A vin­tage look and a mod­ern touch

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Chris Can­tle

ANDY GOLDFINE’S aeros­tich Road­crafter is a mod­ern clas­sic. The 35-year-old de­sign is a fortress of safety and con­tem­po­rary chem­istry that’s prac­ti­cally a uni­form among en­durance rid­ers. But Goldfine has a soft spot for waxed cot­ton and the way its nat­u­ral fibers con­form to your shape as they break in, their pro­tec­tive coat­ing dis­col­or­ing around ar­eas of wear and use. It makes each gar­ment dis­tinct to its wearer. The breath­able and wa­ter-re­pel­lent tex­tile is trendy too. So, ap­peal­ing to the style-con­scious, Goldfine ap­plied the ven­er­a­ble fab­ric to the Road­crafter, and the re­sult is the $1,127 Cousin Jeremy suit you see here.

Let’s get this out of the way: There’s no prac­ti­cal ben­e­fit to wax and cot­ton over Gore-tex and Cor­dura. The Cousin Jeremy suit is just slightly less ex­pen­sive, heav­ier, and less durable in a crash than its syn­thetic cousins. Your choice in col­ors is lim­ited to black-ish, and a kind of pa­per bag brown in­stead of the rain­bow of vivid col­ors ny­lon can pro­vide. But, some­how, it’s per­fect. Com­fort­able. Fa­mil­iar as an old sweat­shirt but with the hard-core TF3 ar­mor you’d ex­pect in an Aeros­tich suit.

SALT’S SUN­GLASS col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aether in­verts the for­mula. Their Ex­plorer model mod­ern­izes the avi­a­tor frame pop­u­lar­ized by fighter pi­lots and as­tro­nauts. Po­lar­ized lenses with mod­ern coat­ings are good for im­pec­ca­bly clear vi­sion down the road, while per­fo­rated shrouds pro­tect the cor­ners of your eyes from dan­ger­ous de­bris. Al­most in­de­struc­tible and in­cred­i­bly flex­i­ble tem­ples re­place broad, plas­tic bay­o­nets. If any­thing, they slip be­tween a skull and a hel­met even eas­ier than the orig­i­nal.

Taken to­gether, there’s just enough hint of the old-fash­ioned avi­a­tors to feel nos­tal­gic. But while they hum of mid-cen­tury Amer­i­cana, th­ese Salt glasses are hand­made in Japan and strung to­gether with ti­ta­nium, mak­ing them im­pres­sively light as you’d imag­ine, with a $600 price tag to match.

New or old, you know a clas­sic when you meet it: When it stands up to abuse, fits like it was made for you, and looks good do­ing it. Style is cir­cu­lar, but tough and hand­some equip­ment that pro­tects and im­proves over time— that’s a propo­si­tion that lasts.

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