Dirt bred, feature rich, street wise
Founded by two riders in 1985 as MX knee brace specialists, Rancho Dominguez, California based EVS is one of the most recognized and respected off-road protector and apparel brands in the world.
So, when in February a newsletter dropped into the AMD inbox with details of a new riding jacket and apparel range (well, new to us anyway) with highly streetable and cross-over market potential, the EVS pedigree got us interested.
Always interested in apparel revenue opportunities for V-twin industry dealers (authorized and independent shops) that appear to be a “cut above”, that apparel range is their ‘Compton’ series of jackets, vest and gloves.
According to EVS, the ‘Compton’ leather jacket is designed to “keep you safe and stylish, on the bike and off. This jacket features premium high-abrasion resistant grain leather with strategically placed perforated leather panels for airflow.”
Made from 1.0-1.2 mm premium grain leather with high-abrasion resistance, features include articulated rider position fit, strategically placed perforated leather panels for additional airflow, removable CE shoulder and elbow protection, back protector pocket for CE spine protection (sold separately), reinforced elbow and shoulder panels and integrated black reflective piping for high visibility.
In addition to being a “ride fit”, ergonomic practicalities include zipper pockets and gusset sleeve closures, rear belt loop attachment system, adjustable side waist tabs and quilted liner with two internal chest pockets; the ‘Compton’ is available in black or brown.
For those who prefer the look and feel of an old-style waxed cotton textile riding jacket, the Compton textile jacket is made of high-grade 11 oz black waxed cotton with premium grain leather panel details. There is black reflective piping detailing for high visibility and it has removable CE shoulder and elbow protection.
Details include a similar articulated rider position fit, back protector pocket for optional (separately sold) CE spine protector, zipper pockets and gusset sleeve closures, right sleeve stash pocket (nice), rear belt loop attachment system, adjustable side waist tabs and two internal chest pockets.
To complement the Compton jackets, wearable on its own, the Compton vest features a drop tail and over the jacket rider fit. It is made of high-abrasion resistant manufactured PU leather (leather made from the inner splits of the hide and finished with a polyurethane coating – highly resistant to water penetration with a high fade resistance) and has accordion stitched side panels for extra comfort.
Details include heavy duty center front Vislon zipper with internal storm flap, two zipper front pockets for easy access during riding, back protector pocket for CE spine protection (sold separately) and interior “NRA” pocket (Necessary Riding Accessories to those of us not in the garment industry!)
The Compton collection also includes feature-rich short cuff design street gloves made in full premium grade leather for high abrasion resistance, with Velcro TPR (Thermo Plastic Rubber) closure, integrated knuckle armor to defend against impact and abrasion, impact dampening palm, pre-curve for comfort fit in riding position, stretch accordion leather panels for increased flexibility and comfort and touch screen compatible thumb and index finger. Available in black and brown.
For the safety-conscious, the helmet seen here is the DOT certified EVS ‘Stratus” full-face in matt black, a communications ready street helmet made with an injection molded high impact ABS shell.
It features a quick release shield and interior drop-down sun visor with an adjustable hi-flow ventilation system for increased breathability with lock-out vent switches that adjust to any climate or riding condition.
EVS says that the “sleek, aerodynamic design is optimized for seamless navigation at high speeds, and the drop-down sun visor is designed for easy on-the-fly use. An ultra plush, moisture wicking, removable, washable anti-microbial liner, dual density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) impact liner for the highest level of protection, wind block chin curtain and high efficiency anti-fog shield coating make the ‘Stratus’ a premium helmet in terms both of safety and comfort.” EVS also offers increasingly popular modular/flip-up helmet options made in the same shell material.