeeze the warming wires tighter to your body.
As for the neon jacket and gloves, other colors are available if you'd like to tone it down. But when the weather gets bad enough, you'll know by that warm feeling inside that you don't look ridiculous at all.
Aerostich RiderWearHouse, 8 South 18th Ave. West, Duluth, MN 55806; 800/222-1994; www.aerostich.com