We think Ashley Watson has done a brilliant job with his first ever motorcycle jacket. It’s a work of art that has been painstakingly designed and put together. It looks the part, but it also does the business, with levels of protection that no other maker of wax cotton jackets can get close to.
You can read all about the jacket by clicking below. It’s not what we’d call a summer jacket by any means, but it is a masterpiece.
However, our distributor has contacted us with an offer that we simply could not turn down.
Now, Ashley has decided to change his distribution strategy, and this has left the current supplier with excess inventory. He has offered all his jackets to to us at 25% off the usual price, meaning that you can, for a very short time only, buy Ashley’s jacket for £395 instead of £535. That’s a immense saving of £140!
But this is a one-time only deal. There aren’t huge numbers involved, especially when you factor in five sizes across both colourways. In fact, one size is sold out already.
American brand Icon has recently launched two new backpacks.
The first is a 20 litre affair called the Dreadnaught. It’s a relatively simple bag, but with its roll-top closure, it should be completely waterproof. It has a large central compartment, as well as a number of smaller pockets, one of which will take a 15” laptop. It comes with a small tool roll and has a bladder pocket. It has also been designed to take a D3O protector if you don’t want to wear one in your jacket. The front closure is by means of Fidlock magnetic buckle (quite trick). We like this bag. It’s as big as you’re going to need on the bike, and it looks way cooler than a Kriega.
The Advocat 2 feels like a larger bag, although its capacity is the same 20 litres, but it has more compartments and bells and whistles, including a properly padded laptop compartment. The material is a waxed canvas, and there’s some nice leather trim detailing. Like the Dreadnaught, it’s compatible with a bladder, and comes with a tool roll, but it has large external pockets for carrying a water bottle and neat touches like compression straps. We like the buckle closure and the more rigid construction of the Advocat 2, although technically it’s not waterproof. It’s a bit cooler to wear than the Dreadnaught but, in a UK climate, the Dreadnaught might be useable more of the time. The Advokat 2 does feel more useful and, in truth, larger, although the main compartment actually isn’t.
The Dreadnaught comes in red (ICO068RED) or black (ICO065BLK), and costs £119.99. The grey Advokat 2 backpack costs £149.99 (ICO067). Click below for more details.