I’ll come clean: I’m a huge fan of the Iron Man movies, since they’re good, clean, escapist fun. You know who the (suitably ugly) bad guys are, and Pepper Potts is easy enough on the eyes. Robert Downey, Jr. is hilarious as
Elon Musk Tony Starke, and there’s enough explosions and special effects to keep my alligator hind brain amused. Still, you have to draw the line somewhere, and the Iron Man 2 Mark V leathers from Universal Designs seems like a good place to start.
Stitched up from Grade A cowhide leather, the replica suit features CE approved armor and reflective accents, so you COULD wear it to ride a motorcycle. It’s the rest of the details like, “extreme form-molded leather detailing” and “heavy-duty stretch Spandex inserts”, coupled with the “pearl red and silver aluminum leather” that have me saying no thanks. Let’s face it, this suit doesn’t exactly say, “I’m a heterosexual motorcycle enthusiast”, and is only slightly less tasteless than wearing assless chaps with no underwear. If that’s your kind of thing.
I’m sure Universal Designs will sell plenty of the $1,100 suits, but I certainly don’t want to ponder what they’ll actually be used for. I’m pretty sure it won’t be riding a motorcycle.