The duds Travis Pas­trana wore for Evel Live

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Adam Wa­heed

FLY­ING THROUGH THE air at 70 mph presents a unique set of prob­lems. The most im­por­tant: look­ing good—es­pe­cially when you’re fol­low­ing in Evel Knievel’s skid marks. The Nitro Cir­cus squad tapped Roland Sands De­sign for help de­sign­ing Travis Pas­trana’s kit for Evel Live, a made-for-tv trib­ute to Knievel’s orig­i­nal three record-break­ing Las Ve­gas jumps. RSD tweaked ex­ist­ing ap­parel from the cat­a­log to the rig­ors of flight, com­plete with a satin cape.


Evel donned a Bell Hel­met, so Travis had to as well. He chose Bell’s Snell-rated Star Clas­sic auto-rac­ing hel­met, be­cause it ap­peared most sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal. Be­sides hav­ing spe­cial paint and Red Bull graph­ics, Roland Sands wrapped black gaffer tape around the D-ring straps to cover the yel­low-col­ored fab­ric mo­ments be­fore Travis pre­pared to hit the ramp.


Next to the hel­met, Evel’s jacket is the most iconic piece of the rid­ing kit. Travis’ stars-and-stripes-em­bla­zoned coat be­gan life as a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of RSD’S retro-in­spired Clash jacket. The jacket was tai­lored to Travis’ torso for a tighter fit, sim­i­lar to a race suit. It also fea­tures a painted white leather ex­te­rior. The cape is silk and at­taches with snaps. Tai­lors stitched in a zip­per to af­fix the cus­tom­made pants. The jacket fea­tures ar­mor in the el­bow and shoul­der ar­eas. Travis also wore a back pro­tec­tor—a sen­si­ble ad­di­tion, even if you’re pay­ing homage to Evel.


Travis’ gloves were bone-stock RSD Peristyles. These short cuff mitts fea­ture a soft and grippy mo­tocross-style palm with a sim­ple stitched leather top.


De­signed from scratch, the leather pants were cus­tom-fit to Travis’ physique and fea­ture knee ar­mor just in case things went side­ways.


Be­cause Travis has a fused an­kle from prior wrecks, Bates had to re­con­fig­ure the boot zip­per to ac­com­mo­date his over­size joint. In the end, the size 13 boot ended up be­ing a cus­tom one-off piece. Ap­pear­ing more like a vin­tage-style dress boot than an ac­tual rid­ing boot, it fea­tured a su­per­sized raised heel for ex­tra sketch­i­ness, just the way Evel would have liked.

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