detail of the Power Clip, the shoulders and
the Hi-Per hanger body illustrates the
thickness of the aluminum.
The backside of the Hi-Per hanger;
note the thumbscrews, which allow removal and/or placement of
the Power Clips.
Motorcycle Clothing Hanger by Black + Gray
often tell people that
webBikeWorld's mission is to search the planet looking for unique
motorcycling products. We get a charge out of finding
something that's really out-of-the-ordinary and letting people
know about it.
Well, here it is folks -- this has to be the
most unique and out-of-the-ordinary product in the webBikeWorld
I never imagined that a simple hanger could be so
high-tech! And you know what? If you own a motorcycle riding
jacket or pants, or a set of leathers (or even if you don't), you
need this product!
I was intrigued recently by a small ad that I found in Road Racing
World magazine that had some photos of Black+Gray's selection of
products. And an eclectic selection it is -- everything from
ergonomic race timing boards to traditional and digital pit boards
to unique plastic wheel chocks for transporting motorcycles
-- and also the Hi-Per hanger, all designed, developed and
Black+Gray in Garrison,
It seems that when you find a group of focused and
well-thought-out designs like these, there's usually a dedicated
motorcyclist behind them. And that's certainly the case here
-- André Grasso is an Industrial Product Designer with an
"all consuming interest" in motorcycle racing.
André is also the Principal in Index Industrial Design and
Development, an industrial design consulting organization for
various products and industries. When André finds a
problem, he designs and develops a solution, unlike the rest of us
who just sit there and whine "Why doesn't somebody
you've ever hung a set of leathers -- or even a leather jacket --
on a cheap wooden or plastic hanger, you quickly realize that
there's got to be a better way.
No hanger I've ever found
either has the shoulder width to correctly fit a jacket with
modern armor in the shoulders, much less hold the weight of a
complete set of leathers and
gloves. In fact, until the Hi-Per hanger, I hadn't even
tried to hang up my leather pants; they're just too heavy and
thick for normal hangers.
André must have spent a huge amount of time and money to design
the Hi-Per hanger. As an ex-Journeyman Machinist who's also
had some experience with various parametric CAD design software
applications, I can tell you that the Hi-Per hanger isn't
something you cook up on a cocktail napkin.
overall product design, making the molds for manufacturing the
plastic shoulder arms, cutting the 0.125" thick aluminum
plate (with a water jet cutter?), and assembling the clips...well,
let's just say that there can't be another hanger anywhere in the
world that has this much thought put into it!
The Hi-Per hanger's extra wide (3") shoulders are designed to
support street or track leathers no matter what type of padding
might be underneath. They're also adjustable -- they can be
moved out so that the hanger is either 17.8", 19.2" or
André claims that the hanger will hold 150
lbs. of gear, and I have no doubt that he's tested this. The
aluminum hanger itself is brushed and powder coated with a
clearcoat, so it should never face any oxidation.
The Hi-Per hanger's "Power Clips" are made of
0.0625" aluminum also, and they can be moved to fit in any of
the four holes on the bottom of the hanger. There is a very
powerful spring inside each clip with three rubber tips. The
combination of the powerful spring and the rubber tips will hold
just about any item of clothing you can think of without damage.
There's also an optional Power
Clip you can purchase to hang on the center hole which will hold a
pair of gloves.
The Hi-Per hanger is available in several
configurations: the HP-1 for pants only; the HP-1G for pants and
gloves; the HP-2 is for a jacket only; the HP-2G for jacket and
gloves; the HP-3 for jacket and pants and the ultimate, the HP-4
seen here that can hang a jacket, gloves and pants
The nice feature about the system is that you can
buy any model and add to it later by purchasing extra Power Clips.
By the way, one more benefit of using the Hi-Per hanger system is
that the wide shoulders of the hanger allow a lot of air to flow
under the garments. This can prevent odors and mold from
growing in damp, sweaty items.
So let's see -- you spent $15k on that new Ducati, another
thousand bucks on a jacket, pants and gloves... what's another few
bucks to have the best! And just think of how envious your
pals will be when they see your leathers hanging on the Hi-Per
hanger at track day!
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Review: BLACK+GRAY Hi-Per Hanger, Model
Retail Price: Available in various configurations,
starting at $26.95.
a work of art; will hold about any type of motorcycle jacket,
motorcycle clothing or leathers I can think
of. A bit expensive I suppose, for a hanger, but your
gear hanging problems will be solved forever!
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