Every now and then, we’ll get all excited at a company who is attempting to do things a little bit differently.
Made from a mixture of state-of-the-art but safe components, the Pando Moto guys haven’t skimped on the protective aspects of motorcycling gear, and – more importantly – they haven’t forgotten that sometimes motorcyclists might actually want to look like modern, stylish human beings either.
Maybe it’s our preference for decent tailored clothing, made from material that is actually nice to feel, rather than the usual plastic-esque, loose-fitting fare that we’re so often forced into buying, but the tapered, classic casual wear collection for 2018 that we’ve been flicking through recently has made us wonder why all town and commuter riders aren’t dressing like this.
Seriously, look at these Karl jeans…
Their style is definitely ‘biker’, with stretch panels reminiscent of race leathers in the areas that a rider is going to actually need their trousers to stretch, but you wouldn’t feel ashamed rocking up to the office in these would you? Or even wearing them for grabbing a drink after work without having to sit ashamed in the corner with your massive, shiny black pants that make that awkward ‘sswwssshhh’ noise every time you walk.
And of course they’re lined by genuine Kevlar, come with armour and made from Cordura coolmax denim; so they’re protective too.
Looking for something that you can actually wear to your latest FinTech Startup pitch? Maybe we haven’t been looking hard enough, but this might be the first time we’ve ever seen Chino-esque looking trousers that offer genuine, motorcycle necessary protection.
Short of making them available in Salmon Pink and corduroy we’re not sure what else the company could do to make their Mark Desert trouser appeal to the city slicker crowd.
Sure, they do the Camo stuff that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a 1990’s Streetfighter meet-up (and you know that stuff is starting to come back into fashion right?), but we’ve been really surprised after looking at the quality of the designs coming through from the firm.
And they actually make women’s clothing that doesn’t patronise or treat the female rider as some sort of pink-chasing, flower-obsessed lunatic either…
We can’t vouch for the quality or the level of protection on a practical level because we haven’t seen any of the kit in person, but from a style perspective, and from the angle of ‘maybe people will ride bikes more if they actually looked cool doing it!’ then we reckon Pando Moto are onto a winner.
Have you ridden in any of their care? Can you vouch for their quality (or lack thereof)? We’d love to hear from you…
And what other brands do you think we should be featuring? Let us know.
Disclaimer: Motofire haven’t received any money or even free product in exchange for this article, and it did genuinely start out as a piece about the state of motorcycle clothing available before we got distracted by the new 2018 Pando Moto catalogue.
With all that said, if Pando Moto want to send us stuff to wear on our next trip to the shops, we absolutely wouldn’t refuse. Just saying…
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.
We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.
But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?
(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)
The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.
Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).
With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.
There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.
But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.
We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.
If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.
BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.
Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.
Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.
You can even upload logos and words.
Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.
OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!