Filson Debuts Alcan Moto Collection

A new line of motorcycle apparel has hit the industry, and it’s pretty darn hot. Filson, an established outdoor outfitter since 1897, has launched their first-ever moto collection using toned-down, natural-looking fabrics that blend in well with the outdoors. The Alcan Collection consists of pants and jackets, along with helmets and gloves. You’ll also find tool rolls and backpacks, which, the same as Filson’s moto jacket and pants, are made from the same durable, classic materials Filson is known for. filson motorcycle gear waterproofing

As Alex Carleton, Filson CCO, notes, “Riders have been wearing Filson gear for decades[…] this collection was a natural extension for us.”

Filson appears to have put thoughtful consideration into the design of the Alcan Collection, offering more rider-specific details, like longer sleeves and pant legs, articulated elbows, and extended back panels. These specifications, combined with Cordura reinforcement, keep riders protected from the elements.

I was curious about waterproofing and discovered Filson products are made from a “heavy-duty cotton canvas saturated in a paraffin wax mixture by England’s iconic British Millerain”—a water-resistant process used since the early 1900s.

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What I really like about the Alcan Collection is the gear looks stylish enough for off-bike excursions. For men, anyway. I’d love to see some more female-centric designs from the company. Filson’s website says men and ‘unisex’ for gender—the latter of which doesn’t look very flattering to the female form or any different than the male-specific gear. The neutral tones and natural look are refreshing, as opposed to all black (boring) or flashy pinks, greens, and yellows (not everyone’s style). Until I saw the Filson moto gear line, it never occurred to me that earth-toned gear can be sexy—or maybe that’s just the bad-ass riding they’re doing in this video:

Will Filson give Aether a run for the money? Check out more Alcan Collection details below or visit their website here.

Alcan Product Highlights:

Alcan Canvas Cruiser – Features zippered, moleskin-lined hand pockets, a corduroy-lined standing collar that rides just below helmet height, and an interior zipper that is compatible with select Filson zip-in liners for added warmth. MSRP: $495.

Alcan Quilted Jacket – Combines the classic bomber-jacket styling with outstanding protection from weather and abrasion. Quilted between the tough outer shell and the nylon lining is a layer of 60-gram PrimaLoft Gold, the warmest and lightest synthetic insulation available. MSRP: $450.

Alcan Canvas Vest – Engineered for function and utility, the Alcan Canvas Vest features zippered chest and hand pockets to keep gear or accessories secure even in high winds, as well as a chest slotted-utility pocket for small tools. The corduroy-lined collar height is compatible with helmets. MSRP: $275

Alcan Double Front Pants – Built with Filson’s signature dry finish Tin Cloth and extra protection where it’s needed most. The seat is reinforced with an extra layer of Tin Cloth, and the double-layered legs feature articulated knees for comfort while riding and ease of motion. Zippered pockets secure valuables and protect from knife wear. MSRP: $250.

Alcan Tin Cloth Tool Backpack – Features adjustable, contoured, and padded shoulder straps and a nylon-webbing waist belt with sternum straps for comfort and stability. The large, front-zippered pocket folds down to create a work surface and contains slotted pockets for tools. MSRP: $245.

Alcan Tin Cloth Tool Roll – Interior features a zippered clear pocket with a key fob, and a sturdy buckle closure secures it when rolled. The exterior is equipped with daisy-chain webbing for attaching added gear or securing the tool roll. MSRP: $125.

Filson x Bell MX-9 Adventure Motorcycle Helmet – This dual-sport helmet is comfortable on the road or off and features limited-edition Filson logo graphics. The polycarbonate shell is lightweight yet tough. It is equipped with Bell’s exclusive MIPS technology and scratch-resistant, anti-fog adjustable visor with airflow vents. The interior liner can be removed for washing. MSRP: $265

Alcan Leather Gloves – Manufactured by Washington-based JRC Glove Company and built with premium deerskin that’s durable, soft, and pliable. Padded knuckles and palms provide protection from debris and absorb vibration while riding. The acrylic rib-knit cuffs keep them secure and seal out the wind. MSRP: $165.

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram at writer_heather_lea or on Facebook at Heather Lea—Senior Editor—motorcycles.