Anyone who wears Icon gear knows what this brand is all about. They are 100% committed to creating loud, obnoxious, in-your-face gear for street riders that want, need and expect the best possible protection for their hard earned money. And that’s exactly what they get.
For 2015, the crew from Portland Oregon have offered up both new and improved versions of some popular gear designs, crazy new graphics on the helmets as well as a few new goodies they hope we will all embrace.
The Airmada and Variant Icon helmets have proven to be a great combination of bold style and superb protection. They didn’t revise the structure of the helmets this year but they are offering up some wild new graphic styles. On the innovative side of things, both the Thriller designs feature glow-in-the-dark graphics on the Icon logo for increased visibility at night and a little bit of ‘just because we can’ to cap it all off. The rest of the Airmada line-up continues to cut a swath through the retina of anyone looking at them: The Ganesh features a Hindu deity known as the remover of obstacles, the Elemental combines fire and water to form a bi-lateral color way that is cool and hot at the same time.
The Miscreant takes the brash black and white hand-drawn designs made popular by street artists everywhere and let it cover your big empty skull while the ladies get the necromancer-inspired Sugar helmet that features sexy undead imagery (Above) that is destined to be popular with the wild women that love the crazy Icon style.
On to the gear…There are two words you need to know: Hypersport and Overlord. The Hypersport is the latest Icon leather gear and the Overlord is the textile type. Let’s kick tis off the Icon way and check out the new Hypersport and Hypersport Prime jackets.
These are Icon’s answer to the no-nonsense demands of urban riders. Both jackets offer a sporty cut, 1.3-mm perforated leather chassis that is long in the back to maintain protection while in the sportbike riding position, D30 armor in the elbows and shoulders, 3D Tech Mesh panels for increased airflow, removable liner, comfort-fit collar, strategically placed expansion panels and ratchet-style waist adjuster to help it provide a comfortable fit. So, what’s the difference in the Prime jacket? The Prime also has a Unit-Fused rubberized TPU back protector, exterior impact protectors on the elbows and shoulders.
Icon Hypersport Prime Jacket
Icon Hypersport Pants
Icon Hypersport Jacket
The Overlord jacket line-up is the textile answer to the Hyper. Aimed directly at riders who want light weight and low cost protection, the Overlord brings the Icon style and mates it with a sublimated textile shell with D30 impact protectors on the shoulders, elbow and back. The resulting off-spring is a sharp-looking piece of riding equipment that comes is bright and bold colors or a murdered-out Stealth model. Oh, and there’s a women’s version tailored to enhance the female form as well.
Both the Hypersport and Overlord have matching pant counterparts. Neither of these zip together with the jackets though. Instead, they are intended to be worn as separate items. But they do look good together. The Hypersport are built from the same type of perforated leather with Tech Mesh vented material, lots of stretch panels and D30 armor while the Overlord uses the a 14-oz denim material. These are good-looking jeans with armored TPU knees and removable D30 padded armor. The pockets offer three different positions for the armor so you can tailor it to fit your body shape. Contrasting stitches give the Overlord a unique look while the remaining features help them protect your epidermis from harm when riding on the street. These include Kevlar reinforced panels in the butt and knee areas plus stretch panels in the knees to keep the armor in place and the rider comfortable.
The gloves follow the same path as the rest of the gear. The Hypersport Pro Long and Pro Short gloves that are built from leather while the Overlord features textile construction. Both Hypersport gloves feature three types of leather in the design in an effort to provide the best material in the target areas: Cowhide is used for the main part of the glove while the more-supple Kangaroo is used in the palm with Battle Hide, goat skin leather reinforcements over that. The term, Battle Hide is just bad-ass too. I hope Icon uses it more prominently for naming conventions in the future. The Hypersport Pro Gloves are available in long, gauntlet style or shorty style designs that scream Icon without even seeing the logos. Poly knuckle plates and articulated stretch-panel designed fingers are going to be very comfortable while the Unit-infused vent panels will keep the air flowing across your hands.
Overlord Womens Jacket
Overlord Mesh Gloves
And then we also have the Overlord Boots. Offered in both men and women designs that combines leather upper construction with their mesh panels to create a light weight, breathable boot that offers excellent protection on the street. TPU composite is used to provide added support in the ankle and heel areas which also finishes off the unique look of the Overlord boot.
So, there you have a brief overview of the latest gear from ICON. We invite you to check out the entire ICON Street Gear line-up, there should be something in here that will reach-out, grab you by the eyeballs and complete your updated riding gear collection.