If you're going to buy a hardcore parka, you might as well buy the best one ever made. And according to the company, that would be the Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka ($700). Independently baffled and differentially cut, it offers the company's new breakthrough Encapsil 1000-fill-power European goose down insulation that's made using advanced techniques; both make the parka the first of its kind. The same techniques also make the down water-resistant, a feature that's helped along by the 10-denier Pertex nylon ripstop outer and lining, a thick, helmet-compatible baffled hood, and exterior handwarmer pockets. Despite all the warmth, it still weighs just 18 oz. and folds up the size of a football, and should you be thinking of buying one, you might want to hurry — it's a numbered limited edition garment, so when they're gone, they're gone. [via]
Next time you want to look stylish on your motorbike and stay warm at the same time, skip the leathers and don the Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket ($650). Made with a 3-layer Field Nylon shell, the Skyline is both waterproof and abrasion resistant, while allowing your skin to breathe. Other features include protective elbow, shoulder, and back pads, zippered chest pockets with interior mesh vents, front hand pockets with snap closures, zip vents around the armpits for air intake and matching back vents for exhaust, an interior zippered pocket, and the all important black reflective material on the collar and in the back. Available in four tasteful colorways.
Keep yourself safe while testing the limits of what your bike can handle by donning one of these SaferMoto Airbag Jackets ($340-$500). Produced by Hit-Air in Japan, these jackets attach to your motorcycle via a tether. When the tether is disconnected — with substantial force — it deploys an airbag hidden within the jacket in just .25 seconds, or before you even realize you've been ejected. Available in a variety of styles.