Harley-Davidson Kicks Off New Year with Next Generation Performance Riding Footwear
Innovative Performance Features Stand-Up to Off-Season Riding Challenges
New year, new rides, new adventures… For many, riding season is all year long affair. And, for those who live in climates where the changing seasons play a large factor in road safety and accessibility, Mother Nature often becomes a back seat driver, dictating when and where a ride can safely happen. Distracted driving can be attributed to many factors; however, wet, cold or uncomfortable feet no longer need to be one.
When it comes to protective riding styles for all seasons, Harley-Davidson’s line of performance footwear with state-of-the-art Functional Extreme Riding Gear (FXRG) technology will help to better prepare riders no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.
“It’s essential for riders’ safety that they wear protective footwear on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine World Wide’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “The FXRG technology integrated into the new performance riding boots is composed of the best materials the industry has to offer and means safer, more comfortable riding in all weather conditions.”
Launching in Spring 2019, the new FXRG series will feature two men’s and one women’s performance riding styles with a streamlined and edgy design that will be available exclusively at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships. The styles incorporate some of the industry’s best-in-class performance features for all-season riding.
Each new style will feature a highly durable waterproof, full-grain leather upper crafted with TFL Cool System heat-resistant leather that reflects the sun’s rays, helping to keep the boot up to 54 degrees cooler than standard leather and a locking YKK inside zipper with Velcro closure for ease of wear. High-wear areas on the boots are doubly protected with abrasion, oil, scuff, stain and water-resistant TecTuff overlays that withstand heavy use and are up to 10 years more durable than traditional leathers. A HydroGuard waterproof membrane lining offers breathable protection from the elements, letting moisture vapor out while preventing water from getting in to the boot, keeping riders feet warm and dry. Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsoles offer optimal performance ratings and superior durability and traction on and off the bike while 3M reflective material provides increased visibility in low-light conditions.
Select styles in the collection will also feature enhanced safety and comfort features including Poron XRD lining- an open cell foam that goes rigid on contact, absorbing and disbursing energy to provide extreme impact protection in strategic areas on the boot or Flexvent Technology that offers increased flexibility and air flow at crucial flex points delivering a more comfortable experience for the rider.
Harley-Davidson is set to debut these three new styles featuring FXRG technology just in time for the April Showers Spring riding is sure to face. The men’s Giddens and Hartnell along with the women’s Balfour boots will be available exclusively at Harley-Davidson dealerships and will retail from $190 to $220.
For more information, visit www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com to view the entire collection or to find a retailer near you.
Harley-Davidson FXRG Spring 2019 Collection
With a sport bike-inspired design and best-in-class performance features, the men’s Giddens boot is ready for whatever Mother Nature sets in its way. Part of the Spring 2019 Harley-Davidson FXRG Collection the boot features a durable, waterproof, heat-resistant TFL Cool System leather upper that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays.TecTuff overlays offer increased abrasion resistance and durability at high-wear areas across the vamp and toe box of the boot. A breathable, Hyrdo-Guard membrane that lets water vapor out while keeping moisture at bay, while a Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsole offers superior traction and durability for the rider. Foam ankle protection and Flexvent Technology offer increased protection together with better air circulation and flexibility at critical flex points for the wearer while 3M reflective material offers increased visibility in low-light conditions. An ankle strap and subtle black metal Bar & Shield branding adorn this sporty boot ready for all-weather rides. MSRP: $200
The Hartnell, part of the men’s FXRG series for Spring 2019, is the perfect boot for serious riders who won’t let extreme weather stand in their way. Built to withstand soaring temperatures that can cause a boot’s surface temperature to climb upwards of 140 degrees fahrenheit, the Hartnell features a nine-inch TFL Cool System leather upper, that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler and TecTuff overlays to offer increased abrasion resistance and durability. The boot is lined with a Hyrdo-Guard membrane, allowing moisture out but never in, while 3M reflective material helps to increase rider visibility in low light conditions. The Hartnell features Poron XRD foam inserts, designed to absorb and disperse more than 90 percent of energy when impacted at high strain rates adding extra protection on the road. MSRP: $220
The women’s Balfour is built as tough as the women who wear it. As part of the Spring 2019 FXRG collection, the Balfour features extreme performance technology, style, and comfort. The eight-inch moto boot is crafted with TFL Cool System leather that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays. TecTuff overlays offer increased abrasion resistance and durability at high-wear areas of the boot while a breathable, Hyrdo-Guard membrane lets water vapor out while keeping moisture at bay. The racing-inspired silhouette is paired with a supremely durable Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsole offering superior traction and performance for the rider. Foam ankle protection and 3M reflective material offers increased protection for the rider and visibility in low-light conditions. A double ankle strap and subtle black metal Bar & Shield branding adorn this boot with unmistakable H-D edge and attitude, ready for all-weather rides. MSRP: $190.