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Racer “High Speed” Gloves Review The Racer High Speed gloves are the new flagship motorcycle race gloves for the Austrian-based company. The High Speed gloves are made from cowhide with kangaroo leather palms for protection and feel. A Pittard’s “digital leather” overlay is used for grip on the palm of each glove. The latest Knox SPS …

AeroMoto Corsa Pro Leather Gloves Review A comfortable glove with many protective features that is let down by quality control issues. Recently I’ve had the opportunity to review several items of Sliders brand apparel from Competition Accessories. Most of the Sliders apparel seems geared toward general motorcycle riding, such as commuting or touring and sport/touring. AeroMoto is …

Racer “R-Safe” Gloves Review The Racer “R-Safe” gloves currently occupy the top spot in the Racer Gloves lineup. These may just be the most protective motorcycle gloves I have ever come across. They have many different protective features, backed up by redundant layers just in case. The gloves are made with kangaroo leather palms, which …

Dainese “Super Speed Tex” Jacket Review The Super Speed Tex (the official name) jacket is one of the most popular Dainese summer-weight textile jackets in 2013. In fact, it’s so popular that it has nearly sold out in every color and size this summer, with retailers asking for more. It’s functional yet stylish, with right on …

Racer “Stratos” Waterproof Gloves Review The Racer “Stratos” gloves are a combination of leather and goat hide with a full-sized gauntlet. Also included is a leather-covered hard knuckle protector for the main knuckles. The Stratos gloves are an all-around, multi-season type but they’re not as heavy as true winter motorcycle gloves. They also feature the …

The REV’IT! Connector High-Visibility Vest The REV’IT! Connector HV vest is one of the niftiest ideas I’ve seen in motorcycle gear for a long time. It’s a high-visibility neon yellow (EN471 certified) vest with 3M Scotchlite panels that attaches to various models of REV’IT! jackets The Connector HV vest is part of a modular system, …

The REV’IT! Levante Men’s and Women’s Mesh Jacket The Rev’It Levante textile mesh jacket is a good, solid piece of gear that means business. It’s suitable for wear in all but the most extreme weather conditions. This was a rare opportunity to review both the men’s and women’s versions of the Rev’it Levante jacket, first introduced …

A High-Visibility Basic Jacket The REV’IT! Horizon HV (High Visibility) jacket is a very nice upgrade from the REV’IT! Energy HV jacket we reviewed in 2011. The Horizon jacket, also available in light gray or black, would be an excellent choice for general four-season use. The major difference between the Horizon and the Energy is the addition …

Sliders “All Season 2” Jacket With Kevlar The Sliders All Season 2 jacket is a very good combination of protection and versatility for comfortable multi-season riding conditions. Compromise. That’s the first thought that comes to mind when I hear the phrase “All Season”. When applied to motorcycle tires, it means they are designed to cope with various …

REV’IT! Airwave Trousers for Women and Men Strictly for summer, the Airwave trousers offer excellent air flow combined with a good fit and protective armour. Easy to put on and take off, they’re great for commuting, and can stand up to longer trips too. The Airwave pants also work as overpants with a pair of …

Sliders “All Season 2” Pants With Kevlar The Sliders All Season 2 Pants With Kevlar provide a good balance of protection and hot weather riding comfort. I live in a part of the country that has seasons. Four of them. In summer (as it is now), it is hot and humid. But when winter comes, …

Racer “Limes” Gloves Review The Racer “Limes” (lee-muhs) gloves are made from leather and goat hide with a full-sized gauntlet. These gloves also feature a large and hard leather-covered knuckle protector on the mains. The Limes gloves have a lightweight feel with a comfortable fit. They also feel a bit more protective than the short-gauntlet Racer gloves …

Overlap “Manx” Kevlar Jeans Review The Overlap Manx jeans may have hit the perfect formula for motorcycle jeans that look good on the street. They look as good as any street jeans and they’re very soft and very comfortable. The Manx jeans arrive fully broken-in, with that worn look that gives ’em lots of character. …

Overlap “Imatra” Kevlar Jeans Review The new Overlap Imatra jeans have many protective features, including SAS-Tec knee and hip protectors. A full-length Kevlar lining is included and the Imatra jeans have been tested and certified to meet several CE Level 1 and Level 2 protection standards, according to the company. The jeans are considered “PPE”, …

Racer “Guide” Gloves Review The Racer “Guide” Gloves have a short gauntlet and perforated sections for cooler summer riding. The gloves also feature Clarino and goat hide palms and large Knox scaphoid protectors (sliders). The nylon tricot lining is attached using the “mcFIT” (Maximum Comfort Fit Technology) system described in detail in our introduction to the VQuattro gloves review. Perforations …

Racer “Mickey” Gloves Review The Racer “Mickey” Gloves are another short gauntlet summer type but with more protective features than the Racer Guide gloves (review). The most prominent feature of the Mickey gloves is the large bifurcated Superfabric-covered main knuckle protector. Another Superfabric-covered slider protects the scaphoid. Only the top of the inside of the gloves has a liner; …

Racer “Summer Fit” Gloves Review The Racer “Summer Fit” Gloves have a 100% leather (goat skin) outer shell and a full-sized gauntlet. The goat skin makes these gloves lightweight and comfortable. Soft padding knuckle protectors means the gloves are very flexible, another plus for hot-weather riding. The palms are lined with Kevlar and the Summer Fit gloves …

RHOK “Gen3” Kevlar Jeans Review The “Gen3” RHOK Kevlar jeans are soft and comfortable. The “PEKEV” Kevlar lining is a special design that covers the seat down to just below the knee in the rear, along with a section at the hips. The RHOK Gen3 jeans come with removable knee and hip protectors. The knee …

Rukka “Vauhti” Gloves Review The Rukka Vauhti gloves have “adventure tech” styling and a boatload of features that make them a contender. The short-gauntlet glove body is topped off with Superfabric, carbon fiber and TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) sliders and a Gore-Tex X-Trafit liner. That’s right — the Vauhti gloves are waterproof! While the Gore-Tex membrane may hinder …

Rukka “Airway” Jacket Review The Rukka Airway jacket and AirVision pants combo is designed for hot-weather riding. But unlike most mesh motorcycle clothing, this gear is built to take all you can dish out — and then some. The Airway/AirVision outfit is more successful in many ways than the Rukka Armas outfit (review), which is designed for cooler …

Rukka “AirVision” Pants Review The Rukka AirVision pants are, of course, the perfect match the Rukka Airway jacket, reviewed in Part 1. The pants could be worn with other Rukka jackets or with jackets from other manufacturers, although that doesn’t seem likely. The AirVision pants have the same Cordura AFT mesh fabric as the Airway jacket …

Sliders 4.0 Jeans Durable motorcycle jeans with some nice extra features but be careful choosing a size. Motorcyclists have been wearing jeans long before any denim blues were designed specifically for riding. The thought was that denim was tough and comfortable and in many job situations this held true. However, it didn’t take long for …

Sliders Cargo Pants Purpose-built motorcycling pants thinly disguised as regular cargo pants. I have reviewed several different motorcycle pants and jeans through the years. But some of them are not specifically designed as motorcycle riding apparel. For example, see my Cortech and Carhartt jeans review. Or my Duluth Firehose Logging Pants review. Those are both pretty popular …

Italian Scooter Print Drop-Seat Fleece “Onesie” Riding Suit Review Maxi-scooters are so comfortable that riding one can feel almost like being in bed, so why not dress appropriately? This one-piece suit from Footie Factory is soft, comfortable, and features a striking and elegant pattern of little scooters — perfect! Design and Construction First impressions were …

Sliders “Cold Pro” Waterproof Gloves Review The Sliders Cold Pro waterproof gloves are very warm and comfortable and a very good value for money. Only one small design decision keeps them from being an excellent value. It’s cold outside here in the Mid-South of the United States right now; in fact, it’s lightly snowing as I type …

BMW Functional Socks Review Available in cotton or wool-based technical blends, BMW Functional Socks are comfortable, functional and durable, with a great return on investment. Socks are an essential layer but they don’t typically get the same consideration as outer components of the ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) approach. As motorcyclists we spend …

AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket Review The AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket is a modern take on the classic motorcycle jacket. It features modern touches like double-row stitching, removable CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor and an array of vents and pockets. The fit is nicely tailored and accurately sized. The lining is also very …

Rukka “Lobstah” Gloves The Rukka Lobster gloves are exceptionally comfortable and very warm. The “Lobster” name comes from the three-finger design, a welcome change from “normal” winter motorcycle gloves. Many webBikeWorld readers have been looking for this style, so the Rukka Lobster gloves should be very popular. The gloves also have a Gore-Tex membrane, which makes them waterproof …

Rukka “Argosaurus” Gloves Review The Rukka Argosaurus gloves are designed for street or sport riding, but they are also waterproof. This is a somewhat rare combination of features. The waterproof capability is assured with the high-end Gore-Tex X-TRAFIT technology liner (report). You’ll pay for it though; the list price of the Argosaurus gloves seems a bit steep, all …

Rukka “R-Star” Gloves Review The Rukka R-Star gloves are a two-for-one (or “2-in-1”) with a two-compartment liner giving you warm and extra warm. Wear them with the liner divider on the top for better heat transfer from heated grips and more protection from the elements. Or use the inner liner for more palm warmth (and more …

Joe Rocket “Nitrogen” Motorcycle Gloves An inexpensive foul weather glove with good protective features but doesn’t quite live up to the waterproof labeling. Recently I stopped by one of my local motorcycle dealers on the hunt for a tail bag for one of my old Honda motorcycles. While I didn’t find one that suited my …

Rukka “Armas” Jacket Review The Rukka Armas jacket and pants represent the highest level of technology for motorcycle gear available today. It includes “everything but the kitchen sink”, as the idiom goes. This includes high-tech goodies like Gore-Tex Pro Shell With Armacor, Superfabric, an Outlast liner and the latest iteration of the Gore “Lockout” closure system (report). And …

Castle “Slate” Jacket Review The Castle Slate jacket is inexpensive but it has all the basics, including a Hitena nylon shell, a mid-weight removable liner and shoulder and elbow padding. The generic styling is fine at this price point and the jacket comes in several colors, including this vibrant yellow. The overall construction and quality …

Rukka “Armas” Pants Review The Rukka Armas pants are the perfect match theRukka Armas jacket (review) but they could also be worn with other Rukka jackets or with other brands. The pants incorporate most of the same high-tech ingredients, including the Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Armacor exterior. A removable suspenders system and a nearly full-length zipper …

Icon PDX vs. Teknic Tornado Motorcycle Gloves This is a comparison of inexpensive (sub-$60) textile waterproof gloves for cold weather riding: the Icon PDX vs. Teknic Tornado. There’s a clear winner here…but only if you’re counting features. That feature leader unfortunately has a fatal flaw though: a leaky thumb. It could be just a rare …

Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket Review The newly revised Firstgear Jaunt T2 jacket could very well be the best 3/4-length motorcycle jacket bargain going today. Everyone who has seen it has been impressed, because there’s a lot here for not a lot of money. In fact, it pretty much beats all of our old favorite “cheap” jackets. …

Mobile Warming “Longmen” Shirt and “Softshell” Heated Vest Review The Mobile Warming “Longmen” battery heated shirt is a comfortable base layer with heating elements along the upper back and upper chest. The “Softshell” heated vest is also comfortable and stylish; almost too nice to wear under a motorcycle jacket! Both products seem very well made, …

Wear This Shirt on Every Ride The Forcefield Body Armour Pro Shirt is a surprisingly comfortable way to get your full dose of protection. The stretchy material fits like a second skin — just like the company says. And you’ll never know you’re wearing a Forcefield CE Level 2 back protector, built into a pocket …

Forcefield Sport Lite 2 Back Protector The new Forcefield Sport Lite 2 back protector has a thin profile and it’s comfortable, while still providing EC Level 2 protection. The overall design is similar to the Pro Sub 4, but the Sport Lite 2 back protector is about 30% thinner. It also has a slightly different …

Clover Crossover Airbag Jacket Preview The new 2013 Clover Crossover jacket was announced at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany this week. The Crossover is the first three-layer jacket in the world that is equipped with a CE Level 2 (EN 1621-4) airbag back protector. The airbag meets CE Level 2 standards and it …