Safety Meets Style
Let's face it: Steve McQueen didn't give a rat's ass about safety. But now there is cool gear for asphalt defense, including the Bell Moto 3 helmet ($349), first released in 1979, which comes with an antimicrobial liner and multiple-density foam that cuts down on weight. Velomacchi Speedway gloves ($99) also take cues from '70s moto racers, who stitched refrigerator seals across their knuckles for extra protection — only this time, high-tech polyurethane does the same trick. The triple-stitched, waxed-canvas Alpinestars Oscar Ray Canvas Jacket ($300) has removable elbow and shoulder pads with space for an optional back-protection insert. Meanwhile, the Roland Sands Mojave Boots ($300) combine thrift-shop chic with a highly reinforced toe and heel and subtle reflectivity.