Best motorcycle gear for the joy of Christmas: Halvarssons Wish pants and Daytona RoadStar boots
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Last week I gave you my review of Arai’s Quantic Helmet and Mora Jacket from Halvarssons.
This week it’s the Wish pants from Halvarssons, a pair of Orbit gloves from sister company Lindstrands and quality boots from Daytona.
I will come back with more comprehensive reviews of all the products in the spring when I have covered more miles with them, but my first impressions are good.
Daytona boots are available from Kennedy Motorcycles in Drogheda (041-9833825, www.kennedymotorcycles.com). The Wish pants and Orbit gloves – along with the Mora jacket and Arai Quantic helmet reviewed last week – are available from Megabikes in Dublin’s Robinhood industrial area (01-4784200, www.megabikes.ie) or from Arai dealers. and Halvarssons across the country.
Lindstrands Orbit Gloves – â¬ 99
The Orbit is technically a summer glove in that it’s light and breathable, but once you use heated grips they’re perfectly suited for all but the coldest weather. In addition, you get a lot more feeling than with a large set of winter gloves.
The Orbit is a goat leather textile glove, CE level 1 certified joint protection, a Dryway + membrane and HI-ART anti-abrasion reinforcement on the palm. I just took off another pair of Lindstrands gloves that I’ve worn almost every day for four years – these are really tough gloves and I expect more of the same with this pair.
Halvarssons Wish Trousers – â¬ 449
Worn with the Mora jacket (â¬ 699) that I tested last week, the Wish pants have a laminated membrane, still in Dryway +. They have HI-ART protection at the hips and knees.
There is a removable Outlast liner and Thinsulate to keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cool, a long connecting zipper to connect the pants to my Mora jacket, as well as a pair of handy removable suspenders. .
The pants are Teflon coated, and there is a heat and abrasion resistant leather reinforcement in the seat area.
The level two CE armor is also adjustable for positioning – handy for lanky people like me where the knee protection tends to extend all the way up to the thigh area.
As mentioned, I’ve worn laminate coveralls before, but they tend to be quite stiff in construction. With the Mora / Wish combo, Halvarssons seems to have found a way to deliver a soft touch and extremely comfortable layered textile combination.
The legs are adjustable in width and the ventilation is good, with long slits on the outside of the thighs.
So far the Wish pants have kept me dry and warm in all conditions.
Daytona RoadStar Gore-Tex Boots – 449 â¬
I’ve only had them for a few weeks, but I have the advantage of owning a pair a few years ago. They come at a steep price, but they’re the best pair of road boots I’ve ever owned, with the perfect blend of comfort and protection.
The cowhide leather boots have two zippers on the front for easy access and you can adjust the velcro closures to your calf size. They are also available in sizes to suit narrow or larger foot widths.
The RoadStar is fully waterproof and breathable thanks to the Gore-Tex lining.
Safety is excellent with shin and ankle protection and a reinforced insole with steel inlay. At the heel you get 3M Scotchlite reflectors for night riding.
A premium boot that keeps you warm and dry, the RoadStar is also super comfortable for walking when you’re not on a bike.