We have a dozen different kinds of motorcycle gloves at the store and this season this one has been a pun-intended hands-down favorite.
Italian boot company Stylmartin is back in business after a quarter-century hiatus. The brand has expanded on its motocross heritage to deliver serval urban offerings—the crown jewel of which is this full-grain leather options called the Indian. Complete with a Vibram sole, a sturdy shifter patch, inside and outside ankle reenforcement and a welted construction that can be resoled ad infinitum, this handsome boot boasted plenty of promise. See how it held up to six month’s worth of abuse.
Union Garage now carries the full line of Lee Parks Design gloves—both the short-cuff DeerTours and the full-gauntlet DeerSports, which use a deerskin palm and elkskin back. These gloves are hand-made in the U.S. from Grade-A deerskin—which is so soft and supple that 90 percent of it is exported to Italy to make women’s handbags. But make no mistake: this stuff is tough. Tougher than cowhide in a slide, and the material won’t shrink or stiffen when wet like cow leather does.
The Belstaff brand has been coveted by motorcycle riders worldwide since its founding in Staffordshire, England, 88 years ago. The company’s rugged, waterproof 10-ounce waxed-cotton Trialmaster jacket is the stuff of legends—Steve-McQueen-certified cool since the mid 60s. But now, it would seem, a large part of the British brand is dead. For motorcycle riders, anyway.
This is an essential product for any New York City motorcycle rider. Just park, pull, and walk.*