I’m a firm believer that the best place to practice social distancing is on a motorcycle, so I’m shopping for some new pants and boots to match my new bike. If you’re looking to get your hands on (or noggin into) some new motorcycle gear, now is one of the best times to be in the market.
The RS-2 is a Snell M2015 certified full-face helmet with excellent fit and finish. During Brandon’s in-depth review, he noted that the polycarbonate shell makes the helmet a bit heavier than you might expect, and that it tends to lift at highway speeds, but otherwise the RS-2 is a solid helmet and an excellent grab at $160.
Brandon called the RPHA70 ST an excellent value in the sub-$400 segment, noting that the RPHA70 offers its wearer excellent ventilation, quality-of-life features, and a rigid PIM shell. It’s also better than most in terms of noise control, and the included anti-fog insert and internal sun visor make it feature-rich as well.
We have quite a lot of love for Arai, and not just because of their meticulous hand-made process. For as long as I can remember, Arai has been one of the few brands that set the standard by which the rest of the industry strives to measure up to. The Defiant-X is Snell M2015 certified, rings in at a hair over 3.5 lbs, and the fit can be easily customized via Arai’s Facial Contour System and removable cheek pads.
If you’re wanting a helmet with bluetooth intercom connectivity and you don’t feel like scrapping an intercom to the side of it (or paying a premium for a house-brand integrated unit), the Momentum series of helmets could be an interesting take. These full-face helmets offer all the usual modern feature sets in-addition to incorporating Sena’s intercom technology. While not a perfect helmet, the Momentum is a good blend of tech and price that many riders will appreciate.
This is the third-generation of the best-selling Sand series and is one of REV’IT’s top sellers. The Sand 3 is a “step up” compared to most entry-level jackets, with great build quality and tons of value-added features. This wind and waterproof jacket is perfect for four-season riding.
I reviewed the Jackson leather jacket in 2018 and have worn it plenty during the 2018, 2019, and 2020 riding seasons. It’s held up well after thousands of miles of use and has been a pretty good looking accompaniment to my riding wardrobe. It’s got decent ventilation, a little bit of storage, and understated looks. It’s a great price at $250.
While we have not reviewed the Roughroad personally, we have covered Rukka extensively over the years and the consistent experience among our team is high-quality, well-made, well-designed gear. The Roughroad is a high-end all-road jacket that pairs with the matching Roughroad pants.
This is an interesting jacket that blends cafe racer style and quality of life features, such as ample pockets and a removable integrated hoodie. Gunmetal 1-1.2mm buffalo leather and an asymmetrical design help the Mia stand out and look great regardless of the bike it’s paired with. It ships with CE elbow/shoulder armor, but you’ll want to add your own back plate.
The natural accompaniment to the Sand 3 jacket listed above, these pants will integrate seamlessly with the Sand 3 and make an excellent addition to your attire even if you’re otherwise sandless. We found these pants comfortable and excellent for use in all four seasons – liners in for winter, liners out for summer.
RevZilla’s got a few types of riding jeans on sale right now, but I’m partial to Bull-It. I have a pair of Bull-It’s myself (not these specific jeans) and love how comfortable they are and that they are surprisingly passable as non-bike jeans. If you’re wanting to ride ATGATT and don’t want uncomfortable pants or pants that are obviously riding pants, toss these jeans on and ride safer.
The final piece of the excellent Sand 3 series, these gloves match goatskin with stretch material and armor to create a truly comfortable pair to ride in. Taking feedback from earlier reviews of the Sand Pro, the Sand 3 gloves are externally stiched ensuring a comfortably “seamless” feel on the ride.
While we have not hands-on tested the SP-8, we have reviewed several pairs of Alpinestars gloves – most recently the SP Air – and generally find them to be good gloves and well made. The SP-8 gloves are a long gauntlet-style glove and come adorned with touchscreen-sensitive material in the index finger and armor on the knuckles.
Definitely the most cafe racer of the gloves on sale, the Berlin gloves provide decent-enough protection via sturdy leather construction, knuckle armor, and wrist-pads. The extra bit of wrist protection and cafe racer style make a nice combination. Go ahead, look and feel good about your gloves 😉